Monday, July 09, 2007

dead nuff yet


I think we have a different, and perhaps diminished, sense of what's possible today compared to the '60s. In his speech at the March on Washington in 1965, Paul Potter talked about changing the system. We protest the war in Iraq, or the WTO, but it's hard to imagine that we could really change things in a radical way: put an end to the military industrial complex, replace consumer capitalism with another form of economy, or achieve true democracy. Back then, people seemed to be able to imagine a radically different future. I think it's vitally important that we recapture some of that utopian spirit.

Mark Tribe speaking to Regina Debatty apropos of the Port Huron Project. Via Listics.

"it's hard to imagine that we could really change things in a radical way:"

or,

"it's easy to imagine that 'it's hard to imagine that we could really change things in a radical way:'"

We talk and create devices and means to talk and talk about devices that will enable us to talk more potently and devise more incisively and the net effect is what to discover that we are already dead, walking the elysian fields, talking about what we could do if only we were alive?

Either we are already dead, or it is part of the Business Model of the United States to have us seem so. It might not be a bad idea to interrogate the notion of "business models." What in plain fucking English is a business model?




image: Nick Knight
to be continued

1 Comments:

Anonymous ahfukit said...

The spannable breach?

7/09/2007 4:49 PM  

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