Thursday, October 27, 2005
This takes me back...
I remember back in the halcyon days of the late 1990s (and the early months of the whatever-you-call-the-first-decade-of-a-centuries), when slapping back against the outrages of globalization was, well, all the rage. We had all read Naomi Klein et al., and kept ourselves busy and amused by fucking with bathroom ads and pulling off run-through pamphletings of Starbucks. In Seattle, Quebec City, and Genoa people took to the streets defiantly, and actual literal battles were fought over the spread of mega-corporations, branding, and the like. It was good times, and actually, even looking back on it, it was useful, and it was right.
However, along came September 11th, and all of a sudden all this went away. At first, we were all too depressed and worried, and then, when life began to return to normal (which was, in fact, after a relatively brief period of time) we found out that the right wing, in its slobbering terror, had skewed the debate so much that dissent was suddenly the equivalent of treason. Anyway, to cut a long story short, there is evidence that the worm has begun to turn. And, as an example of such evidence, I present this website. Check it out, enjoy the pictures, and reflect on the fact that it actually feels good to talk about "culture jamming" again.