Brian Kim Stefans
Since the beginning
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

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BIO
Brian Kim Stefans teaches digital literature and twentith century poetry at UCLA. He is the author of the books of poems What is Said the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006) and Kluge: A Meditation (2007), along with Before Starting Over: Essays and Interviews (2008) and Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics (2003), among other works. His digital works are collected at arras.net.
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DISCUSSION

CIRCULARS -- last 100 stories


http://www.arras.net/circulars/

Circulars is going into hibernation mode for the summer, possibly forever,
on May 31.

It will stay online as a resource of poetry, art, statements, opinions, wtfs
and news stories for future "archeologists of meaning."

New stories will still be posted from time to time, but the new homepage
will primarily be an index of the more than 450 items posted in the past 4
months.

Thanks to all of the contributors, commenters and readers. There's still
enough bad news to go around, but the intensity of the dissent, at least
online, has slackened -- time to try something different.

***

For reasons I won't explain - my own technical limitations, frankly - the
links are above the stories, not below them:

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000637.html
myfreecursors.com: Patriotic Cursors

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000635.html
NYTimes: Texas' Republicans Fume; Democrats Remain AWOL

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000634.html
Charles Bernstein: The Rumsfeld Tablet

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000633.html
moveon.org: Call Washington -- Who gains from the tax & budget cuts?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000632.html
bushwarsblog.com: The Bombing Attacks in Saudi Arabia

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000631.html
Globe and Mail: Revolution by e-mail? Tyrants aren't quiverin

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000630.html
nothingness.org: May 68 Picturebooks

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000629.html
George McGovern: A More Constructive Internationalism

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000628.html
sf.indymedia: Antiwar Movement Returns to Oakland Docks to Picket Corporate
Invaders & Lawless Cops

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000627.html
Additional Korea Links

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000626.html
Brian Kim Stefans: n epic

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000625.html
Rahul Mahajan: Don't Lift the Sanctions Yet

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000624.html
rabble.ca: Weapons of Mass Destruction in Montreal

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000623.html
Washington Post: Frustrated, U.S. Arms Team to Leave Iraq; Task Force Unable
To Find Any Weapons

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000621.html
www.moveon.org: Media Issues Petition

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000619.html
Secret McCarthy papers released (available for download)

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000618.html
Circulars: New Archives Page

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000617.html
Salam Pax Returns

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000616.html
The Nation: Top Gun at Job Destruction

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000614.html
Question of the Day: Is Shizzolatin' Racist?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000613.html
Hugh MacDiarmid: For Daniel Cohn-Bendit

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000612.html
The Command Post

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000611.html
Guardian UK: Firm in Florida Election Fiasco Earns Millions from Files on
Foreigners

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000609.html
Sunday Herald: "US: 'Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction'"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000608.html
W's Victory Speech: Gangsta Version

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000607.html
Korea News & Information Sites

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000606.html
Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Constituents of a Theory of the Media

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000604.html
U.S. Hires Christian Extremists to Produce Arabic News

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000603.html
May 31: A United for Peace & Justice National Teach-in on Iraq, Preemptive
War and Democracy

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000602.html
Cyberspace and the Lonely Crowd

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000601.html
Q&A: Janeane Garofalo Won't Back Down

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000600.html
bushwarsblog.com

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000599.html
Gothic News Service: Astonishing Art Work Stops Traffic at Piccadilly Circus

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000598.html
Garner: Americans Should Beat Chests with Pride

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000597.html
Ashleigh Banfield: On Embedded Journalism

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000596.html
Boston Globe: Memory and Moral Awareness in Korea

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000595.html
Impeach Bush French Fries

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000594.html
BILL WEINBERG: BEWARE BUSH'S BOOMERANG

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000593.html
The Independent: US/UK War Lies Reprise

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000592.html
Commondreams.org: Whistling Dixie

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000591.html
Shufu Theater: Interview -- Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000590.html
Proud to Kill an American

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000589.html
nothing but iraq: a reading of modern iraqi poetry

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000588.html
Alternet: Patriot Raid

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000587.html
PeaceWilliamsburg Presents "Relish Democracy"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000586.html
United for Peace and Justice Coalition: Chicago Conference, June 6-8

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000585.html
In Jesus's Name: Franklin Graham's Christian Empire

