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Introducing: Barrett Brown

September 18, 2015

 

Once a week we share someone else's work: a blog, a presentation, an article ... preferably from outside the video games industry to introduce new ideas.

 

This week we're getting a little political by using Barrett Brown - but it's not him that's interesting, it's the way he sees things that if of interest.

 

From his Wikipedia page:

Barrett Lancaster Brown (born August 14, 1981) is an American journalist, essayist and satirist. He founded Project PM, a research collaboration and wiki, to facilitate analysis of the troves of hacked emails and other leaked information concerning the inner workings of the cyber-military-industrial complex. In January 2015, Brown was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for the crimes of accessory after the fact, obstruction of justice, and threatening a federal officer stemming from the FBI's investigation into the 2012 Stratfor email leak. As part of his sentence, Brown was also required to pay over $800,000 to Stratfor. Prior to 2011, Brown had ties with the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

 

What this doesnt say is that Barrett Brown is one determined, enraged, focused, highly-educated activist and an excellent writer. Now that he is behind bars, he has taken to writing to review the books he now has time to read and, more interestingly, denouncing the prison system's corrupt, incompetent and unlawful behaviours and individuals.

 

The articles come once every few months and we link to them here because Barret Brown brillantly demonstrate how to criticise a system and get people's attention using humour. When no one is listening to your well-reasoned, rational, relevetant points, maybe adding a little humour will get you the attention and support you need,

 

The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail is published by Front Burner magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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