detail of rusted bridge over a north England railway
Phew! It’s over.
And as we wake up (hopefully!) to the real implications of paying for the policing & parading of two inbred work-shy over-priveledged parisitic strangers who happen to have squelched “out of a particular aristocratic womb in a particular golden palace” – and as the frenetic flag-waving for our Great demokkkracy hosting the Olympic Games begins in earnest – here’s a couple of alternative interpretations from ‘Georges’ on this perculiar strain of manipulated and misdirected national pride:
“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them”
– George Orwell Continue reading
Okay – you’ll like this one:
Q) What do you get if you cross several million quantity petro-chemical made-in-China Red Noses with a hyped-up dumbed-down UK population?
No? Give up?
A) The end to World Poverty and Global Equality of course!
Ya geddit? Ya geddit? No? Not funny?
Okay, okay, try this:
Q) Why did the celebrity cross the Channel? Continue reading
Posted in Global Justice, Poetical Political, Poetry, Product (Red), Red
Tagged Africa, Afrika, Aidan Jolly, cause marketing, celebrity, Comic Relief, consumption philanthropy, make poverty history, Red, Red Nose Day, sick joke
Rise Above It - Buy Nothing Christmas, from Adbsuters
Following on from the poem “Saved By Shopping”, here’s a couple more critiques relating to the idea that we can help the ‘Wretched of the Earth’ by continuing our consumption habits & trusting in celebrities…
This first article in the Nation links the then current stories of the popstar material girl & the popstar material boys:
Shopping Is Not Sharing: Corporate Consumerism Is Masquerading As Activism – “Africa’s poor had, like, the best week ever. Not since the days of khaki colonialism has buying Africa been so sexy, so fashionable…”
Posted in Global Justice, Poetical Political, Product (Red), Red
Tagged Bono, cause marketing, celebrity, consumption philanthropy, Geldof, make poverty history, Product (Red), Red