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000583.html
whitehouse.org: The War In Iraq Concluded, President Bush Proudly Honors The
First-Ever Recipients Of The "Civilian Warmonger Medal Of Armchair Valor"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000582.html
indymedia.org: Gruesome French Ads Depict Dead Journalists

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000581.html
Alternet: Cool Commodities

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000580.html
Shufu Theater: Interview with a Civilian

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000579.html
Homeland Security Rules

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000578.html
United for Peace: What's Next for Our Movement?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000577.html
MoveOn: "We'll throw out Bush and the Republicans using every means
available"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000575.html
Gothic News Service: Easter Morning at the SUV, Solar and Oak Grove

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000574.html
Onion: New Fox Reality Show To Determine Ruler Of Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000573.html
Burger King, Pizza Hut Open Iraq Locations

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000572.html
Washington Post: Municipalities Defy Patriot Act

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000571.html
Children held at Camp Xray, US admits

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000570.html
Nina Simone: "I Just Sing to Know That I'm Alive"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000567.html
BBC/Guardian: Unanswered Questions

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000566.html
Guardian: Israel Wants Iraqi Oil

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000565.html
Tom Tomorrow On Iraq Reconstruction

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000564.html
Revolution Is Not An AOL Keyword*

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000563.html
Guardian: Labour MPs Turn Up The Heat On Blair

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000562.html
Wired: Pacifist Programmers = No Grants For Free Software

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000561.html
Independent: Blix Sets Stage For Return of UN Inspectors To Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000560.html
BBC Reporter Blog Wraps Up

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000559.html
Le Monde Diplomatique: No War For Whose Oil?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000558.html
CNN: A Dry Run For Cheney's Obituary

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000557.html
Who Really Saved Private Lynch?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000556.html
Embedded Photographer: "I Saw Marines Kill Civilians"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000555.html
Tim Robbins Speech to NAtional Press Club

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000554.html
OPEN LETTER TO POETS: SHAME ON US, DESTROYERS OF CIVILIZATION

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000553.html
Poets for Peace: Reading Friday April 25th

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000552.html
Gothic News: Sumerian Harp Ritual On Washington Mall

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000551.html
New York Times: The "Fox" Effect

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000550.html
POLI SCI: political science writings of Language poet Bruce Andrews

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000549.html
In Fraud We Trust (image map dollar)

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000548.html
Onion: The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000547.html
Did CNN Turn Up Boos During Michael Moore's Speech?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000546.html
Tom Raworth: Listen Up

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000545.html
Already Fucked Up

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000544.html
Already marked down

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000543.html
Time Disappears Bush Sr. Article Against War With Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000541.html
gvus.org: Global Vote for U.S. President

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000540.html
Allen Ginsberg: Wichita Vortex Sutra (last part)

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000539.html
The Progressive: The Peace Candidate

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000538.html
Robert Fisk: Library Books, Letters and Priceless Documents are Set Ablaze
in Final Chapter of the Sacking of Baghdad

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000536.html
ZNet: Noam Chomsky Interviewed

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000535.html
Dagens Nyheter: US Troops Initiated Plundering

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000532.html
Student poets victimised for anti-war stance

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000531.html
Gwynne Dyer: Ignorant Armies

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000529.html
Reverend Billy's Peace Revival And Tax Revolt!

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000528.html
SF Chronicle: A Permanent Patriot Act?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000527.html
NY Times: Conquest and Neglect

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000526.html
Iraqi Regime Playing Cards

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000525.html
The Triumph of Corporate Monoculture

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000523.html
Voices in the Wilderness/Iraq peace team: Dispatch from Baghdad

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000522.html
Staged "Liberation" media event?

____

A R R A S: new media poetry and poetics
http://www.arras.net

Hinka cumfae cashore canfeh, Ahl hityi oar hied 'caw taughtie!

"Do you think just because I come from Carronshore I cannot fight? I shall
hit you over the head with a cold potatoe."

____

A R R A S: new media poetry and poetics
http://www.arras.net

Hinka cumfae cashore canfeh, Ahl hityi oar hied 'caw taughtie!

"Do you think just because I come from Carronshore I cannot fight? I shall
hit you over the head with a cold potatoe.

DISCUSSION

CIRCULARS -- last 100 stories


http://www.arras.net/circulars/

Circulars is going into hibernation mode for the summer, possibly forever,
on May 31.

