Media Burn

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Chip Load, professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, once produced classics like Ant Farm’s Media Burn, The Eternal Frame, and the famous roadside sculpture, Cadillac Ranch (below).

“Cadillac Ranch,” was commissioned by a Texas millionaire named Stanley March and executed in Amarillo, where ten Cadillacs are three quarters buried, nose down along a road in a field, showing the evolution of the automobile fin.

If you’re from the Pacific Northwest or Canada you might remember Mr. Peanut, who ran for Mayor of Vancouver in 1974. Dressed in the trademarked Mr. Peanut costume, the candidate answered all enquiries by doing a 20 second tap dance. He got 4 percent of the vote. I believe Art Farm was involved in that project, too.

Now the Republic of Santa Cruz has free WiFi.

Cliff Skolnick, network guru Elf, and tree-climbing geek Sean Lazar, installed free WiFi access at 20 or so coffee shops around Santa Cruz County.

Skolnick wants to go beyond free local WiFi.

ThirdBreak is about the people taking back control of their information infrastructure,” he says. “Mergers are making the network owners [think AOL/Time Warner] information owners, and it’s a small step to where network providers start using their networks to control access. Information is the currency of democracy, as Thomas Jefferson said.”

ThirdBreak has also convinced Mayor Scott Kennedy that it would be a good idea to install a WiFi access zone at City Hall for visitors to the local parks this summer.

Shades of Media Burn. WiFi Planet has more.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, May 27th, 2004 at 7:33 am .

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