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“Cc…: CCC,” part 10

Dear all:

TAC’s call, “to prevent a holocaust against the poor,” inevitably reminds me of another holocaust, and another puzzle of time.  In 1987, UK video artist Stuart Marshall produced an extraordinary tape about AIDS, history and representation entitled Bright Eyes.  Stuart was certainly one of the first artists (and PWAs) to critically historicize the pandemic, using a mixed-genre collage of fake news reports, critical interpretations, and dramatic excerpts to tease out AIDS and its historical metaphors, lurking like the dancing shadows around the hearth of the virus.  In particular, he explored if and how useful analogies could be drawn between the slaughter by design of pink triangle prisoners in the concentration camps, and the slaughter by indifference of so many gay men in the early years of the epidemic, succumbing to AIDS while the world dithered about green monkeys and Patient Zero.

His representational techniques always leave this explosive question hanging in the air, for his viewers to wrestle with:  is it illuminating or productive to juxtapose the Third Reich’s homophobia with that of Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney?  Do we learn from history, or do we do history a disservice by recasting its specificity into a generalized metaphor for today’s agendas, today’s needs?  Are the fruits of history apples and oranges, or indeed Granny Smiths and Macs?

One extraordinary scene involves archival footage of the burning of the Magnus Hirschfeld’s Scientific-Humanitarian Institute in Berlin.  Hirschfeld was of course the pioneering sexologist who had led the campaign against the recriminalization of homosexuality under the Nazis, the infamous Paragraph 175.

In retaliation, the Nazis razed his institute, committing to the pyre a lifetime’s achievement concerning human sexuality.  Stuart shows how Hirschfeld actually witnessed the incident.  It was weeks later, and the good doctor was in a film theatre in London, having fled the Nazis, watching a newsreel about the incident before the main feature.  There’s something unbearably poignant about the scene:  the footage itself, of course, but more, the flicker of blue light on the expressionless face of Hirschfeld, as he watches his life’s work incinerate, a thousand miles and several weeks’ distant from the real event.

Stuart’s puzzle:  How can we ever hope to truly imagine the times of Hirschfeld, and his relation to time?  Last week on CNN, we perhaps watched a TAC speaker address the side conference on sustainable development in Jo’burg, live [at the Earth Summit convened in Johannesburg in September 2002].  Next week, we perhaps may watch the incineration of Iraq, live.  Real time commands the new, true-blue test of value:  We now only venerate images of towers if they’re tumbling as we watch them live, the realness of the digital clock on the lower left of the screen goldplating our participatory frisson.

[John Greyson’s e-mail continues in “Cc…:  CCC,” part 11]

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@andersoncooper returns to Haiti


 [For purposes of narrative coherence, this sequence of tweets is best read chronologically, i.e., bottom to top. – Ed.]

From ac: and no one’s struggle to live should go unnoticed as well. 38 minutes ago from web

From ac: I guess I came to remind myself of that. No one deserves to die in silence… 39 minutes ago from web

From ac: demands a place on the news nightly, but it should. There is more happening here than ten missionaries in jail… 39 minutes ago from web

From ac: sealed into a crypt. It’s not the kind of misery that makes for headlines perhaps, and clearly it’s not the kind of sorrow that… 40 minutes ago from web

From ac: Twenty five people were shoved into old crypts in a city cemetary today. We watched the remains of a mother and her son being.. 40 minutes ago from web

From ac: of thousands of people. The homeless are everywhere, the hungry are as well. They are still finding bodies all the time. 41 minutes ago from web

From ac: ..of the earthquake. To say things are getting better here is probably technically correct, but it’s still miserable for hundreds 41 minutes ago from web

From ac: on a daily basis – it’s an odd disconnect, and it doesn’t feel right. Later this week is the one month anniversary of the 42 minutes ago from web

From ac: truth is, it felt very strange. When you know something monumental is happening so close to our shores, and yet you don’t see it.. 43 minutes ago from web

From ac: the streets of port au prince. They know a lot more about exhaustion than I ever will. I spent last week in new york, but the.. 44 minutes ago from web

From ac: and the truth is, I left because I needed a break. That’s not the kind of thing you can really tell someone who is living on.. about 1 hour ago from web

From ac: have left as well. I don’t really know what to tell them. I was here for more than two weeks immediately following the quake.. about 1 hour ago from web

From ac: No one I’ve seen today in port au prince has asked me that. If anything people here ask why I left, and why so many other about 1 hour ago from web

From ac: I was asked to write a blog about why I wanted to come back to haiti. I’m not really sure how to answer that question…. about 1 hour ago from web