It will stay online as a resource of poetry, art, statements, opinions, wtfs
and news stories for future "archeologists of meaning."

New stories will still be posted from time to time, but the new homepage
will primarily be an index of the more than 450 items posted in the past 4
months.

Thanks to all of the contributors, commenters and readers. There's still
enough bad news to go around, but the intensity of the dissent, at least
online, has slackened -- time to try something different.

***

For reasons I won't explain - my own technical limitations, frankly - the
links are above the stories, not below them:

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000637.html
myfreecursors.com: Patriotic Cursors

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000635.html
NYTimes: Texas' Republicans Fume; Democrats Remain AWOL

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000634.html
Charles Bernstein: The Rumsfeld Tablet

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000633.html
moveon.org: Call Washington -- Who gains from the tax & budget cuts?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000632.html
bushwarsblog.com: The Bombing Attacks in Saudi Arabia

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000631.html
Globe and Mail: Revolution by e-mail? Tyrants aren't quiverin

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000630.html
nothingness.org: May 68 Picturebooks

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000629.html
George McGovern: A More Constructive Internationalism

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000628.html
sf.indymedia: Antiwar Movement Returns to Oakland Docks to Picket Corporate
Invaders & Lawless Cops

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000627.html
Additional Korea Links

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000626.html
Brian Kim Stefans: n epic

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000625.html
Rahul Mahajan: Don't Lift the Sanctions Yet

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000624.html
rabble.ca: Weapons of Mass Destruction in Montreal

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000623.html
Washington Post: Frustrated, U.S. Arms Team to Leave Iraq; Task Force Unable
To Find Any Weapons

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000621.html
www.moveon.org: Media Issues Petition

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000619.html
Secret McCarthy papers released (available for download)

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000618.html
Circulars: New Archives Page

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000617.html
Salam Pax Returns

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000616.html
The Nation: Top Gun at Job Destruction

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000614.html
Question of the Day: Is Shizzolatin' Racist?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000613.html
Hugh MacDiarmid: For Daniel Cohn-Bendit

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000612.html
The Command Post

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000611.html
Guardian UK: Firm in Florida Election Fiasco Earns Millions from Files on
Foreigners

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000609.html
Sunday Herald: "US: 'Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction'"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000608.html
W's Victory Speech: Gangsta Version

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000607.html
Korea News & Information Sites

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000606.html
Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Constituents of a Theory of the Media

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000604.html
U.S. Hires Christian Extremists to Produce Arabic News

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000603.html
May 31: A United for Peace & Justice National Teach-in on Iraq, Preemptive
War and Democracy

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000602.html
Cyberspace and the Lonely Crowd

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000601.html
Q&A: Janeane Garofalo Won't Back Down

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000600.html
bushwarsblog.com

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000599.html
Gothic News Service: Astonishing Art Work Stops Traffic at Piccadilly Circus

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000598.html
Garner: Americans Should Beat Chests with Pride

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000597.html
Ashleigh Banfield: On Embedded Journalism

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000596.html
Boston Globe: Memory and Moral Awareness in Korea

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000595.html
Impeach Bush French Fries

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000594.html
BILL WEINBERG: BEWARE BUSH'S BOOMERANG

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000593.html
The Independent: US/UK War Lies Reprise

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000592.html
Commondreams.org: Whistling Dixie

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000591.html
Shufu Theater: Interview -- Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000590.html
Proud to Kill an American

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000589.html
nothing but iraq: a reading of modern iraqi poetry

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000588.html
Alternet: Patriot Raid

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000587.html
PeaceWilliamsburg Presents "Relish Democracy"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000586.html
United for Peace and Justice Coalition: Chicago Conference, June 6-8

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000585.html
In Jesus's Name: Franklin Graham's Christian Empire

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000583.html
whitehouse.org: The War In Iraq Concluded, President Bush Proudly Honors The
First-Ever Recipients Of The "Civilian Warmonger Medal Of Armchair Valor"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000582.html
indymedia.org: Gruesome French Ads Depict Dead Journalists

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000581.html
Alternet: Cool Commodities

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000580.html
Shufu Theater: Interview with a Civilian

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000579.html
Homeland Security Rules

