Banksy on Advertising

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”

~ Banksy


Justice in Fiction

Can fantasy and fiction tell a more truthful story about our political experience than what’s being said in the ‘real world’ of media and politics? To answer that, Spanish filmmakers Leónidas Martín and Núria Campabadal turn to  several ‘real life’ fictional characters who would know, from the legendary Superbarrio of Mexico City, to the comic-book character Unemployed Man, to Reverend Billy. Many Occupy-related projects are included, from Anonymous to Occupy Comics, to the Occupy Ninjas.

Note: The documentary is in Spanish, but many of the interviews are in English.

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at the final day of the #occupycop17, there was a rain soaked general assembly and an all night vigil at the Speakers Corner. this is Jeff Lowensteins’ report as he found us that all-too-bright morning

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It’s just after 9:00 a.m. local time here in Durban, and COP17 continues to grind on to an uncertain conclusion.

All meetings have been postponed until 10:00 a.m., raising questions among some about whether a deal will be struck.

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference web site has posted three documents since last night that seemed to indicate the nations were moving to a conclusion.

The Bigger Picture document extends the planning process to arrive at a legal instrument by 2015. The phrasing is deliberate and could represent an effort to appease the United States, which firmly opposed the creating of a legally binding standard. This “road map” is the product of a proposal the European Union introduced and advocated for strongly.

The second document calls for a second commitment period extension of the Kyoto Protocol to begin on January 1 2013 and to end December 31 2017.

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