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Tactical Briefing #4

What are the big ideas, the radical transformations – the metamemes – without which a viable future is unthinkable?

For twenty years the culture jammer movement has been building momentum for a cultural revolution that will topple consumerism and spark a new way of living. Now Adbusters and our worldwide network of activists (86,000+ and growing) is calling for a Carnivalesque Rebellion this November. Our aim is to create a sudden, unexpected moment of truth – a mass reversal of perspective; a global mindshift – from which the corporate/consumerist forces never fully recover.

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Tactical Briefing:

Blackspot

In the weeks leading up to rebellion, we will release a MANIFESTO, tentatively called THE METAMEME MANIFESTO, that will go pandemic and spread from email to website and zine to word-of-mouth. What do you think should be the gist of this manifesto? What are our demands? What are the big ideas, the radical transformations – the metamemes – without which a viable future is unthinkable? Shoot from the hip to: [email protected].


Inspiration:

Tony Judt

Tony Judt passed away August 6. He was a bold meme warrior who inspired generations of social activists with the way he lived, the fearless way he fought for his beliefs and then for the courageous way he died. Check out his work at NYBooks.com, Guardian.co.uk and NYTimes.com and be inspired one more time.


Action:

For the next two weeks, take these two visual memes and circulate them widely. Post them on Twitter, Facebook and blogs or print out the PDFs and paste them to bulletin boards and street corners.

Organized Crime Poster

GIF or PDF

Obama and Netanyahu Poster

JPG or PDF

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Akbar Lightning

i think i agree...
it was the 'people suck' part that i wanted to address...i find the emotionalism hinders a wider conversation..

Akbar Lightning

i think i agree...
it was the 'people suck' part that i wanted to address...i find the emotionalism hinders a wider conversation..

Always Question

Adbusters is great for two reasons:
1. It helps me remember to limit my time on the Internet.
2. It provides a great outlet for revolutionary courage.

However, I believe that their present Carnivalesque Rebellion has not been well thought out. They promote rebellion for revolutionary sake and not for good reason. It's like those kids in high school that would just dress "weird" because they wanted to be different, not because they believed in a better universe through alternative clothing choices. If you want to promote a communal lifestyle encourage people to take the initiative to act as a community, whether that means buying locally or getting together and discussing world events. As taught in human development, it is better to give the human a different option than to say, "Stop doing that!" Adbusters should try changing the mindset of the people - the people are the creators, talk to them.
Also, we evolutionized because we wanted things done simpler and easier, if you want to advocate working harder I don't think going to Starbucks or walking out of the office (where people perform labor) is the best place to start. If everyone boycotted corporations and those corporations fell, so many people would be out of work (how would we fix that problem?). Popularity is not evil. Branding is necessary (as Adbusters shows through the black spot).

if someone doesn't like Starbucks they have the free agency to choose, the so called, indie alternative. (Bleh! Once Indie become too vogue I'm sure Adbusters' followers will resort to another uncommon word).

I'm very lost now, what is the ideal result Adbusters is trying to achieve?

Always Question

Adbusters is great for two reasons:
1. It helps me remember to limit my time on the Internet.
2. It provides a great outlet for revolutionary courage.

However, I believe that their present Carnivalesque Rebellion has not been well thought out. They promote rebellion for revolutionary sake and not for good reason. It's like those kids in high school that would just dress "weird" because they wanted to be different, not because they believed in a better universe through alternative clothing choices. If you want to promote a communal lifestyle encourage people to take the initiative to act as a community, whether that means buying locally or getting together and discussing world events. As taught in human development, it is better to give the human a different option than to say, "Stop doing that!" Adbusters should try changing the mindset of the people - the people are the creators, talk to them.
Also, we evolutionized because we wanted things done simpler and easier, if you want to advocate working harder I don't think going to Starbucks or walking out of the office (where people perform labor) is the best place to start. If everyone boycotted corporations and those corporations fell, so many people would be out of work (how would we fix that problem?). Popularity is not evil. Branding is necessary (as Adbusters shows through the black spot).

if someone doesn't like Starbucks they have the free agency to choose, the so called, indie alternative. (Bleh! Once Indie become too vogue I'm sure Adbusters' followers will resort to another uncommon word).

I'm very lost now, what is the ideal result Adbusters is trying to achieve?

Anonymous

Did you just say "we evolutionized"?! Do you mean "evolved"? If so, I believe Mr. Darwin would disagree with your ascribed cause ("we wanted things done simpler and easier"). You do indeed appear to be "very lost now."

Anonymous

Did you just say "we evolutionized"?! Do you mean "evolved"? If so, I believe Mr. Darwin would disagree with your ascribed cause ("we wanted things done simpler and easier"). You do indeed appear to be "very lost now."

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