Fund Drive Special: Capitalism and the Internet; Plus: the history of the United Fruit Company in the film When Banana Ruled

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7am – Excerpts from the documentary film Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Digital Disconnect trains its sights on the relationship between the internet and democracy in the age of fake news, filter bubbles, and Facebook security breaches. Moving from the development of the internet as a publicly funded project in the late 1960s to its full-scale commercialization today, renowned media scholar Robert McChesney traces how the democratizing potential of the internet has been radically compromised by the logic of capitalism and the unaccountable power of a handful of telecom and tech monopolies. The film, released in April 2018, is based on the book by Robert McChesney.

8am – Excerpts from the documentary film When Banana Ruled

Bananas are everywhere: Americans eat nearly 10 billion of them per year, consuming more pounds of bananas than apples and oranges combined.

When Banana Ruled tells the story of the men who made bananas the most ubiquitous fruit in the world, through a multinational empire that dominated production and sales, overthrew governments, and created a business model still largely used by today’s tech giants. This film was released in 2018 by Icarus Films.

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