Friday, September 17, 2004

Lewis Lapham: Tentacles of Rage; Naomi Klein: Baghdad Year Zero; Our Culture, Our Resistance

In an earlier post I stated that the current Harper's magazine is a must buy issue because of excellent essays by Lewis Lapham and Naomi Klein. Unfortunately at the time neither of their essays were available online, but that has all changed as Bill over at Thoughts on the Eve of the Apocalypse alerts his readers that the Lapham essay has been scanned and posted at Mindfully:

Lapham, Lewis. “Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History.” Harper’s Magazine (September 2004)
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Bill comes through again alerting us to a posting of Naomi Klein's essay "Baghdad Year Zero" It has some mistakes in the scan, but still its a great read and a clear picture of the powerful interests that motivated the dreams of turning Iraq into a free market utopia. Thanks to Autonomy and Solidarity for posting the essay and I would also recommend their link to the Ernesto Aguilar, edited collection of essays "Our Culture, Our Resistance: People of Color Speak Out on Anarchism, Race, Class and Gender" Part 1 and Part 2. For more info about this collection
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A cleaner version of Naomi Klein's "Baghdad Year Zero" has just been posted here

5 comments:

Bill said...

I ran across the Klein essay here, too.

Deleted said...

If I were a serious scholar :-), I could keep busy for years on just TOTEOFTA and Dialogic. Since I started reading both places, I've acquired over a hundred bookmarks.

Do you know all these things already, Thivai, and just post them in your role as a teacher? It's amazing to me how many very well read, thoughtful people have starting keeping online learning centers.

All of whcih is a round about way of saying thanks.

Thivai Abhor said...

Bill you are becoming my hero! Thanks again!

Harry, to answer your question:

I have a wide array of interests and I'm writing a dissertation. Usually what I do is read something for the dissertation, or something for pleasure, or something for what I am teaching--then I head online afterwards (If I like it and want to learn more) and search to see what is out there. The folks at MediaSquatters help me out with regular suggestions and I also have a small group of friends that make suggestions. I also visit everyone that visits my site--finding out more stuff that I didn't know (like Bill's Thoughts on the Eve of Apocalypse--Go Stats tells me what site the visitors come from, making it easy to see their site, and anyone who leaves their info in my comment section is assured a visit from me, as you know) Probably the biggest motivation is that I am teaching introductory writing/thinking course for first-year college students and I want to give them a sense of the broader vistas of information/knowledge and help them to become more critical, nomadic, hunter-gathering, information/knowledge producers (active, instead of just passive consumers). At the same time they are constantly providing me with ideas, questions and information.

Like it or not--we are becoming reliant on the info-highway for news about the world--I want to provide examples of how to surf it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a bibliophile, with a serious book-fetish (aesthetics), but this technology, when used with an understanding of the possibilities for imagination, invention and creativity--its really off-the-wall. I'm a techno-phobic too, it took forever for interested parties to get me to use this stuff, but I recognize the possibilities... I interweave the older, deeper, book/magazine/newspaper with the newer, faster, broader computer technologies--lets face it I can't read my computer screen in the bathtub and I would always prefer to read a physical book, than on a screen. The opportunities though of dissemination and sharing and open-source collaboration--this is what keeps me interested in the Internet.

So for anyone that wonders--I usually spend about two hours a day on average surfing and communicating on the computer (substitutes for what used to be passive TV watching). I don't have cable TV and I don't need it, this is why I get so happy when I find videos online.

The archives that I started posting on Dialogioc are from my surfing of the web--I read about 75% of the stuff--obviously I didn't read the entire 9/11 Report or the countless activism websites--they are just to big and time-consuming--I'm building these for my students for easy access to get them started and to point them in new directions... I post them at mirror course sites and decided to also start putting them up at Dialogic for the casual browsers.

Thanks for the comments--peace.

Anonymous said...

source of reprints of articles: http://www.findarticles.com/

also harpers is putting more and more on the web - sometimes only a month after publication. www.harpers.org

sign up for weekly review email - hilarious - and the bottom of the message will show new postings from archives some really old great stuff

Christian Green said...

the BEST place to find Naomi's essay, Baghdad Year Zero is on her new website at: http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2004/09/baghdad-year-zero-pillaging-iraq-pursuit-neo-con-utopia