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あの活動家がVogueに登場

 
No LogoやShock Doctrineなどキャッチーな本で毎回注目を集めているNaomi KleinさんがVogue9月号に登場しています。This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climateという新刊のプロモーションも兼ねているようです。タイトルからも分かるように気候変動と経済システムを問題にするようですね。iPadをお持ちの方はサンプルreviewで彼女の記事を読めてしまいます。



In December of 2012, a complex systems scientist walked up to the podium at the American Geophysics Union to present a paper
It was titled, "Is the Earth Fucked?" His answer was: "Yeah. Pretty much."
That's where the road we're on is taking us, but that has less to do with carbon than with capitalism.
Our economic model is at war with life on Earth.
We can't change the laws of nature, but we can change our broken economy.
And that's why climate change isn't just a disaster. It's also our best chance to demand—and build—a better world.
Change or be changed. But make no mistake... this changes everything.

Change or be changed(変わるのか、変えさせられるのか)という最後の問いもキャッチーですが、"Is the Earth Fucked?"というまさかのF-wordの話題から入るのもうまいですね。この件は2012年末に話題になっていたようです。

Scientists Ask Blunt Question on Everyone’s Mind
Why Earth and atmospheric scientists are swearing up a storm and getting arrested.
By Jonathan Mingle

Many of us have wondered at some point in almost precisely these terms: “Is Earth F**ked?” But it’s not the sort of frank query you expect an expert in geomorphology to pose to his colleagues as the title of a formal presentation at one of the world’s largest scientific gatherings.

Nestled among offerings such as “Bedrock Hillslopes to Deltas: New Insights Into Landscape Mechanics” and “Chemical Indicators of Pathways in the Water Cycle,” the question leapt off the pages of the schedule for the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. Brad Werner, a geophysicist at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the more than 20,000 Earth and atmospheric scientists who descended on downtown San Francisco this week to share their research on everything from Antarctic ice-sheet behavior to hurricane path modeling to earthquake forecasting. But he’s the only one whose presentation required the use of censorious asterisks. When the chairman of Werner’s panel announced the talk’s title on Wednesday, a titter ran through the audience at the naughtiness of it all.

Why shout out the blunt question on everyone’s mind? Werner explained at the outset of the presentation that it was inspired by friends who are depressed about the future of the planet. “Not so much depressed about all the good science that’s being done all over the world—a lot of it being presented here—about what the future holds,” he clarified, “but by the seeming inability to respond appropriately to it.”

No Logoを書いた彼女らしく、Vogueで着させられた白いワイシャツについてサイトで弁明しています。Obviously I don’t endorse this particular brand, just as I don’t endorse any brands. It’s not my shirt. I don’t urge you to buy one. Lots of people make nice white shirts.なんて、Vogueに対しても言えちゃうなんてすごいですね。

On Being in Vogue – and Getting Branded, Twice
By Naomi Klein - August 20th, 2014

However, I did place one condition on the interview, and it’s the same one I’ve placed on all my public appearances for almost 15 years: no logos. I pushed hard to wear my own clothes for the shoot but the idea was summarily nixed. (“It’s the SEPTEMBER Issue” the very cool stylist kept saying, with the kind of gravitas that the actors on Scandal reserve for “He’s the PRESIDENT.”)

I did win one concession: the editor agreed in writing that the magazine would not print “who” I was wearing. It seemed like a decent compromise: I wouldn’t bring down the property value of Vogue’s pages with my actual wardrobe, but I wouldn’t offer free advertiser-promo either.

They put me in a white shirt. It was nice. I’m vain enough to really like the photo.

The hitch is that for some reason, the editor’s promise was not kept and the name of the shirt’s designer does appear over the photo. The editor has been extremely apologetic. The reference will be removed in the online edition. I’m told there will be a printed correction. (Though nothing will ever be as awesome as this one.) And the fact that I briefly considered this screw up to be far more serious than my friends finding out from a public source that I have cancer tells you too much about where my brain is at.

Obviously I don’t endorse this particular brand, just as I don’t endorse any brands. It’s not my shirt. I don’t urge you to buy one. Lots of people make nice white shirts.

Vogueの記事では彼女オススメの地球問題に関する本も照会されていました。そこにはNew Yorkerが取り上げていたVandana Shivaさんの本もありました。Vogueのサイトで記事を読めるようになったら改めて紹介するかもしれません。
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