Information InFiltration. Artivistic, mediatechnic, culturive, and more.
[- A fun internet story
By amy, Section editors' corner Posted on Mon May 17th, 2004 at 09:23:23 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
Maybe this has been all over the lists already... since I'm not hip enough to read lists these days I don't know ;-) . So, forgive me if you've already seen the one about the people on the net who scammed a net scammer. Anyway, I was just thinking about how much fun net art/activism/culture can be when you just do it naturally, without awareness of all the Certified Art and Cultural Work being done in a similar vein ... if you think about it, there's some familiar looking tactics in there...
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There's smart-mobbing, subversiveness, a prank, an art object, combined street and net action, and even some physically and legally risky activities thrown in. Although these people knew they were organizing on the net, that was a natural part of what they were doing: a means to an end, not an end to itself. They wanted to get the job done, not provide a context for discussion by media critics, visionaries and historians. The one thing missing is a Culturally Important Target. They went after the guy they were pissed at, thinking he might scam a few hundred or thousand other folks. And maybe that's the definition of "Think globally, act locally" after all.