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000578.html
United for Peace: What's Next for Our Movement?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000577.html
MoveOn: "We'll throw out Bush and the Republicans using every means
available"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000575.html
Gothic News Service: Easter Morning at the SUV, Solar and Oak Grove

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000574.html
Onion: New Fox Reality Show To Determine Ruler Of Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000573.html
Burger King, Pizza Hut Open Iraq Locations

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000572.html
Washington Post: Municipalities Defy Patriot Act

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000571.html
Children held at Camp Xray, US admits

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000570.html
Nina Simone: "I Just Sing to Know That I'm Alive"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000567.html
BBC/Guardian: Unanswered Questions

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000566.html
Guardian: Israel Wants Iraqi Oil

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000565.html
Tom Tomorrow On Iraq Reconstruction

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000564.html
Revolution Is Not An AOL Keyword*

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000563.html
Guardian: Labour MPs Turn Up The Heat On Blair

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000562.html
Wired: Pacifist Programmers = No Grants For Free Software

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000561.html
Independent: Blix Sets Stage For Return of UN Inspectors To Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000560.html
BBC Reporter Blog Wraps Up

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000559.html
Le Monde Diplomatique: No War For Whose Oil?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000558.html
CNN: A Dry Run For Cheney's Obituary

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000557.html
Who Really Saved Private Lynch?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000556.html
Embedded Photographer: "I Saw Marines Kill Civilians"

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000555.html
Tim Robbins Speech to NAtional Press Club

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000554.html
OPEN LETTER TO POETS: SHAME ON US, DESTROYERS OF CIVILIZATION

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000553.html
Poets for Peace: Reading Friday April 25th

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000552.html
Gothic News: Sumerian Harp Ritual On Washington Mall

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000551.html
New York Times: The "Fox" Effect

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000550.html
POLI SCI: political science writings of Language poet Bruce Andrews

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000549.html
In Fraud We Trust (image map dollar)

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000548.html
Onion: The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000547.html
Did CNN Turn Up Boos During Michael Moore's Speech?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000546.html
Tom Raworth: Listen Up

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000545.html
Already Fucked Up

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000544.html
Already marked down

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000543.html
Time Disappears Bush Sr. Article Against War With Iraq

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000541.html
gvus.org: Global Vote for U.S. President

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000540.html
Allen Ginsberg: Wichita Vortex Sutra (last part)

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000539.html
The Progressive: The Peace Candidate

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000538.html
Robert Fisk: Library Books, Letters and Priceless Documents are Set Ablaze
in Final Chapter of the Sacking of Baghdad

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000536.html
ZNet: Noam Chomsky Interviewed

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000535.html
Dagens Nyheter: US Troops Initiated Plundering

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000532.html
Student poets victimised for anti-war stance

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000531.html
Gwynne Dyer: Ignorant Armies

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000529.html
Reverend Billy's Peace Revival And Tax Revolt!

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000528.html
SF Chronicle: A Permanent Patriot Act?

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000527.html
NY Times: Conquest and Neglect

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000526.html
Iraqi Regime Playing Cards

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000525.html
The Triumph of Corporate Monoculture

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000523.html
Voices in the Wilderness/Iraq peace team: Dispatch from Baghdad

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000522.html
Staged "Liberation" media event?

____

A R R A S: new media poetry and poetics
http://www.arras.net

Hinka cumfae cashore canfeh, Ahl hityi oar hied 'caw taughtie!

"Do you think just because I come from Carronshore I cannot fight? I shall
hit you over the head with a cold potatoe.

DISCUSSION

Question of the Day: Is Shizzolatin' Racist?


[The following is from Steve Perry's bushwarsblog.com concerning something he posted a few days ago, and to which I linked. I think it's very pertinent as I've linked to other sites on my site Circulars (http://www.arras.net/circulars)-- "humor" sites -- that were criticized as being racist. My own response to Steve -- including an aside on "rent-a-negro.com" -- is below.]

I admit I had some misgivings over posting the Snoop Dogg translation of Bush's victory speech yesterday. And an old friend of mine--a person who tends to be both hypersensitive and wise in matters of crypto-racism--wrote me as follows: "This isn't such a good idea. It reeks of coon show."

I know what he means, and the question comes down to this (I think): Is it prima facie racist to employ racially tinged stereotypes to make a point?

