[NetBehaviour] Looting Woodgreen 2.

Simon Mclennan mitjafashion at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 9 03:29:33 CEST 2011

Nice one Mark- I agree on mot of your points- especially about how nice middle class media folk maintain the status quo and just play the game of keeping people informed. The working class has become a sort of embarrassment to the other classes- and as such is patronised to the nth degree.And so its no wonder this anger is boiling over.What amazes me is that people see criminality as a thing separate from society- rather than as something with causes and an affect to be clearly read within the greater scheme.
> Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:05:45 +0100
> From: marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
> To: netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org
> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Looting Woodgreen 2.
> Hi Martha, Alan & all,
> Thank you for your concern, we are both fine although worried regarding 
> the media's 'shallow' representation of it all.
> Our flat is on Green Lanes one of the main busy streets. A mile and half 
> away from the video I showed on here yesterday. Green Lanes turns into 
> Wood green, a 5-10 minute walk away depending how short your legs are...
> Wendy, one of the members of this list, I think may have been directly 
> in the middle of it all, and has dedicated an awfully lot of her time in 
> Tottenham working on local projects, who I hope is ok - Wendy?
> The main part of (original) riots took place in Tottenham, which is 
> about a mile away from the Furtherfield studios. But as in all big 
> cities, everything sprawls over. People are living on top of each other, 
> not much space. To be honest, I am surprised it has not happened sooner.
> Everyone locally is affected by it all in various ways. Not just this, 
> the unrest is now erupting in several other parts of the capital's 
> boroughs, from Brixton in the south (other side of the River Thames) to 
> Enfield, Islington and Walthamstow further to the east. So, if you are 
> some one who is living or working in a poor area in London, I would say 
> the threat of violence is likely. Of course, the richer areas will be 
> fine - which is where most of those working in the media live themselves...
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/08/london-riots-spread-second-night
> I am not an advocate for riots, where local people are hurt by local 
> people - it depresses me to see them destroying their neighbourhoods. 
> But, it does declare the reality of how desperate things actually are here.
> Ruth & I recently, just moved out of London a week or so ago, but are 
> still living & working at Furtherfield & the staying at the Flat still, 
> for instance we will be in London today & tomorrow - regularly working & 
> living in London (weekly) but also living outside as well. We have had 
> to move due to cuts in the arts.
> Which brings me to some other things. In response to the riots I posted 
> a comment on the Newstatesman web site (http://tinyurl.com/3buuabm) who 
> are privileged lefties from Cambridge & Oxford by the way. Excuse me if 
> I sound slightly bitter in this bit... "What I find interesting is no 
> one above is considering the bigger picture. I live locally in Tottenham 
> & have been hearing many younger people's views regarding their despair, 
> of youth centres being closed down because of the recent cuts, & no jobs 
> in the near future either. Our culture is suffering a deep attack 
> against education & community values. I am really not surprised by any 
> of this - but the blame lies from up top, with choosing neoliberalism 
> above human needs. Whilst all of you 'comfortable' people chat away 
> ignoring such realities, our 'little' Rome will burn, please wake up!"
> What I have found generally depressing in our culture, in the arts and 
> right across the board - is that the working classes (whatever creed, 
> colour, gender) are treated as a constant annoyance. The overall 
> language of traditional broadcast media is conservative, whether it be 
> radio 4 looking at things with a kind of 'rationalist' perspective, 
> within their cosy and well educated situations, slightly liberal, 
> although completely unaware of reality - usually asking even politicians 
> nonsensical questions which on the whole is just noise. Yet, they get 
> away with it, because they are educated and have a (voice) of so called 
> authority - of presence, of standing.
> The Newspapers generally condemn the violence not allowing everyday 
> people quality time to have a voice, time to work all of this out. You 
> just hear trained 'officials' because everyday people do not know how to 
> use these frameworks - these platforms of news (infotainment) media are 
> not for them, it is 'only about' them.
> So, as working a class individual, who has not been through the same 
> systems of education as most of my peers, until later in life. I kind of 
> feel a (small) connection with these rioters (not the looters), I 
> suspect if I was in their position and their age I would also be out 
> there rioting - although I am so glad that I am not.
> And yes - of course it must be said; I do not agree with how they have 
> gone about it. I would prefer that they were more organised and visited 
> central London and challenged the source of the problem, the heads of 
> state; who are creating even more poverty whilst they remain untouched 
> by the circumstances and difficulties that they have and are 
> contributing to. For it is important to remember, they have played a 
> major part in placing the main burden of the financial crisis on the 
> people, not the banks and corporations.
> Anyway,
> chat later...
> marc
>  > This looks pretty bad on tv, Marc.  Are you and Ruth safe?  And your
>  > office?  I have my fingers crossed.
>  >
>  > best wishes for better days ahead,
>  > Martha
>  >
>  > November 2010 Project
>  > http://chapbookpublisher.com/November-2010.html
>  >
>  > City Bird: Selected Poems (1991 - 2009)
>  > by Millie Niss, edited by Martha Deed
>  > 
> http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/Poetry/city-bird-selected-poems-1991-2009-by-millie-niss-edited-by-martha-deed-192/
>  >
>  >
>  > On 8/7/2011 11:03 AM, marc garrett wrote:
>  >> Looting Woodgreen 2.
>  >>
>  >> Whilst the riots were happening on another street in Tottenham, on our
>  >> street youths were smashing into shops and ransacking them...
>  >>
>  >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKz2LqZHT6o&feature=share
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