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Hypocrisy, Anonymous, and Activism Policing  — Notes from a Strange World — Medium
"The idea that we can’t critique this system because we have to use the tools this system built to critique it is ahistorical and incoherent."
Anonymous  masks  VforVendetta  capitalism  anti-capitalism  activism  manufacturing 
november 2013 by petej
Tracing Brazil’s Guy Fawkes Masks | ... My heart’s in Accra
"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."
masks  VforVendetta  factory  Brazil  protest  globalisation  piracy  Anonymous  activism  manufacturing  dctagged  dc:creator=ZuckermanEthan 
november 2013 by petej
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