Public Space Is Fundamental to Democracy, No Wonder It’s Under Attack

A true public space is overtly political in that it is a democratized space. That is, there is no regular programming which dictates the goings on within such a space. Instead, the day to day happenings are largely decided by those who use the place. City government or other municipalities can manage or maintain public space,… Continue reading Public Space Is Fundamental to Democracy, No Wonder It’s Under Attack

Documenting the Art of Street Rebellion

The historical tactics of domestic and international street uprising is one usually condemned in the moment and glorified decades later. I’ve never ceased to be amazed by those who support mass demonstrations in Egypt while criticizing civil disobedience here in the states. They recognize the value the Boston Tea Party but abhor the notion of burning cop cars. As a graduate of the NW Film… Continue reading Documenting the Art of Street Rebellion

Tumblr: A Nexus of Subversive Cognition

Limitless animated cat GIFs. Celebrity obsession, celebrity shaming. Star Trek fashion comedy blogging. An ocean of NSFW pornography. TUMBLR has more hypnotic distraction material than any other social media site to date. And the best part is, you don’t have to worry about regressive paid safety-patrollers deleting your profile for uploading a pic of a nipple.… Continue reading Tumblr: A Nexus of Subversive Cognition

The Rights of Cities

What is the Right to the City movement?  Where did it come from?  Where is it going?  Who are the actors and organizers sculpting this new social structure?  In asking these questions and studying their answers, it’s impossible to not recognize one’s own role in this current wave of civil unrest across the globe.  If… Continue reading The Rights of Cities