Thursday, Jul 02nd, 2020 - 13:48:45

Police State

The Police State: U.S. Declares Martial Law (2020)

'President Donald Trump has announced he intends to designate a militant anti-racist movement a terrorist organization as violent protests attended by a variety of activists have erupted in cities around the country, including Nashville. The protests, some of which have resulted in destruction of property and violent clashes with police, are being held in response to police killing George Floyd in Minneapolis and other black individuals who have recently died at the hands of law enforcement. "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," Trump said during remarks at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is a left-wing activist movement active globally, including in Tennessee.'

Dismaland - Banksy

"Dismaland" - Banksy (2015)

"Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well. Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park whose big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes… This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation."

McDonaldland Melody: The Magic Slaughterhouse

"Get yourself, ready for a trip to McDonaldland - Take along a friend, and grab hold of Ronald's hand - Follow Ronald McDonald through the land of Apple Pie Trees - And don't be surprised if you meet Big Mac and McCheese - There's Thick Shake Volcanoes, you'll even find a French fry patch - Now just turn around and see if you won't find a Hamburger Patch - As you're headin' for...for McDonald's - In McDonaldland at McDonald's (x3)"

Satyagraha - Visible Shape: Philip Glass / Lou Reed at Occupy Wall Street

'With a moving melody and an assortment of footage, French filmmaker Jean Thevenin artfully pieces together the events of an important night in Occupy history in his short film, "Visible Shape". On this particular evening in December, composer Philip Glass and Lou Reed joined a large crowd of occupiers in Lincoln Center in New York, outside the final performance of Glass's opera "Satyagraha", which is about the life of Gandhi and his non-violent protests. Glass joined the crowds for a mic check, reciting the closing lines of his opera, which is also where the film gets its name: "When righteousness withers away, and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take visible shape, and move, a man among men, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil, and setting virtue on her seat again." Lou Reed spoke via the people's mic as well, saying, "The police are our army. I want to be friends with them." Those involved in the movement couldn't help pointing out the irony in the fact that the Koch Brothers and Mayor Bloomberg sponsor Lincoln Center; the New York City Ballet dances in a theater bearing David Koch's name. While Bloomberg celebrated Gandhi and his efforts, he also worked to shut down the Occupy Movement, and the irony was apparently lost on him. 'Protest', a song from Satyagraha played by the New York City Opera Orchestra, plays throughout the short film, melding seamlessly with the black and white footage of the crowds, signs and the protesters' chants. The result is a powerful video that has truly captures the solidarity and spirit of the Occupy Movement.'

Deleuze & Guattari - "The Societies of Control"

"Historically, if the energetic machine expressed the disciplinary bourgeois society of the 18th and 19th centuries, computers, electronic and cybernetic machines express what Deleuze calls the 'society of control'. The latter cannot be separated from a shift in capitalism from speculation and accumulation towards circulation. The abstract and often dizzying process of buying and selling products in which the importance of marketing exceeds that of commodities themselves. Digital technologies that enable and accelerate circulation are part of a global networked society that has no outer border or limit."

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