1. Consistent with applicable statutes, policies, and regulations, DHS will provide unique goods and resources to assist entertainment-oriented motion picture, documentary, television, and similar entertainment-oriented video and multimedia productions where such assistance is in the best interest of DHS and the U.S. Government. Such assistance will not interfere with DHS’s core missions and will be provided pursuant to the following guidelines and provisions. a. The requested assistance can be provided without interfering with other Department activities. b. The requested assistance is in the best interest of DHS and/or the U.S. Government, and is consistent with applicable statutes, policies, and regulations. 2. Requests from news-oriented productions must be coordinated with the Office of Public Affairs, consistent with established management directives. 3. It is DHS policy when working with television and film productions that DHS does not officially approve the use of any footage or images unless DHS is part of the story line or project and reviews the script, treatment, story or outline. 4. It is DHS policy that the Director, Multimedia Liaison Office, serves as the Department’s central point of contact for any entertainment-oriented motion picture, television, advertising, video, and multimedia productions/enterprises. a. It is the Department’s policy that a DHS Multimedia Agreement will be signed by the studio, network or production company prior to receiving the Department’s participation. b. The Director, Multimedia Liaison Office will coordinate with Organizational Elements to determine if an agreement for goods and resources (reimbursable agreement) is necessary.
“Do we detect a note of disapproval in your analysis of the growing sexual freedom?
McLUHAN: No, I neither approve nor disapprove. I merely try to understand. Sexual freedom is as natural to newly tribalized youth as drugs.
PLAYBOY: What’s natural about drugs?
McLUHAN: They’re natural means of smoothing cultural transitions, and also a short cut into the electric vortex. The upsurge in drug taking is intimately related to the impact of the electric media. Look at the metaphor for getting high: turning on. One turns on his consciousness through drugs just as he opens up all his senses to a total depth involvement by turning on the TV dial. Drug taking is stimulated by today’s pervasive environment of instant information, with its feedback mechanism of the inner trip. The inner trip is not the sole prerogative of the LSD traveler; it’s the universal experience of TV watchers. LSD is a way of miming the invisible electronic world; it releases a person from acquired verbal and visual habits and reactions, and gives the potential of instant and total involvement, both all-at-onceness and all-at-oneness, which are the basic needs of people translated by electric extensions of their central nervous systems out of the old rational, sequential value system. The attraction to hallucinogenic drugs is a means of achieving empathy with our penetrating electric environment, an environment that in itself is a drugless inner trip. Drug taking is also a means of expressing rejection of the obsolescent mechanical world and values. And drugs often stimulate a fresh interest in artistic expression, which is primarily of the audile-tactile world. The hallucinogenic drugs, as chemical simulations of our electric environment, thus revive senses long atrophied by the overwhelmingly visual orientation of the mechanical culture. LSD and related hallucinogenic drugs, furthermore, breed a highly tribal and communally oriented subculture, so it’s understandable why the retribalized young take to drugs like a duck to water.
PLAYBOY: A Columbia coed was recently quoted in Newsweek as equating you and LSD. “LSD doesn’t mean anything until you consume it,” she said. “Likewise McLuhan.” Do you see any similarities?
McLUHAN: I’m flattered to hear my work described as hallucinogenic, but I suspect that some of my academic critics find me a bad trip.”—Marshall McLuhan « NextNature.net (via neo-psychedelia)
“The big banks and corporations are parasites. They greedily devour the entrails of the nation in a quest for profit, thrusting us all into serfdom and polluting and poisoning the ecosystem that sustains the human species. They have gobbled up more than a trillion dollars from the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve and created tiny enclaves of wealth and privilege where corporate managers replicate the decadence of the Forbidden City and Versailles. Those outside the gates, however, struggle to find work and watch helplessly as food and commodity prices rocket upward. The owners of one out of seven houses are now behind on their mortgage payments. In 2010 there were 3.8 million foreclosure filings and bank repossessions topped 2.8 million, a 2 percent increase over 2009 and a 23 percent increase over 2008. This record looks set to be broken in 2011. And no one in the Congress, the Obama White House, the courts or the press, all beholden to corporate money, will step in to stop or denounce the assault on families. Our ruling elite, including Barack Obama, are courtiers, shameless hedonists of power, who kneel before Wall Street and daily sell us out. The top corporate plutocrats are pulling down $900,000 an hour while one in four children depends on food stamps to eat.”—Chris Hedges (via azspot)