How to Culture Jam

Culture jamming is the art of hijacking the mainstream media, corporate advertisers, and the public domain to get across a message against one-way communication. Basically, culture jamming is sabotage of corporate or public property for political purposes. If you want to know the ropes on becoming the best jammer yet, follow these steps.


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    Become educated. Learn about some of the destructive methods of large-scale consumerism and about the unethical dealings of multinational companies like Wal-Mart and Nike. Read subversive literature, like "Steal This Book" or "No Logo."
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    Gather your friends together who share the same views as you and form a plan. Maybe your group should join a local jammer network. Pick out a target and get some ideas formulating. If you can't think of any ideas, do some research on jamming and learn from the actions of fellow jammers and activists.
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    Gather your supplies. The jammer must be creative and flexible. You have a wide range of tools at your disposal: Markers, spray paint, fliers, wheat paste, stickers, paint, etc.
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    Hit up the scene with your group of friends! Make it something that would catch your eye, and watch out for employees, officers, and live security-cams. Hint, don't forget that the infamous dark dome cameras on supermarket ceilings do not have 360 degree vision, and are in blurry black and white.
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    Rinse and repeat, and develop better strategies after the jams. Hit different communities, to shock people who never saw your eye-catching work.


  • Study some of the work of past jammers to get some ideas.
  • Since you would be sticking thorns in their sides anyway, you probably don't want to buy from the corporations that you don't approve of. Be careful, research major brands to see if you really aren't paying the companies a cent. A good example is finding out Converse is in relations with Nike.
  • Another useful, but non-essential tool is the universal remote, for turning off TVs in public areas. Order a TV-B-Gone, if you want an efficient, faster tool to simply turn off the TVs. The advantage of the universal remote is that you can take total control of a TV, even changing the channel and volume settings! Hours of activist fun!
  • You are going to have to do some serious planning ahead for a truly large jam. Take the cautious option for everything possible.
  • If you spray paint, make use of the stencil, a tool for very quick and easy replicas of art.
  • Be as funny, creative, and innovative as possible.
  • is one of the biggest jammer networks on the web.
  • Jam at the busiest spots in town, because this will get the word out quicker and to a larger group of people.
  • Do most of your work at night for decreased visibility.
  • Do guerrilla advertising for leftist organizations, too. You can accidentally "drop" some printed posters or business cards, or put new printed brochures in empty brochure stands.
  • Don't be discouraged if your work of art is painted over or torn down after you do it. Just go out and do it again, adding variety to each mission.
  • If you want to be even more careful, a good suggestion is to wear gloves. Then there is less a risk from being caught by the more grumpier people.
  • Wear your ideas on your clothes and possessions! You can customize them with paint, bumper stickers, and advertisements to leftist organizations and campaigns.
  • Culture jamming does not necessarily have to be vandalism. If it is relevant to the cause, you should try to stage a social protest or be a prankster.
  • will be your favorite activists' news site.


  • The public and the law do not look kindly upon many forms of jamming. Be aware that you are taking risks here whenever you go out to jam. You could face prosecution if you are not cautious.
  • Take much caution in directly jamming a franchise building, there is a much higher risk of being caught.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharpie Markers
  • Spray Paint
  • Stencils
  • Stickers
  • Fliers
  • Wheat Paste
  • Creativity

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Categories: Social Activism