Simply stated Meta Pleb refers to information about ordinary citizens. The siteis designed to make Plebs like you and me question the status quo, to activate the citizen into action and discussion. The goal of the site is to create commentary around the public commons through art and writing. The Meta Pleb Site is designed to gather interpretations and build a community around discussion on a variety of topics. The blog is a forum to stimulate citizen self-awareness about media, technology, politics, activism and the environment with a focus on their relationship with society. Topics are explored through writing and art and are designed to provoke a response from the reader.
Meta Pleb’s artworks are designed to reflect on the role of the individual in society while providing insight into real-life issues. Blog posts present information for provocative discussions that focus on the effects of the media, technology and entitlement within our communities and the environment. The main aim of the Meta Pleb site is designed to engage with all plebs in conversations about current events. No person’s opinion will be disregarded unless it endangers or misinforms the public sphere.
Media and the Arts
The lines between art and media are blurring. This topic has been discussed by experts for many years. Fine art experts tout the media and alternative forms of creation such as video games as an abomination of what “real art” consists of in the eyes of the public. While the fringe claims that the term art encompasses all creative processes and activities that humanity participates in.
The artworks and articles will be informative but many will connect with the humorous side of life and the human condition. Satire, parody, pastiche and a little bit of camp will be used to communicate the themes of the carnivalesque, the grotesque and the spectacle to inform and delight readers. Primarily interested in society and the commons, Meta Pleb takes inspiration from the philosophies of Bakhtin’s Rabelais and His World and The Situationist International to poke fun at celebrities, institutions and politicians.
Activism and protest are a vital part of a healthy society and political system. An indicator of a healthy society is their ability to protest. When governments disrupt the people’s ability to protest it is an indicator of a society on the brink of fascism. Collective action and how plebs can use it to create change that begins with grassroots activism is a focus for Meta Plebs to explore. The thought that activism is a tool of extremists will be demystified within these articles.
Many articles on the site will discuss how technology is shaping the world. Discussions will focus on how the plebs are being affected by the constantly changing face of labour and how tech is advancing in the workplace but also how technology creates a digital divide and is changing the outlook for labour and employment.
Readers can reflect on how common sense, euphemisms and entitlement play a role in our environment and communities. Giving plebs a forum to contemplate how we perceive our shared public sphere. Meta Pleb seeks to challenge our understanding of the status quo.
OPEN SOURCE SHARING
Open-source sharing of information is part of the Meta Pleb manifesto. Source code for Meta Pleb Digital Art Projects will be openly available on GitHub in the Fall of 2022. These plans and programs are being shared to further pedagogy and discussion among citizens and cities. Furthermore, certain explorations will be embedded directly into the website. Posters and plans are available upon request.
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