The point I wished to make between the lines was this: Gangsta culture is gangsta culture, and if you credit the reasoning of Bush's foreign policy, you have to respect the most hardcore gangsta rappers as well--and, needless to say, vice versa. Why? Because either it's all right to value getting paid over all else--sooner rather than later, and by any means available--or else it's not. Any which way, I see the Bush administration and the most grandiose of the hiphop gangstas in the same light.

But maybe this is all just so much rationalization, irrelevant even if it's correct in its own obscure way; maybe, for practical purposes, the most salient point is that employing racial stereotypes to any end is pernicious. Myself, I think we're past that point. But I'm not entirely sure. Tell me what you think: sperry@citypages.com

***

Dear Steve,

I run the website Circulars - http://www.arras.net/circulars/ -- and reposted the Shizzolatin piece, though with some reservations:

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000608.html

I didn’t foreground the metaphor that you were making between gangsta culture and the Bush regime - I don’t think too many people would have gotten that, certainly not in the formulation that you made on your blog today.

(“The point I wished to make between the lines was this: Gangsta culture is gangsta culture, and if you credit the reasoning of Bush's foreign policy, you have to respect the most hardcore gangsta rappers as well--and, needless to say, vice versa. Why? Because either it's all right to value getting paid over all else--sooner rather than later, and by any means available--or else it's not. Any which way, I see the Bush administration and the most grandiose of the hiphop gangstas in the same light.”)

I put it up, though, because I see my site as a sort of clearing house for different ways of making political art, even if slightly tasteless. At times - like when I make links to the site whitehouse.org - racist stereotypes and language are involved. (Actually, it’s only that site that moves into racism - other more or less “tasteless” political art seems to have no problem stereotyping gays and women, not to mention those with mental health issues.)

Here are the two times that I linked to whitehouse.org and/or took some of their art: -- http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000583.html. (I actually agree with “Buford,” that the piece, which I hadn’t read entirely before posting, is pretty bad, though I think “he” is more full of “hatred” than I could ever be - I would never fantasize about doing harm to someone the way he does.)

Here’s the other one -- http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000480.html -- which seems to take shots at everybody, though the commenter didn’t obviously think so.

This is because I’m interested in the creative, non-discursive, “surprise attack” aspects of political art - excess, even if it moves beyond positive formulations of “what we should do,” since I feel pretty desperate to fill in the void of wilder forms of protest art that seem to have been more prevalent in the last century. Here is something rather extreme, again having to do mostly with celebrities: http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000582.html.

In addition, I write about “digital poetics” and cover topics concerning how a text can move from an ethically neutral zone to one that is ethically charged based on the work of a simple algorithm - the site “pornolize.com” is the example I use, but it seems the most recent crop tends to have to do with Black American English (there are tons of “Ebonics” translators out there).

I suppose, if this didn’t come from a site actually created by Snoop Dogg - I’m assuming it was, or by his company - then I wouldn’t have posted it, as there is a pretty tedious new streak of web art these days (I assume by whites) that tries to make a good point - that the internet, or at least most of the discourse around it, seems to be the domain mostly of whites and Asians - by “getting dirty,” trying to be on the good cop by pretending to be the bad cop, and doing obnoxious things like this site -- http://rent-a-negro.com/ -- whose URL speaks for itself.

I myself am Korean American (“half” Korean), and was not raised in a Korean neighborhood, so I’ve had my share of racial epithets tossed my way. I know that when I was in high school - I attended an urban high school in Jersey City rather than my mostly white high school in the suburbs - it was somewhat liberating for me and my friends there, who were mostly non-white, to play with racially-charged language - we took it over, in a sense, though not to pathological extremes - it still hurt when we heard it elsewhere.

I’ve never mentioned that I was Korean American on the site, though, as I didn’t think it mattered, in a way, and my hope was that the sensibility expressed on the site - to which there are over 15 contributors - would be general enough, beyond any need to psychoanalyze motives. But I confess that I was a bit afraid, also - would it be acceptable to people “out there” that a site that is so obviously critical of the Bush administration was created by a Korean American? I don’t want to know.

