Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Taking on world leaders - with laughter!

This morning I received the latest 'tactical briefing' from the Adbusters' Media Foundation.

Every few weeks the good folk who began calls for Occupy Wall Street send details of their latest campaigns and events.

I've been a bit of a convert to the Adbusters' way of thinking for years now - basically that we need to protect our mental environment from take-over by the consumer culture which lies at the root of so many of our social ills - but lately the movement has been gathering some momentum. The 'Occupy' movement - and its central claim that the world should be ordered so as to best deliver for the 99% - not the 1%  -  has inspired - and drawn in - thousands of activists into similar actions around the world. Of course, we had our own 'Occupy Brighton' encampment for a while.

And you never know which of their global calls for action will catch the imagination next.

So when Adbusters talks - I listen: and their latest great idea is for a 'laughriot' on May18, to mark the G8 leaders' meeting at Camp David (Obama's country pile).

The idea basically, is that on May 18 we all celebrate our shared humanity, and mark the absurdity of the G8 leaders' summit (or, more precisely, that such a gathering can be a force for good in our everyday lives), by, simply, stopping what we are doing and laughing.

We can do it as part of a flashmob, in our workplace or schools, or even on our own.

Adbusters themselves, in its characteristically self-important tone, think the 'laughriot'

... could be a delicious defining moment - the day when the people of the world have a good laugh together and, from that point on, start thinking differently about how the world should be governed.
They're having a laugh aren't they?

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