My name is TJ, and I am working with a team on a research project titled "Occupy Media Survey!" at Uppsala University in Sweden. The leading professor on the project, Christian Fuchs is also the chair of the European…"
My name is TJ, and I am working with a team on a research project titled "Occupy Media Survey!" at Uppsala University in Sweden. The leading professor on the project, Christian Fuchs is also the chair of the European Sociological Association's Research Network for Communications and Media Research.
The project attempts to answer some of the following questions: What is the role of social media like Occupii, Facebook and Twitter in occupations and protests? Was the Arab spring a "Twitter and Facebook" revolution? How does the Occupy movement use social media? Is it a social media movement or something different?
Therefore we are conducting the OccupyMedia! Survey. We invite some users of Occupii to participate in it, and would be extremely happy if you could take 15 minutes time in order to help us find out what role social media play in contemporary protests:
Occupy The Future:
Viral educational infomercials re economy, reality of geopolitical land scape via YouTube, Google Vids et al.
Petitioning existing political parties on our direct democracy voted concerns: in EVERY country.
Address the UN/ NATO/ IMF etc. via representative presentation/ emailing pertinent members of organisations - if such strategies fall, spam their inboxes with images of atrocities from global governmental crackdowns currently occurring until their consciences & consciousness are awakened to the true reality of our current global circumstances.
More MOVING, CONSTRUCTIVE protests: peace rallies in warzones, litter picking, forming circles outside of homes where tenants are aout to be evicted, tree planting, etc.
'BE the change that you wish to see in the world.' - Ghandi
Demonstrate the effectiveness of Digital Direct Democracy via existing analytics professionals, political analysts, etc.
Create an organised, organic infrastructure for the movement online - with rotating servers, URLS, anonymity to protect against the incursions of oppressive regimes.
Form political parties to forward our mandate. If they become corrupted, simply cut them off. Splintering is inevitable, but the trunk of the movement is so unified, so heartfelt, so strong, that clearly, as over a quarter of a year has already proven, we Just. Get. Stronger.
Spokesmen not leaders.Facilitators not beurocrats.Idea's originators not profiteering entropeneurial philanthropists.
I could be a millionaire. I'm not. Why?
Exactly. 'Why?' Why would I? A coffee table made of one wood as opposed to another? More possessions when I can utilise everything from a guitar to aeronautics to exoplanet databases on this handheld terminal (iPhone) for near enough free?
Influence? For £10 data allowance I post huge amounts of material online and probably influence thousands - although, as above, evangelising is not the aim, point, nor desire.
We don't need to be wealthy. (See: Poundland, AppStore, etc.)
We don't need a Harvard Business School Education. (See: iTunes U, et al.)
We need Candidness, Courage and Commitment to Cause.
We need Love.
All of those are free: and in this movement we sure as hell have them already.
Scotland arranged a partnership with Denmark, Norway and Sweden: a Scandinavian alliance in December.
Considering the vast swathes of fossil and renewable energy resources, including the proportion of the arctic circle that are owned by these countries, the UK seems insignificant.
That's because it is.
In a world of BRIC and CIVIC rising economies England is no more than a small island with a big museum & scattery geopolitical remnants of imperialism, subversion and slavery. The world finds it historically quaint, hates it's arrogance, and respects it gaul equally. Like Mesopotamia. Or the Mongols.
The British Empire, the United Kingdom, Monarchy. Each will inevitably fall - can you really imagine these islands in 2100, with whatever unimagionable technological advancements & understandings, having Princesses, Golden Stagecoaches and Unions of Kingdoms?! They belong in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings! Archaic remnents of a past eon.
Deal with it. Evolve.
Fine, if it weren't for the forthcoming projected Lost Decade for the US economy. Thanks to Bush the second - who, if we remember, got his brother in Florida to rig the vote... remember? - then set about decimating the third world in the name of democracy, to a protest of a million on the streets in the UK... remember?
But we all love the 'War on Terror' now don't we! In Iraq. In Iran. In Afghanistan. In Pakistan. In Libya. In Somalia. In Sudan. In DR Congo. Now in Kenya, soon to be on Nigeria...
