Dangerous Compassions

wiki commons


“Hey, if I’m in love with wiki commons, does that mean I’m a big geek?” I asked Ming.

“Not sure,” he said.

“Are you in love with wiki commons?” I asked.

“No,” he said.

“But you have a wiki commons user name!” I said.

“It’s universal,” he said.

“Oh, so you mean you only have it to edit wikipedia.”

“Yeah,” he said.

“So what do you think of wiki commons?”

“I think it’s silly,” he said.

“Uhhhhh!  Uhhhh!  What?!  Are you kidding me?!  Did you just say that?!” I was shocked.

“Yes!  I think it’s silly!”

“Wait wait wait wait.  Let’s back up here,” I said.


Ming was standing in the kitchen, eating salad.  He smiled and shuffled backwards a few steps.

“Why do you think it’s silly?”

“I don’t understand what it’s for,” he said.

“It’s for photos!  There’s this huge amount of photos, and other media like videos and gifs, and you can look at anything!  It’s amazing!  And a lot of it, you can use.”

“Oh, I didn’t know there were videos.”

“Yeah!  On the front page, there’s the photo of the day, and there’s the video of the day.”

“I never went to the front page,” he said.

“Hmm!” I said.  “It’s anarchist!  It’s the commons!  Don’t you know what the commons is?”

“No,” he said, smiling.

“Yes you do,” I said.  “Don’t lie.”  I was smiling too, thinking of Silvia Federici, and the talk we heard her give about the Commons at an anarchist book fair in Oakland long ago, when we were young eight years ago.

organized poorly

“I think it’s organized poorly,” Ming said.

“Yeah, you’re right.  It is.”

Ming went into a long complaint about how the photos are arranged, everything having its own entry.

“Right, I don’t like how it’s organized.  But how would you organize it?” I asked.

He didn’t have a good answer.  “Just because something has problems, doesn’t mean it’s not wonderful!” I said, thinking of him.  He’s not organized so well either!  Hahahahaha!

“Ok, you’re right.  I love wiki commons,” he said.

number three

Information wants to be free, including photos.  I uploaded my third photo to wiki commons.  It’s a subcutaneous needle we saw on the ground on a walk earlier this month.

It could have been used for prescription drugs or insulin, but I put it in the category of drug paraphernalia.  I took a gamble–this is Las Vegas, after all.


By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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