“There are therefore four logical combinations of the two oppositions, resource abundance vs. scarcity and egalitarianism vs. hierarchy. To put things in somewhat vulgar-Marxist terms, the first axis dictates the economic base of the post-capitalist future, while the second pertains to the socio-political superstructure. Two possible futures are socialisms (only one of which I will actually call by that name) while the other two are contrasting flavors of barbarism.”—Four Futures Peter Frase
But the North Koreans were waiting for us on the train… And so began the worst 48 hours of my life, which ended with the FSB (the modern version of the KGB), the local militia, plainclothes police, and assorted thugs removing us from the train and placing us into custody.
It’s the infrastructure, then, that only the state can push ahead of the market. Lay fibre, reform copyright, change banking, send a man to the moon, eradicate a disease. These are big projects, with deep benefits. Meanwhile, we seem to be wasting a generation of young politicians in attempts to woo one arm of a Twitter dutch sandwich to Shoreditch by the means of unveiling another logo. These are not big plans.
We face, as I keep saying in my lectures, a coming couple of decades of complete upheaval, if only because of baby-boomers all getting old. There’s no judgement there, it’s simply true. And while it’s fun to complain that It’s 2011 and Where’s My Jetpack, my worry is that it’s 2011, and we have no Apollo Program.
Unveiled just two weeks ago, MTV’s Iggy (so named because it evokes the global collage of rock, hip-hop, funk, punk, and pop) is already amassing a huge global following. MTV Iggy has over 330,000 Facebook fans and its Best New Band in the Worldprogram boosted fan interactions and feedback on the social networking site by over 136%. Competing bands have already received votes from 167 countries (out of the 194 recognized by the United Nations).
They parody memes! These crude P’shop one-liners celebrate their author’s cleverness and alacrity. (And I know what I’m talking about, there! See captions, above) They give Adobe.com a little boost in revenue. Without a doubt, they remove us from the horror, each by each and en masse. You could spend a morning down the rabbit hole at peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com and still be in the dark as to the larger struggle symbolized by the students’ actions and what was revealed in the reaction of the powerful.