it is not the pass time of this revolter to publicize herself. we are not about publicity! that would get me kicked out of the club… actually, we’ve been spending time discussing how to get this endeavor to grow without selling out. (stay tuned for our principles of unity soon – ish). but that’s another blog for the day we wrap our heads around that issue. however i wanted to tell you all about a little exercise in empowerment and agency recently conducted in my hood: a little culture jamming for the plateau neighborhood to celebrate independent businesses and act to remind them that we love their kitsch presence despite the growing additions to the area’s gentrification. we love you greek restaurants, ice cream selling deps, grungy bars and we love your smells and sells wafting into carre stlouis in spring and summer.
it’s lighthearted perhaps but the act itself holds a lot of significance. to break out of the passive consumer pattern that the mainstream media presses on us all, we need to listen to our inner urges to express ourselves out on the streets. if you love it, say it. if you hate it, say it. if you feel oppressed by rampant neoliberalist practices that no doubt affect your everyday life (and my street!), ACT. whether you prance around putting heart signs on doors, sticker a billboard, refuse that 24 magazine at the entrance of the metro, resist the mainstream’s imposing influence on your individuality. man i felt good after running around prince arthur at 6.30am.
a bientot, selin.
ps. i’m slightly annoyed at not being able to embed this youtube video. tsssk new wordpress.