|Sascha D. Freudenheim on Sun, 6 May 2012 21:49:43 +0200 (CEST)|
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|Re: <nettime> Why I say the things I say|
This whole chain is increasingly silly. Because while Brian and others complain about things like...
When people start defending the Koch borthers, or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or privatized universities and museums because they're excellent and they have such good art, I admit it, I sometimes freak out: I think I'm be hearing the ventriloquized voice of the enemy.
And write other things like:
Translation: At some point, you gotta say to those around you: "Stop defending the rulers for their poison gifts. Start attacking them because they are a clear and present danger."
And still other people complain that using the word "complex" is some kind of intellectual trickery... Well, by my count a significant portion of the people on this list seem to work in or for those privatized universities. It's the radicalism of the keyboard you're practicing. Oh, go ahead, tell me you're working to change things from within. Tell me! You're happy with yourselves because here on nettime you're (secretly? or is that openly?) biting the hand that feeds? Come on. All of this intellectually dishonest. Bullshit is really the right word. And it isn't exactly changing the world. I don't pretend to be anything other than a working stiff who has chosen to work in a field I like, for institutions I believe in--arts institutions; "high" art institutions; fancy educational institutions. I believe in them *in spite of* the Kochs and the Conards. I believe in them because I have seen people inspired by art and ideas and go off to do great things as a result. And I remain in awe of people--like those in Wisconsin as reported on nettime so effectively by Dan Wang--who have in specific instances worked hard to effect political and social change. And I greatly enjoy the posts of those on this list who share ideas, actual ideas, about art, or politics, or religion, but do so without pretending that every keystroke is one step closer to "revolution." But all of this other stuff, this "I'm a radical, you're not and you clearly don't get it, Sascha D." crap? It's like play acting. You're as boxed in as most people, Brian Holmes. You're just kidding yourself if you think otherwise. SDF # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org