An Open Letter
One of the things I love most about blogging is the ability to connect with like minded individuals as well as those who see things from a completely different perspective. I have had the good fortune to meet a blogger who possesses the mind of an intellect, the hand of an artist and the heart of a poet; all in the form of a triple threat named Greg from SUPERVERSITY.
SUPERVERSITY reads like a love letter to graphic novel/comic art and often features artwork from a wide range of talented fellow artists. But make no mistake, this “man behind the blog” is more than just a creative mind at work; Greg’s intellect and grasp of the current state of our nation’s politics rivals any hand shaker or baby kisser I had the misfortune of missing as I backed out of my New Hampshire driveway.
Featured below is a sample of this great man’s mind and heart at work. While I invite you to take a look at his blog, I will ask that first you read the disclaimer included in his “About Me” page after the article below. Prepare to be enlightened.
AN OPEN LETTER TO H.E. ELLIS
Dear H. E.,
It’s great knowing someone has my back. Thank you so much for your very supportive comment.
I can remember how touched I was the first time I got some minor attention for something I wrote on my blog or when someone took the time to tell me my photomanipulations were “awesome” when I thought they weren’t all that good. It is very validating having a stranger recognize your efforts and say they approve.
It must be thrilling having a fan write fiction in response to your own work. What an incredible honor. I always wonder how authors like J. K. Rowling could work against such honors. Can’t they see that when a person expresses such passion for their work it bodes well for them? Who is more likely to invest in more of that author’s work than a dedicated, passionate fan? Aren’t you just alienating your fan base and fucking your own brand? Fortunately, from what I’ve heard of Rowling she was made to see the light and came to her senses. Fans are a gift. Don’t look your gift-fans in the mouth!
My dedicated readers are my fans. There are only a few of you out there but I cherish each one, known or not. Each is a vote of approval that says I should go on doing what I can. I never expected to go viral and am I glad not to. I’m a relatively private person and don’t want any undue attention. But positive comments I love.
The amount of response Anti-SOPA/PIPA forces generated this week is awe inspiring, but the fight continues because these kind of bills tend to morph or get tagged onto other legislation.
This may come to a real head this year. I can well see major boycotts in the future. The entertainment industry including cable, music, and television will be shocked to their foundations when their supposedly mindless and contented-to-shell-out-big-bucks customers decide to take a week off from being abused.
When the entire country was suffering from the recession did any of these huge entertainment material providers suffer, too? Didn’t we notice how their prices went up and movie tickets, DVDs/CDs, etc., remained just as costly as they had always been? Unless we are willing to band together and hit them in their capacious pocketbooks they will continue to screw us for their own gain. It’s time we made them recognize that they serve us, not we serve them.
Our support of their product is a service to them even when it appears to be copyright infringement. When they go after the little guy they alienate all the little guys who helped make them big. Don’t be surprised when someday someone comments about how far the mighty have fallen. Since our support made you, Mr. Corporate Kingpin, our lack of support can break you, too.
When it is all said and done, what the entertainment empire pushes isn’t essential to our survival or even our real happiness. In a contest between supplying our real needs and being soaked for another piece of 3D garbage, guess who’s always gonna lose. We just have to show folks their real power and make them aware that standing in line for 48 hours to get the latest “cool” toy from the big, conscious-free pimp is a pathetic waste of time. Watching people riot to get a pair of pimped-out sneakers first is what we have to work against. The measure of a human being isn’t whether they have the latest junk on their feet or back or in their ears. People need to wake up and shake the damned monkey off their back. Is this what the young go overseas and sacrifice life and limb to protect?
Corporations are not people, but a select few owner-people who work to keep themselves on top of their pyramid schemes. The little worker drones who receive a pittance (at my current level of disability income I could live for 23,000 years off of Mitt Romney’s fortune) are the foundation these elites tower over.
In Fritz Lang’s great science fiction film, “Metropolis” from 1926 this dynamic is brilliantly played out. The elites work with technology to suppress the worker class and ultimately the workers threatened with death rise up against their suppressors. Ironically, the 86-year old film reflects our current struggles as if it were brand new. But it isn’t hard to be prescient when the same dynamic has played out across the entire history of mankind. As long as we allow a few “haves” there have to be teeming masses of “have-nots”. As long as we allow a few to feel totally entitled there have to be masses who are suffering in abject poverty and going without what they need. One right winger pointed out that if people have TV sets and refrigerators what more could they possibly need? If the content of what they’re fed by the broadcast media and the content of the packaged junk they fill their refrigerators with is designed to make the manufacturers and broadcasters alone rich, I would say they need a hell of a lot more. We all need more than the junk being pandered to us.
This is why destroying legislation like the Stop Online Piracy Act is essential to our needs as people. We absolutely need free speech. We absolutely need to communicate freely and support each other in all our creative, artistic, and, yes, business needs. We need to be valued as individuals, not cogs in the greed machine that profits the few at the cost of the many. We all need to recognize our individual power rather than be subjected to the dictates of fat cats in a system so corrupt it can’t function.
And all of this can happen when we support each other rather than fight for the “goods”. If you’ve never experienced real quality, garbage will always look good to you. Why is it the poorest people in Africa are happier than most of the richest in America? Why are our suicide rates alarming compared to theirs? Here is the simple answer to those questions: Africans are so disenfranchised they are ignored. Americans are so brainwashed they have become tools of a machine that offers happiness as a goal and strips of them all reason to live. Americans are addicted to the drug of a constantly promoted free enterprise that is anything but free.
This is what we must work to over come and the freedom of speech allowed to write this open letter is what we have to protect. Stripped of our basic rights and needs we are no more than lambs being led to slaughter.
Thank you for reading this blog, for finding some inspiration and education and for enjoying it, too. It is a real compliment.
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