Heather Heyer (1985-2017) — As long as we resist, we keep hope alive.)

(This tagline is a quotation from Chris Hedges.)

I can’t help feeling like Heather Heyer could have been a friend of mine — maybe even like she could have been me.

The general meaning of Charlottesville seems clear. Through the events there, the alt-right has revealed it’s true face: as fascism 2.0.

But what about the specific meaning of Heather’s death?

Maybe that is asking the wrong question.

At the funeral of Jose “Galeano” Lopeza, a Zapatista teacher murdered by right-wing paramilitaries, Subcomandante Marcos said “Small justice looks so much like revenge… True justice has to do with the buried compañero Galeano. Because we ask ourselves not what to do with his death, but what to do with his life.”

What will we do, not only with Heather’s death, but with her life?

Symmetry's Overrated 10 Digital Big Brother In Nineteen Eighty-Four, omnipresent screens watch and broadcast into people’s lives at all times. Orwell thought this would have to be forced on people; his characters are alternately afraid of these two-way TVs and bored by them. He never could have imagined that we would choose this dystopia of screens, that we would buy the tools of our own oppression, that we would volunteer for our own surveillance. He did not forsee the way we would slip into voluntarily trading our privacy for convenience and connection. He never could have dreamed that the same instrument might provide surveillance, propaganda, and addictive drug – the opiate and oppression of the masses in a single gesture.

This image originally appeared in this article in the Leveller on digital privacy.

Symmetry's Overrated #9

Thanks to Robyn for the line.