The way you beat an incumbent is by coming up with a thing that people want, that you do, and that your competitors can’t do. Ind.ie is the same. They have, rather excellently, found a way of describing the underlying message of open source software without bringing along the existing open source community. [more inside]
Sullivan’s book was a hit. It was the single best-selling book of 1947, ahead of de Beauvoir, ahead of Sartre, ahead of Camus. People wanted to meet him. The press wanted to talk to him. He was also the plaintiff in a civil suit that could carry a heavy fine or even lead to time in jail. He had to appear in court, which was tricky, because Vernon Sullivan didn’t exist. (SLTheAwl)
Put another way
, the historian is the ‘Internal Affairs guy’. This is a well-known figure in popular TV ‘cop shows’ and rarely a ‘good guy’. He or she is there to suppose that the hero has lied or done something wrong and that the villains might have been wronged or be telling the truth. The character rarely turns out to be as unsettling as that but it works as an analogy. For me, the historian is not there to provide comforting truths but to question them. The historian must always be prepared to wonder whether the ‘heroes’ of history are not, in fact, the villains, [more inside]
Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus
, one of the earliest full-scale art installation pieces
, raised some eyebrows at the 1939 World's Fair. Visitors entered beneath the spread legs of a woman in high heels to find a grotto featuing Venus, a topless sleeping actress
on a red satin bed surrounded by lobsters and champagne bottles. Her dream, visible through the nearby window, included cavorting (again topless) mermaids
flapping their rubber fins and playing a woman-shaped piano. Murry Korman took many iconic photos
of the spectacle. What few knew was that Dali was engaged in a battle of creative crontol
with his sponsor, a rubber tycoon and creator of rubber mermaid tails among other things. Dali would appear on site while the exhibition was being created and snip the tails off of the mermaids
(pdf). While he was not around for the opening of his creation, he purportedly hired a plane to drop printed leaflets over New York: "The Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to his Own Madness
," a protest against efforts to interfere with his vision. [some links NSFW, via]
Don't Make Me Steal
- a Digital Media Consumption Manifesto.
On September 18th, Mitchell Heisman
posted his 1904 page long suicide note online
, and then shot himself in the head on Harvard square.
The note, according to wikipedia, "discusses sociobiology, transhumanism, history, religion, death, nihilism and other philosophical issues at some length".
Comedian and activist, Mark Thomas
, has been touring the UK over the past year, compiling a set of policies that his audiences want to see implemented in Britain. As part of the publicity for the resulting book, The People's Manifesto
, his publishers are offering to pay one lucky applicant's £500 deposit and campaign expenses to stand for public office at the upcoming general election, on the condition that they will base their campaign on the policies gathered in the book
. [more inside]
We think it’s normal to work all day every day at a dead-end job. It’s normal to fight with our spouses and our children. It’s normal to eat and drink and drug ourselves to escape, to veg out and stare at a screen for hours a day just to dull the pain. It’s normal to hate our lives and be miserable, it’s normal to be lonely, it’s normal to feel hollow. The Freak Revolution Manifesto
Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex. [more inside]
The commercials are all over television — and they certainly are attention-grabbing. They’re the ones where the heavy, bald guy is sitting in his easy chair talking in a squeaky female voice about all the clothes he bought — including a bustier. Or the little old lady speaking with the gruff voice of a younger man about the sweet motorcycle she now owned. Identity theft is a serious crime — one that is occurring with an alarming frequency. The Identity Theft Manifesto
explains how criminals get your personal info
, and what you can do about it
The Seasteading Institute
) is the brain-child of former Google engineer Patri Friedman
, and seeks to set up independent governments in international waters. In April 2009, the institute received $500,000 of seed funding from PayPal founder Peter Thiel
. After reading it's revised manifesto
, Brad Reed (of Sadly, No
) remains unimpressed. [more inside]
are a loosely affiliated group of artists - mainly painters - with some strong opinions, helpfully spelled out in a manifesto
. [more inside]
The Manners Manifesto
For example: "(11) Talk to people at the check-out
. You don't have to say much. God, even something inane like, "Busy in here, today, isn't it?" or "Not as busy as usual in here, today, is it?" might put us on the road to peace in the Middle East. Carrying on grumping around and spreading those grump vibes certainly isn't going to help."
