September 27th, 2011


Fuck yeah social movements (and fur seals!)

So I got a very good mark for the Anonymous essay - good enough so that if I turn up for my presentation next Monday and hand in a piece of paper with my name on it for the final essay, I'll still pass the course. But naturally, that isn't good enough - I want to kick this course's arse. It's the last major requirement fulfilment one and a topic that really interests me so BOO FUCKING YAH.

Anyway, some people expressed an interest in reading this essay. I'm still not happy with it, I still think it's trite and I know there's information that's inaccurate in there in the absence of ability to expand on some ideas. However, I'm willing to put my neck on the block and allow people who are actually From The Internet to read it. But it's 4000 words and I'm fucked if I'm taking all the refs out, so instead of making a post I am going to ask you - do you want to read it? If so, let me know and I'll post it limited to only people who actually want to see it.

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This afternoon I'm going to do the pre-settlement inspection of the apartment. It's the first time I've seen it since I signed the purchase agreement back in June (yes, I have been resisiting sneaking up there and peeking in the windows). This is exciting, although the agent tells me there are 'things I should see'. I am hoping that doesn't mean holes in the walls or a missing hot water cylinder. I suspect what it means is that the tenants (who were the owner's son and his friend) have left without cleaning it and maybe left some stuff around. If that's the case, would I be within my rights to ask for a commercial service to be engaged to sort it out? Cos cleaning it before I can live there doesn't appeal all that much eh?

But but but - seeing mah place! *SQUEE*

Finally, an interesting piece on why #OccupyWallStreet is different. Points out something that more people should be aware of - the generation currently in their 20s are the first generation for a very long time to be worse off than their parents. And some commentary on the accusation of being disorganised.

Because I was asked to keep talking about this.

If you don't read anything else about the #OccupyWallStreet protests, please read this: Correcting the Abysmal New York Times Coverage of Occupy Wall Street.

"These are the kinds of massive oppositional forces activists find themselves facing these days: an incredibly oppressive police state and a corporate cash monster bearing down on them from the right. Meanwhile, their union support army is either in retreat or preoccupied fighting other battles on other fronts in Wisconsin or Ohio, or one of the other forty-eight states where anti-union legislation was introduced this year courtesy of ALEC, a front group that serves as proxy for corporate interests.

Instead of bemoaning the fact that protesters haven’t arrived in matching uniforms with a coherent PowerPoint presentation, these are the issues we should be addressing. Of course the majority of Zuccotti Park occupiers are young, brash and lost. They’d have to be to do something like this, and risk getting hypothermia for the chance to be ignored and belittled by the media. Young people are always the first ones willing to risk comfort and security for the romantic vision of a better tomorrow.

No, a movement can’t be supported on a shaky foundation, nor do I expect journalists to also serve as activism advisers, but Bellafante’s piece does nothing to help us understand why Zuni Tikka is the last woman standing."