Posted by: bklunk | May 25, 2007

I Still Haven’t Blogged What I’m Looking For

Paul Hewson (aka Bono Vox or just Bono to his friends) is one of the outstanding examples of what have been called “super-empowered individuals.” He has leveraged his celebrity to play an interesting role on the issue of poverty in Africa.  Do you suppose he is an anomaly in a state-centered international system? Or is he the image of things to come?

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Bono honoured for Africa campaign

Rock singer and campaigner Bono is to be honoured in the US to mark his work to relieve suffering in Africa.

The Liberty Medal is awarded by the US National Constitution Center for those who have “demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty”.

The $100,000 (£50,300) prize will be donated to the Debt Aids Trade Africa charity Bono founded in 2002. He will be given the medal in September.

Six recipients of the medal have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  1. In the 1976 movie “Network,” Arthur Jensen says to Howard Beale that “there is no America; there is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.” Jensen continues saying that this will lead to a “world in which there’s no war or famine, oppression or brutality – one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock – all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.” Jensen then tells Mr. Beale that he has chosen him to spread this message. When Beale asks why, Jensen replies “because you’re on television, dummy.”

    Arthur Jensen brings forward two interesting arguments. The first is that in America, maybe or maybe not in the rest of the world, the majority of the people will listen to what celebrities have to say as opposed to what “regular people” have to say. This is mainly because, as Jensen put its, celebrities are seen/loved by millions of people and are easily recognizable. The second argument is that states are becoming less important. Jensen is saying that states do not matter; the only thing that matters is the global economy. Because of this, states, presidents, prime ministers, etc. will play a less important role. Instead you are going to see CEOs, shareholders, millionaires/billionaires, etc. taking there place. Instead of people asking where are you from?, they will ask which company do you hold shares in?

  2. “Network” is one of the great movies of all time, good knowledge. See my post “George Clooney Good, Mia Farrow Better” at

  3. It is human nature to want to turn to things that are comfortable, that we feel we can trust, and in today’s world those are our celebrities- not our CEO’s and presidents. It’s the face of the person from your favorite movie, or the voice of the person from your favorite song. They have gained a tremendous influence on how we view our world. I think that it is unavoidable that more “super empowered individuals” will start to rise and affect world politics. Especially since the only other means for an individual to affect the world in a major way is to go in to politics, which means you gain the power of that position but you also gain the bad reputation.

    My only other thought is: we would be a lucky world if every “super empowered individuals” was as much an advocated for the downtrodden as Bono.

  4. hm.. thank you

  5. I had no catafalque where Josh went.

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