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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> how to defeat activism
Francis Hwang on Wed, 31 Jul 2002 09:19:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> how to defeat activism

MWP wrote:

>David Garcia wrote:
>  > > ...the artist's iconic status as imaginative outlaw and 
>exemplar of freedom
>  > and the imagination has been replaced by that of the hacker.
>You've got to be kidding! Outlaw, perhaps, but freedom and 
>imagination? Please!
>These guys sit at computers and blindly type strings of random words into
>unforgiving blank spaces all day in anticipation of that brief 
>moment of reward.
>They are glorified carnival chickens. Give me a break.

Right. Meanwhile artists blindly fling paint at unforgiving blank 
canvases all day in anticipation of ... what, exactly?

I'm not down with David's formulation either -- it's a big world, so 
there's room for artists and hackers -- but let's be fair. Any 
vocation can sound petty if you decide to describe in completely 
inaccurate terms.


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