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: email@example.com > To: firstname.lastname@example.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 > >> _______________________________________________ > >> NetBehaviour mailing list > >> NetBehaviour@netbehaviour.org > >> http://www.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > >> > > _______________________________________________ > > NetBehaviour mailing list > > NetBehaviour@netbehaviour.org > > http://www.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@netbehaviour.org > http://www.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour