Exposing the Ridiculous /en/taxonomy/term/75/all en About "Exposing the Ridiculous" /en/about-exposing-ridiculous <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Exposing the Ridiculous is about playing on the absurdities of institutional power through the skillful remixing of popular culture. It explores how activists are experimenting with, challenging and reframing what it means to be political through some of the sharpest tools in the activists' toolkit  – humour, irony, satire, parody and lampooning.</p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 16:10:57 +0000 faith 120 at https://informationactivism.org Ridiculing the ridiculous /en/ridiculing-ridiculous <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p style="float: left;"><img src="/media/files/u7/Screen%20shot%202012-05-03%20at%209.22.04%20AM_0.png" width="250" height="167" style="float: left;" /></p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:04:35 +0000 faith 109 at https://informationactivism.org China's river crab and grass-mud horse /en/chinas-river-crab-and-grass-mud-horse <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> <div><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wKx1aenJK08" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>In order to circumvent internet censorship in China, bloggers have created a lexicon which makes puns out of words and phrases in the Chinese language, in order to talk about forbidden topics. It started with the 'grass-mud horse' (cáo nǐ mā) – a mythical creature which sounds nearly the same in Chinese as a dirty insult – as a tool to ridicule the government's blocking of vulgar content online.</div></div></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:02:01 +0000 faith 108 at https://informationactivism.org Pink Chaddi campaign (India) /en/pink-chaddi-campaign-india <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41784269" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="188"></iframe></p><p>Mobilising a community around a specific issue which affects it, can rest solely on how smart your message is and how you engage them to participate.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:10:02 +0000 niko 64 at https://informationactivism.org Puppets take on politicians in South Africa: ZA News /en/puppets-take-politicians-south-africa-za-news <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sxhM4Vnk7Rw" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>Pushing the envelope is almost a political necessity in a country like South Africa, with a young democracy and a national memory of inhumane legislation and censorship. Artists and activists in the country have long cultivated a strong culture of political satire -- both as a reaction to apartheid and then, later, as a means to deal with a country in transition.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:01:33 +0000 niko 60 at https://informationactivism.org Puppets take on politicians in Syria: Top Goon /en/puppets-take-politicians-syria-top-goon <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7A0bG4vssz0" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe></p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:46 +0000 niko 59 at https://informationactivism.org Give Lukashenko his own Lu-net! (Belarus) /en/give-lukashenko-his-own-lu-net-belarus <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41839352" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="188"></iframe></p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:59:39 +0000 niko 58 at https://informationactivism.org Putting torture on the President's map in Tunisia /en/putting-torture-presidents-map-tunisia <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41784268" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="188"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Five years ago, if you searched for 'miserable failure' on Google, the first results would lead you to webpages about George Bush. This kind of manipulation of Google's search algorithms, causing a certain search phrase to point to an unexpected page, is known as 'Google bombing'. It has been used since 2000 for pranks and general internet tomfoolery, but also more seriously by activists looking to draw attention to rights issues.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:58:47 +0000 niko 57 at https://informationactivism.org Chevron thinks we're stupid /en/chevron-thinks-were-stupid <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div>  </div><div><img src="/media/files/u13/weagreeFB3004.png" width="250" style="float: left;" />Chevron is the second largest oil company in the world, and historically has been at the centre of many controversies, from oil spills to dubious investments and tax evasion. In 2010 they fell mercy to a momentous prank.</div><div> </div><div>In 2010 Chevron prepared to release a campaign called 'We Agree', which featured messages from ordinary people explaining what they think the oil company should do, such as 'support local schools and communities'.</div></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:56:50 +0000 niko 54 at https://informationactivism.org Phone Story: play to reveal the secrets behind your phone /en/phone-story-play-reveal-secrets-behind-your-phone <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p class="western" lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB" xml:lang="en-GB"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sSMSFLAsNzc" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>You like your smartphone; it's shiny, it makes your life easier. But do you ever consider how it was produced?</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:56:10 +0000 niko 53 at https://informationactivism.org Occupy George: remixed dollar bills /en/occupy-george-remixed-dollar-bills <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/occupygeorge02.png" width="250" height="112" style="float: left;" />On September 17, 2011, a group of protesters led by the culture jamming magazine Adbusters camped out in Zuccotti Park, at the centre of New York's financial district. They called themselves Occupy Wall Street. Within a few weeks similar camps had sprung up across the USA, drawing in thousands of participants. With the slogan 'We are the 99 %', their complaint was against unfair wealth distribution and corporate power in the country.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:55:31 +0000 niko 52 at https://informationactivism.org Zenga Zenga: Gaddafi's speech remixed as a dance tune /en/zenga-zenga-gaddafis-speech-remixed-dance-tune <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cBY-0n4esNY" align="left" width="250" height="188"></iframe></span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:54:48 +0000 niko 51 at https://informationactivism.org What is culture jamming? /en/what-culture-jamming <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><div><img src="/media/files/u13/culturejammingFB2904-1.jpg" width="250" height="171" style="float: left;" />This billboard looks like any other: a good-looking man, good-looking woman, and a product. It's the tried and tested formula for advertising, we see it everywhere as we are directed how to look, dress, behave and consume in order to fit into society. But there is something different about this image. The slogan “she is a thing” works against the advertisement, highlighting the objectification of women to sell products.</div></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:52:08 +0000 niko 48 at https://informationactivism.org