Music: ‘Focus’ by Angry Band.
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Loudmouth with a laptop
Friends, comrades, netizens, I need a little help if any of you are able.
Almost a year ago, I registered this domain, annnarkehmedia.com with wordpress on their basic package – £22 per year. That year is now almost up, but like everybody, I’m flat broke and struggling to find the money to keep myself going, (let alone pay to keep this url for another year).
If you’re able, please consider making a micro-contribution via paypal to help keep Ann Narkeh Media online. Any surplus contributions will be put towards reconditioning this ancient laptop before it finally falls to bits.
If you’re also skint, likes and shares are very much appreciated too.
Is it narcissistic to brag about an achievement like this?
Is it even really an achievement, or a thing?
It is for me! (even if you do have to refresh the page half a million times to find the quote…)
I felt a similar way when meeting Russell Brand…and when David Graeber retweeted me that one time,…and when the Canary said those nice things about the Occupied Sun,…but Noam Chomsky was the one who told me that gratuitous namedropping isn’t cool, so I didn’t brag about it…too much! 😉 (!)
In all seriousness though, I love the beautiful solutions in Beautiful Trouble.
The review I wrote, which they’ve quoted from could never do real justice to my deep affection for both the ongoing work and the people doing it.
I feel very proud to be namedropped by them alongside so many great individuals and organisations I admire and respect so much.
Yay Ann Narkeh Media!
That is all.
As you were.
I am infinitely grateful to everybody who has contributed to keeping Ann Narkeh Media going.
Thankyou for all the paypal contributions; likes, shares, constructive feedback and of course all the wonderful people I’ve collaborated with on making stuff – you’re all awesome!
The creative ego of a privileged white anarchist unleashed…
I chose the pseudonym Ann Narkeh because;
After burning out by late 2012, my focus had drifted into survival mode and I’d become somewhat apathetic, overwhelmed, depressed, resigned and unproductive. I got what Adam Curtis has described as the socially transmitted disease of ‘oh dearism’.
In October 2014, I was inspired as much by Occupy Democracy‘s bold ambition as I was appalled by the state’s violent crackdown on them for daring to dream. I joined the tarpaulin revolution – the first nine day occupation of Parliament Square in October 2014. I attended the ongoing monthly occupations and committed to refocusing all of my creative energy and skills into producing media to support the rƎVOLution
This website is an effort to start keeping track of all the stuff and things I’ve done/am doing, to get better organised and to start accepting contributions from people who want to support me and my work.
But profit is the enemy?
For many years now, I have worked towards renouncing the profit motive, and thus I have avoided engaging with the sort of financial bureaucracy necessary for me to accept contributions – I have been persuaded by various comrades to compromise on this front, in order to become more stable/productive.*
I’ve put together a set of New Year’s Resolutions. Basically, I’m going to experiment with being a breadhead, completely reversing my longstanding ‘no profit’ policy. It’s going to be a bit of a battle to get back on-grid, as I’ve been half off it for years now – but I’m up for having a go/seeing what happens…I’m going to find out if it helps me become a more productive activist, or if it turns me to the dark side (!).
So, if you dig my stuff so far and want to help me keep producing, you can commission me to produce something original for your campaign. (Or, if you’re loaded you could just give me some money and I will spend it on food, equipment and other things I need to survive).
I’ll keep a public record of any monies received and will still be undertaking bespoke, reLOVEutionary productions for social, economic and environmental justice, pro-bono (for free).
*note for ‘intellectuals’/economists/monetary reformists/purist freegans/militant anti-capitalists…: Renouncing the profit motive entirely was the most insightful life choice I ever made, but I accept that I have become quite dogmatic and purist about this, which is never a good thing.**
28 August 2016 – So far this year, I’ve received about £500 in contributions via the paypal button. I’ll get a more precise figure together next time I update this. Your contributions kept me going while I was sanctioned and I’m currently living on £140 a fortnight ESA.
I don’t thiiink I’m turning to the darkside, but then I haven’t really done that well at becoming a breadhead tbh…
The contributions have been mostly reinvested in livestreaming airtime, on purchasing the domain name for this site and on feeding/watering/caffeining/nicotining and keeping my mobile. Huge thanks to everybody who’s made a contribution, I’m keeping a record of where the money’s going on my wishlist.
If you’re keen to collaborate on something, or to bung me some spending credits, get in touch using the form below, or the paypal button in the sidebar.
Peace, Love, Respect, Anarchy.
29 August 2016
Maybe I wasn’t being dogmatic and purist about it – maybe capitalism’s just never been natural to me…