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This texteo mixes (or creates a montage with) three elements: the ideas and images of Pratibha Parmar, a black, feminist, queer filmmaker and theorist, and my own writing which summarizes related lessons from LFYT 2007. In my blog post "On Slogans" I write: "I ask you to think of the following slogans—penned by committed artists from long-past revolutions, times, and places, and then followed by my own slogan responses—as a call to arms for how we might better muster today's technology to contribute to an ongoing project of improving the possibilities for presentation, interpretation, and abstract social evaluation, human interaction, perception, and epistemology, through media praxis."
"British filmmaker Pratibha Parmar has spent more than 20 years behind the camera bringing fresh perspectives to stories of women, minorities and social issues."[cit]

The 2000s have seen continued conversation about the relevance of multiple identity politics categories. Writes Michael Millner about "post-identity politics": "If the 1990s were characterized by a rich and sophisticated reconceptualization of identity—as performative, mobile, strategically essential, intersectional, incomplete, in-process, provisional, hybrid, partial, fragmentary, fluid, transitional, transnational, cosmopolitan, counterpublic, and, above all, cultural—the new millennium has been frequently marked by a sense of exhaustion around the whole project of identity."[cit]

One of my three founding calls for this project is integrating theory and practice with the local and global. YouTubers can lead and learn from conversations in real communities about the impacts, meanings, and power of the media. This should be done through site-specific and problem-based projects where we create solutions communally.
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"The more we assert our own identities as historically marginalized groups, the more we expose the tyranny of a so-called center."–Pratibha Parmar [cit]

YouTube serves the decentering mandate of post-identity politics by creating a logic of dispersal and network. Yet it fails to relink these decentered fragments in any rational or sustaining way. There is no possibility to make collectives through its architecture. Information cannot become knowledge without a map, a structure, and an ethics.