This week you read two different but related pieces, both from the popular media, and both about activism. The piece from the Village Voice was a collection of thoughts from various artists, community leaders, and the like, who are expressing their thoughts, their ideas and their fears around specific topics/people/issues in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election. The much shorter piece from the Huffington Post is included to give you some examples of work completed by artists and on display at a show that has since closed. Each of the visual pieces was an activist response to a social issue.
My hope is that, by reading these, you will be inspired to think about what issues/topics/ideas stir your passions, and to begin to connect those passions to action -- and specifically to media-related action because that is what you'll be doing for your final projects.
In your blogged responses to these readings this week, I'd like you to share your reactions to any or all of the short pieces from the Village Voice, for example, and I'd also like you to talk about where you stand with regard to using one's creative voice and talents in a political or activist way. Not everyone feels the same way about art and activism. Not everyone feels that there are problems for us to act on in this political moment. I don't assume anything. But I do want to hear what you have to say in reaction. And mostly I want to hear about what you are interested in pursuing as an activist using your media knowledge and skills. For this week's conversation I'd like you to focus on the readings as the jumping-off point.
Please post one or more things this week, and contribute to the conversation. Remember, your proposals are due in class next week. I can't wait to hear them!