I guess I always hope that “we” can share a joke - that racist stereotypes are bad - by putting on the masks, switching identities, playing with the language, etc., but I’m not sure how that plays out in the long run, in either reaffirming what we would like to destroy, etc. I may have lost some readers by posting the links to whitehouse.org, or even your site - well, my readership has gone down anyway, since the “war” “ended” - which is unfortunate, but I’ve learned a lot by reading the comments section on my site in reaction to these pieces, even when they were flames.

There are certainly enough stereotypes about white people flying around in the political art of today, perhaps particularly Texans - is the fact that it white Americans create this art important? Are the perspectives translating well across a broad spectrum of culture?

Anyway, I have no answers to any of this. One can’t expect everyone to share one’s sense of the range of permissible forms of expression - something will always confuse or anger someone else - negativity, whether in the form of punk rock, gangsta rap, Dada, even these language algorithms, can have its liberating aspects, but to many it might just seem vicious noise.

One last point I wanted to make was this - that the ethnic make-up of the Bush cabinet seems to suggest that he is responding to a need for racial diversity in the government, and is in some ways “progressive.” Fine, but I think the issue is not just “diversity” but “difference” - that the various races that live in America also play by different rules when they are existing in their own neighborhoods, cultures, etc. - speak differently, also. Sometimes they don’t even hear each other, though the Bush cabinet, working in exquisite concord, apparently does.

I suppose, though I am not sure, that creating obnoxious cartoons about “difference” at least suggest the contradictions and potential conflicts in American culture that the Bush cabinet seems to want to gloss over, as they have glossed over differences with their peers around the world. I prefer this harsh highlighting of recalcitrant social detail over the evangelical “vision” that guides our foreign and domestic policy at the moment.

Perhaps I am the wrong person to foreground this - I’m pretty middle class - but nonetheless it seems necessary.

Thanks
Brian

DISCUSSION

Question of the Day: Is Shizzolatin' Racist?


[The following is from Steve Perry's bushwarsblog.com concerning something he posted a few days ago, and to which I linked. I think it's very pertinent as I've linked to other sites on my site Circulars (http://www.arras.net/circulars)-- "humor" sites -- that were criticized as being racist. My own response to Steve -- including an aside on "rent-a-negro.com" -- is below.]

I admit I had some misgivings over posting the Snoop Dogg translation of Bush's victory speech yesterday. And an old friend of mine--a person who tends to be both hypersensitive and wise in matters of crypto-racism--wrote me as follows: "This isn't such a good idea. It reeks of coon show."

I know what he means, and the question comes down to this (I think): Is it prima facie racist to employ racially tinged stereotypes to make a point?

The point I wished to make between the lines was this: Gangsta culture is gangsta culture, and if you credit the reasoning of Bush's foreign policy, you have to respect the most hardcore gangsta rappers as well--and, needless to say, vice versa. Why? Because either it's all right to value getting paid over all else--sooner rather than later, and by any means available--or else it's not. Any which way, I see the Bush administration and the most grandiose of the hiphop gangstas in the same light.

But maybe this is all just so much rationalization, irrelevant even if it's correct in its own obscure way; maybe, for practical purposes, the most salient point is that employing racial stereotypes to any end is pernicious. Myself, I think we're past that point. But I'm not entirely sure. Tell me what you think: sperry@citypages.com

***

Dear Steve,

I run the website Circulars - http://www.arras.net/circulars/ -- and reposted the Shizzolatin piece, though with some reservations:

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000608.html

I didn’t foreground the metaphor that you were making between gangsta culture and the Bush regime - I don’t think too many people would have gotten that, certainly not in the formulation that you made on your blog today.

(“The point I wished to make between the lines was this: Gangsta culture is gangsta culture, and if you credit the reasoning of Bush's foreign policy, you have to respect the most hardcore gangsta rappers as well--and, needless to say, vice versa. Why? Because either it's all right to value getting paid over all else--sooner rather than later, and by any means available--or else it's not. Any which way, I see the Bush administration and the most grandiose of the hiphop gangstas in the same light.”)

I put it up, though, because I see my site as a sort of clearing house for different ways of making political art, even if slightly tasteless. At times - like when I make links to the site whitehouse.org - racist stereotypes and language are involved. (Actually, it’s only that site that moves into racism - other more or less “tasteless” political art seems to have no problem stereotyping gays and women, not to mention those with mental health issues.)

