The Carnivalesque Rebellion Issue

Euphoric Looting

Hooliganism or sophisticated image attack?
Protestor smashing a corporate storefront

Perhaps the greatest attack on the image of consumerism happens in these frenzied moments when a tsunami of euphoric looting bursts through the windows of megacorporate stores. In a blitz, property is communized – and all take freely what each desires. Local, independent and mom-and-pop stores are conspicuously spared in these times of calculated plundering because what is happening here is an intentional strategy of expropriating the expropriators, of overthrowing the law of scarcity with the creed of surplus and, as Sotirios Bahtsetzis observes, of “rendering visible the emptiness and random replaceability of consumerist goods.” It is on this last point, that acts of looting become like sophisticated image attacks. Elated pillagers present the megacorporations with a lose-lose conundrum: either stand by while pictures of their ransacked stores show the world how they are despised; or renovate their premises, restock their shelves, pretend as if nothing happened and admit to the farce of consumerism by demonstrating that consumer goods are worthless because they are not unique, because they may be identically replaced with ease.


What can we do to pull off sophisticated image attacks this Carnivalesque Rebellion Nov. 22–28?


Micah White

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Mark MacLachlan

This image although wrongly attributed has everything to do with the age of consumerism we survive in. The young man is putting the boot into the window of the HQ of the UK Conservative party in protest at the proposed introduction of tuition fees in England and Wales. The Conservatives and their co-conspirators the Labour Party have put consumerism and lifestyle debt at the very epi centre of the economy. Between them they have destroyed quality manufacturing and turned engineers sons and daughters into call centre serfs. Naturally our compliant and biased media, particularly the state controlled BBC, pronounce public opinion is 'shocked' at such images. National Union of Students apparatchiks denounce the 'rioters' as a deranged minority, naturally the NUS spokesperson will become a Labour MP in the next decade.

Mark MacLachlan

http://the-universality-of-cheese.blogspot.com

Mark MacLachlan

This image although wrongly attributed has everything to do with the age of consumerism we survive in. The young man is putting the boot into the window of the HQ of the UK Conservative party in protest at the proposed introduction of tuition fees in England and Wales. The Conservatives and their co-conspirators the Labour Party have put consumerism and lifestyle debt at the very epi centre of the economy. Between them they have destroyed quality manufacturing and turned engineers sons and daughters into call centre serfs. Naturally our compliant and biased media, particularly the state controlled BBC, pronounce public opinion is 'shocked' at such images. National Union of Students apparatchiks denounce the 'rioters' as a deranged minority, naturally the NUS spokesperson will become a Labour MP in the next decade.

Mark MacLachlan

http://the-universality-of-cheese.blogspot.com

Dominic

yeah, it is taken a little out of context i guess. i heard that the only NUS bigwig to actually denounce the rioters was the president aaron porter though, and everyone despises him now that he's apparently called for a cap on the number of students that can attend an anti-racist rally (i'll have to look into that, i'm not at all certain what it's all about). i must say, it's also a bad move by porter to say he won't organise another event like Demolition again; he's really quite spineless.

Dominic

yeah, it is taken a little out of context i guess. i heard that the only NUS bigwig to actually denounce the rioters was the president aaron porter though, and everyone despises him now that he's apparently called for a cap on the number of students that can attend an anti-racist rally (i'll have to look into that, i'm not at all certain what it's all about). i must say, it's also a bad move by porter to say he won't organise another event like Demolition again; he's really quite spineless.

Queerplanet

And in this image the "attackers" are all wearing corporate made clothes.

How about this? You get your heterosexuals spayed and neutered and stop the population of the planet from increasing at THREE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE PER SECOND.

And then we will be spared yet another righteous attack of misplaced anger.

Don't like corporate goods? Don't buy them.

Don't like scarcity of resources? Then stop having kids.

Queerplanet

And in this image the "attackers" are all wearing corporate made clothes.

How about this? You get your heterosexuals spayed and neutered and stop the population of the planet from increasing at THREE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE PER SECOND.

And then we will be spared yet another righteous attack of misplaced anger.

Don't like corporate goods? Don't buy them.

Don't like scarcity of resources? Then stop having kids.

Stormin' Ex-Mormon

"In a blitz, property is communized – and all take freely what each desires."

Ha! Otherwise known as stealing. I agree with Queerplanet. Don't like coorporate goods, don't buy them.

Rioting and looting make people look like goons.

Stormin' Ex-Mormon

"In a blitz, property is communized – and all take freely what each desires."

Ha! Otherwise known as stealing. I agree with Queerplanet. Don't like coorporate goods, don't buy them.

Rioting and looting make people look like goons.

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