Posts Tagged ‘peace’
Henry James Ferry of Grounded News reports from Liberty Park in New York City, comparing the growing protest movement and accompanying police response to previous Tea Party events. Concise and to the point, Ferry debunks the corporate media bulshit and points out the obvious differences between the actions of the far right and the popular revolt which is spreading across America.
I’ve nattered on in these pages before about how Net Neutrality equals Free Speech and needs to be vigorously protected by an engaged and active citizenry. Watching the major news outlets ignore and then distort the events unfolding in New York serves as a very strong example of precisely what I was taking about.
Can you imagine what would happen if the only access to news we had was through the papers, radio and television networks?
Back in the 1960′s and early ’70′s there was still a modicum of journalistic integrity which allowed news unfavourable to the corporate classes to be broadcast and discussed freely. Reports on riots in the streets, mass arrests and use of the National Guard on campuses – as well as front line footage which brought an un-embedded view of the Vietnam war into the living rooms of America, and the rest of the world – played a decisive role in slowing the corporate takeover of U.S. democracy and ending the profitable and tragic debacle in Vietnam.
The lessons from those days was obviously learned by authorities within the police and news industries – just as it was within the music and other entertainment industries (you won’t find any anti-war songs on the Top 10 these days) – and more pervasive and monolithic controls of these information sources has been corporatized to craft a simple, bland and diverting flow of stories that pass for news and culture.
The net eludes that control and will continue to do so as long as it remains free and out of the controlling hands of corporate power and corrupt governments. Otherwise we’ll just be listening to more Justin Beiber tunes sung in reality show competitions while the few who choose to stand up against corruption and theft get the snot smacked out of them by police thugs with no one paying attention – or being able to pay attention – or being allowed to pay attention.
So – pay attention.
Thankfully we are at a cusp where the ability to control the net has not been entrenched and cannot be enforced – yet – and the lies or non-news being spewed by old media is readily being shown to the world as the truckload of rancid horseshit it actually is.
I don’t care who’s side you’re on or what your personal political perspectives are. What I do care about is the ability of everyone to engage in free and open debate. That will not be possible without a neutral net.
Net Neutrality is Free Speech.
It’s June 1st, baby!
Much will be said about Hetherington and his work by others – best to let it speak for itself:
Many people are killed or injured in the too many wars we continue to wage. Countless nameless dead litter the blood drenched soil of too many torn lands. When a known name or face is attached to a death it seems to bring brief clarity to the madness. Like Tim Page and many others before him, Hetherington served as our eyes and conscience in the field. Letting these brave artists speak truthfully and openly is the means for the world to see what horrors are perpetrated in our name and how our young men and women are called upon to act on our behalf.
Let his words and images feed our own hearts and minds so we ourselves may act with clarity and always do the right thing. War is never inevitable – but the desire to profit from it will always lie in the darker corners of humanity.
Shine a light.
UPDATE: It was initially reported that Chris Hondros, a Pulitizer & Capa award winning photojournalist who was with Hetherington in the attack had been injured but survived. Sadly, Hondros has also died. You can find out more here at the HuffPo where you can see some of the last images he posted.
I have my faith in humanity restored whenever I hear young men and women speak words like this:
They can’t stop us demonstrating, they can’t stop us fighting back, and how ever much they try to imprison us in the streets of London, those are our streets. We will always be there to demonstrate, we will always be there to fight… We are no longer that generation that doesn’t care, we are no longer that generation to sit back and take whatever they give us. We are now the generation at the heart of the fight back.
They deserve our praise and, more importantly, our support. There is a very big fight coming. Large storm clouds of unrest are looming on the horizon of our lives. The stakes are going to be very dear and the end result – as much as these things ever have any true end – is in no wait a certainty. The next decade is going to be hell. No doubt about it. The young men and women who think and act as this student does will bear the brunt of the fight. Old farts like me must be prepared to do more than write angry blog posts or rage on Twitter.
I have a lot more to say about the recent events around the world with respect to freedom of speech and the right to dissent. There is a post-production deadline I must endeavour to meet and that will keep me busy for the next few weeks. Come the new year there be other projects that will occupy my time. But I do have more to say and I will find the time and the various ways and means of doing so. In the meantime, don’t be cynical, don’t be depressed, and don’t be savagely angry. Just be determined to add your own voice, in whatever way, regardless of how trivial it may seem. We are Spartacus, we are Anonymous, we are Assange, we are the Who’s of Whoville – and we will be heard.
John Lennon’s 70th birthday was celebrated yesterday.
I had hoped to write up my own post here to add my thoughts but was too busy with all those things that happen when you’re busy making other plans.
In lieu of my contribution, head over to Jill Golick’s blog where she has assembled a noteworthy collection of videos posted by others, wishing John – the spirit of his life and his message of peace we carry with us – a very Happy Birthday.
It’s not too late to add your own video by going to YouTube where you can post your own message of peace and thanks.
It is SO inspiring to hear a calm and reasoned voice speak out with both passion and truth on their side. Yes, the music score beneath amps up the emotional quality of the testimony given by this soldier – but that in no way diminishes the content of what is being said and the need for everyone to listen – and to act.
Please pass this on to others. Thanks.
On this day, back in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took to a bed in Montreal to petition the world for Peace. They crafted a song and recorded it there with the help of a few equally optimistic friends and it has since become an anthem for what is desired by almost every living thing on the planet – and yet remains so elusive due to the ignorance and machinations of a few.
I’m in the midst of some changes here which will (hopefully) affect the content of this blog. It’s devolved every once and while into acid rants against any perverse stupidity that stands between humanity and the common good. Sometimes it’s just a pretty collection of neat videos and at other times it is (hopefully) an aggregation of inspiring ideas.
I’m not sure what it will turn into as I change a few things around here – more than just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, I assure you – but it will still be a place for the sticky brain morsels of Robbo to find purchase.
In the meantime – sing-along with John.
The only sure thing about this world is that things change. And I don’t think Gandhi meant for us to impersonate nickels and dimes when he said: Be the change you seek in the world.”
From the YouTube post:
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).
P.S. I’ve seen this before but I heard about it again today on Twitter via the most excellent and awesome Roger Ebert and just had to share.