Scandal - less

It is no secret that politics is a man’s world,female politicians still hold less than a fifth of all national seats. Though there are exceptions, Governance has largely been left up to men since its conception. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the first woman to be elected to congress, and a baby born today will have to live to be 107 to see gender equality among elected officials in this country.  Women still fight for the right to have their voices heard across the world and we are nowhere near equality. They are under-represented in basically all leadership despite women comprising of 54% of the world population. But finally,As fewer people buy into the notion that women can't lead, we have been watching women make their first strides in government. 

It seems that in today’s political landscape, the advantages of electing women have come to light. 

Women are particularly effective in promoting honest government. Countries where women are supported as leaders and at the ballot box have a correspondingly low level of corruption.  This is an issue that voters around the world are taking more and more seriously. As the Internet has provided platforms for transparency among governments, the corruption of governments are being exposed much more frequently and with much more evidence. Women’s unwillingness to be corrupted is noble and should be considered a strength when it comes to electability. 

In the political arena, where women have toconduct themselves according to hetero-patriarchal norms, women are less likely to participate in scandalous behavior. For this reason it seems that women are immune from political sex scandal. While the list of male politicians who have participated in scandalous sexual affairs is endless (I’m talking all time yo). Though the numbers of “cheaters” have been proven to be equal among gender, it doesn’t translate to women of power while the opposite is true for men. 

Though it looks like a cliche, a recent study revealed that motivations for being a politician are markedly different between genders. Men are more interested in making money, gaining power, and making connections. Women are more interested in solving problems and helping people. This gender gap in political aspirations is concerning. And if it is true…

why do more than one in five Americans still openly admit they wouldn't vote for a female president

American Extremism

The United States government has without question been corrupted for years. The world watched as its people became complacent while its candidates became corporate advocates and ignored the needs of its population. With failing infrastructure and un-livable wages for a large portion of the american population we’ve finally seen the people of the united states begin to desire a dismantling of the systems that allowed this to happen. There are now candidates cropping up with a lust for taking down the greed of politicians. But The rest of the world is watching in fear as these americans settle into american extremism. 

The media has been busy rubbernecking Trump’s campaign while he dominates the extremest right support. While Trump boasts some leftist values, his personality hits a conservative nerve. He epitomizes the traditional “american dream”.  His management style has gone largely uncriticized because of his financial influence on the media (both in ratings and in donation). The rest of republican candidates have made valiant efforts to seem more conservative than one another in order to pander to religious extremists which populate many of the midwestern and southern states.

What Bernie Sanders lacks in media coverage, he makes up for in crowd size. Bernie Sanders has gone completely under the media radar while still drawing record sized crowds to every single campaign event. He also is largely drawing crowds of revolutionaries, protesters, anarchists, environmentalists, artists, millennials, and intellectuals. There are huge numbers of Democrats who are untrusting of Hilary Clinton, and get similar pleasure from Bernie’s honesty that the republicans receive from Donald Trump. 

On both sides of the political spectrum there has been pull further from center. And this phenomena can largely be blamed on the way primaries are run in this country. Primaries excel at polarizing views by pandering to those americans who are already committed to a partisan way of voting. Candidates that appeal to conservative republicans in the primaries, will not necessarily attract moderate republicans in thegeneral election. And the same concepts apply to Democrats.  As a nation we need to recognize this behavior and remind our politicians that spending over a year on primary elections is dangerous to the psychological wellbeing of our nation. Pandering to Extremism in early electoral politics benefits who?

This Deal Is (Literally) Nuclear

The History of Nuclear weapons is relatively short, beginning in world war 2 the united states pioneered research on them. Most of the world has agreed to participate in nuclear non proliferation, and acknowledges the damage and devastation they cause. More countries have participated in and adhered to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) than any other arms limitation in all of history. The United states is the only country to have used a nuclear weapon as an act of aggression in war. This was when they detonated two nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945, seventy years ago. We all watch as Japan continues to be devastated by the effects of Nuclear bombs. 

 The only countries who have not signed this agreement are

India

Pakistan

Israel

South Sudan

And North Korea Redacted its signature in 2003 and tested its nuclear weapons in 2010

Today in the United states there is seemingly endless controversy over the Iran nuclear deal. This phenomena remains isolated in the US. And from within it seems that the deal was conducted solely between the United States and Iran. Contrary to what is being portrayed in US media, the Iran Nuclear Deal was conducted by P5+1 or China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and of course Iran. All other nations have greeted this deal with relief and satisfaction, and even put it forward as a model framework for diplomatic solutions in similar crisis areas around the world. 

The reasons the United states puts forward for opposing the deal cite Iran’s position as the world’s gravest threat to world peace. But according to the United States own gallup polling the rest of the world has a different opinion. To everyone minus the united states, it is unanimous that the biggest threat to world peace is the United states. This is proven by the idea that the United states is always entitled to unilaterally decide to use military force against any nation which disagrees with it. The United states stands alone in its opposition to this deal, and the internal debate raises red flags about the United States commitment to world peace, even further.

