“We curse the destitute for urinating in public spaces with no thought about how far the nearest free public toilet might be. We blame them for their poor hygiene without questioning the lack of public facilities for washing.”
This quote from “Anti-homeless spikes: Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city’s barbed cruelty” by Alex Andreou is directly related to the article because of how negligent we are. We have actively created “hostile architecture” to prevent the homeless or other people from using public spaces for shelter and have these restrictions that prevent the others from using basic facilities. We don’t have enough free shelters for homeless people either. Then, we punish them for making due with whatever they have. We don’t think to ask why these people are doing these things, which is because we have created a space where they have no other choice, and instead ignore them and berate them.
For the Dada Manifesto response, what came to mind was smoking. We were once told cigarettes were healthy and we bought that and gave these corporations millions. They had created this idea of “common sense,” you had to smoke because it was cool, classy, healthy. While now we understand that these allegations were false and smoking can be harmful to the smoker and those around him, cigarettes are still selling rather well today. There was and still is a way of making profit through this product, even if it has been proven to be harmful to us. Now we have these creative advertisements, which are a form of art, or the pictures of how a smokers lungs can look like to help deter people from smoking. These pictures can get us thinking through how shocking, grotesque or creative they are. People can learn through the art work of others about how dangerous smoking can be.
“Today’s college students are habituated to a world of online blogging, instant messaging, and web browsing that leaves electronic traces. Yet they have had little experience with the right to privacy.”
Sherry Turkle talks about how the youth of today has lost their sense of privacy. While the people before grew up with this notion in mind, today the younger generation is eager to upload every aspect of their lives onto social media or ignores the idea of electronic surveillance. Nothing is private, nothing is sacred, nothing is prevented from being online. We have people taking selfies on the toilet or taking selfies with their recently deceased loved ones and people who document every aspect of their day through pictures or statuses. Whenever a new social media site is up, people flock to it and don’t think about how it could be used to track us or that it diminishes the idea of our right to privacy. The idea that we should keep things private is very minuscule or the concept that we shouldn’t be under constant surveillance is not cared about.