[chinese blood, irish heart] - DEFUNCT: Sup Ed

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sup Ed

dE: You look fucking exhausted man.
Ed: Tell me about it. It's been a mentally challenging week. It started off nice & slow, but then I was tasked to help start up this new magazine. So there's a lot of pressure to put some good stuff on the table or else it ain't gonna fly. I also went to open classes at HKU during the evenings. Then I had to shuffle back home and make my damn medicine. Only a few packets left so I gotta do another 5 hour trek to the doc soon.
dE: You've had tougher times.
Ed: Oh hell yeah, but this is truly the first time i've been fatigued since my skin condition got moderatly better, which was a month ago.
dE: So that's a good thing.
Ed: I guess so, I mean I was real fucked up before that. But hey I'm not 100% better yet. Still have at least 2 more months of treatment.
dE: So what's the deal with this new magazine?
Ed: Not sure really... the template is still 'fluid.' But from what I percieved, it's this highly consumerist, hip, ultra-trendy and almost tabloid-like material. In other words, just like any entertainment magazine out there.
dE: So what are you doing for it?
Ed: At first I blurted out 'subvertising.' I researched and asked around a little but there was no trail. So then it evolved into street art, which then I realised it had been done last year. But it didn't touch on the political element. So now after meeting Yan Sham a writer & artist I'm focusing on 'political art.'
dE: It could go in tandem with Universal Suffrage...
Ed: Yes! Yan's art was exactly about that. Now I just gotta dig deeper and find similar minded people. Yeah it's weird living in a place without the right to vote. I miss Ireland.
dE: But is the magazine politically orientated?
Ed: That's the thing. I'm afraid it mightn't be 'hip' enough to talk about politics. The target audience seems to be aimed at 20 somethings, loaded with cash and looking to feed their materialistic and gluttonous desires. Anything too political or social mightn't attract the 'aul advertisers.
dE: Ah, the dilemma of all commercial media.
Ed: It's a shame alright. Hong Kong's in a great geopolitical position to foster democratic movements. It's below the world's biggest media censor and abuser of human rights after all.
dE: But...
Ed: ... you also gotta remember HK's one of the most commercial/capitalist cities- where making money is the only thing that matters. So why would they have time to get and cause a ruckus?
dE: What about the pro-democracy marches in the past?
Ed: I believe in the power of protests. But only if its sustained and properly reported by the media. I've been to quite a few in my lifetime. But all those things they shouted for or had written on their placards, didn't make a bit of difference. Whether it was the EU, Bush, Shell or WTO, all the protests did was make a media spectacle.
dE: Nothing new there.
Ed: So that is why independent media is needed. We have to make alternative, mainstream. Free journalism from commercialism.