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the revolution will be televised – nice short documentary on the #occupy movement in the US by Livia Santos from Kumba Films (thx, bruna!)!

usually i go with gil scott-heron and argue the opposite: the structure that makes “television” prevents this media of leading to anything worthy of being called a revolution. in fact, the media have a deep interest in not documenting anything revolutionary that could uproot their comfy status as a major political force that is outside of any democratic controls.

on the other hand, i fully agree that moving images on a screen are the communication technology of the future (and probably already of the present). why else would i keep a blog on audiovisual content for a sustainable future!? that’s why i hope for more cinematographers and people using their 5D(-equivalent)s to make great-looking films about inspiring people/movements/events to transmit the important messages of our time.

obama could sign the NDAA (allow american citizens to be arrested on U.S. soil by the military without charge and detained indefinitely) as early as wednesday? that should take care of any leftover glimmer of hope in obama. that’s definitely a change alright, just not quite the one most people were hoping for (of a nobel peace prize winner, ha!): guantanamo forever.

every day it gets increasingly difficult to dispute that the US is a civilization in (rapid) decline. jon stewart’s daily show will one day likely be a historic record of this former superpower’s farcical political landscape and its deconstruction in the name of ‘economic progress’ and ideological ‘wars on terror’. don’t enough US citizens realize that every day their country is getting less robust, less fit to meet the challenges of the future (admittedly, europe isn’t doing such a swell job either, but the US is just crass)?

today i read some shocking figures on business insider (better version, less clicking), even though they just confirm the economic picture publicized in the wake of occupy. 57% of children live in ‘low income’ or impoverished homes. that’s more than half of a future generation that has been denied an equal opportunity. one out of three americans would not be able to pay their rent/mortgage next month if they lost their job. with such little back-up, it’s understandable that ‘medical debt’ accounts for 60% of bankruptcies. 50 million uninsured americans (16.7% of the pop’n, 1 out of 6) needn’t even lose their jobs to go bankrupt, but just have an accident or a medical problem.

how can one expect a nation to solve even the slightest future challenge, when it’s busy with so many self-created problems? it’s like a terminal-stage cancer patient trying to run a marathon (and not realizing the competition is actually a triathlon). one such challenge is that the US will eventually become one of the world’s climate change hotspots. closely related is the fact that an addiction to a limited ressource (fossil fuels) is simply suicidal.

occupy needs to make a major impact very soon for the US to be part of the future. if NDAA passes, it will present an even larger challenge and even slimmer chances of success.

interessanter beitrag zur aktuellen situation der erstarkens der bürgerpartizipation.

diskussionen um das netz basieren fast ausschließlich auf der prämisse des ’technological determinism’. ich sehe hier einen großen fehler: meiner meinung bestimmt letztenendes die gesellschaft, zu welchem zweck technologie benutzt wird. ich sehe immer mehr menschen die unzufrieden damit sind, wie die systeme seit einiger zeit (nicht mehr) funktionieren. auch der rückzug ins private klappt immer weniger. dieser gesellschaftliche zeitgeist ist der grund und auslöser für die entwicklungen in diesem jahr, das ‘internet’ nur der katalysator. ich bin jedenfalls sehr gespannt auf 2012!

das rad der geschichte ist in schwung gekommen. wir sind am ende einer ära.

good animated explanation of the occupy movement: we’re prototyping a 21st century movement. thx, TIME magazine for recognizing ‘the protester’ as the person of the year. i think activists will be the only way out of our mess.

quite disturbing to see the erosion of the freedom of the press in the last years, but it seems 2011 saw some more big hits to journalists rights being respected by the police.

most recently, new york reporters met “the fists of the law”, and at the castor protests happening now, police pepperspray and beat journalists, took away their protection gear or their entire equipment, and even allowed (ordered?) a police dog to bite a journalist!

(Source: http://rt.com/)

best piece on occupy i’ve read in a while, calling it like it is! (thanks Kristyan!)

As the puzzle pieces fit together, they began to show coordination against OWS at the highest national levels.

But wait: why on earth would Congress advise violent militarised reactions against its own peaceful constituents? The answer is straightforward: in recent years, members of Congress have started entering the system as members of the middle class (or upper middle class) – but they are leaving DC privy to vast personal wealth, as we see from the “scandal” of presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s having been paid $1.8m for a few hours’ “consulting” to special interests.

I found out what it was that OWS actually wanted. […] No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors.

What happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent.

[UPDATE: jetzt auch in deutscher übersetzung]

[EDIT: i would never have thought i’d post a video from fox, but it seems to be the best video available] here a good video on the #occupywallstreet protests, since most media outlets seem to be ignoring these news. people are gathering outside of the wall street financial institutions and protesting! apparently, adbusters started mobilizing for this protest, and then anonymous jumping on board.

it appears that the ‘arab revolutions’ are inspiring people all over the world to take their frustration to the streets and protest the systems that so obviously fail us. for two years now, it feels like we are living in a constant state of crisis. with governments all around the world failing to address these systemic problems, it’s great to see people claiming their democratic rights and speak out. this is reason for hope that we won’t be ’shocked’ into more neoconservative disaster capitalism.

[EDIT: nice collection of images and videos at al jazeera]