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hoods up and heads down

There are a lot of people re-tweeting Alaindebotton (WHAT?) and angrily tsking about the tiny riot on my twitterstream this morning, I'd be disappointed, but what the heck, they're only Tweeple. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it's no friend to deep, insightful analyses.

I'm particularly amused by the whingeing about the repeated use of that fantastic shot of the angry windowsmasher. I love this image. Love it. I call it "100 photographers in pursuit of next month's payments". It'll be a fake Banksy (a FAKESY?) by the end of the week, if it isn't already. Attempts to claim that professional rioters were behind it all collapse a little in the face of the photos -- 16 years olds facing EMA cut-off and potentially being charged for A Levels jostle with the usual crew of Politicos and Beatniks, donkey jackets mix it up with tweed and leather and there's a certain airy and amateurish unconcern about having your face on show.

It's on the front of the newspapers because it captured the spirit of the moment. Your slant may vary, but the power of the moment is undeniable. From the obvious irony of this headline to the Parisian cosplay that was clearly the look of the day, there is less an air of organisation (even eye-witnesses can't do better than "some sort of effigy" for the thing that got burned) than of an emergence of focus for a common desire: to kick in the glass towers of the bankers and sit on their money, even if only for a moment.

It's Armistice Day, isn't it? Well then. How about that post-war dream?


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12th Nov, 2010 01:15 (UTC)
me aussi, esp the Parisian riot chic bit
11th Nov, 2010 09:41 (UTC)
Linky not working! But if you mean the pic T posted then i have to agree. It is a beautiful image. Dynamic, colourful, perfectly balanced. (Lone figure red lit, right angle stance, watched by strangely passive hoodies in the forground.) It's ace! It couldn't have been better had it been staged and carefully positioned for the cameras. A lucky snap indeed!

EDIT: Mind you, speaking of staging. Now I've had a chance to see that pic in close up - large screen, lone blokey is entirely surrounded by photographers, I can't actually see any other demonstrators. I find this bizarrely funny.

Edited at 2010-11-11 09:45 (UTC)
11th Nov, 2010 12:26 (UTC)
There's another protestor in the version in the Financial Times, facing away from him towards the cameras, and you can see that some of the photographers are immortalizing it via their phones.
11th Nov, 2010 12:29 (UTC)
Poot, can't edit at the mo never mind I am sure everyone knows the pic I mean....

Yes, I think Sally Staging and Peter Photographer's mate might be implicated,(or it could just be peoples' natural camera instincts at work) but either way but the image nevertheless represents rage exquisitely

Edited at 2010-11-11 12:32 (UTC)
11th Nov, 2010 19:09 (UTC)
My guess is it was safety glass and he was batting it with a predictable rhythm.
11th Nov, 2010 10:36 (UTC)
Yes. I like this post too!
11th Nov, 2010 11:05 (UTC)
It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again
I would imagine some enthusiasts from SWSS turned up carrying multimap printouts with big red circles round Tory HQ and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams...

In a vague attempt at impartiality, I give you PennyRed's Twitter Stream (most actual reportage below the "More" cut). Sounds like the English Riot hasn't changed much since I last attended one.

11th Nov, 2010 12:25 (UTC)
Re: It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again
Sfx - busily starts writing torybear/pennyred slash....
11th Nov, 2010 18:13 (UTC)
As your UCAS advisor I officially suggest you riot.
OK, no, I haven't yet said this to any of my students. But it's clearly only a matter of time.
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