1. abbyjean:

    I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.

    Things I’ve seen:

    -Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras

    -Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents

    -TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned

    -A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent

    -Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.

    -Journalists making the story about them

    -National news correspondents glossing over the context and depth of this story, focusing instead on the sexy images of tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.

    -One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a “networking opportunity.” He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper. 

    One anecdote that stands out: as the TV cameras were doing their live shots in front of the one burnt-out building in the three-block stretch of “Ground Zero,” around the corner was a community food/goods drive. I heard one resident say: “Where are the cameras? I’m going to go see if I can find some people to film this.”

    Last night a frustrated resident confronted me when he saw my camera: “Yall are down here photographing US, but who gets paid?!” 

    (via voidwish)

  2. archsy:

    'Drawn' Meditations

    The “design development” stage of the thesis unpacks the conventions of the architectural drawing to reveal territories and motives traditionally left behind as architects work through the design process. The mixed media composite 32” x 96” ink on Mylar drawing buildings from the schematics laid out from Generative Marks. Here, drawing is used as a tool and form of launching pad which begins to push ideas from the previous phase into a more specific architectural strategy for the development of a residence for one inhabitant. It curates space in a way that is similar to making marks on a surface and investigates the capacity for drawing to exceed a static mode— to open up the translational role of discovery and disclose aspects of a design that are not immediately apparent. A plan view, for example, presents an image of a setting or building that no one ever sees once the construction is completed. It is not just because it is taken from an impossible vantage point, but because it involves a manner of visualizing that makes visible different places at once, a simultaneity or immediacy that ordinary viewing never accomplishes. A section works in a similar manner, like an x-ray implemented through vision that is not achievable by common abilities of the human eye. If architectural drawings are meant to represent space at all, they represent the elements that structure the relationship that may come into existence. The use of a large drawing surface allows these meta-ideas to rub up against one another so the architect is able to come up with design solutions in a meditative fashion.

    By: Jared Lanctot

    (via visicert)

  4. #crownheights #home


  5. riding the bus home and listening to a 2 hour panel discussion with bell hooks, Janet Mock, Shola Lynch, and Marci Blackman, the one in which hooks supposedly calls beyonce a terrorist, while drinking red wine out of a Snapple bottle


  6. "From the execution chamber to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., our country is wholly invested in violence against Black Americans that carries no consequence for the perpetrators. And that police brutality says nothing of the state brutality against Black Americans that manifest in the racist prison system, predatory lending, de facto segregation through economic structures and gentrification, and a whole host of other aggressions. And that’s one reason why White Americans, by and large, think it’s okay to shoot tear gas at Black citizens. Because we’ve been indoctrinated to see violence against Black people as justice, as keeping the peace, and as restraint of police who are just trying do their jobs. We can’t see past the mirage of white supremacy."

  7. "The term “tear gas” is a misnomer. For one thing, “tear gas” seems to imply something innocuous— you would think it’s just a chemical that makes you tear up. In fact, tear gas is a dangerous, potentially lethal chemical agent which is outlawed under the Chemical Weapons Convention for use during wartime. As the Omega Research Foundation argues: “Less-lethal weapons are presented as more acceptable alternatives to guns. But these weapons augment rather than replace the more lethal weapons. Euphemistic labels are used to create the impression that these weapons represent soft and gentle forms of control. CS is never referred to by the authorities as vomit gas, in spite of its capacity to cause violent retching.” NGO Physicians for Human Rights believes that “ ‘tear gas’ is a misnomer for a group of poisonous gases which, far from being innocuous, have serious acute and longer-term adverse effects on the health of significant numbers of those exposed.”"
    — What is tear gas? Facing Tear Gas (via gowns)

    (Source: roundedcomms, via ringroads)


  8. seems appropriate

    Tagged #white people

  9. imaginingcities:

    Urban areas impact individuals’ relationships with one another. Economic problems and power dynamics are intensified in small spatial areas in which resources are scarce due to dense populations.

    Social scientists seek to understand how metropolitan social dynamics are distinct from those in…

  10. #BeforeIDieIWill #SquirtLquidGoldOutMyAss