"Favianna was adamant about Political Education. She said it was necessary to continue political education to gather thoughts, to frame ideas with a more concrete context (theory and practice). This is where she was able to provide a critique of Shepard Fairey’s Obey 'movement'. A concern about when counter-culture becomes popular culture. But Fairey’s work is problematic because his work is the commodification of People’s Struggles. Often, his pieces sell for $5K a piece and more, and none of that gets contributed back to the movement? This is called appropriation. A rich, white, heterosexual male who commodifies the images of women revolutionaries. Some may argue that it gives the struggles visibility. That’s kind of like the politics/discourse of representation, that a lot of Asian American studies theoreticians spend their time on. Fuck representation, lets get to the essence of it. So, Fairey supports the struggle in form, not in essence."
Shepard Fairey = Form > Function.
I’ll admit he’s a talented artist (kinda, most of his shit isn’t even his shit) - but no person who capitalizes off of (and appropriates) revolutionary art will never get my respect.
As some of you may know, Paramount commissioned (in)famous director M. Night Shyamalan to adapt the popular Nickelodian series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” into a movie trilogy. The TV series revolves a fantasical, Hayao Miyazaki-inspired universe that deals with individuals capable of controlling and manipulating (aka “bending”) one or several of the earth’s elements – Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire – and how the main protagonist, Aang, the Last Airbender, is destined to bring back balance when the Fire nation’s imperialistic and war-mongering desires get out of hand. The movie is slated for release July 1st this year, and its production has led to a lot of controversy specifically with regards to its casting.
Though I’m not a particular fan of the show (nor do I dislike it) and am simply neutral overall, I feel that it is necessary to state for several reasons why I will not support this movie for professional, philosophical and personal reasons.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo—the Vice President who became President because of EDSA II and the second woman to stand as the nation’s commander-in-chief—was our president for nine years. In the beginning, she disarmed us with her resemblance to Nora Aunor, her Lilliputian appeal, and her blinding smile.
Little did we know that behind her cuteness is a leader whose tenacity would put Napoleon Bonaparte to shame. We offer her this send-off as she prepares for life as a congresswoman. (You didn’t expect her to take up gardening after she moves out of Malacañang, did you?)
Madame President, here are the 10 things we’ll really miss about you.
1. Your penchant for fine dining. We have fond memories of your entourage’s dinner at Le Cirque in Manhattan, New York. Was the Wild Burgundy Escargot any good? How about the Californian Osetra Caviar? We’re counting on you to tell us what a $20,000-dinner tastes like. That’s almost a million pesos in Philippine currency. Enough for two million fish balls!
2. Your interesting phone pals. Thanks to you, we discovered that the best way to relieve stress was to phone a friend. We should all have our own private Garcis. They’re perfect for those times when you just want to call someone and say hello.
4. Your “I am sorry” spiel. Elton John was wrong when he sang, “Sorry seems to be the hardest word.” You killed us with your heartbreaking speech. Anyone who wants to be forgiven for making a big mistake should use it as a template for their spiels.
5. Your girly-girl side. As the most powerful woman in the land, we thought you were no longer concerned about superficial stuff. We love you for proving us wrong. We totally understand why you got yourself some implants. You’re an inspiration to working women everywhere. You reminded them that whatever they achieve is immaterial if they don’t have the right cup size.
6. Your more-than-bearable likeness of being.Rene Boy Facunla does not let you down. Ate Glow is someone we would welcome to our homes. We hope she never leaves.
7. Your unflappability.We’ll never forget the time when an earthquake interrupted your speech in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. You stood your ground and deadpanned, “Wow. Let’s pray it will not be anything like Chile or Haiti.” That’s our girl!
8. Your eldest son.Just one question: Was he breastfed as a baby? The poor boy got skinned alive by Winnie Monsod. He should take pointers from you before taking on these damn interviews about his wealth and what-not. We still like him, though. He’s very entertaining.
9. Your katarayan.If you put your mind to it, you can give resident political tigress Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago a run for her money. Your edge: You have better outfits. We loved your Inno Sotto “French Fries” gown in your last State of the Nation address even if some people said the color reminded them of Barney.
10. Your holiday economics.It’s great that you could move around traditional holidays to more convenient dates. You gave us many long weekends so we could spend money that we don’t really have for travel, shopping, and other distractions that will make us forget about the country’s never-ending troubles.
I have chronic stuck-in-a-rut syndrome or something. I just periodically put my life on pause (unsuccessfully) and deny any responsibilities I have. I don’t know why, I just feel so shitty at times I have no motivation to do anything.
I’m giving myself over the weekend to ride this rut out. But come Monday, I gotta get back to changing the world again.
Listen up: Not once have I lied to you about who I am. I never had to sugar coat myself in order for you to fall in love with me. You may be used to women who throw themselves at you and whisper things you want to hear into your ear, but just know this: I am not afraid to hurt your feelings, I am not afraid to yell at you. I am not afraid to put you in your place because out of all the girls you came across - you picked me. And that means I will hold you down and keep you focused. I may be one of hell of a bitch, but if I wasn’t the way I am now, you would still be living in your past. You are my support and I am yours. What other woman will stick by your side after everything gets too much? No one but me - I am your Queen. And when my King falls down, I’m here to help him back up.
If you knew me you’d know that I can’t get myself to sleep at a decent hour for the life of me. You’d know that I have trouble falling asleep, but not staying asleep. You’d know that it takes 200% of every ounce of effort I have in me to wake up at a “normal” hour. I just thought that I was a rebel against the idea of “business hours” catering to corporate agendas. But to be honest, I just can’t function through that 9 to 5. I thought I just wasn’t a morning person and that all creative people were just high energy late at night.
Then I began researching my symptoms and found something called “Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome” - and I feel like I’ve found my own diagnosis:
Difficulty getting to sleep
Late night insomnia
General lack of energy in the morning
Increased energy late at night
Increased energy in the evening
Difficulty accomplishing tasks
Difficulty waking up
Altered hormonal rhythms
Inability to fall asleep before early morning (i.e., midnight to 3 a.m.) and difficulty waking in the morning.
Altered eating habits
Difficulty keeping day jobs
I have tried my hardest to get on a regular sleeping pattern for years now to no avail. Even when I did get up early regularly (for a job, for school, etcetera) it only lasted months at a time in which I went straight back to my regular sleeping pattern immediately after. I hope I can fix this shit soon. :(
“Born from the Revolution, out of the needs of revolutionary propaganda, its aim was to introduce revolutionary ideas to the masses. Any ideology needs to be supported by propaganda and the poster was considered an important ideological tool. It had an enormous potential as a mass medium, explaining to the people the new ideology, culture, ways of thinking and behaving.”—"Soviet Poster"
I’m at the Courthouse taking my self-made break on this bench. I come here at least once a week to deliver/pick up verbatim reports of client trials/hearings. Sometimes it sucks making the journey down here from the office. But some days, like today, it’s opportunity for a secret haven of 10 minutes of doing nothing - and no one back at the office knows.