Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Conference and Panel Season is in Full Swing

Two of the greatest conferences in the entire world occur this month and I'm going to both of them.

One is the 4th annual Rising Tide.

Rising Tide IV

Rising Tide is again going to be at the Zeitgeist on O.C. Haley.

See you on August 22nd, from 9:30 AM onward. I'll be wearing a custom black Valentino Garavani number for the runway and then will be changing into something more casual.

Click the button for registration details.

It'll be sweet!

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Also, I'm going to Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh from August 13th - 16th and have organized the New Orleans-related panel. Basically it's going to be about how the Hurricane destroyed the everything, the whole city is below sea-level, and how K-Ville should have never been canceled.

Sound good?

More details forthcoming in a post later on...

5 comments:

Superdeformed said...

All but that K-ville part. :P

Leigh C. said...

As a certain yaller blogger would say, "FUCKA BUNCHA K-VILLE!"

Other wise, I'll see ya on the 22nd! 8-)

Anonymous said...

Harry Shearer is the guest speaker? Does he still think that it the media's focus on the victimizations of blacks, what Harry calls derisively the "poor suffering black story" is the cause of racism? Placing a focus on the special suffering of poor blacks--who continue to face racism in housing and employment since Katrina--does not create racism, it exposes it. Racism is when white people are blind to Black suffering and elevate the suffering of white storm victims (and they suffered) by diminishing the travails of blacks. Harry needs to take a side-trip to his beloved St. Bernard these days where they are involved in non-stop efforts to prevent Blacks from moving into the Parish. Let's see if anyone at the conference confronts Shearer with his own words--his trivialization of the racism of the rescue and recovery.

Harry Shearer quoted in Chris Rose column, November 11, 2007:

"Another reason for Katrina fatigue, he [Shearer]says, is racism. "It comes through every pore of what some people say. And for that, I have to blame the national media, which framed this very early on as a 'poor suffering black' story. They couldn't get their cameras out to St. Bernard Parish. They got them to the Convention Center and figured, well: That's all we need. And so, they misframed the story, and being New York liberals, it appealed to them that way anyway."

E said...

I've also been turned off by some of his commentary in that vein when it veers off course from a critique of sensationalization to something more easily interpreted as racism denial. I remember his criticism of A.C. Thompson's investigation into Algiers vigilantism, in particular, as an example of that.

On balance however, I think the guy is a pretty damn good national advocate for hurricane and flood protection. Further, my understanding of his track record as an opinionated person is that he's supportive of most forward-thinking, justice-oriented policies you could think of, even if sometimes his rhetorical choices may occasionally display some degree of carelessness and/or insensitivity.

Plus he does the Simpsons.

Anonymous said...

Oakely Dokely.

Harry is interesting in that his writings on Katrina were very incisive and clearly anti-racist in the first months after Katrina. But he seems to have succumbed to the opportunism around race in recent years, joining the white folks who want to deny the racial disparities of the rescue and recovery. I don't think he will have much to say by way of analysis that you can't pick up in any white bar or coffeehouse in the city.

At least John Slade is on the schedule.