Monthly Archives: February 2012

Luscious Jackson Are Ready

The Beastie Boys came back, so why not Luscious Jackson. The ladies have a new song, “Are You Ready,” up at Rolling Stone.com and are working on an album.

 

Exclusive: Luscious Jackson Return With First New Song in a Decade | Music News | Rolling Stone.

via Luscious Jackson Are Ready.

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The Revolutionary Geek: Wael Ghonim

The People Have the Power

Wael Ghonim is not a fiery speaker. He doesn’t wave flags or throw stones, literally or metaphorically. Ghonim is a geek, the kind that met his wife online. “I always believed in the power of the Internet,” the quiet Egyptian said tonight, in a talk presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Yet he’s perhaps the only person I’ve heard speak in public that I could honestly, without hyperbole, say helped lead a revolution.

And he did it through Facebook. Ghonim is the former Google executive whose call for a demonstration on an anonymous Facebook page brought out hundreds of thousands of Egyptians, a movement of Jah’s people that ended the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, and changed the world as part of what’s been called the Arab Spring. “You shouldn’t be wasting your time on Facebook; you should be out on the streets,” political activists told him. But Ghonim understood the power of free speech granted by the Internet, while admitting street protests scared him. “We are brave behind the keyboards,” he said tonight. “I always believed the Internet was going to change politics in Egypt.” Continue reading

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“We’re All Participants Here!”

Alice Bag

Before I ever heard the concept of Participatory Culture, I was an acolyte of the notion of artistic production as a communitarian, not a hierarchical, act. As I explained to my students yesterday, as I taught them Henry Jenkins et al. white paper on PC and New Media Literacies, the belief in Do It Yourself connects my interests in punk rock, feminism, and digital culture. I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that we don’t live in a spectator society anymore; Guy Debord is dated. And then last night, I came across this passage in Violence Girl: East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story, the memoir by Alice Bag.

“I’m stomping, jogging and dancing all over the stage, teetering precariously on my high heels. I spot an area of spectators in front of Patricia, my bassist. Fuck that! No spectators, we’re all participants here!”

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