Published on February 6th, 2014 | by tomkolovos1
Facebook Style: Pussy Riot, Daft Punk and your face
I don’t know what’s more disturbing at this point in Facebook’s storied 10 year anniversary: the fact that it started out as a revenge porn bullying site to humiliate the women of Harvard that wouldn’t date Mark Zuckerberg or that right now Facebook is letting governments use the pictures you post on the site to develop facial recognition technology that will mean you can be tracked anywhere at any time for any reason, meaning you’ve meticulously built your own prison cell every time you’ve posted and continue to post photos on Facebook.
Cathy Horyn had an excellent piece in the New York Times today about how women are parring down their wardrobes:
Lately I’ve noticed many more women, all of them in the zone of careers and complicated family routines, all of them with an eye for fashion, gravitating toward an almost boyish uniform of slim-cut trousers, pullovers and flat shoes. Or a leather jacket with bland layers underneath. They’re hardly wearing makeup, so their complexions look fresh. (We all know that too much makeup ages everyone.) At the last round of shows in Paris, I noted that even my French sisters had begun to ditch their adored stilettos for low heels. That was quite a concession for them, I thought. Something must be up, because those women don’t do anything on a whim.
“The desire to be comfortable is profound, shaping attitudes and markets,” she concludes.
I don’t imagine she’d go so far as to call this desire a Pussy Riot but I would.
“When we were jailed, Pussy Riot became widely known, and changed from a group to a movement. Anyone can put on a mask and stage a protest. Anyone can be a member of Pussy Riot,” said one of the original members of the punk band that was jailed for hooliganism in Russia for provocatively protesting Putin’s repressive regime.
“At the beginning of Pussy Riot, one of our central thoughts was that musicians bare a social responsibility. Music must not always sing about sunshine and love. We must also sing about politics.”
To that I would add that only the daft punk that dares post a photo on Facebook without sporting the most necessary fashion cum political accessory–a mask or a helmet– languishes in the profound discomfort of Gattaca forevermore.