["Lost Objects of Desire", Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, 2010, installation]
“War is no longer declared,
But rather continued. The courageous
Has become the everyday. The hero
Is absent from the battle. The weak
Are moved into the firing zone.
The uniform of the day is patience,
[Ali Cherri, Give Me A Body Then, Istanbul, 2013]
On August 18th, philosopher and Mantle contributor Cæmeron Crain appeared live on "Inside the Sulphurbath" for an engaging discussion of "Living in a Society of Control," his latest in a series of blog posts addressing key concepts in contemporary political theory.
Friday, July 12, I was welcomed back to join Mike Wilson, Greg Becker, and Blaine Kneece on Inside the Sulphurbath. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about the hunger-striker Kostas Sakkas, Austerity and the ongoing, and ever worsening European Debt Crisis, Anarchism in Greece and at home, and the yet-to-be-decided Trayvon Martin trial.
"Extended Identity" (2012) explores the idea of globalization and how it allows a person to extend his or her identity through learning about other cultures. The idea of transformation is explored mainly due to technologies that increase our capabilities to search for and interact with new and other individuals who seem very far away, and yet we are able to share a great part of their cultural being.
We at The Mantle have provided a space for new and emerging voices from around the world since day one. That's our mission. Making this platform available is necessary if we are to ever substantially challenge the dominance of a choice few mainstream, corporate media conglomerates. Six corporations—GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS—own and operate 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.
This video is a bit over-dramatized, but in a nutshell it proves that too much technological connectivity is ruining our lives.
As a manic content farmer, I understand these pitfalls, which is why lately I've been turning off my phone at every social engagement or activity when speaking and undivided attention is a necessary premium. When people give you the time, the least we can do is give others our complete self for that period of connectivity. After all, the stuff on that little screen is more fleeting and, if you think about it, less valuable in the long run than the takeaways you gain face to face.
Kudos to director Eliot Rausch for his efforts.
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