"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites." -Thomas Jefferson
¶ 6:21 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2009
"Everyday forms of resistance make no headlines. Just as millions of anthozoan polyps create, willy-nilly, a coral reef, so do thousands upon thousands of individual acts of insubordination and evasion create a political or economic barrier reef of their own. There is rarely any dramatic confrontation, any moment that is particularly newsworthy. And whenever, to pursue the simile, the ship of state runs aground on such a reef, attention is typically directed to the shipwreck itself and not to the vast aggregation of petty acts that made it possible. It is only rarely that the perpetrators of these petty acts seek to call attention to themselves. Their safety lies in their anonymity. It is also extremely rare that officials of the state wish to publicize the insubordination. To do so would be to admit that their policy is unpopular, and, above all, to expose the tenuousness of their authority in the countryside -- neither of which the sovereign state finds in its interest. The nature of the acts themselves and the self-interested muteness of the antagonists thus conspire to create a kind of complicitous silence that all but expunges everyday forms of resistance from the historical record." -James C. Cott from Weapons of the Weak
¶ 4:35 PM
my scrobbler has been broken for a week (a staff person is trying to help me on a forum). and i almost feel like i'm not getting the appropriate credit i deserve (not to mention the artists!). that seems very wrong. maybe i should ween myself of last.fm. it's almost as though, if it isn't scrobbled i really didn't listen to it. i guess some feel the same way about blogging. if you didn't blog it or tweet it, it didn't happen. i'm sure it's possible to have a healthier relationship with the participatory platforms, but i'm sure i'm not atypical of getting sucked into certain black holes. at least someone else offered to set up an Illegal Art facebook page. it's really cool, but i remain at a distance.
¶ 10:45 AM
Concord Free Press: "Be part of an ongoing experiment in publishing and community"... basically they publish books for free and ask that you donate to a charity and pass the book along. You can see a list of donations done in their name to a sum of $33,000+ for their first book (1,500 copies).
¶ 6:43 AM
Philo T. Farnsworth runs Illegal Art and posts random things here.