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1 week ago

Four years ago,

when we created this online platform with our social network, it was designed as an alternative to Facebook.

No data mining, no commercial advertising, no fake likes, no fake profiles, no surveliance. It is still fascinating for me how many of the people that agree on the argument that FB is very problematic still post on FB- very regularly. When I talk to my friends, usually the argument goes like this: "You are right, FB is very problematic, BUT it is very convenient and because everyone is there I can reach all of my friends easily."

Well, you thought so..


fake likes, global click farms and enforced scarsity of visibility... facebook's twisted like machine

1 day, 18 hours ago
I am more and more happy that I never had facebook and honestly hope that more people will realize these facts.I just got back from "DIY" festival in Moscow and every and none of those "anarchists" could believe that Idont have my account...sad
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2 months ago

New Book: InDEBTed to Intervene
We are very excited to let you know about our new book. We have been working on it for more than a y...

2 months, 2 weeks ago

Here we go: The first serious torrent platform for Academic work. Great!

3 months, 2 weeks ago

It was quiet for a while in the international media about the Zaptistas. Now they have celebrated 20 years of their uprising. And here a report from Democracy Now:


It was always very interesting how the Zapatistas treated media and what kind of strategies and tactics they have employed. They were the first radical movement that has truly used the powers of the internet, but more than that already long ago, they have understood the relation between digital and physical in their communication strategies. Even more than that, they were able to use pop culture as a vehicle for their messages without falling in the realm of cooptation. If you have the chance to be in San Cristobal in Chiapas, go in one of the shops that sells Zapatista merchandise and have a look at the sophistication of the messages and artifacts. Not sure if this is true, but a story circulated that Marcos holds a PhD in media and communication studies.

And interestingly subcomandate Marcos - and his images, his representations especially- were regularly compared to those of Che Guevara, as Marcos being the new mythical leader of the global struggle against capitals oppression.

3 months, 3 weeks ago

This is good. A long due reflection of instant formats of public events that aim to push for "innovation", "groundbreaking ideas" etc... Here a critique of TED talks by Benjamin Bratton. (I would add Pecha Kucha too.)

"In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky.

But have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm, and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong?....

Communism in theory is an egalitarian utopia.

Actually existing communism meant ecological devastation, government spying, crappy cars and gulags.

Capitalism in theory is rocket ships, nanomedicine, and Bono saving Africa.

Actually existing capitalism means Walmart jobs, McMansions, people living in the sewers under Las Vegas, Ryan Seacrest … plus – ecological devastation, government spying, crappy public transportation and for-profit prisons."

More here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/we-need-to-talk-about-ted

4 months, 1 week ago


SustainTalks are the Royal College of Art's forum for discussion on all issues relating to sustainability and future living. Radical New Communities will look at the need to adapt to a changing world and the growing interest in radical new forms of community. Autonomous and self-sufficient, these are laboratories for new forms of art, architecture, agriculture, social integration and politics. Speakers include John Jordan and Isabel Fremeaux, founders of French post-capitalist, permaculture-art collective, Labofii; Rutger de Graaf, Managing Director of DeltaSynch, a Dutch floating city development; and Tony Dunne, Head of Design Interactions at the RCA and creator of United Micro Kingdoms.


4 months, 2 weeks ago

A nice intervention in to a Rupert Murdoch owned Australian newspaper.


oliver commented on oliver's blogpost Keep the Fire Burning! Contribution Through Collaboration- Some Post Food Democracy Event Thoughts
4 months, 2 weeks ago

"Here also some participant's feedback


4 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey, here something that I really believe in. As you know Memefest is collaborating with the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and their Food Program. Here a message from BASE:

Can you afford $10 a fortnight to contribute to the work of the BASE Community Food Program? Each week the BASE Community Food Program is providing food parcels to between 70 to 100 families across Brisbane. To keep expanding the program, we are asking supporters who can to contribute $10/fortnight. If you can help out with a regular contribution, please drop us a line at basefoodprogram@gmail.com with “pledge campaign” in the subject line and we’ll send you the account details.

4 months, 3 weeks ago

In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty


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5 months ago

Keep the Fire Burning! Contribution Through Collaboration- Some Post Food Democracy Event Thoughts
Last week we finished the official part of the second Memefest/QCA extradisciplinary seminar/worksho...

5 months, 1 week ago

Just got the message from John Jordan about this- again related to Food Democracy. I would be careful with the use of the word "branding" but otherwise Good stuff:


5 months, 1 week ago

We just finished a great 8 day long session on Food Democracy in collaboration with the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy. We will post more about it soon. But id like to share this with you now and it is related:


Great, Adbusting of fast food ads with cooking recipes suggestions... And where else to find this than on Justin Biebers home page: http://rebelart.net/

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5 months, 3 weeks ago

Keep the Fire Burning! Memefest/QCA Food Democracy Brisbane Seminar/Workshop/Direct Action
We are excited to announce this year’s special Memefest /QCA workshop. A few more days to go and we ...

6 months ago

Potential effects of agrochemicals in Argentina


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6 months ago

Memefest Brisbane Seminar/Workshop/ Intervention- Food Democracy PROGRAM DRAFT!
So..here we go. Bellow is a draft of the program for the event here in Brisbane that will take place...

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Two things:

I. National Farmers and Social Strike gets seeds control law 970 suspended

In Colombia after 21 days of a nationwide strike by thousands of farmers, blocking more than 40 roads nationwide, protesting farmers forced the Colombian government to negotiate the rejection of a farm bill and the release of detained protesters.


II. Bolivia to close all Mcdonald's restaurants:


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6 months, 4 weeks ago


About me


Name Alessandro Mercuri




Editor-in- chief of ParisLike, webmagazine about art, creativity and culture.
Author of two literary essays: Kafka-Cola, sans pitié ni sucre ajouté (2008) and Peeping Tom (2011) published by the Éditions Léo Scheer.



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