I have mixed feelings about this article in the New Statesman. I don’t disagree with the premise or with anything the writer says, but I also think that arguing the surveillance state is a fundamentally feminist issue rather misses the wider point. It’s certainly an example of how patriarchy fucks over everyone, but this is only as much a feminist issue as it is of race, class and every other power dynamic in our society. The problem is ultimately about how a privileged few oppress the majority who enable their position, and gender-based oppression is only one manifestation of that. You could construct a completely similar and equally valid argument that it’s an issue of a privileged white minority shutting out the rest of the world (and thus arguing that it’s an issue of race), or a privileged rich minority (this making a Marxist argument), or etc. They’re all aspects of a wider picture, and focusing on one such aspect alone thus misses the entirety of that picture.
(Also, h/t Marley for sharing the article)
While we should be concerned about government surveillance of data & communications on public networks, this whole thing with the NSA is starting to get really, really overblown.
Ask yourself what you personally lost in all of this before you write a long article or blog post suggesting that President Obama should not finish his term.
Because if you personally don’t “lose” anything, it’s not important? OOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
BR: Kuwait is a crazy mix: a super-affluent country, yet basically a welfare state, though with a super neo-liberal consumer economy.
FQ: We consume vast amounts of everything. Instagram businesses are a big thing in Kuwait.
BR: What’s an Instagram business?
FQ: If you have an Instagram account, you can slap a price tag on anything, take a picture of it, and sell it. For instance, you could take this can of San Pellegrino, paint it pink, put a heart on it, call it yours, and declare it for sale. Even my grandmother has an Instagram business! She sells dried fruit. A friend’s cousin is selling weird potted plants that use Astroturf. People are creating, you know, hacked products.” —magazine / issue / Fatima Al Qadiri & Lauren Boyle | MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE (via new-aesthetic)
“I am grateful that I was an adolescent in the 1960’s and was just switching from piano and clarinet to guitar when Hendrix and Clapton hit. Music began to really suck in the early to mid 80’s and has sucked (hard) ever since. Grunge was derivative and cannot hold a candle to to the groundbreaking music of the 60’s. Blues and jazz and roots music endure, and even Elvis Costello is reaching back to his roots.”
COOL STORY GRANDPA