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"If Wall Street ran the airlines"

James Kwok.

Do note Kwok's pitch perfect rendition of Versailles bullshit. Several of Kwok's commenters seem to have mistaken parody for the real thing. Then again, there's a lot of that going around these days.

NOTE Why can't we get work like that on political language from the access bloggers?

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Submitted by okanogen on

More in depth conversation on this phenomenon is here.


To sum it up you could say that it’s all about playing with representation and identity, with alienation and identification. At least through over-identification which means that you use affirmation to a degree that goes far beyond what is conventional in order to show what something really means - but also to act out the habits and conventions of your enemy. Guerrilla information, for example, uses classical marketing tools and knowledge in exactly the same way it is always used, but twists it in the opposite direction. This works for press releases and interviews as well as for personal habits, like what you wear and how you look. The Yes Men, for example, are masters of the typical company spokesmen body language and tone of voice, so what they do can no longer be called a parody (even if they use parody and satirical points) but is rather an impersonation.

You could call this strategy the illegitimate occupying of speaking positions in a world in which some people and players have more power to speak and a louder voice than others. While classical counter-culture media could hardly ever have such an effect on the public due to its natural limitations, hijacking or faking the channels and speaking positions means to get messages out with a lot more power and urge.