Sunday, 23 January 2011

Semiotically confused

Have a look at this feature: 'Riot girls, literally'.

OK, I admit to being confused by this. Is it proof that capitalism can absorb anything, including radical protest, in its commodification of everything ('turning rebellion into money')? Is it sanitising and depoliticising the student protests?

Is it a symptom of the radical student movement making an impact on mainstream consciousness? Is it a cheekily subversive, witty and clever way of combining protest with fashion? Is it just a bit of fun? Or what?!


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