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Re: <nettime> dark days
John Young on Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:08:35 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> dark days


A US federal judge advised in conference we disputants:
"Truth does not emerge by genial discussion but by hammer
blows." Perhaps judges are compelled to tweet like that.

But the same could be said about change in power relations,
that does not happen through acceptable behavior.

Joyous and earnest protests coutured with tear gas, head bashing
and neckerchiefs, online viral calls for engagement, ponderous
lectures and arguments, do no more than expend energy like
entertainment, sports, political campaigns and celebrity TEDs,
which they emulate with vicarious ineffectural adrenalin
inebriation.

Power is maintained with violence no matter the political
platform cosmetizing its murderous threat to disobedience.
No wonder revolutionaries emulate the powerful once they
have capitvated the fodder.

Darker days are necessary to avoid being blinded by the
kleig lights of media and propaganda.





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