Such rapid changes as are happening in this: World War 3, are hard to swallow.
Older voters may be making references to the World Wars of century ago, I'm sorry, and with total respect: why not make references to Napoleonic conquests in the same breath?
Europe owes it's freedom from German rule thanks to the millions of brave citizens (not soldiers) that megolomaniacs in the British Empire and megolomaniacs in the Nazi regime sent out to die like pawns. As ever. Net result: Germany rules Europe now regardless.
Coves & bays & islands + brass hulls = British dominance.
Reign valley + mass production = German dominance.
Get over it. It's basic geography & sociology.
Remember: Context is everything.
Regardless, the referendum will be no more than politicians manipulating their ill informed populous.
'How lucky for the leaders of men that their people do not think'- Adolf Hitler
You have two cows...!
ANARCHISMYou have two cows. The cows decide you have no right to do anything with their milk and leave to form their own society.
ARISTOCRACYYou have two cows. You sell both and buy one, really big, pedigree cow. You make a law that you also receive your original cows back.
BUREAUCRACYYou have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.
CAPITALISM: DUBAI You have two cows. You create a website for them and advertise them in all magazines. You create a Cow City or Milk Town for them. You sell off their milk before the cows have even been milked to both legitimate and shady investors who hope to resell the non-existent milk for a 100% profit in two years' time. You bring Tiger Woods to milk the cows first to attract attention.
CAPITALISM: SAUDI ARABIAYou have two cows. Since milking the cow involves nipples, the government decides to ban all cows in public.
CAPITALISM: USAYou have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt / equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Whilst you were busy the two cows wondered in front of a petrochemical transportation, were severely injured, but regardless are detained indefinitely for being Eco-terrorists.
CAPITALISM: UKYou have two cows. They are crazy. You sell them in Europe, declaring that there is no problem from BSE in your country. You blame terrorists.
CENTRALISMYou have two cows. And a problem finding them in the middle of the field with 100,000,000 other cows.
CONSERVATIVISMYou have two cows. You lock them up and charge people to look at them. You give the richest tax breaks to look at them more often.
COMMUNISMYou have two cows. The state takes both and milks them. It gives you the milk... once.
DEMOCRACYYou have two cows. They outvote you 2 to 1, resulting in a ban upon all meat and dairy products.
DICTATORSHIPYou have two cows. The government takes them. If you complain the cow secret service take you during the night.
EUROPEAN UNIONISM You have two cows. You are not allowed to sell their milk & have to pay fines for overshooting your quota of "Greenhouse gas emissions from flatulent cows." You are arrested as the currency you paid the fine in has since collapsed.
FASCISMYou have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.
FEUDALISMYou have two cows. Your lord owns them. He takes the milk.
INDUSTRIALISMYou have two cows. You dissect them both and figure out how to build a milk-factory instead.
INNOVATIONISMYou have two cows. You patent "cow" and claim license fees for all the cows of the world.
LIBERALISMYou have two cows. You sell both to the rich. The government then taxes the rich one cow and gives it to the poor.
LIBERTARIANISMGo away. What I do with my cows is none of your business.
MARXISM/LENINISMThe proletarian cows unite and overthrow the bourgeoisie cowherds. The egalitarian democratic cow revolutionary state with the cow party as vanguard disintegrate over time. Marx choked on a veggie-burger before he could explain what happens to the use-value, exchange-value and sign-value of bovine leather.
NAZISMYou have two cows. The government takes both and then shoots you. Then it shoots them.
NEW DEALISMYou have two cows. The government takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and pours the milk down the sink. The government insists there is a giant storage tank where all the milk goes.
PACIFISMYou have two cows. You love them. They stampede you.
SOCIALISMYou have two cows. The government takes one of them and gives it to your neighbour who has none.
TALIBANISMYou have two cows. The government shoots them because "they are Hindu religious symbols."
UNITED NATIONISMYou have two cows. One bites the other. France and Germany impose milk sanctions on you. China and Russia abstain. The USA and UK bomb the culprit cow. Then you. Then steal your cow. No other country was on the security council to stop it all happening.
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