Monday, February 20, 2012

Blogwatch: All Secure

I thought this article, "Fist-Swinging Photographers Miss the Point" is an interesting addition to our recent discussion around OWS and security. It makes me uneasy to see journalists being broad-brushed and The Police unequivocally supported. I don't know that general classifications of people should be handed our theoretical trust - it seems like that honor should be reserved for individuals.

Furthermore, compromising photos are going to get out. It's just a fact of the 21st century. Maybe you should be more concerned with reducing our dependence on such potentially lethal and vulnerable edifices and monuments to vertical power.

Instead of being ostentatious with our power and technology, it would be much less of a headache to simplify and ... I dunno, "deconventionalize"? Make less formal? Stop playing such high stakes games at home and around the world? Maybe then it would be easier to have a transparent society.

Or maybe not. But it's worth a try ...getting beat out of shape to maintain a poisonous status quo doesn't seem to be getting us anywhere.

"I can haz full comuninizm?"


comrade x said...

The author of that security blog unfortunately reveals the mind- set of many people in the security business- mainly, wielding authority over common citizens without being beholden to them. To these guys, wether they are a city's police force or a private security guard, the public is not a force to be served but something to be controlled. Not an outstanding viewpoint when it comes to liberty.

Art Francisco said...

I agree, the security industry along with the police industry reproduces itself like all industries. This self-perpetuation is based on the need to protect the bourgeoisie from the proletariat. So long as the bourgeoisie need protecting the security and police industries will be sustained. If the bourgeoisie is overthrown, those industries will either vanish or radically be restructured. I think it is important to realize that there are many people, middle class, or working class, who will fight to the death to continue the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.