“The schools we go to are the reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the positions the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika’s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant”—
“In context with the complicit support of the government, the banks looted the nation’s wealth while destroying countless small businesses and brought the whole economy to its knees in a covert, clean manner, rather like organised crime. Our reaction was to march and wave banners and then bail them out. These kids would have to riot and steal every night for a year to run up a bill equivalent to the value of the non-paid tax big business has ‘avoided’ out of the economy this year alone. They may not articulate their grievances like the politicians that condemn them, but this is absolutely political. As for the ‘mindless violence’, is there anything more mindless than the British taxpayer quietly paying back the debts of others while contributing bullets to conflicts that we have absolutely no understanding of? It’s mad, sad and scary when we have to take to the streets to defend our homes and businesses from angry, thieving kids, but where are the police and what justice is ever done when the mob is dressed in pin-stripe?” - Massive Attack
I wouldn’t have imagined it would be so difficult finding women to take pictures…like actually pose and such. It seems like if they aren’t trying to be full blown super models, they’re scared of the camera and want nothing to do with being the object of attention, if even for only 15 mins. And the guys I work with want 3-hr, rooftop, on a bridge, river view photo shoots…I’m baffled
My detox lasted all of 3 days…it would have lasted longer but I didn’t expect to finish reading The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison so quickly. The same day I finished that I started reading For Colored Girls…choreopoems by Ntozake Shange (I refused to watch the film until I read the ‘book’) and finished that within an hour or so (including interruptions). Both books are amazing pieces. I’ve never considered myself a reader, but I’m realizing that I was just trying to read the wrong things. I definitely see a legitimate book collection starting (I don’t count the Gossip Girl novels I’ve acquired from middle and high school).
I wasn’t completely digital free during those days but I was social networking free and it felt great. Escaping from the coonery of Twitter and getting lost in a story. It was refreshing. I had SO much more time to focus on and get done the things that I needed to without the distraction of tweets and status updates.
So I’ve decided to undergo what Im calling a ‘Digital Detox’. I’m aiming for 5 days in length, maybe longer depending on how I feel. There will be no Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. I want to read more, hardcopies of course. I also want to listen to more of my vinyl records; I inherited 300+ all classic R&B LPs. But mainly I want to write more, just pen and paper. I wrote a couple short story scripts a few years ago and it was such a release, I need that release again! I typed the scripts then but this time I want to actually write it out, scratch out the mistakes, and not rely on autocorrect for misspelled words.
Sometimes I stop and ask myself: “Can I think and function on my own without this iPhone and Macbook?”…honestly I don’t know the answer and that scares me.
With the exceptions of using my phone for calls only and using a clock, I think I can survive. My main concern is how I will manage without the ability to ‘Google’ everything…