Friday, May 18, 2012

Barking with bite

I must say I just love @anti_racism_dog. If only because of its beautiful simplicity - it didn't do much, but it did it in a straightforward manner. Which is enough to Get Things Done, sometimes.

Here's the rundown of what it did: it sought out overtly racist tweeps and barked at them. Not in a specific way - just barking in general. Which was enough to make the more self-conscious among them get all defensive and trying to argue against this generalized bark.

You could call it a Rorschach test for racism - those who responded by saying they weren't racists, were. And as they tried to tangle themselves out of this Althusserian knot, they drew more and more attention to exactly how racist they were.

Which is all fine and dandy, except - the account got suspended, on grounds of being flagged for spamming. By these very self-same racists.

Which is kind of a bummer, and I hope the good folks at Twitter unsuspends our suddenly-famous doggie soon.

In the meantime, what I want to say to all of you is that it usually takes less than you think to make a dent in the world. As our new best friend showed us, all one has to do is to bark up the right tree. Literally as well as figuratively.

So let's do that. In oh so many ways. Right here, right now - right today.

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