From ac: I blogged this yesterday, but wanted to send it as a tweet as well, sorry if you’ve already seen it…. about 1 hour ago from web

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Haiti earthquake coverage: @CNN/haiti Twitter list

pierrecote 2 Hospitals in Cap-Haitien are equipped and ready to receive patients. #HAITI (Broadcasting live at http://ustre.am/3al7) less than 10 seconds ago from Ustream

wyclef RT @bellezzanera: @wyclef I live in DC, I will b dropping off clothes and shoes, a friend organized a group on FB (cont) http://tl.gd/3pnmp less than a minute ago from UberTwitter

wyclef RT @SoulEaterNinja: @wyclef I am putting together a Drive to collect clothes and stuff to help Haiti at my school #warriors 1 minute ago from UberTwitter

pierrecote Wyclef Jean on Ground in Haiti – STATE OF EMERGENCY – HELP (Broadcasting live at http://ustre.am/3al7) 1 minute ago from Ustream

NavyNews RT @USMC The Marine Corps stands ready to assist Haiti. Are you? http://bit.ly/4n4EVP (via @MarineCorpsNews) 2 minutes ago from web

cnni Damaged airport, dock hamper aid http://bit.ly/77sqAZ 3 minutes ago from twitterfeed

firesideint http://twitpic.com/y6m5q – Heaven help them. 3 minutes ago from TwitPic

wyclef RT @dcklaus: I think my #FF will be a simple one this Friday @RedCross #haiti ! Peace ! @wyclef #helpingwarrior 3 minutes ago from UberTwitter

USArmy [pics] Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division deploy to #Haiti to provide support & humanitarian aid http://bit.ly/4pqS8D 3 minutes ago from HootSuite

iDeskCNN Great piece from our @BittermannCNN in Paris on Haitian community there watching for news on the Earthquake: http://bit.ly/85KDn8 3 minutes ago from web

pierrecote KEEP TALKING ABOUT HAITI TO HELP AND NOT FORGET (Broadcasting live at http://ustre.am/3al7) 4 minutes ago from Ustream

wyclef RT @lushradioonline: YOUR PRAYERS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR DONATION TEXT YELE 501 501 @wyclef IF U DON’T HAVE $ AT LEAST PRAY 6 minutes ago from UberTwitter

RAMhaiti One firetruck is doing water distribution on ChampMars.Bodies are being burned.Dominicans are making a presence 6 minutes ago from web

wyclef RT @LaurentP_Robert: Aide pour Haiti > YeleHaiti, ( l’organisation de @Wyclef ) http://www.yele.org/donation/ 7 minutes ago from UberTwitter

pierrecote “THIS IS APOCALYPSE!!” – WYCLEF (Broadcasting live at http://ustre.am/3al7) 7 minutes ago from Ustream

RAMhaiti There was a tremor this morning around 4AM..it didn’t wake me up but some folks who had been inside came to join us sleeping in the driveway 8 minutes ago from web

wyclef RT @REST537: JUST TEXTED “YELE” TO 501501 3 TIME’S.IM GOING TO TEN . LET’S GO PEOPLE HAITI NEED’S OUR HE (cont) http://tl.gd/3pmga 8 minutes ago from UberTwitter

wyclef RT @utaia_smac: RT @wyclef: Donate 2 Haiti Earthquake Relief!! Every1 has $5 every1 got a phone! Text YELE to 501 (cont) http://tl.gd/3pmdv 9 minutes ago from UberTwitter

wyclef RT @ShantaC: Prayin 4 people in Hati! Plz donate If u can’t donate money or send items b a pray warrior..Priceless (cont) http://tl.gd/3pmao 9 minutes ago from UberTwitter

RAMhaiti The school behind St Gerard still has people buried as does everywhere.The dead bodies are becoming a greater and greater concern 10 minutes ago from web


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Haiti earthquake coverage: @sanjayguptaCNN

A handful of tweets by Sanjay Gupta, en route and then on the ground in Haiti, on 13/1/10.

still no electricity/cell service. tweeting with the help of satellites and generators. gunshots close to our location, but we are safe. about 12 hours ago from web

what i have seen here in #haiti, i have never seen before. while i hate to say this, it seems somewhat hopeless. bodies still in the streets about 13 hours ago from web

Many have asked: of course, if needed, I will help people with my neurosurgical skills. yes, I am a reporter, but a doctor first. 10:31 AM Jan 13th from UberTwitter

http://twitpic.com/xxc32 – no sleep in prep for #haiti. @daniellecnn & I almost there. 10:22 AM Jan 13th from TwitPic

spent a lot of time in #haiti. now heading back to report on this awful tragedy. this poor country has been hit so hard. #cnn tomorrow

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