Disambiguous

Poetry is a natural enemy to censorship. For ages human populations have utilized the tool of the poem to subvert the power of a dominating force who tries to censor the words we do and do not use. China for instance has very invasive censorship happening in a very blatant way in the form of the great firewall. Without the protection of free speech the methods of communicating alternative content are targeted. 

I have written poetry through a chance operation (detailed in the newspaper) by combining things I had written personally with text taken directly out of news headlines. This is the first issue which surrounds the issues of the years 2012—2013 Issue #2 will be released in the fall of 2015

How can we tell what is fact and what is poetry? I argue that nothing is objective and in the case of the mainstream media this has become more obvious to the american public. We are bombarded by large headlines that are sold to us as facts, headlines however, are not the whole story. We must dig deeper to get a greater understanding of where roots of the problems we face lie. Since headlines are not facts, why can't they be poetry? The combinations of these headlines with moments from my daily life give the reader a swift zoom from the microcosm of the individual to the macrocosm of all people affected by these headlines. 

The Library

Many libraries are free and open to the public, this phenomena is recent since the literacy rate of the pupulous has increased dramatically in recent times. These libraries are open to anyone who wants to visit the location. Many institutional libraries are only available for members of that institution or guests of members. Many school libraries are like this, in order to protect the collection for use by scholars or parties who will respect the information to be found inside. But some libraries are even more private than this. Many archives are stored never to be seen by members of the public. Or even in more public libraries there are rare book rooms or special collections where one can only browse while monitored by staff. The books in these realms are often valuable or safeguarded by institutions for undisclosed reasons. There are many levels of privacy when it comes to information available to the public. 
For my Project I chose to investigate the Providence Public Library for its relationship to the public's education. The inclusion of Public in the name implies some transparency and open-ness to the visitor. In my case my project is non-specific to THIS library but would apply to all libraries that contain public in the name.

Empty section at the Providence Public Library

Empty section at the Providence Public Library

To publish is to turn something from a private piece to a public piece for the world to lay eyes on. And the library is the main venue for viewing these public works. But not all published information is considered public information. This grey area is where I would like to draw my attentions for this project.


Transparency with the public, is a part of the public library I admire. Currently, the United States of America stands at a crossroads between public and private. Our democratic government depends on transparency in order to function as a democracy. If the people are unaware of governmental actions, then they are unable to function as an informed electorate and are therefore unrepresented by the government as a population. The freedom to choose in this country is entirely dependent on a knowledge of our representatives actions. 


More and more our government hides its actions, not in the interest of the population but in order to override public opinion and create corrrupt systems that will not be voted upon by the people. It is only in the government’s own interest to keep these actions from the people, because if these policies went to be voted upon by the people its would most likely be unpopular. (ex. NSA collection of information Edward Snowden documents, Trans- Pacific Partnership Trade agreement wikileaked) Out of frustration with these phenomena has grown groups like Anonymous (online activists) and Wikileaks, as well as many whistleblowers who are now being heavily targeted by the obama administration. 


What happens when these secrets, which are safeguarded by the many governments and institutional boundries, become public. We have seen these things become published and received with mass public outrage. There are an increasing number of things being written and analyzed about these kinds of leaked information. But even once it is leaked by wikileaks they’re still hard to find/understand the effects that they have on our lives. They’re also not widely available outside of specialized politically leaning bookstores and on wikileaks itself. 
It is time for these resources to be brought to the public. It is time for our government to treat its people with the respect we deserve. It is time for governmental processes to become transparent.  

Degree Project Proposal

My Opinion

The time we live in now is unprecedented, most of the world believes that the best systems of government are ones dictated and chosen “by the people for the people”. Think about how incredible it is that most of the human population believes that really the only legitimate humane governmental system is a Democratic one. “put it to a vote” “majority rules”. Though there are systems where it isn’t the case, but at the very least  to count as a civilized society the governed need to feel that their opinion is accounted for. Though Monarchy still exists in some places, the overall world is moving into a direction where Democracy is considered the most just system of government. This is a result of not only the United states setting a model for a new type of society which by now most developed nations have caught up to, but the invention of the internet allows people easy access to the opinions of everyone

In the United States, though our system is corrupt, we have a democracy that is supposed to work in the interests of our population, but for too long we the people have been left out of our own system. We the people are supposed to oversee the actions and intentions of our government. Through hundreds of years of practice, the checks and balances that are supposed to keep corruption out of the sphere of government have been demolished with loopholes. The power of the executive branch (the president) is over extending its boundaries. 

More and more our government hides its actions, not in the interest of the population but in order to override public opinion and create corrupt systems that will not be voted upon by the people. It is only in the government’s own interest to keep these actions from the people, because if these policies went to be voted upon by the people its would most likely be unpopular. (ex. NSA collection of information Edward Snowden documents, Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade agreement wikileaked) Out of frustration with these phenomena has grown groups like Anonymous (online activists) and Wikileaks, as well as many whistleblowers who are now being heavily targeted by the Obama administration.  

