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Items tagged "state of the world":

  1. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright - Hot Fuzz, 2007

    How I forgot to post this between the other two, I’ll never know. I must have been blindsided by the elderly villager shootout.

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  2. I spent most of yesterday morning watching television. It sounds unspectacular and hardly novel, but consider how surreal it’d be if your brain was no longer trained to absorb the explosion of useless and contextless information.

    I haven’t had conventional television for over 5 years, maybe more—I’ve stopped counting. That isn’t to say I don’t spend most of my day not glued to screens and information of other sorts, and that television doesn’t leak through.

    It’s impossible to get away completely from, but it’s engaged on a time and place of my choosing, rather than held captive by the overwhelming sense that in a group of people we have nothing better to do but stare aimlessly at moving lights and colours. People on their tablets or plugging away at their cellphones, in a waiting room apparently the polite thing to do is at least look irked when people verbalized conversation,—heaven forbid in a language that they don’t personally understand.

    But the news. Oh, what news. They even muted it to maintain the somber staring at the poorly proofed closed-captioning. Other than the scurrying images behind one talking head, there was no indication theses high-definition cutouts were breathing people. This was only highlighted by the alternating between their forced smiles and feigned concern with grainy footage and photographs from camcorders and Facebook of “reality.”

    You could see how distanced people were. It didn’t matter that they spent the last hour and a half talking about an Australian national posting photos of his son with a decapitated head, the shooting of Michael Brown, surreptitious looks at Gaza/Palestine and Iraq, or the intense desire to discuss things like the Ukrainian crisis as a vested interest of us vs. Russia. Terror! Violence! Looting!

    One middle-aged man muttered about the looting in Ferguson, that he didn’t get why people were crossing the line to damaging property. As if it was some singular incident, that it isn’t a venting of decades and centuries of strain. Few to no interviews with protesters from earlier, just gratuitous closeups of breaking glass and scrambling bodies. Property rights and the privilege to only see the death of one young man, rather than a long list of victims of which we only hear or know a few.  Over and over the reasons conveniently supplied seem try to say “death was deserved, what right did they have to be there?” What right does  anyone have to take a life and question it’s value after the fact?

    That’s the intent, to make it seem so senseless and fearful, no need for comprehension or frustration over the reasons. People clinging to their dignity, sweeping dust from the debris of their bombed home, piqued into joining paramilitary groups, refugees fleeing said paramilitary groups, or simply wanting enough piece of mind to walk down the street in broad daylight—we don’t inhabit some other world.

    What should scare us is that people no different from us are at the brink, and it doesn’t give us pause. That their deaths and cries are so commonplace the reaction is annoyance and indifference rather than outrage or criticism. Nope “it’s just the news,” as if everything they’re reporting is just ephemeral static swept away by the next stock ticker, scrolling marquee, and CG interlude.

    Take it all with good sized grain of salt, as was famously said, “the medium is the message,” not just the content. We need to see it from that contextual place, as well as the daily grind and the year or decade after that. Sense must prevail, but sense must be exercised and it’s just not happening.

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  3. invisiblelad:

    micdotcom:

    Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone

    A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.

    But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.

    Years of tension have reached a boiling point

    Does this look like serving and or protecting to you? 

    (via samhumphries)

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  5. artnet:

    Iraq’s religious and cultural heritage has become the latest taget of the militant group ISIS, which is destroying mosques, churches, and archeological sites.

    (via darksilenceinsuburbia)

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  7. laughingsquid:

    Animated Explanation of The Confusing Relationship Between China and the Sister Islands of Hong Kong and Macao

    Can we not talk about Asia without brushing off the fusion erhu, or unnecessary marking of ethnicity on even stick figures?

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  8. cinoh:

    TODD HIDO

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    FORECLOSED HOMES

    — I made these photographs of foreclosed homes back in the mid-90s in Los Angeles — the City of Dreams. I have always been haunted by these places, thinking of all the broken lives, and how they mirrored my own unstable childhood.

    When I made these images I was interested in places that were ultimately about people.

    Homes and home loans are at the heart of our seriously troubled economic situation. 

    Walls do talk. I hope these images get at this state we are in, in their own quiet way. 

    Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, The Face and I-D amongst others. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2001 an award winning monograph of his work titled, HOUSE HUNTING, was published by Nazraeli Press. Since then he has had several other books published, the latest being BETWEEN THE TWO in 2007. He is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California.

    www.toddhido.com

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