True Detective star Woody Harrelson chatting with the late Howard Zinn, more than 10 years ago.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Friday, 31 January 2014
Exactly 30 years ago, during the Super Bowl, Apple launched its first Macintosh promising that this new computer would have freed us from the Orwellian dystopia looming at the horizon of that fateful 1984. Considering the recent allegations involving Steve Jobs' company with the global spying machine also known as NSA, the above advertisment looks, to use an euphemism, ironic.
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Monday, 16 December 2013
In the lead-up to Christmas 1974, an army of about seventy Santa Clauses, male and female, paraded through the city of Copenhagen, singing carols, handing out sweets and hot chocolate, and asking everyone what they wanted for Christmas.
After spending a few days cementing the good image of good old Santa Claus, their generosity became increasingly radical. Among other things, the Santas climbed a barbed wire fence surrounding the recently shuttered General Motors assembly plant with the purpose of giving jobs back to “their rightful owners.”
The week-long performance reached its crescendo inside one of Copenhagen’s biggest department stores when the Santas started handing out presents to customers directly off the shelves. Before too long, security guards and shop assistants interrupted the magic, desperately tearing the presents out of people’s hands. The police soon showed up and escorted the Santa Clauses out onto the street, where they were roughed up and thrown into paddy wagons in spite of the fact that it wasn’t clear that a criminal act had been committed, except perhaps on the part of customers who took home the presents without paying.
The performance exposed the radical implications of the myth of Santa Claus’ boundless generosity...
Read more (via @BTroublemakers & @un_cine)
Monday, 25 November 2013
Friday, 8 November 2013
"Kafka may be the most important writer of the twentieth century, far more important than James Joyce. He describes the fate of the isolated man who is surrounded by a vast and impenetrable bureaucracy, and begins to accept himself on the terms the bureaucracy imposes. Human begins today are in a very similar position. We are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate: the City, the banking system, political and advertising conglomerates, vast entertainment empires. They've made themselves more user-friendly, but they define the tastes to which we conform. They're rather subtle, subservient tyrannies, but no less sinister for that."
- JG Ballard (Sunday Times, 1993)