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  • Pedro Inoue, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Pedro Inoue Shining Eyes July 26 2013 by Pedro Inoue Tags youth revolution protest Brazil occupygezi uprising future 109 The new way of being is beating in our veins 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 commercial

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  • To The Barricades! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the antiglobalization movement began to wane as early as a year after Seattle The first sign of decline was the increasing failure of the lockdown technique For David Graeber an anarchist anthropologist the August 1 2000 protests against the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia marked the decisive turning point when the lockdown blockade strategy had largely run its course To neutralize the lockdown police had developed a counterstrategy of preemptive arrests infiltration of protest groups and aggressive criminalization of civil disobedience First in the weeks leading up to a protest a public campaign of fearmongering alienates people from the protesters As Tim Ream a longtime forest activist explains police and city government press releases demonize protesters by painting them as dangerous and destructive spoiled brats hiding behind masks and unaware of what they stand for Once the protests have been criminalized in the eyes of the public the police then preemptively arrest presumed leaders An early example of this tactic was the case of John Sellers a leader of the Ruckus Society who days before the RNC protests in 2000 was preemptively arrested charged with 14 misdemeanors including possession of an instrument of crime his cell phone and held on 1 million bail All charges were dropped three months later Likewise in 2009 UK police preemptively arrested 114 climate change protesters who were allegedly planning to shut down a coal fired power plant This picture taken last June at the G20 protests in Toronto demonstrates the counterstrategy known as kettling The goal of kettling is to aggressively herd protesters and spectators alike into a small area threatening them with arrest sometimes hitting them with batons and keeping them trapped for several hours until they are thoroughly intimidated and demoralized With leadership behind bars police then subdue the crowds of dancing carnivalesque protesters using the counterstrategy of kettling The London police learned quickly from their failure to control the movement of joyous masked protesters during the Carnival Against Capital and they have since become the chief innovators of this strategy The kettle is formed by riot police who surround the crowd and slowly aggressively push it into a smaller and smaller area Eventually protesters find themselves locked in a preselected square confronted on all sides by rows of baton wielding cops Laurie Penny who experienced a kettle on the coldest day of the year in November 2010 tells what happens next At first the cops give curt answers to the kids demanding to know why they can t get through Then they all seem to get some sort of signal because suddenly the polite copper in front of me is screaming in my face shoving me hard in the back of the head raising his baton and the protesters around me are yelling and running back When they realize they are trapped the young protesters panic the second line of police advance with horses following behind them as a surge of teenagers carry a rack of iron railings toward the riot guard and howl to be released I scramble up a set of traffic lights just in time to see a member of the Metropolitan police grab a young protester by the neck and hurl him back into the crowd Once the crowd has been intimidated demoralized denied food and water and forced to wait several hours in the freezing cold they are finally allowed to leave one at a time after showing their identification papers NETWAR Six days before protesters shut down Seattle Matthew Arnison an activist and programmer from the Catalyst Collective in Sydney posted the inaugural message on a website he had helped build Displaying the utopianism that would become characteristic of a generation of digital activists he declared The web dramatically alters the balance between multinational and activist media With just a bit of coding and some cheap equipment we can set up a live automated website that rivals the corporates Prepare to be swamped by the tide of activist media With this digital call to arms Indymedia was born Within days Indymedia s on the ground reports of the lockdown of Seattle had been accessed over a million times Even mainstream corporate media were relying on Indymedia for accurate accounts of the protests Indymedia s open publishing model empowered citizen journalism with an ethos of antiauthoritarianism For the first time anyone could write the news anyone could be an investigative journalist anyone could challenge corporate control of information Within two years Indymedia sites bloomed in 125 cities and on every continent The advent of Indymedia signaled the political maturation of the internet It proved that a handful of maverick programmers could leverage the power of information to reshape the flows of power And it did not take long for most activists to experience firsthand the profound political potential of the web At Adbusters Buy Nothing Day grew exponentially from an event primarily limited to the Pacific Northwest into a global phenomenon celebrated in over 70 countries In those exciting days similar stories of memes going viral and protests flaring up abounded For years the most promising model for combining activism with the internet was MoveOn Founded in 1998 by a Berkeley couple computer programmer Wes Boyd and marketer Joan Blades MoveOn was one of the first political organizations to experience the kind of viral growth that would later become synonymous with digital activism From a simple website that cost 89 50 to set up and an email sent to friends protesting the impeachment of Bill Clinton MoveOn grew into a powerful organization with millions of members We were blown away by the response we got Blades remembers The first day we had 300 petitioners then 1 500 then 9 000 then 25 000 by the end of the week The growth curve was amazing MoveOn may have started as an online petition but they very quickly found their calling in using the web to organize offline actions MoveOn pioneered the tactic of turning everyday people into

