"The Whole World is Watching" is a new alternative zine which
will premiere later this year.
publisher/editor>jonathan dixon; logo>costanzo
Subject: radical statements and other bullshit
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 12:07:30 +0100
From: "Jonathan P. Dixon" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Organization: shitjob, inc.
"The Whole World is Watching" was pretty much conceived (and
currently being executed) in a purely reactionary way, in direct
response to a deep scorn/contempt/disgust for the dominant culture,
especially the work and leisure aspects thereof. I've always been
fascinated by the more radical fringe of the 60's-- the Weatherman
Underground, the Black Mask, SDS, the Diggers and (especially) the
Black Panthers-- and their imagery and sloganeering, which is every
bit as powerful as any of their manifestoes and texts. Reading Black
Panther articles has been an influence on my thinking, but so has the
image of a gun-toting, cigarette-smoking Eldridge Cleaver in shades.
Being the product of the "underground" (punk and its offshoots, the
usual array of weird/bent writers and filmakers and artists) I'm
utterly repulsed by the total co-option of this stuff by the likes of
MTV and Details and SPIN (the cult of celebrity, its staggering to me
that sports figures and models are not only deified but paid
millions), considering the degrading conditions of just about every job I've
ever had. The WWW is basically an attempt to tackle what's going on
right now with some of the same impulses, techniques and images
(updated and recontextualized, of course) of the recent past. Although
the focus is mainly musical, I figure that since my life
and the lives of my friends are pretty much refracted through music and the culture
around it, there's no more appropriate focal point.