People don't write manifestos like they used to...
Whatever happened to the Surrealist Manifesto
? How about the the Italian Futurist Manifesto
(and its many spinoffs
)? There's also First and Second OuLiPo Manifestos
Humanist (I, II
, & III
) as well as Post-Humanist Manifestos
, not to mention Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto
: "...an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism, and materialism...."
A Feminist Gaming Manifesto.
(And part 2 is here
.) "So wait, you’re wondering, maybe, why don’t these crazy men-folk just do that? I think the answer is actually pretty straightforward. People who themselves feel marginalized can’t bear the thought that they could be in a position of power wherein they could hurt someone in the same way that they feel hurt. Who out there hasn’t felt terribly marginalized? What happens, then, is there’s this conflation of “you’re doing something that makes me feel excluded or hurt” with “you’re a bad, bad man like those people with the bitch shirts.” You can’t handle that thought, so you try desperately to prove that it’s not the case. Guilt, or fear that you might be guilty, never did anybody any good."
On this date in 1848, The Communist Manifesto
: "I don’t see much point in abstract theorizing or getting into arguments about Marxism, Leninism, etc. ... Theoretical analyses are useful but not crucial. There is a lot of wasted time in such endeavors, but not all is wasted. Marx’s Communist Manifesto
was a theoretical analysis, immensely useful and inspiring. His first volume of Das Kapital
was useful too. His second and third volumes, and his Grundrisse
, were probably a waste of time!"
How many of you have actually read the entire Communist Manifesto
? (I haven't.)
Welcome! This is The Manifesto of Forbidden Truth
the most unique and dangerous web site on planet earth. Here, within these pages, all of your most sacred societal Myths, Dogmas, Doctrines, Delusions, Derangements, and Brainwashings will be stripped to the bone and torn asunder, to be replaced by the Forbidden Truths that I shall graciously reveal.
Leftist Propaganda video (embedded wmv) and quite well done!
Manifesto: The Age of Plunder is over.
John Seymour, author of the manifesto, is the doyen of the British smallholder movement (US: read "homesteading" or "back-to-the-land"). John and his ex-wife Sally were "homesteaders" in England at a time when "self-sufficient" living was incomprehensible crankery to the mainstream. His books (e.g.
) are witty, entertaining, and instructive. He has not dimmed with age; at 84 he was arrested and tried
for partially destroying a field of GMO sugar beets in an act of civil disobedience.
(If the Age of Plunder isn't over, it can't go on much longer.
Phyllis Chesler calls it as she sees it in her latest feminist manifesto.
This is not what you think folks - Chesler toes the line at anti-feminism according to most modern day feminist. I well remember reading Chesler's Letters to a Young Feminist
eight years ago and patting down misogynistic tendencies in the hopes of bettering the lives of women everywhere. She calls for sisterhood to further opportunity and does not condone manhating and oppression from the masses which makes her arguments logical
as opposed to seething, vituperative vitriol. We all seemed to be begging for a discussion on feminism and issues between the sexes yesterday in this
particular post and after reading salon today, felt I would provide one...
Monster Raving Loony Lives!
The greatest minor party in the world
released a 2001 manifesto
: Free Viagra! Close the Channel Tunnel! Let's party!
It's the Unaspanker!
Read a good manifesto lately? Meet Robin Whittle, a man who has spent an alarming amount of time on a project called "Fondly and Firmly - The Gentlemanly Art of Spanking the Woman You Love." via cruel.com
Adbusters' Design Manifesto 2000
is an interesting read. In accordance with what many people believe
, and the result of corporations going too far
, the question becomes, do we need something like this for web creators? A Pledge to pursue personal interests and experiments on the web, instead of just your daily e-company work? Would you sign such a thing?
Why, yes, I like being stupid,
but now I don't have to be. How silly of me to have failed to recognize that the earth is a Time Cube, with four simultaneous days. (But if God were
queer, I'd think this whole gay marriage rights mess would never have happened...)