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Some of you may have heard that we had “Instagram riots” here in Gothenburg a few days ago. Since I live in Gothenburg and have a fascination for media-ignited riots, I wrote this extensive summary of the events.

First of all some context on Swedish riot history. It’s not that uncommon but these riots have been related to two previous riots in particular that’s good to know about. First, the hot line riots of 1982 that I wrote about at this blog a few months ago and second the riots in Gothenburg 2001 when George Bush visited the city. Nice video summary here with Enya soundtrack

What happened this time around was that a person (a 17 yo girl attending Plusgymnasiet (The Plus High School, a privately owned and managed school) was suspected and got police protection) started an Instagram account called “gbgorroz” (“gbg” is short for Gothenburg, “orroz” is a swedishification of a turkish word meaning whore) asking people to name and shame the sluts of Gothenburg and what slutty things they have done. The account gained about 6000 followers and posted about a hundred pictures and description about “sluts” of Gothenburg (mostly female but also male, often for being “gays”. Age 12-18) and their alleged sex acts before it was shut down. In an unexpected turn of events, the last pictures posted was screenshots of the inbox of the account where you could see who had submitted what “slut” – shaming the shamers.

Somehow it was revealed who was behind the account – or at least someone was accused – and people decided to “take revenge”. A rumour started spreading that there would be “chaos” at this high school the morning after. And there was even a facebook event called “World War 3 at Plusgymnasiet”. About 500 people showed up the day after (18/12) and tried to enter the school. I guess most to just watch THE CHAOS unfold. Some were there to beat up the girl that started it (among them people who had submitted to the account and had been exposed in the screenshots). Others to beat up the people who had submitted to the account. Some even might have been there to beat up someone for what they allegedly had done. And yet more just there to take the opportunity to start some fights.

Let me show you what it looked like.

Here’s a video of the crowd moving in on the school.

More roaming crowds:

Quite disturbing video of a girl being chased down, tackled and kicked while laying down (don’t know the reason):

More crowds, good flow here:

Here’s someone getting beaten down in the background while a TV-station is doing an interview:

Here’s a good video from the local news paper of when the police arrive at the school, the crowd disperses and then attacks the police with snow balls (!)… LINK

After this, the riots – for some reason, probably many reasons – started drifting to the nearby and centrally located mall, Nordstan. It continued with more fights among the christmas shoppers, who hid inside the stores, and people started jumping on cars and throwing rocks at the police.

There was also continual crowds roaming the day after (19/12) at other high schools. I guess either to take more revenge on people involved or continue fights that was not finished the day before. Several high schools was shut down one or two days after to protect students.

In conclusion:
I don’t think there really was much of rioting going on, except some stones being thrown at the police. A riot has mostly externally directed energies, towards an outside enemy, or just the surrounding environment in general. This was more a big crowd roaming around looking for people (also in the same crowd) to beat up. So you had individual fights and beat downs within the crowd itself. In other words a very inward directed energy. I also think there was lots of different aggressions coming out. One could say that it was a noble cause, reacting against the public shaming of women, but it could just as well have been because people felt that *these particular* girls did not deserve to be humiliated this way or that *these particular* boys were not gays. So I don’t know what to think about that really. Was the reaction against public shaming or against false accusations of promiscuity (which is then still condemned)?

What’s good is that most people have afterwards focused on violence, gender issues, culture around sexuality and bullying, and preventing this kind of behaviour, rather than condemning “the internet” for what happened. So I think the debate about teenagers and internet use have matured a bit. People are also very fast to report accounts (new ones have popped up), take screenshots as evidence and report them to the police. So we’re starting to learn how to react to these things without panic (except the 500 ppl strong mob, that is…). Yesterday (20/12) there was also a demonstration against sexual harassments in the center of the city.
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That’s all from the Instagram riots in Gothenburg, Sweden 2012.

As a bonus I give you a video of an angry mob of Justin Bieber fans in Stockholm attacking some provocateurs :)

Posted on December 21, 2012

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YOUR ART!! PARTY
10pm, December 29, 2012
@ PANKE club
Gerichtstr. 23, Berlin Wedding,
5th backyard map!!

FB event – http://www.facebook.com/events/438019962911693/

Make your own YOUR ART!! GOLDEN NECKLACE at the YOUR ART!! PARTY.
Show off all your works from your phone/tablet/etc wrapped as COOL necklace jewelry.
You are the SHOW!!

Aram Barholl40!!! 2012

PARTY LINEUP!! YESSSS!!!

Live sets:
- Comfort Fit (Tokyo Dawn Records) http://www.comfortfit.de/
– Curating Youtube http://curatingyoutube.net

DJ sets:
- BarNerby (Support Your Local Ghetto) http://supportyourlocalghetto.tumblr.com/about
- Justas Fresh (mondayJazz, Lithuania) http://mondayjazz.com/MJ157
- more tba!!

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How to make a YOUR ART!! golden necklace

Bring your art to the PARTY and make your own YOUR ART!! golden necklace.
Anything goes!! Show your latest digital shit from any suitable device!!
Hey ARAM, I don t have a touch phone!” No problem!!
Bring your paintings and hang them from your neck!! :))

Bring your:
- nokia phone,
- touch phone,
- tablet,
- laptop,
- framed prints or PAINTINGS!!
- what ever you want, hang it from your neck!

Gold chain, gold cardboard & tools etc will be provided.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157632280757007/show/

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How to find PANKE

Gerichtstr. 23, Berlin Wedding, 5th backyard map!!

Panke e.V. Gerichtstr. 23, Hof V. 13347, Wedding, Berlin

CU there!!

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Posted on December 20, 2012

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Welcome to the 9th annual X-MIX, an end of the year mixtape celebration. As always, these aren’t necessarily songs released this year, but just a collection of the favorite things I’ve been listening to in 2012. Merry X-MIX Internet!

(Download)

Track listing:
- Chelsea Peretti: Wolf Blitzer
- Iggy Azalea: My World
- SBTRKT: Trials of the Past
- Curren$y: Showroom
- Clams Casino: Palace
- Waka Flocka Flame: Triple F Intro
- Purity Ring: Fineshrine
- Amerigo Gazaway: Runnin’ (Bizarre Tribe)
- Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean: Clique
- Purity Ring, Obedear
- Beastie Boys, Pass the Mic
- Dolly Parton, Puppy Love
- Angel Haze, Wicked Moon
- Stevie Wonder, Village Ghetto Land
- Boldy James, I Sold Dope All My Life
- XXYYXX, Alone
- SBTRKT, Wildfire
- Chelsea Peretti: Wolf Blitzer

Ghosts of X-MIX past: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Posted on December 14, 2012

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Fake URL Trolling is super easy but very effective!

  1. Email/twitter/post a fake shocking story or breaking news to a friend/group.

  2. Make up a nice long URL (WordPress title style) to prolong the shock moment.

  3. The 404 will make the target wonder if the post was taken down or the link is just broken.

Examples:

Never hit RT before you’ve seen the WWW!

 


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/movies/google-opens-worlds-first-vertical-movie-theater-on-broadway


http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/evan-roth-solo-show-oof/


http://techcrunch.com/buzzfeed-sold-to-microsoft

Now go out there and troll your friends!! :))
The most retweeted fake URL tweet will win a collection of all currrent DVD Dead Drop volumes (4), signed!!

Fake URL Trolling
by Aram Bartholl
2012

 

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Posted on November 7, 2012

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