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Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Education

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 2002
M.A., Simon Fraser University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 2010

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Biographical Note

Jason Adams is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Williams College and a contributing writer on film, music and Internet culture for PopMatters.

Publication Type(s)

Non-Fiction, Journalism, Scholastic

Latest Publication Title

Occupy Time | In the Moment, see: http://critinq.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/occupy-time/

Publication Excerpt

Until recently, a casual observer might have thought that Occupy had developed a time management problem, that it was increasingly managed by a static image of space. While it initially began with the declaration that September 17 would be the starting date and that it would continue for an unspecified period, the focus soon shifted to a general strategy of occupying public space. While this produced many  victories, a certain ossification also emerged. What should have been one tactic amongst others began to harden into an increasingly homogenous strategy. For many of those involved, maintaining this spatial focus became the sine qua non of the movement, even in the face, for instance, of the changing of the seasons and ongoing police evictions. In nearly every history-altering moment of the past however, from the Paris Commune to the antiglobalization movement, it was the element of time that proved most decisive. There is a reason, for instance, that the clock towers were the first target chosen by the French communards. Occupy is no exception: as the Jesuit thinker Baltasar Gracián held, beyond all other considerations, it is time rather than space that best positions one to win. Indeed, even those events of the past that are currently narrated as failures can always be renarrated as successes, in that they have left behind possible successes that remain to be actualized. The recently viral image of police surrounding the 2012 Olympic Countdown Clock in London is evidence enough that the primacy of time is well understood in some quarters.

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