The Weekly Stripe – 18.10.19
The past two weeks have seen environmental activists stage 'rebellions' in London and across the world, while political protests continue in Hong Kong and Barcelona. This week's articles are all about protest, including its often fraught relationship with business and technology.
“How you feed an activist, or indeed thousands of activists, may seem trivial compared with the colossal existential questions they are trying to tackle. But they are not unrelated.” Dan Hancox explores the kitchens of Extinction Rebellion and the eating practices of other climate activists.
Earlier this year Microsoft workers protested against the firm’s contract with the US Army, paving the way for a growing labour movement among American technology workers.
Nike’s decision to support Colin Kaepernick and his protest against police brutality in their “Just Do It” campaign in 2018 mixed business with politics in the service of selling inspiration.
Apple is one of the latest companies to be scrutinised for its handling of issues around mainland Chinese surveillance and the Hong Kong protests.
How has the techno-cultural shift altered social activism? Howard Rheingold provides some food for thought in ‘Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution‘.