Blogger: Range Govindan
Started at Re-Nest: November 2010
Lives in: Currently Taipei, Taiwan, but owns a house in Urbana-Champaign, IL
Though Range has only been writing for Re-Nest since November of this year, he’s no stranger to the Apartment Therapy family. He’s been blogging over at Unplggd since July 2007, and we’re happy that he’s now sharing his eco tech expertise with Re-Nest readers.
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This is an interesting take on the reactions that people have after reading M.I.A’s profile in the NY Mag.
Because no-one, in the wake of this piece, is talking about the Tamils. No-one’s talking about Sri Lanka. No-one’s talking about M.I.A.’s most provocative belief, the one that’s really threatening: The idea that violent oppression can and should be met with violent resistance, which is a complicated and scary proposition, one that people have been evaluating and fighting over for a long-ass time, one that we’re nowhere near figuring out as yet. No-one is talking about that; no-one, to be blunt, really cares. What we’re talking about, instead, is a plate of f*cking fries.
I just found it interesting that M.I.A is married to a billionaire, which definitely lessens the impact of any activism that she might have been doing before. It’s easy to be an activist while you’re sipping Crystal in your LA Mansion. A lot tougher when you’re trying to make ends meet as an artist.
I enjoyed reading this long form article over at the NY Mag about M.I.A.
While Madonna has always been more interested in writing melodious, catchy pop songs and less interested in niche hipster credibility than Maya, they share a gift for grand self-invention.
If I was a terrorist, I wouldn’t be wearing American clothing.