My Introduction to Debord

John Perry Barlow

Many, many moons ago, some time in the mid-to-late 1990s, I ran across this interview with Grateful Dead lyricist and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Perry Barlow. It has had a profound effect on my way of looking at things. It was the first I had ever heard of Guy DeBord, whose book The Society of the Spectacle completely reframed my ideas about society, and nudged me down the road to political awakening.

Barlow’s words concerning society and the media are still apt twenty years later, I think.

A brief conversation this morning on Twitter concerning free-range versus helicopter parenting (and the irrational fear that many of we parents now face) prompted me to look for the link. I would highly encourage you to take a look.

Read the Interview: Go Placidly Amidst the Noise and Haste

Photo by Cellanr.

Occupy’s Meme Warrior: Kalle Lasn Interview

Occupy’s Meme Warrior. [In These Times] – Last July, Adbusters sent out an invitation: “On Sept. 17, flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street.” The invitation sparked a movement.

Estonian-born documentary filmmaker Kalle Lasn co-founded Adbusters in 1989. Lasn, who is 70, draws his inspiration from the Situationists, avant-garde European revolutionaries who believed corporate capitalism perverted the human spirit. The Situationists reached their zenith in 1968 Paris and disbanded in 1972, but their efforts to affirm what it means to be free live on in Adbusters.

In These Times spoke with Lasn in March to see what “the man behind the curtain” had to say for himself and the movement he helped ignite.

Read the full interview at In These Times.

In Depth with Chris Hedges

The excellent conversation with Chris Hedges that aired live on Book TV New Year’s Day is now available to view online. This broadcast is three hours long, but it is highly recommended to anyone who cares about liberty (and life) on this planet.

Follow the link below for more.

In Depth with Author and Journalist Chris Hedges. [C-SPAN] – On Book TV’s In Depth, author and journalist, Chris Hedges. The Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent spends three hours taking viewers’ calls, emails and tweets on topics such as terrorism, religion and politics.