The electorate has been left out of the conversation for far too long. We all sense that something is wrong, even though it is impossible to explain in an elevator pitch format. It is also not simply a "Republican or Democrat" problem – across parties we are fed up. The people know that their interests aren’t treated with the respect citizens of this nation deserve. These frustrations came to a head after the financial crash of 2008 and have permeated american culture since. The dissatisfaction of the american people has been evident in the countless protests we have participated in, Anonymous, 99%, internet freedoms, ferguson, environmental activism, women’s rights, civil rights, standardized testing, marijuana legalization, abortion. All of these are deep seeded problems that can’t be solved by just a protest, or by continuing to ignore them. We need systematic change which has been called  for years.

We’re getting better every day. The internet has opened up worlds of information for people, like never before we are educated and have opinions on matters that don’t directly affect us. But our governmental system was designed for the age of the postal services. It used to take months to find out the results of an election, but now we know the results instantly. Why if we can access election results immediately are we only asked to vote once a year– and only to make a significant choice once every four years. With the immediacy of the polls why can’t we be making our own choices instead of relying on corrupt individuals to make our choices for us.

My Interest

I became a graphic designer not because I found kerning exciting, not because I’m in love with my computer, but because of it’s democratic nature. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an artist. I’ve wanted to be at RISD since I was in fifth grade. But I never was really truly able to find my place in the art world. The idea of working long hours to have my work featured in a white box gallery destroyed me. I felt as though I could only affect and reach a small community of art enthusiasts. This led me to become a printmaker, I loved the multiple. I loved knowing that I could sell my work to more than one individual and allow my work to live in many contexts. During my days as a printmaker living in Baltimore I watched as my peers protested wall street and camped out downtown with signs. 

I realized yet again that I didn’t belong, I didn't know much about the world at the time and I felt I was in the wrong place to learn about what I want. I needed to know more.Trying to get a handle on my position in the world I came to RISD as a graphic design major with the intent of creating change in the world. Graphic design appealed to me because it was even more democratic than printmaking. I am angry that the world I was brought into was claiming democracy and freedom, but from what I've seen in this post 9/11  United states has not been pretty.

I have a lot of opinions and I feel like I need a platform to express them. I know many of my peers feel exactly the way I do and nobody is telling us the truth. 21 year olds are internet citizens, we cannot remember life without it. I have spent my whole life reading and understanding all sides of a situation before acting upon it. We are all are too smart to put up with advertisements and political leaning in news. 

The Project

For my degree project I intend to make commentary on the political practices of the United states through the format of an election. I will be running for president of the united states as two versions of myself.   

I’ll run as Brielle Curvey, open and honest to a fault, giving almost too much insight into her life. Though her flaws are obvious her strength is in her idealism and willingness for change. (which is why we elected president Obama but we have been massively disappointed. He’s done some good and some bad overall a fine president, but not the radical change we were hoping for) Though she’s hungry for change she wants to run a completely transparent campaign. Tell everyone her flaws, but it’s not about her, its about the people and democracy.  

I’ll run as Barbara Adams, the name taken from a spoof show called “whoops apocalypse”. The Adams, represents our past which I believe needs a rude awakening to the ways in which we need to change. Barbara Adams is loosely based on Hilary Clinton. She is liberal at heart but is so jaded by the political system that her opinions have been neutered down and become almost meaningless. She is so frustrated by this system but is so determined to get the presidency she’ll put up with the political bullshit a little longer if it means having the ability to change the world for the better. The same open and honest facts about Brielle are true of Barbara but they become scandalized and deter people from her political views. This comments on the phenomena of a highly sensationalized mainstream media conglomerate who's interests do not lie in the education of the public. 

Through this project I intend to take stances on many issues in current events, and follow the election process closely as I poke fun at the process of electing a human being to office. 

 

Direct Democracy Application

The system of government we have in place is designed for print not the internet age. Why if we have instant access to everyone’s data are we not representing the people’s needs and wants in government?  In Brielle’s Campaign I intend to use this app as a running platform, allowing the people of the united states to vote on my  every decision instantly. My run for presidency becomes about the People becoming more active in politics, overriding the corrupt system we have in place. 

 

Campaign Materials

This I’ve already started, I intend to make campaign materials for each candidate showing the difference between honesty and passion about ideals, and the standard cookie cutter campaign. Lawn signs, commercials, buttons, logos, etc. 

 

Debates

I plan on writing and acting out mach debates with myself, using material from past debated and highlighting the absurdity. Also I want to comment on the debates themselves as a concept. The Bipartisan nature of the debates causes the subjects to be neutral. Nobody brings up problems that were created by BOTH parties. Thusly, keeping the public ignorant to the mistakes our elected officials are making. We need to highlight the negative aspects of politics so that we can create honest change. 

 

Opinion Pieces

The last thing I plan on making are opinion pieces. I intend to state my opinions through the use of comedy, writing, and straight up graphic design. Using the language of satire I intend to make work that expresses my sentiments on certain issues.