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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Make Bad Stuff History

I've written briefly on the concept of memes before. Essentially they are ideas (in the widest sense) propagated by imitation. The "Make Bad Stuff History" meme started by the Make Poverty History campaign is a fascinating example having been picked up and varied by a wide range of campaign groups. Below are a list of examples which I have encountered, most during my time in Edinburgh. Some very clever. Others less so.
  • Don't Make Poverty (Actionaid banner)
  • History Makes Poverty (Philosophy Football t-shirt)
  • Make Bono History (sign stuck up in phone booth)
  • Make Borders History (MBH campaign)
  • Make Capitalism History (anarchists, Radical Activist Network, SWP, just about everybody else on the anti-capitalist left)
  • Make Child Povery History (Save the Children)
  • Make Civillisation History (primitivist graffiti, Edingurgh University)
  • Make (the) G8 History (various, with and without article)
  • Make History: Stop the G8 (Dissent! flyer)
  • Make Marxist Dogmatic Critiques History (graffiti, Edinburgh University)
  • Make Nuclear Weapons History (Stop the War Coalition banner)
  • Make Nukes History (banner at Faslane)
  • Make Occupation History (MOH campaign)
  • Make Palestinian Poverty History (Palestine Solidarity Campaign flyer)
  • Make Partition History (Irish Republican sticker)
  • Make popstars, politicians and the police history (graffiti, Edinburgh University)
  • Make Poverty History (MPH campaign)
  • Make Poverty and Injustice History in Palestine: End The Occupation (MOH flyer, see above)
  • Make poverty, debt, war, capitalism history - make socialism the future (Scottish Socialist Party flyer)
  • Make Racism History (banner at MPH demo)
  • Make Richard Curtis History (Lenin's Tomb post)
  • make the Arms Trade History (article by James O'Nions)
  • Make the Occupation History (Scottish PSC flyer)
  • Make Tony Blair History (graffiti, Edinburgh University)
  • Make tyranny history (article by Michael Wrong)
  • Make War History (t-shirt)
  • Making Politics History (Lenin's Tomb post)
  • Mbeki, when will you make history in Zimbabwe? (placard at MPH demo)
  • Nuke Africa. Make it History (graffiti, Edinburgh University - clearly somebody not getting into the spirit of things)
For some interesting - but as yet unused - possibilities check this out.

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