Starsuckers is a feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it. Made completely independently over 2 years in secret, the film journeys through the dark underbelly of the modern media. Using a combination of never before seen footage, undercover reporting, stunts and animation, the film reveals the toxic effect the media is having on us all and especially our children. Chris Atkins presents Starsuckers as a series of five lessons on fame in the modern world: how children are persuaded that fame is something they want, how television and the media reinforces the importance of celebrity and the efforts to attain it, how the mind and body reinforces our need to follow the activities of well-known people and strive to join their number, how the press became addicted to celebrity coverage, and how the art of promoting fame has led to celebrities and their handlers controlling the press instead of the press having say. Along the way, Atkins demonstrates how celebrity news with no basis in fact gets into print, why newspapers will run press releases almost verbatim, how parents will eagerly sign away the image rights to their kids, how certain mass scale charity events end up helping the performers far more than the causes they designed to support, and how publicists keep accurate but unflattering stories out of the news.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Is The Washington Post Profiting from Brothels?

From Change.Org; April 10, 2009

Although we at are practitioners of new media, we still have an affinity for a few old media properties like The Washington Post. But we also call a spade a spade, and this week the co-founder of a leading anti-trafficking organization, Polaris Project, called out The Washington Post in an article on for its ethically dubious practice of indirectly profiting from brothels.

The Washington Post currently accepts advertisements for massage parlors, which the Post's own reporters have shown are often thinly disguised brothels with women trafficked into the country and forced into prostitution. Because of this frequent connection to human trafficking, The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times refuse advertisements for massage parlors. But The Washington Post has turned a blind eye and continues to profit from these ads, making the paper complicit in the sexual violence of women across our nation's capital.

So before you enjoy the rest of your Friday, or your Sunday paper, we strongly recommend you send a letter to the Post and urge them to stop this practice immediately.

Or, if you want to use newfangled social networking technology to inspire some innovative employee activism, search your network on Facebook, find alumni at your college who work at the Post, and kindly ask them to tell their employer to do the right thing and stop accepting these ads immediately. You can search for The Washington Post employees you're connected to on Facebook here:

Seems to me there is a question of 2nd ammendment entitlement here. Not to compare animals with exploited women and children, but ar folks fought to keep animal "snuff" flicks, dog-fighting videos and beastiality off of the internet, and lost! The court held that these types of things are constitutionally protected!Cut and paste this link into your web browser to learn more about that case;
Click on title to read more about that case and the idiot judge appointed for life who read the majority opinion;

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