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Not in Our Name: Against US Aid to the Massacre in Gaza

12 Jan

I drew this diary comic over the summer–some folks have seen it since it was in the collection from Sangría Editora, “Not in Our Name: Against US Aid to the Massacre in Gaza/Contra la ayuda de los Estados Unidos a la masacre en Gaza” (you can download the e-book for free at the link). In a rather indirect way, I am putting it online now because of the attacks on the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo–because I think their comics are racist and Islamophobic and I nevertheless support the right of journalists and critics and artists to produce whatever they feel like saying whether or not I agree. The best things I’ve read so far have been “Unmournable Bodies” by Teju Cole in the New Yorker, and this smart, pointedly offensive comic by Joe Sacco. Additionally, tons of folks are pointing out in blogs and on social media the ways in which so-called world leaders are rallying around the cry for freedom, liberty, free speech etc., often to recuperate their own violence against these very ideals. This also is a time to remember cartoonists around the world, particularly Arab and Muslim cartoonists, like Naji el-Ali, who have been targeted for their critique, or have been killed senselessly in the rippling violence that is loosely labelled the War on Terror.

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Selfie Control at The New Inquiry

17 Mar

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My new piece for The New Inquiry is up online now! It’s pretty exciting to me, since its my first single-author feature piece.

Here’s an excerpt:

The rise of the selfie coincides with revelations of mass surveillance: We have all started taking more photos of ourselves as we’ve become subjects to the government’s massive recording apparatuses. Being photographed and monitored constantly, whether by friends’ cell phones or the NSA, is shattering already unstable subject positions around the photograph, not to mention the value of differentiating between public and private space. Domestic wiretaps and corporate targeted marketing is accompanied by the increasing use of biometrics in security cameras and social media alike. The technology that makes the selfie possible is also the technology that makes mass surveillance simple.

–jb