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Devo, Duty Now For The Future, 1979Devo, Duty Now For The Future, 1979

Devo, Duty Now For The Future, 1979

SOCIAL ACTION NOW! A new anthem for “shared society” Tories and for all the compliant public sector workers. Social workers, community groups, volunteers, cultural organisations, everyone! SOCIAL ACTION NOW!  DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE! [Repeat ad infinitum…]

I ask: “Can social action really co-produce us out of this SHIT?”

This is a short blog post.  That’s all I feel is needed.  First, by way of introduction for #SocialAction converts, a parody…

[youtube=://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1JI0-tOY6w&w=854&h=480]

Listen to the song.

BLOCKHEAD, Devo, 1979

Never Leaves A Gap
Unfilled
Always Pays On Time
Always Fits The Bill
He Comes Well Prepared
Cube Top
Squared Off
Eight Corners
90-Degree Angles
Flat Top
Stares Straight Ahead
Stock Parts
Blockhead

Never Tips Over
Stands Up On His Own
He Is A Blockhead
Thinking Man Full Grown
He Comes Well Prepared

Cube Top
Squared Off
Eight Corners
90-Degree Angles
Flat Top
Stares Straight Ahead
Snake eyes
Blockhead

Cube Top
Squared Off
Eight Corners
90-Degree Angles
Flat Top
Stares Straight Ahead
Stock Parts
Blockhead

Lyrics.

Social action is defined by the state as:

Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It can broadly be defined as practical action in the service of others, which is (i) carried out by individuals or groups of people working together, (ii) not mandated and not for profit, (iii) done for the good of others – individuals, communities and/or society, and (iv) bringing about social change and or value.

Read about this social action nonsense here.

This is social capital rehashed.  New Labour New Public Management for a mistrustful 2017.  Tories want us to trust them.  Do our civic bit.  Act responsibly.  BE GOOD!

Co-production.

Wellbeing.

Participation.

Voluntarism.

Asset based approaches.

Commissioning.

Procurement.

Community organising.

Indicators.

Outcomes.

Outputs.

Prevention.

SOCIAL ACTION.

 

ACT SOCIALLY TOGETHER NOW!

(Meanwhile we’ll continue dismantling every aspect of your welfare state, exploiting and oppressing you at every turn.)

CO-PRODUCE YOUR CIVIC ROLE.  SAVE US MONEY.  HELP INSTALL NEOLIBERALISM.

 

This YOUR DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE!

 

COMPLY NOW!

 

BLOCKHEADS.

 

Erm, No Thank You!

0 thoughts on “Duty Now For The Future: Can #SocialAction really co-produce us out of this SHIT?

  1. Thank you for articulating some of my sentiments to this area. As I ‘re-engage’ with this area I am encountering ideas that seem to be the same old ideas rebranded, spend less but somehow deliver a ‘better’ and ‘more innovative’ ‘service’. (Gosh , it’s hard to use any of the words without irony). I was also struck by a sense that the ‘policy’ or ‘ideology’ seems to be to get people to do things for themselves, which in itself seems a good thing but it’s a warped kind of neoliberal ‘ empowerment’ which sidesteps political and social justice ( lack thereof) and seems to suggests that if we can get marginalised artists to make art with marginalised non- artists we don’t have to address economic disparity, which in turn is linked to other inequalities. But, working together right, to fix local problems, outside of the state, that sounds like a nice bit of anarchy right there, if we can shift the outcomes to ones that are meaningful and don’t get unconsciously ( or uncritical thinkingly) aligned with the dominant political agenda…..?

    • Stephen Pritchard says:

      Hi Kate,
      Yep. Agree. Direct action best approach. Trouble with art is it is easily recuperated. For me, anti-art and anti-aesthetic tactics work best (and are, of course, still a form of art)…
      Cheers,Stephen

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