eurovisie . march . rebellion
In a 1844 letter to Arnold Ruge, Karl Marx called for “a ruthless critique of everything that exists”. Now, without forming an editorial line on the man himself, I would suggest, humbly, that our newest issue of Eurovisie belongs to this curious tradition that calls into question all tradition and authority. Whether aimed at city developers, big tech, or Soviet apologists in Moldova, our editors have spared no words. Here at Eurovisie, we do not worship golden calves.
Our targets are big. In her article, Lara takes on anti-gentrification struggles in Berlin, where developers and real estate investors have driven up rental prices. This problem is of course not limited to the German capital; the housing crisis is a global affair. Likewise for George’s bugbear: cryptocurrency. The likes of Bitcoin, Ethereum and others are attractive in part because they are not beholden to any government, national or otherwise. But as George points out, the path to decentralisation conceals an environmental calamity that’s yet to be tackled.
Órlaith is perhaps our most fearless editor: her hit list includes everyone from Facebook to the Irish government – all of whom profit from our dependence on social media and other evils emanating from Silicon Valley. Similarly scathing is Nicolae’s article: he takes aim at the corrupt political elite of Moldova, whose frauds and schemes he lays out for all to see. Finally, in a thought-provoking article, Arianne thinks about the role of rebellion in adolescence, calling into question the usual clichés and subverting the all-too-common assumptions around so-called teenage delinquency.
Call us angry. Call us overly ambitious. Call us quixotic. But unlike Cervantes’ foolish knight we embrace the windmills. Through our ruthless critique a positive vision emerges: read it and join the fight.
Jyry Pasanen, Editor-in-chief
Scrolling Our Way to a Reckoning
The omnipresence of Big Tech has steadily manifested itself within the human psyche to an unavoidable extent. We revolve around the glow of our timelines, depend upon the next incoming notification, and are unflinchingly loyal to the act of scrolling. But amidst this addictive cycle, there is a growing number of those inching toward rebellion. From Gen-Z to tired souls, people are beginning to log off.
The Crisis of Urban Attraction
Lara Valgerdur Kristjansdottir
The European cities vastly being affected by gentrification are increasing in number each year. Panic arises and outcries are heard in Berlin to save the city from becoming deprived of its unique spirit
Falling Outside the Jurisdiction of Teenage Rebellion
“Rebellion can be considered the process of resisting authority. An opportunity to go against the rules, or against normal and accepted ways of behaving; to defy convention. From the mundane and trivial to the fundamentally life changing…”
“In 1989, in the aftermath of Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost programmes, the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic managed to declare its sovereignty in order to later proclaim and declare on the 27th of August 1991 the independence of the Republic of Moldova. Three decades of developments have since passed – The Dniester War, the crisis in the late 90s, the emerging communist nostalgia in the early 2000s, a Revolution against the communists in 2009, the European path redefined in the early 2010s, the grand theft, corruption, poverty, falling confidence in a European future and… somehow… there is still hope. Let us first go back to 2014.”
Redirection for the Crypto-Rebellion
The exciting price volatility, celebrity endorsements (notably the Elon-phenomena), tax-escape-ism, and their additional “futuresque” quality have spurred investments into cryptocurrency in the last few months, leading to record price surges and some very pleased investors. However, the real prize is less discussed, as is its biggest fault.
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