Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited

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7.
Communitube

What can non-professional production and small audiences offer that nation-wide television can't?

Social change. 1

Minneapolis was a hub for Midwestern interest in video, proving that video activism was not solely a bicoastal phenomenon. 2 The people who flocked to video in the late '60s in Minneapolis were more likely to be drawn by its utility as a social change agent than by its potential as a medium for artistic expression. This was due as much to a legacy of Midwestern populism and progressive values as it was to the zeitgeist. Thus the three young men who joined forces to create University Community Video were '60s students already using video as a tool for community activism. In 1971, Stephen Kulczycki--a University of Minnesota journalism and television student influenced by the Challenge for Change ideal--went to work for the American Friends Service Committee using video as a vehicle for community organizing. Ron McCoy, a Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduate, joined the staff of the Model Cities' Communications Center, where he used video in citizen participation projects. And Miles Mogalescu was hired by the University of Minnesota in 1972 as the video access coordinator for the West Bank Student Union's storefront community center. 3

The University of Minnesota was largely a commuter school with 40,000 students and three student unions dating back to the '30s. In 1972 the student government set up three nonprofit corporations, an attempt by the relatively weak body to generate income and interest. Ron McCoy was hired as Coordinator of the University Student Telecommunications Corporation (USTC), responsible for developing a radio station, investigating cable television, and programming the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Introduction xiii
  • Contents xvii
  • I. Underground Video 3
  • 2. Subject to Change 14
  • 3. Guerrilla Versus Grassroots 26
  • 4. the World's Largest Tv Studio 36
  • 5. Mountain Guerrilla 48
  • 6. Four More Years 55
  • 7. Communitube 65
  • 8. Gaga Over Guru 72
  • 9. Prime Time Tvtv 89
  • 10. Broadside Tv 96
  • Ii. Impeaching Evidence 105
  • 12. Changing Channels 116
  • 13. Furor Over Fugitive 128
  • 14. Living Newsletter? 139
  • 15. the Good Times Are Killing Me 146
  • 16. Super Video 158
  • 17. Intermedia 165
  • 18. Hooray for Hollywood? 172
  • 19. the Big Chill 183
  • 20. Epilogue 190
  • Appendix Information on Apes by Broadside Tv, University Community Video, and Tvtv (top Value Television 209
  • Notes 223
  • Bibliography 259
  • Index 271
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