Dominguez grew up in Nevada, having grown up hearing the alarms from he nuclear test site and watching afternoon matinees about people suffering from radiation his quest for political knowledge grew. Originally he was only fixated on nuclear testing, its effects and who it really effected, but but the early 80s he wanted to be deeper involved in different kinds of history. He ended up being kicked out of school in florida because he wasn’t studying the way he was expected to. Dominguez was an out of the box thinker, he recalls how he met the people who became the critical art ensemble and how they began electronic civil disobedience when their friends began getting sick with AIDS. How they practiced phone zapping and fax jamming to get their points across. He talks about being apart of the zapatista movement and how Chase Manhattan wanted to eradicate the zapatistas and how they sprung to action making posters and such in response to the prejudice. Overall Dominguez portrays out of the box theories and protests, actions that are meant to make people think, to disturb the norm and the accepted culture.
I think Dominguez is an interesting piece and what interested me most was the phone zapping because it’s similar to what people do today when they jam a server or a sites host to bring down a companies website. Old electronic civil disobedience practices have found their way into new media, sometimes cloaked under new names but effective all the same. The mindset of Pedritos stick is a reminder that sometimes the answer lies in your thinking not your methods.
“We demanded justice in the streets. The response was an order to obey. When we ask why, the answer is: trust us.”
I chose this quote because to me it is the most powerful and the most relevant. I think of all the political happenings in this country and all the choices made by the government and its politicians and how no matter what we ask they tell us it benefits americans, it helps the people. How many times though have you watched one of these politicians ramble and wonder “what people could this possibly help?” “what masses does this benefit?” and then months later that pledge to help people has been forgotten but the problems remain the same, if not worse. So why should we trust the front men and women of the government, what have they done to prove their honesty when we have so many examples of their deceit?