The main thing this message intends to say is that we desperately need to
organize, and we don't deperately need to agree, except on an organization plan,
which is more than hard enough.
And that perhaps I should be medicated... perhaps heavily... but I'll send it
anyway just for laughs
-ed will follow additions made on the second pass, so I
don't have to needlessly reply to myself (it's telling that
I would even think of doing that). I wish to respect
listmembers' bulging inboxes -ed
On second thought, ed looks stupid. I'll indent. Like That'll Help.
Just skip to the middle-ed
By the way, everybody, just say the word and I'll stop
posting my nonsense. I was never good at organized writing
and I know how frustrating it can be to read. I just want
to throw out ideas. Even though we already have more than
enough of those... And I'm a dope-addled loser with
nothing better to do, apparently... On second thought I
don't see any need to apologize; Since joining "Snuggles"
I've received for the first time, 100 emails in an
eight-hour period. What I mean is that I apologize for
transmitting to you my quasi-modo drafts. As you know, I'm
not being paid to write these (why am I doing this at
all... I guess I actually believe we could do something if
we agree on a plan despite our differences)
Right now I have a deep conviction that we will need to take
organized action, starting real soon, and Lloyd's right, we
need to know what we mean. But we don't need to beat it to
death, as Steeve warns. And our ideas should be easily
transmitted, that is to say marketable, sloganish.
Perhaps we should start a "request for comment" list where we revise
the campaign. Except it kinda seems like that might degenerate into
pure flame in 3 days. And what could be more tedious. That
tediousness doesn't bother the enemy's legal departments, of course...
I think cut and paste can help, the same way it helps in our
work. Cut and paste is what the enemy's legal dpartments
are essentially doing when they use "precedents." Anyway, I
think we're in danger of the typical ivory-tower "talk it to
death and do nothing" intellectual yadda yadda, a position
we can't afford when (gasp!) (on second thought, gasp,
actually) CDs are being burned at the reichstag! (sorry
about the history)
(jesus christ I never realized I was such a fucking pedant! I am
startled by my high and mighty voice. Who are "we" anyway? (now
that's a question. oh wait, I already addressed that.. (who am I to
address anything? Oh yeah, a self-absorbed pedant. Note I don't
stoop to footnoting.))
I (We) sound like a critical studies thesis: as if (there exists a)
"we" (and we) are planning the next regime which never comes)
Any "answers" are of course, just other
questions and questions are declarations
in interrogative form.
I should clarify (why should I? Who gives a rip? (pathetic hint for
reinforcement from my peers (betters!))) that I'm advocating cut and
paste to find out what we mean by using what we've already said. (Am
I advocating cut and paste to find out, by using what we've already
said, what we now mean? (That there's an example, class) (And of
course, I'm promoting this simple economy in an unreadable post that
I've been typing for 3 hours.)) (you know what really helps? nested
What will it take.
It'll take (in the U.S.)
An advocacy group with famous stars on
And the dispassionate letterhead you
It would have been perfect if
U2's heart grew three sizes that day...
The above is more important than a
well-defined platform-- we're not
running for office here.
On reread, the three next sentences are things
that we can actually do. This list itself is
already working in the struggle. -ed
We should start a phone tree, a legal
defense fund, and a response network.
Direct involvement, looking out for each
other. The slogans will manifest
themselves during the struggle. Look at
Hell, look at Negativland! They've been taking
the punches for all of us, and getting the topic
known, and we know where to find them each
I don't know why the ACLU didn't go to bat for John
Oswald... Has anyone told them we're bleeding? -ed
And we need the hippies. They are great
networkers and hit the streets, and they
are on the fringes of capitalism. I
think they call themselves rastafarians
I'm actually serious when I say that we should be
looking out for each other. We know it's going to happen
again next year, someone will be sued to silence by deep
pockets. Probably one of "us." There is in fact, an
economic model to minimize risks across a group, it is
I accept paypal. No wait, I meant the above.
A collage artist's legal defense general fund.
Of course, none of us has any money, and pooling bits of nil is a
logistical daymare. That's why we need them stars and fancy
fundraisers, at the risk of becoming one of "them," and at the risk of
thinking that the right to collage is as important a cause as say,
measels or gun control (on second thought, we have every right to be
considered an important cause, because now is a critical time and we
are after all excercising political speech (I think all media is
political speech, see, including vertical blanking intervals and frame
lines, but look who I'm explaining this too, sorry))
I cannot fucking believe that congress has the power to vote that
they, and not the FCC, will (fail to) give out the licenses for
microradio. If we all had little public stations in our rooms we'd be
amazed at what we could do in the grassroots. Oh yeah, and of course,
in the art. Oh, and we'd also be amazed at how little happens (the
primary listeners of KCSB were- other KCSB DJs.). But every little
bit counts. Recruitment centers, don't you know. (I guess 'centers'
could be the verb.)
Actually, you know what might really
Is if some dittohead starts sending
Which of course, mock "liberals" and
And contain copyrighted material
in to Rush Limbaugh
Who starts playing them weekly
And Rush gets sued. (by the
"Liberal Media!" (of whom he
has become.. a favorite son))
I'm thinking high-profile litigation,
well funded on both sides, and obviously
political speech. Not that that ever
helps us poor folk, but it might get
some nice precedents on the book were
Rush to win.
I could start making tapes for him if
On the other hand,
are we really quite sure
that we want to be
Will it really make things better?
Because whatever we want, we're not going to get all of it.
And when we get half, the penalty for going over the now
(legally defined with HALF our input, so that we'll seem like traitors
to ourselves when we cross it)
might be more severe, immediate and absolute
than the settlements we suffer now.
Although I guess it's hard to beat "destroy all remaining copies"...
(We ought now to bow our heads in thanks to the
manufacturers (japanese, mostly, I think) who have given
copy protection the finger. Let's pray that they continue
to do so.)
P.S. I really thought I had something with the Burden of Proof. I've
had the feeling for years that copyright is misapplied in cases
without loss to the holder. It was just a thought, I guess...
-Christmas offends my religion: it is "Lunatism"
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