Student Protests – K-Punk on the media; Wu Ming on the literature

K-Punk offers a sharp analysis of last week’s events here, along with some good discussion of the mainstream media’s take on it all. I particularly enjoyed this line:

It looks as if the situation might be starting to dawn on Clegg, who increasingly has the cheated and desperate look of a man who has sold his soul to the devil at the very moment the devil went out of business.

Wu Ming offer a reading of the literature of the struggle in Italy here.

It could be interesting to look closely at the classics the students chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the frontline.
Boccaccio’s Decameron, which is about people sharing stories while waiting for the plague to end.
Asimov’s The Naked Sun, which is the description of a world where humans no longer touch each other.
Melville’s Moby Dick, which is an epic tale of obsession.
Cervantes’ Don Quixote, ie the story of a proud, noble man led astray by an obsolete ideology (the chivalrous one).
Petronius’ Satyricon, that is, the description of a greedy, decadent power.
Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, that is, a piece of «auto-fiction», a scandalous mix of autobiography and fiction.
Lenin’s What Is To Be Is To Be Done?, which deals with the problem of organization.
Deleuze & Guattari’s
A Thousand Plateaux, that is, the theme of nomadism, the nomadic war machine… (continues)

In an earlier post they gave us an image of the shields – they don’t quite match the list above – but it includes Plato’s Republic, Machiavelli’s The Prince and their own Q (under the earlier ‘Luther Blissett’ identity).


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2 Responses to Student Protests – K-Punk on the media; Wu Ming on the literature

  1. Wu Ming says:

    Here’s a better picture of the Book Bloc, matching our list a little more closely :-)

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