a blog by ryan hayes

Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?

The question above is borrowed from Metahaven’s meditation on the power of satire and meme culture.

While hopefully not forgetting my own advice about the crucial connection between artists and social movements, and recent ruminations on the importance of both opposing and proposing, I have been struck by sudden urges to make memes. Graphic revolts.

Cutting truths as smalls revenges. Whether in response to being hassled by transit inspectors and how the process of policing public transit debases all of us, or the horrors of the daily news, I have found myself circulating these quick graphic interventions.

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