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  • Inside the Crowd - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street four blocks shy of the Courthouse But they didn t say the police they said the Regime The Regime was making a stand Protesters came hurrying toward us retreating from whatever was happening ahead but the greater tide of people kept moving forward and I moved with it I was safe enclosed within the masses The chant had grown it seemed to come from all around me and many other drums had picked up its beat Boom boom Ain t no power like the power of the People cause the power of the People don t stop Boom boom Ain t no power like the power of the People cause the power of the People don t stop I could see the barricade clearly now only 20 yards away Soldiers with gas masks were poised with their rifles in front of a Humvee with a machine gun Mixed in I could see riot police with shotguns and tear gas launchers all of them masked and goggled and suddenly I was hyperventilating again bent over and panting with my heart pounding away so fast I thought it would explode Someone squeezed my arm I heard a young voice You OK I straightened up breathed in A stocky kid with wild hair was looking into my face No I wasn t okay never would be OK Thank you There was an explosion and a canister banged painfully against my shins I stumbled stared dumbly at it hissing by my feet until my companion picked it up with a bandanna and hurled it through the window of a clothing store Fuck you he shouted waving his fist across the pavement My eyes welled up instantly but I could still see the guns smoking and hear the thud of rubber bullets against the bodies beside me the yelps of pain You can t silence me I heard someone whisper You can t People began to fall back under the onslaught and I heard calls behind me to link arms to keep moving forward They had come this far block by block in the face of everything A sudden sharp smack burned against my thigh and the impact dropped me to my knees I felt hands under my arms lifting me up offering to bring me away but I shrugged them off and stood facing the ranks of helmeted figures anonymous and inhuman You can t silence me I snarled at them I felt the tears running down my face and I didn t try to choke them back anymore I said again louder You can t silence me I was alone now with the crowd just behind me The security forces had formed a line and were getting ready to charge but they were just pictures of men to me now lies made flesh and the rage came rising until it was singing in my ears I m going to tell everything I yelled at them then I picked up an orange traffic

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  • Soft Narcosis of the Networked Condition - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    A chaos that occurs when the world goes too fast for your brain According to Berardi we have to focus on the digital natives if we really want to understand info overload Whether older generations suffer from info saturation should not determine our analysis Berardi Do not ask yourself if you can or cannot cope It is not about adaptation or choice The Greek god of hunting and rustic music Pan is a symbol of plenty and abundance and has never been stigmatized as a problem Humankind was always impressed by the billions of stars shining in the clear night sky and never was in a panic about its plentitude Imagine how humans grow up in the info sphere The nonconformist Franco Berardi questions the current emphasis in contemporary arts and other fancy circles on becoming a central concept in the work of his teachers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari with whom he collaborated and about whom he wrote a book Desire was always good but now that s not always the case We are no longer becoming digital We re in the midst of the network paradigm and it is pretty busy in here Berardi recommended Mark Fisher s 2009 Capitalist Realism to me which describes what happens when postmodernism is naturalized Fisher defines this unstated worldview as reflexive impotence They know things are bad but more than that they can t do anything about But that knowledge that reflexivity is not a passive observation of an existing state of affairs It is a self fulfilling prophecy An obstacle to implementing any response to such content overload is that one can retreat into a position of indifference Young people experience a world where nothing can be done They sense that society is falling apart and nothing will change Fisher correlates the impotence to widespread pathologization foreclosing the possibility of politicization Many of the teenage students I encountered Fisher writes seemed to be in a state of depressive hedonia constituted by an inability to do anything else except pursue pleasure Young people respond to the freedom that post disciplinary systems offer not by pursuing projects but by falling into hedonic lassitude the soft narcosis the comfort food oblivion of Playstation all night TV and marijuana Having a psychoanalytic background Franco Berardi connects the condition described by Mark Fisher to the shift away from the affection of the mother and the voice of the father to the machinic realm of television and the computer as the prime source of language acquisition Indolence becomes a virtue after one no longer misses the news headlines This is the strategy of the Network Sovereign No more calls for restraint or attempts to filter the rubbish in the hope of finding vital info gems Instead we surf n search for perfect serendipity with our eyes wide shut We are fully connected yet we don t care The flashy visual seduction of PR firms and software engineers run aground on this paramount attitude Data flows no

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/soft-narcosis-of-the-networked-condition/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Geert Lovink, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Geert Lovink Soft Narcosis of the Networked Condition March 7 2013 by Geert Lovink Tags capitalism facebook 106 virtual world social networing media internet Here lies the origin of contemporary chaos Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/geert-lovink/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Broadcaster of the Year - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    s point of view While their main competitors BBC World and CNN International focus on British and American strategic interests leave it to AJE to get up close with a new Taliban commander in Afghanistan opponents of oil exploration in Nigeria heavy metal rockers in the Islamic world and the oppressed Uighur minority in China Sure they explore the effects of say International Monetary Fund policies and AJE scooped the world by being the only international broadcaster in Gaza during the Israeli onslaught but viewers expecting a radical critique will be disappointed AJE is very much the BBC of the South representing the mainstream perspective of an emerging multipolar world at a time when American power is increasingly in question AJE is fast becoming the only news organization documenting an ever larger swath of the planet It s almost a perfect storm for Al Jazeera English because everyone realizes there s a crisis in journalism and they are one of the few networks with the resources not to worry about it says Shawn Powers a fellow at the University of Southern California s Annenberg School who has studied AJE Blame the financial crisis and the collapse of the mainstream media The mainstream American networks have cut their bureaus to the bone the channel s managing director Tony Burman a veteran foreign correspondent and former news chief of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation told me in Qatar this summer They re basically only in London now Even CNN has pulled back I remember in the 80s when I covered these events there would be a truckload of American journalists and crews and editors and now Al Jazeera outnumbers them all The channel plans to open ten new bureaus in the coming year That s where in the absence of alternatives Al Jazeera

