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Tracing Brazil’s Guy Fawkes Masks
really fascinating, from Ethan Zuckerman:
The photo of workers making Guy Fawkes masks is something of a Rorschach test. If you’re primed to see the exploitative nature of global capitalism when you see people making a plastic mask, it’s there in the image. if you’re looking for the global spread of a protest movement, it’s there too, with a Brazilian factory making a local knock-off of a global icon to cash in on a national protest.
Because the internet is a copying machine, it’s very bad at context. It’s easier to encounter the image of masks being manufactured devoid of accompanying details than it is to find the story behind the images. And given our tendency to ignore information in languages we don’t read, it’s easy to see how the masks come detached from their accompanying story. For me, the image is more powerful with context behind it. It’s possible to reflect on the irony of a Hollywood prop becoming an activist trope, the tensions between mass-production and anonymity and the individuality of one’s identity and grievance, the tensions between local and global, Warner Bros and Condal, intellectual property and piracy, all in the same image.
anonymous  globalization  manufacturing  piracy  knock-offs  brazil  ethan-zuckerman  global  local  hollywood  capitalism 
november 2013 by jm
Web service - current time zone for a city? - Stack Overflow
'a web service of some sort (or any other way) to pull a current time zone settings for a (US) city. For the parts of the country that don't follow the Daylight Saving Time and basically jump timezones when everyone else is switching summer/winter time... I don't fancy creating own database of the places that don't follow DST. Is there a way to pull this data on demand?' earthtools.org seems the closest thing
dst  daylight-savings  local  timezones  iso8601  dates  times  web-services  http  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
'Ireland' Reddit
quite a busy news aggregator, it turns out -- 1,960 registered readers and a lot of traffic at this stage. worth bookmarking
ireland  reddit  local  news  aggregation  from delicious
october 2010 by jm

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