Here are the two times that I linked to whitehouse.org and/or took some of their art: -- http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000583.html. (I actually agree with “Buford,” that the piece, which I hadn’t read entirely before posting, is pretty bad, though I think “he” is more full of “hatred” than I could ever be - I would never fantasize about doing harm to someone the way he does.)

Here’s the other one -- http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000480.html -- which seems to take shots at everybody, though the commenter didn’t obviously think so.

This is because I’m interested in the creative, non-discursive, “surprise attack” aspects of political art - excess, even if it moves beyond positive formulations of “what we should do,” since I feel pretty desperate to fill in the void of wilder forms of protest art that seem to have been more prevalent in the last century. Here is something rather extreme, again having to do mostly with celebrities: http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000582.html.

In addition, I write about “digital poetics” and cover topics concerning how a text can move from an ethically neutral zone to one that is ethically charged based on the work of a simple algorithm - the site “pornolize.com” is the example I use, but it seems the most recent crop tends to have to do with Black American English (there are tons of “Ebonics” translators out there).

I suppose, if this didn’t come from a site actually created by Snoop Dogg - I’m assuming it was, or by his company - then I wouldn’t have posted it, as there is a pretty tedious new streak of web art these days (I assume by whites) that tries to make a good point - that the internet, or at least most of the discourse around it, seems to be the domain mostly of whites and Asians - by “getting dirty,” trying to be on the good cop by pretending to be the bad cop, and doing obnoxious things like this site -- http://rent-a-negro.com/ -- whose URL speaks for itself.

I myself am Korean American (“half” Korean), and was not raised in a Korean neighborhood, so I’ve had my share of racial epithets tossed my way. I know that when I was in high school - I attended an urban high school in Jersey City rather than my mostly white high school in the suburbs - it was somewhat liberating for me and my friends there, who were mostly non-white, to play with racially-charged language - we took it over, in a sense, though not to pathological extremes - it still hurt when we heard it elsewhere.

I’ve never mentioned that I was Korean American on the site, though, as I didn’t think it mattered, in a way, and my hope was that the sensibility expressed on the site - to which there are over 15 contributors - would be general enough, beyond any need to psychoanalyze motives. But I confess that I was a bit afraid, also - would it be acceptable to people “out there” that a site that is so obviously critical of the Bush administration was created by a Korean American? I don’t want to know.

I guess I always hope that “we” can share a joke - that racist stereotypes are bad - by putting on the masks, switching identities, playing with the language, etc., but I’m not sure how that plays out in the long run, in either reaffirming what we would like to destroy, etc. I may have lost some readers by posting the links to whitehouse.org, or even your site - well, my readership has gone down anyway, since the “war” “ended” - which is unfortunate, but I’ve learned a lot by reading the comments section on my site in reaction to these pieces, even when they were flames.

There are certainly enough stereotypes about white people flying around in the political art of today, perhaps particularly Texans - is the fact that it white Americans create this art important? Are the perspectives translating well across a broad spectrum of culture?

Anyway, I have no answers to any of this. One can’t expect everyone to share one’s sense of the range of permissible forms of expression - something will always confuse or anger someone else - negativity, whether in the form of punk rock, gangsta rap, Dada, even these language algorithms, can have its liberating aspects, but to many it might just seem vicious noise.

One last point I wanted to make was this - that the ethnic make-up of the Bush cabinet seems to suggest that he is responding to a need for racial diversity in the government, and is in some ways “progressive.” Fine, but I think the issue is not just “diversity” but “difference” - that the various races that live in America also play by different rules when they are existing in their own neighborhoods, cultures, etc. - speak differently, also. Sometimes they don’t even hear each other, though the Bush cabinet, working in exquisite concord, apparently does.

I suppose, though I am not sure, that creating obnoxious cartoons about “difference” at least suggest the contradictions and potential conflicts in American culture that the Bush cabinet seems to want to gloss over, as they have glossed over differences with their peers around the world. I prefer this harsh highlighting of recalcitrant social detail over the evangelical “vision” that guides our foreign and domestic policy at the moment.

Perhaps I am the wrong person to foreground this - I’m pretty middle class - but nonetheless it seems necessary.

Thanks
Brian

DISCUSSION

Circulars: 100 new stories


There have been a hundred new stories posted to Circulars since our last
mailing:

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Also, in this email: rundown of links bar, list of recent comments.

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