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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Internet's Own Boy





The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.

This movie is part of the collection: Community Video

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Producer: Brian Knappenberger
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English
Keywords: Aaron Swartz; documentary; hacktivism; suicide; jstor; MIT; CFAA; Cory Doctorow; Tim Berners-Lee; Larry Lessig; internet; activism
Contact Information: http://www.takepart.com/internets-own-boy
Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

History, Terror, Time

"In our day, when historical pressure no longer allows any escape, how can man tolerate the catastrophes and horrors of history—from collective deportations and massacres to atomic bombings—if beyond them he can glimpse no sign, no transhistorical meaning; if they are only the blind play of economic, social, or political forces, or, even worse, only the result of the 'liberties' that a minority takes and exercises directly on the stage of universal history?
"We know how, in the past, humanity has been able to endure the sufferings we have enumerated: they were regarded as a punishment inflicted by God, the syndrome of the decline of the 'age,' and so on. And it was possible to accept them precisely because they had a metahistorical meaning [...] Every war rehearsed the struggle between good and evil, every fresh social injustice was identified with the sufferings of the Saviour (or, for example, in the pre-Christian world, with the passion of a divine messenger or vegetation god), each new massacre repeated the glorious end of the martyrs. [...] By virtue of this view, tens of millions of men were able, for century after century, to endure great historical pressures without despairing, without committing suicide or falling into that spiritual aridity that always brings with it a relativistic or nihilistic view of history"[25]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Return_%28Eliade%29

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Have yourself a blast: Cosmic Triiger Stage Play



http://cosmictriggerplay.com/


Our crowd-funding runs from 23rd May – 4th July 2014.  We have all sorts of goodies on offer, with plenty of Bob Wilson & Ken Campbell related collectables and limited editions.  The money will get us to the first performance; touring costs will be met by ticket sales.

We are a small independent theatre company with passion and vision. We are producing this show for the love of Bob, and will do so on a sliding budget – the more money we raise, the better will be the show. Please help us make this the greatest show on Planet World.

Seedfunders

When Daisy first announced her intention to stage this production, folk began sending her £23 or $23 (or multiples of) to help her get started. These generous early champions are our seed-funders, and are very close to our hearts, as we wouldn’t have had a bat in hell’s chance without them.

http://cosmictriggerplay.com/

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The greatest poem of the 21st Century: Somebody Blew Up America

Amiri Baraka R.I.P In my estimation, Baraka was the greatest poet of the 21st century, and a he contender for the later half of the 20th.

His poem 'Somebody Blew Up America' stands as a testament to the power of poetry and had a deep effect on me when i first heard it. Then and now, i rate it as the single most informative investigation into the events of 9/11. Full of questions, contradictions, street slang, horror, truth and so a special beauty, the feeling of the unstoppable forces of language, gathered around the poet, Baraka, oozing out into the shared world through his fine tuned poetic being.

What a great American. And somebody i was fortunate to meet once in New York, handing his latest publication to Ravi Coltrane right in front of my eyes. I will cherish this chance encounter for all my days.

--Steve Fly
 

Friday, December 6, 2013

who do you truss' by Steve Fly

who do you truss'
where
do you get your
information.

who do you share
it with
why so selective
eh?

paranoid
what you thought
what you doodled last night
that book
those songs

what made you do it
who do
you think
that you are
publishing

like that
without our permission

from the law
makers
american beef
men

global intel &
fast food and fast
bullets
mafia or gov.
who to truss'

--Steve Fly

Hard Talk with Glenn Greenwald

My opinion, in a nutshell:

Green world
snow'd on

pine trees
ice glaze
stinging tea tree
of truth

hard talk gone
brittle
cracked
to pieces

--Steve Fly

"Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaking of American intelligence secrets, the whole world now knows the extent of US-UK surveillance of global phone and internet traffic. Have the revelations flagged up a corrosive infringement of individual liberty, or undermined efforts to protect the world from terrorism? HARDtalk speaks to journalist Glenn Greenwald - he broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that has gone too far?

Credits
Interviewed Guest - Glenn Greenwald
Presenter - Stephen Sackur

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mtv5t