05:41 | 02-02-2014 | Censorship, Politics | No Comments

Маша Гессен написала книгу о Pussy Riot:

Gessen is not just asking how these women came to form Pussy Riot, or how they came to be punished so severely for making protest art. She’s also asking what makes great political art, and proposing that art and truth-telling have the power to defeat oppressive regimes <...>. Pussy Riot’s actions often looked and sounded adolescent and slapdash, as most of the best punk rock always has. Gessen implies that these qualities may be particularly well suited to countering entrenched doublespeak.

“In really scary societies,” she writes, “all public conversation is an exercise in using words to mean their opposites.” Confronting these lies can be, she suggests, the most effective way to fight back.



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