Michael Horowitz, Tim’s longtime friend and archivist, claims he overheard the following imaginary conversation:
Tim: I like your mask. I had one like that I wore at the Swiss Mardi Gras back in 1972, when Nixon’s agents were chasing me across four continents.
Anonymous: We Are Anonymous.
Leary: I should have been more anonymous, but it wasn’t in my DNA.
Anonymous: We Are Everywhere.
Leary: There are probably almost as many cops in riot gear and plainclothes FBI agents with cameras as people actually protesting here. But you know what? A hundred million people are watching this on their computers and iPhones, or are seeing it on Al Jazeera TV and other progressive websites.
Anonymous: We are not slaves. We are not beaten. We will not lay down and take this any more.
Leary: This is the best possible image the U.S. can put out to the rest of the country and the world right now.
Anonymous: This is what democracy looks like. We Are the 99%.
Leary: Especially to the young people in the Middle East — or anywhere people are rising up to try to get some control over their own futures. Greece, Spain, Toronto, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Madison!
Anonymous: We Are Global.
Leary: Twitter is the most important invention since movable type. Everyone has a global voice. Remember McLuhan?
Anonymous: The medium is the message.
Leary: This is the Twitter revolution. Tweets are to the 21st century what the Gutenberg Bible was to the 15th.
Anonymous: We do have the power. We do have a voice. We are legion.
Leary: They are broadcasting to the world via hand-held digital cameras, smart phones and live streaming video, while the obsolete mainstream media ignores them. Calls them hippies! How about that!
Anonymous: They will hear us, but we have to speak loud.
Leary: This is the wake-up call.
Anonymous: This is our chance America.
Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Take Over.
Anonymous: Expect us.
From Timothy Leary’s Chaos and Cyber Culture (1994), original version published 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall:
It has finally happened: the inevitable and long-awaited climax of the youth revolutions. The next uncontrollable 15 years (1995-2010) will accelerate this dizzying explosion of mind power. The fragmentary remnants of the old centralized social systems of the feudal and industrial civilizations are crumbling down. The 21st century will witness a new global culture, peopled by new breeds who honor human individuality, human complexity, and human potential.
They will be the creative implementers of the new technologies for communicating at light speed. Change-oriented, innovative individuals who are adept in communicating via the new cyber systems.
Follow Occupy Wall Street at: livestream.com/globalrevolution.
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