“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Strike!

One highlight of the trip to The MayDay Rooms was discovering the Strike! newspaper which is published and distributed there. And it raises an interesting question generally about The MayDay Rooms project, which also publishes pamphlets: in the age of the Internet, why would people be interested in print publishing?

A quick search of said Internet gives me this paragraph about why people still read newspapers:
Two key responses emerged from our latest research. First, people enjoy the medium's portability because they can take it wherever they go, and second, they say the medium contains information they cannot get from another source-information we presume they must deem essential because they often devote precious time to retrieving it. 
I agree completely - having something tangible gives it much more of an identity, in opposition to the amorphous mass of information that comes our way digitally. Somehow, the word 'luxurious' comes to me when I think about both the pamphlets and the Strike! newspaper. Also, I like the curated aspects of Strike! - discovering things that I wouldn't otherwise have found.

Amongst many other things, Strike! report on Action Man Battlefield Casualties, which presents an alternative range of Action Man dolls, as can be seen in the video:


  • PTSD Action Man! (he never feels safe, not even in his own home!)
  • Paralysed Action Man (crippled by constant pain!) 
  • NEW Dead Action Man (bury your dead action man with full military honours!)
This is gallows humour, but with a deadly serious intent:
The UK is one of only nineteen countries worldwide, and the only EU member, that still recruits 16 year olds into its armed forces, (other nations include Iran and North Korea). The vast majority of countries only recruit adults aged 18 and above, but British children, with the consent of their parents, can begin the application process to join the army aged just 15
It is the poorest regions of Britain that supply large numbers of these child recruits.  The army has said that it looks to the youngest recruits to make up shortfalls in the infantry, by far the most dangerous part of the military. The infantry's fatality rate in Afghanistan has been seven times that of the rest of the armed forces.
You can buy individual issues of Strike! or subscribe (as I have) here: http://strikemag.org/

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