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  • Alain Badiou, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of the planet The Post Autistic Movement July 15 2009 by Alain Badiou Tags economics post autistic movement The post autistic economics movement is one of the great early eruptions of student anger against a dry mathematical and statistics based science that seems to have no soul Make a few copies of this article What is Canada For November 13 2007 by Alain Badiou Tags As Canada sits in the crossroads between its peacekeeping past and fighting terror future Dr Michael Byers the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia breaks down Canada s role in international organizations the use of military force human rights and Canada United States relations It Will All Fall Down A Conversation with Seymour Hersh August 22 2007 by Alain Badiou Tags Seymour Hersh stands out as a preeminent chronicler of US power In 2006 he revealed that the administration was considering a nuclear strike on Iran and reported that the US had encouraged Israel to plan and execute the war against Lebanon in which more than a thousand Lebanese civilians were killed If the aim of journalism is to hold the powerful to account Hersh is

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/alain-badiou/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Who Is Winning the PR War? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    didn t seem to register I m not going to argue for the existence of a vast Zionist mechanism conspiring to shape our collective understanding of the conflict I don t think we need to elevate the discussion in such alarmist terms to make the point that when it comes to the issue of Israel and Palestine the mainstream narrative is biased Consider the opening sentence of today s New York Times editorial Israel has the right to defend itself Who could possibly argue that it doesn t The ethically inviolable right to self defense is a constant refrain offered time and time again as justification for Israeli military action as well as its unwavering US support It is also the premise upon which most Western media coverage seems to be built That Israel is defending itself is a relatively unchallenged assumption in the mainstream narrative And because it is seen as the defender Israel cannot logically be perceived as the aggressor But consider this fact the Gaza strip is one of the most densely populated urban tracts in the world 1 4 million people occupy an area roughly twice the size of Washington D C Its borders land and sea as well as its airspace are controlled by Israel Life in Gaza as a Palestinian acquaintance related is like living in an overcrowded prison For the news to say that Israel is targeting Hamas inside Gaza he explained is like saying they are targeting a particular fish in a barrel full of them That it would be impossible for Israel to target individuals without killing scores of innocent civilians is as well known to the Israeli military as it is to the terrorized citizens of Gaza But the average American doesn t know And they re certainly not going

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  • Iran - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    anger For most of the 20th century Iran was pillaged by the West first by Britain and then by the United States These two empires did whatever was necessary to keep cheap Persian oil flowing Murder Torture prisons Death Squads Puppet tyrants Thousands killed for resisting Since the 1920 s Britain controlled Iran s resources with underhanded politics and military might Then in 1951 a secular leader named Mohammad Mosaddegh became the first democratically elected leader of the country and he set out to nationalize Iran s oil industry to bring the resources back This idea was so popular so powerful that Britain needed help They called the CIA Within a few months America and Britain agreed on a plan Mosaddegh was taken out in a CIA led coup and left under permanent house arrest The dictator the Shah was put back into power this time with renewed Western arms deals and American assurances the he d be given a carte blanche to use the terrifying SAVAK secret police network however he saw fit What would Iran look like today had the fledging democracy s head not been chopped off its resources ransacked its sovereignty stolen and its people demonized

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/iran/ (2016-02-09)
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  • It's The Blowback, Stupid! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh nationalized the oilfields in 1951 But Britain would not let the loss of its most important resource go unanswered By convincing the US government that an encroaching Soviet Empire was inching into Iran the British got the Central Intelligence Agency to orchestrate a coup d état Two years after Iran took back its oil the democratically elected Mossadegh was removed and replaced by the pro western Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Over the course of his 25 years in power the Shah terrorized his people imprisoning and torturing tens of thousands of political opponents while blowing millions on extravagant celebrations as his people lived in abject poverty Although the Shah protected British and America s oil supplies the CIA realized that its meddling could have some repercussions After the coup the CIA coined the term blowback to describe the possible unintended consequences of its covert action The 1953 CIA led coup in Iran set the stage for the Islamic Revolution of 1979 the consequences of which the US and Iran are still facing today Photo The corpses of 11 dignitaries of the Shah s regime lie on the floor of a Tehran morgue in April 1979 Among them are Khalatbari former Minister of Foreign Affairs and General Hassan Pakhravan first chief of the Savak the brutal and much despised political police Abbas Magnum New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer explores the history of America s involvement in Iran with his book All The Shah s Men An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror Notably he shows how the CIA led coup of the nationalist Iranian government in 1953 created the roots of virulent anti western sentiment in the Middle East The following is an excerpt from an interview with Democracy Now s Amy Goodman I was recently on a panel in the National Cathedral in Washington and one of the other panelists we were talking about Iran was Bruce Laingen who had been the chief American diplomat in Iran and was the most prominent figure among the hostages that were held there for 444 days And I knew that Laingen had become an advocate of reconciliation with Iran which I consider quite remarkable considering the ordeal that he suffered so I wanted to talk to him He told me an amazing story He said I had been sitting in my solitary cell as a hostage for about a year when one day the cell door opens and there is standing one of the hostage takers one of my jailers And all of my rage and my fury built up over one year sitting in that cell just burst out and I started screaming at him and I was telling him You have no right to do this This is cruel this is inhumane These people have done nothing This is a violation of every law of god and man You cannot take innocent people hostage He said I went on like this for several

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