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Reality for Men

An Adbusters visual essay. From our Production of Meaning DVD. Poem: Czeslaw Milosz Music: Mono.

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I'm surprised by the number of cynical or polarized people in this readership. While I am beginning to suspect that the hope for change lies in the construction of more positive, magnetic visions of new possibility, rather than "revealing the truth" to a populace that already knows on a deep level but is numbed beyond caring, I profoundly admire the willingness to experiment and sometimes fail. Why are so many of you angry and disappointed? What are YOU doing or risking? is it possible to offer a more thoughtful criticism that may actually move the dialogue forward?

I'm surprised by the number of cynical or polarized people in this readership. While I am beginning to suspect that the hope for change lies in the construction of more positive, magnetic visions of new possibility, rather than "revealing the truth" to a populace that already knows on a deep level but is numbed beyond caring, I profoundly admire the willingness to experiment and sometimes fail. Why are so many of you angry and disappointed? What are YOU doing or risking? is it possible to offer a more thoughtful criticism that may actually move the dialogue forward?

Although this poem wasn't extraordinary I enjoyed it and don't see it as a disgrace or even a misstep; more important than the agreement/disagreement with this piece is the debate, conversation, ideas (even if the idea is that it should be completely different) that it sparked in people who saw it. I cannot say, as a commentator above has, that I saw or know this poem six years ago, but I would not doubt it and thus find it amusing people are criticizing this by evoking a former sense/era of Adbusters which turns out supported this very piece.

As for the claim they're adapting military tactics to spread the message because they fall under a heading of tactical
briefing, is that a sincere concern? I'm not here to point fingers or put anyone down just inform that aside from the fact that tactical briefings/debriefing IS a term used by/for many things ( e.g. fire-fighting, search and rescue missions, both police and PI investigations, bounty-hunters, forensic investigations, archaeological digs), it's just a term implying a structured/scheduled explanation of information, ideas or plans to others as to ensure mutual understanding or knowledge of the problem/situation and CAN be applied to just about anything

anyway I like the fact that people care enough (whether it's caring to hate or love) to make their voices heard, I think that's the most important thing demonstrated here. Also, I happen to like adbusters, so keep on keepin' on

Although this poem wasn't extraordinary I enjoyed it and don't see it as a disgrace or even a misstep; more important than the agreement/disagreement with this piece is the debate, conversation, ideas (even if the idea is that it should be completely different) that it sparked in people who saw it. I cannot say, as a commentator above has, that I saw or know this poem six years ago, but I would not doubt it and thus find it amusing people are criticizing this by evoking a former sense/era of Adbusters which turns out supported this very piece.

As for the claim they're adapting military tactics to spread the message because they fall under a heading of tactical
briefing, is that a sincere concern? I'm not here to point fingers or put anyone down just inform that aside from the fact that tactical briefings/debriefing IS a term used by/for many things ( e.g. fire-fighting, search and rescue missions, both police and PI investigations, bounty-hunters, forensic investigations, archaeological digs), it's just a term implying a structured/scheduled explanation of information, ideas or plans to others as to ensure mutual understanding or knowledge of the problem/situation and CAN be applied to just about anything

anyway I like the fact that people care enough (whether it's caring to hate or love) to make their voices heard, I think that's the most important thing demonstrated here. Also, I happen to like adbusters, so keep on keepin' on

Well, I like the piece, it moved something inside of me, and that's the whole idea about art.

The music is beautiful and the poem, regardless it is originally written in Polish and it is supposed to be a bit 'lost in translation', sounds good to me.

On the other hand I really agree with most of you about Adbusters catastrophic approach of our society. Indeed, there are many places out there apart from the US and Canada, where we are not living such a horrible capitalist oppresion as the ones narrated in Adbusters magazine.
I don't think that violent revolution, riots, demonstrations or tactical briefings are the way to get a more fair world.

All in all, I like Adbusters and I will keep on reading it as long as it keeps on 'teaching me' something new every month.

Spain

Well, I like the piece, it moved something inside of me, and that's the whole idea about art.

The music is beautiful and the poem, regardless it is originally written in Polish and it is supposed to be a bit 'lost in translation', sounds good to me.

On the other hand I really agree with most of you about Adbusters catastrophic approach of our society. Indeed, there are many places out there apart from the US and Canada, where we are not living such a horrible capitalist oppresion as the ones narrated in Adbusters magazine.
I don't think that violent revolution, riots, demonstrations or tactical briefings are the way to get a more fair world.

All in all, I like Adbusters and I will keep on reading it as long as it keeps on 'teaching me' something new every month.

Spain

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