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Socially Camouflaged Technologies
January 27, 2008, 5:42 pm
Filed under: 2008

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The wire coat hangar. No more wire coat hangars. To a certain generation, this imagery resonates in its stark brutality. For young people today, sadly it might seem as merely a call for plastic hangars…a socially camouflaged technology? Certainly a politically charged symbol of technology and one which evokes a visceral reaction.

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The Manhattan Mini Storage Company raises a flap with their billboard, above.

The Coat Hangar Project Blog is the site for the forthcoming film, The Coat Hangar project, forthcoming in 2009, a doc about abortion and the pro-choice movement in the U.S. For a reminder of the roll-back in reproductive rights in the U.S., follow this link…

And, what’s happening in Canada with the 20th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision that legalized abortion rights in Canada? Andre Picard writes in the Globe and Mail that access across the country is not great….

An incredible review by Manohla Dargis in The NY Times on Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s film, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, “a ferocious, unsentimental, often brilliantly directed film about a young woman who helps a friend secure an abortion, the camera doesn’t follow the action, it expresses consciousness itself.”

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