Most of all, democracy triumphs by telling us where to think. The 1900 paper reader could choose to buy a socialist or a rightwing daily, but he had hardly any influence on the structure and evolution of the press. The organization of the Internet is equally beyond the reach of a website browser or writer : for a start, he was never asked about the birth of the web itself. Saying the Internet was created by (and would not exist without) millions of Internauts, is as true as saying that millions of drivers are responsible for the development of the car industry. Making a principle of maximum information and discussion, is inevitably prioritizing the framework where information circulates and discussion takes place. Of course, everyone wishes the channels of communication to be as much “bottom up” as possible, but how could they be if the whole life of the communicators is “top down” organized ? Society is not the addition of millions of publicly shared experiences or views.
“The idea of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas”: this is as much true as in 1845. The difference is that billions of ideas are now being circulated and (nearly) universally available. But who has the power ? The political system is still tuned to general and presidential elections, and the rest is an accessory to the rhyme. In 1900 or 1950, politics was talked about but not made in village hall debates. Neither is it made today on the Internet. Spectacle-induced passivity (as analysed by the S.I.) has taken the form of a constant show of activity.- Gilles Dauve
"Don't hate the media, become the media!" argues some asshole in a cowboy hat. I'd like to tell him, "I hate the media, I hate the green party, and I'll become whatever the hell I want. Don't get yourself shot in front of Gilman street." To make a long story short, I'm too lazy to write a post today about Greece, so I'll let the bourgeoisie media do the talking. If you got a problem with that Jello, we can battle with raps or we can battle with gats.
Greece: Arsonists Damage State Buildings
From Etaiwan News
The Greek fire service says arsonists have set off incendiary devices at two state power utility buildings in Athens, causing damage but no injury.
The attacks early Tuesday damaged the ground floor of a Public Power Corporation building in the southern suburb of Agios Dimitrios, and five PPC cars in Psychiko, northern Athens.
A fire service statement did not say what kind of devices were used, and the full extent of the damage was not immediately clear.No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Small anarchist groups frequently set fire to symbols of state authority and wealth, government buildings and cars with foreign number plates, to protest government economic and social policies.
Arrests are rare.
Greece: Bomb Destroys Athens Bank
From the New York Times
A powerful bomb blast shook southern Athens on Tuesday, wrecking a Greek bank and shattering windows of nearby buildings but causing no injuries, the police said. The explosion was triggered by 44 pounds of explosives stashed in a suitcase left at the entrance of a Eurobank bank branch in the suburb of Argyroupoli.
No one claimed responsibility.
Greek militant groups have staged more than 30 attacks since violent riots erupted after the police shooting of a 15-year-old boy in December.