Political Noise: Radio as Spatial Practice

^ Brazil Electromagnetic spectrum division


by Paulo Tavares:

<In the last five years, police forces have shut down approximately 7,000 illegal radios throughout the Brazilian territory, almost double the number of radio frequency concessions given by the national government in the same period. In 2008 alone, out of approximately 19,000 claims for concessions, only 2,800 were licensed and around 1,200 illegal broadcastings were cut off air. This video shows excerpts of a radio deactivation mock-up made to be braodcast by the largest media corporation in Brasil (Globo). By portraying radio-practitioners as criminals, media trusts aim to hold power over the definition of what is technically and legally legitimate in relation to broadcasting.> [Read full essay]


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