Friday, January 18, 2008

Remembering '68

It's stinger season in Broome. These jellyfish were in the AQWA Aquarium in Perth on Tuesday, not at Cable Beach.

Laborview has a couple of projects in the planning stage.

The first: Remembering '68, an online history of the year I turned 21, reached voting age and watched the world turn upside down. Personal, social, political. Stories, images, sounds.

John Grey Gorton became Prime Miniter 40 years ago on January 10 with a promise of change. His government did not met our hopes but it gave us an end to rigid censorship under Don Chipp's leadership as Minister for Customs and Excise. I wonder what university life would have been without being able to read Henry Miller. The current internet filtering debate and the regular controversies at the Office of film and Literature Classification shows that we still have a way to go.

The Beatles White Album, released at the time of the May 1968 Paris protests, featured Revolution:

You say you want a revolution,
Well, you know, we all want to change the world.
You tell me that it's evolution,
Well, you know, we all want to change the world.
But when you talk about destruction,
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be alright.

There was lots of destruction that year!

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amphibious said...

Gotta be 2 remarkably different but disturbingly similar events for me.
The evenements of the 2nd French Revolution and end of the Fifth Republic; middle class people hunkered down with a good store of canned goods, waiting Charle de G to save them yet again; the workers' growing irritation, incomprehension then disgust at the antics of the students whenever there was any attempt at solidarity. The latter just couldn't get it into their enarque minds that revolution still needs the sewers to work and the power to stay on. The contempt with which they treated labour suggestions for any sort of functioning system was a good lesson why the sea green incorruptible met Madame Le Farge.
The other event was meeting amerikan draft dodgers in europe whining about french toilets and longing to get "back to the World" once the Vietnam incovenience was resolved, with no help from them

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