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  • Revolt! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    do it often sometimes silently sometimes angrily but we do it A choice is seen in greater clarity than before and we merely accept the path which gives us greater benefits even if it is different from one we chose before So revolt to be successful must present with greater clarity and force of argument the reasons for taking an alternative path to that one now in use must convince that what one has now is insignificant compared to what one could have and must present the methods by which this change could be made It could be said that any society has vested interests in the status quo which could not be unseated by argument I disagree For any revolution to succeed even those interests must be shown to gain or to lose less by cooperation than they would otherwise I as a Progressive Anarchist want the complete overthrow of present societies but not now not immediately not violently but gradually and peacefully as ideas gradually seep through one s mind The intention of this revolutionary is to assault your mind and destroy your beliefs Lawrence Morley FROM Adbusters 93 The Big Ideas of 2011 Order this issue Subscribe

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  • Lawrence Morley, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Lawrence Morley Revolt January 28 2011 by Lawrence Morley Tags 93 revolution protest Egypt Anarcho What would it take for you to take the plunge and get out into the streets 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

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  • adbusters, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment - Page 3 of 46
    western civilization there is but administration from above and the political vacuum below BillionPeopleMarch December 21 2015 by adbusters Tags D19 billionpeoplemarch against a future that does not compute Aesthetic terror December 7 2015 by adbusters Tags 123 terrorism Aesthetico Enter into a new space one that defies reason logic and realize all too quickly the kernel of human creativity Play Jazz November 27 2015 by adbusters Tags play jazz anarchy 122 jesus Jazz is the big brother of Revolution Revolution follows it around Miles Davis Jump Cut November 27 2015 by adbusters Tags 122 jump cut perspective The jump cut is a technique where two sequential subjects of a similar idea are cut up and reordered from a slightly different angle or position This type of technique creates the effect that Get ready for the Billion People March November 23 2015 by adbusters Tags billionpeoplemarch It s been a few years since Occupy Wall Street came and went Conventional wisdom says it fizzled but all of us who participated know better Occupy took the world by surprise then it What is left of the Left November 23 2015 by adbusters Tags political Left radical left 122 Either we will

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  • adbusters, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment - Page 46 of 46
    72 It s nice to be naughty claims the buxom hotty in a certain widely disseminated ad for True com one of online dating s biggest players It s the sort of oxymoronic sentiment that encapsulates at least in spirit the seemingly two faced practices of a company that has been raising the hackles of its competitors in an industry struggling with stagnant revenues Fear of Falling July 9 2007 by adbusters Tags 72 When I was a boy Donat said I was afraid of falling into the sky And you Were you ever afraid of falling into the sky I made no reply The idea was absurd No one falls into the sky and surely even as a child I had sense enough not to fear such a thing Winter was wild this year July 6 2007 by adbusters Tags 72 She always had someone the strongest one the man who had slaughtered the most animals Now the man who had killed the most barren cows slept by her side with his white skin that sparkled by her brown body He held her in his dreams Sherwood Hinze June 20 2007 by adbusters Tags The celebrated philosopher king of

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  • What now? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    tide of out of control youth can bring the world to its senses Adbusters FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Heavy Reader 1990 Content Cravings Also In This Magazine Tick Tick Tick I m done marching to the Nike beat January 29 2016 Love at first sip Coke adds life to dozens of public and scientific organizations

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  • Compliance - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    hungry I read the books I wasn t supposed to read and ruined family dinners talking about racism and cried over the state of Iraq in the shower The one thing I ve figured out for certain is this game was rigged long before I arrived Those meticulously crafted rules were written by cheaters upheld by patriarchs claiming to speak for a pale skinned god and enforced by heavily armed dudes with freaky surveillance equipment The game I ve been asked to play is on a playground ruled by terrorists with secretive prisons overseas and poisoned wells and only treats for the kinds of kids you d never want to be friends with Still by way of proving myself worthy of inheriting some of these spoils I m asked to comb my hair smile nicely and petition for the privilege of having my labor exploited by crafting exquisitely boring cover letters I should shut up sit down and only ask very very nicely that the big men don t let all the tigers become extinct and not too furiously rip this planet apart from limb to limb Because as a good child of God and state I can never suggest that their game is stupid mean and in absolutely no way any fun I carefully fold the New York Times and finish drinking my tea What the big men don t anticipate is a lot of us are ready to stop combing our hair As our parents made no significant dent on the diseased systems into which they birthed us we have no choice but to stop being their obedient sons and daughters Our defeat is nearly certain The only thing more unbearable is our complacency Maureen K Doll Waunakee U S A FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution

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