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TERM PAPER SHOW AND TELL v. 3.0 by morva
April 21, 2008, 9:53 pm
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The Luther Blissett Project: a viral attack on the modern infosphere. If someone accesses Wikipedia, the ambitious project of the open-source encyclopaedia in Internet, searching for the name Luther Blissett, he or she will find out a curious ambiguity that surrounds this name. Indeed, he or she will find two entries: the first one is about Luther Blissett, the English football player of Afro-Caribbean origins, who was active during the ‘80s. The second one is about a collective or multiple-use name (nom de plum) shared by hundreds of artists and social activists all over Europe and South America since Summer of 1994. From this date to 1999, the so called Luther Blissett Project became an extremely popular and noteworthy phenomenon in Italy, catching the attention of great part of printed and digital media, and causing cultural debates within intellectual and popular spheres. Despite the Italian project reached an end in 1999, Luther Blissett was active also in other countries, especially in Spain and Germany, and its name is still used nowadays for actions of social protest or forms of artistic expression.[1] Continue reading