by Mickey Z.
"A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way."
- John Tudor
Did you know there are alligators-discarded pets flushed down urban
toilets-living in the NYC subway...getting fat and edgy on a steady diet of
rats and the coffee runoff from all those Starbucks franchises?
Long before Al Gore invented the Internet, Winston Churchill declared:
lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its
WMDs ... the Saddam/Osama connection ... we will be greeted as liberators
... mission accomplished...
The power of suggestion vs. reality. Gossip vs. guns. Rumors instead of
demonstrations. Could this be a viable tool for dissent? Ani DiFranco sez:
"Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right" (but don't let Alberto
Gonzalez hear you say that).
Elvis is alive and well; he's sharing a summerhouse in the Hamptons with Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, and Jim Morrison.
With Ani in mind, I thought I'd resurrect an old idea of mine: What would
happen if as many people as possible - I'm talking a potential for
millions - were to log onto chat rooms, comment boards, etc. and engage in a
little wishful thinking? Instead of all those hoaxes about missing children,
imagine a steady supply of rumors that George W. Bush is about to propose
universal health care.
Picture hundreds of thousands of e-mails crisscrossing the Web claiming to
know that Oregon is about secede from the U.S. and name Ralph Nader as its
Dick Cheney has shot another lawyer. Hillary Clinton has joined the Green
Party. Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld were arrested for war crimes on a
visit to Paris. Michael Moore turned vegan. Bill O'Reilly has the human form
of Mad Cow Disease. The Pope has come out of the closet. Pick any one you
like and there could be postings at every Craig's List in every city-every
minute of every day.
Performance art as protest. Gossip as direct action.
What if word flooded media outlets of a secret plan by the U.S. government
to return some land to the indigenous population? It would have to reported
at some point and thus, the concept of America as "occupied territory" would
have its fifteen minutes...at least.
Jack Ruby was the mastermind behind 9/11.
The Situationists urged: "Trade your boredom for chaos." Could chaos be
created if millions in America and tens of millions worldwide spread the
rumor that Leonard Peltier was to be pardoned on December 31, 2006? I'm
talking about relentless, hourly rumors...day after day. Letters to the
editor. E-mails to CNN and the White House. Posters, stickers,
fliers...billboards? Whatever means at our disposal. "From each according to
his/her abilities," I believe it goes.
Hey, did you hear? Leonard Peltier will be free by the end of the year?
Yeah, Bush is trying to appease all those who voted Democrat and show that
he's not such a hardass. Tell everyone you know. This is amazing news. Well,
that's what the Rumor Club is saying. What's the Rumor Club? Well, the first
rule of Rumor Club is...well, you know.
Spread the word: a little chaos could go a long, long way.