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Workshops Begin In Australia On WikiLeaks Opera

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the this-is-a-thing-people-are-doing dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "Betrayal, lust, secrecy, power: there's no shortage of dramatic intrigue in the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Perhaps that's why work has begun on an opera based on the life of Julian Assange in Melbourne. Opera Australia held – with Julian Assange's approval – a series of in-house workshops last month after its artistic director, Lyndon Terracini, came up with the idea and asked composer Jonathan Dreyfus to write the music. 'It's got everything that a dramatic musical work needs,' says Eddie Perfect, who played Assange in the initial process. 'It's got heroes and villains. In fact, it's got a hero and villain combined in one.' The company has not yet committed to a full production, but if the opera goes ahead it will be the second time the WikiLeaks story has been presented on stage in Assange's native Australia. Stainless Steel Rat played at the Seymour Center in Sydney last June."

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Wikilekas opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039686)

I hope they get it right - the shallow, peurile effort of Ron Elisha left much to be desired (my review here http://noh8er.tumblr.com/reviews )

Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039688)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Re:Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040624)

Good to see you posting again.

As the song says, thank you for being a fiend.

Already been done (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039696)

Rap News #5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXbCwq4ewBU

Featuring both the real and fake Julian "Avenging As-angel" Assange.

Sounds perfect (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039714)

Since Julian loves to be center stage and has a flair for the dramatic, an opera sounds about right.

I'm not going to talk about whether I agree or disagree with Wikileaks, but I hope people can agree that Julian himself is not the most humble of individuals.

Re:Sounds perfect (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039780)

Since Julian loves to be center stage and has a flair for the dramatic, an opera sounds about right.

I'm not going to talk about whether I agree or disagree with Wikileaks, but I hope people can agree that Julian himself is not the most humble of individuals.

Why can't you people judge the man by his actions and not his personality? I see this same shit whenever someone talks about Stallman. You aren't going to be friends with them and you don't have to deal with them ever, so it doesn't matter if they have "good" personalities, are narcissistic, are fun or whatever.

Fuck you, please die.

Re:Sounds perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039804)

For fuck sake, mod this comment up! It really is that simple.
The parent creeped me out inviting me to his personal loathing fest.

Re:Sounds perfect (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039966)

Why can't you people judge the man by his actions and not his personality?

I judge his actions in one arena and his personality in another.

I don't see why the two have to mingle.

Re:Sounds perfect (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040014)

Exactly. One doesn't have to have too much bearing on the other. And being a narcissist or a rapist (whether or not one is one) shouldn't detract from the idea that the large scale misdeeds of governments and powerful corporations should be exposed. Reversely, being a knight in shining armor in the battle for truth and justice on a global scale doesn't mean you can't be a pain or even a rapist on a small personal scale.

Re:Sounds perfect (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38044048)

Reversely, being a knight in shining armor in the battle for truth and justice on a global scale doesn't mean you can't be a pain or even a rapist on a small personal scale.

Wise move, posting that as an AC.... (snort).

Please explain how one is a rapist on a personal scale.

Re:Sounds perfect (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040280)

Since Julian loves to be center stage and has a flair for the dramatic, an opera sounds about right.

I'm not going to talk about whether I agree or disagree with Wikileaks, but I hope people can agree that Julian himself is not the most humble of individuals.

Why can't you people judge the man by his actions and not his personality? I see this same shit whenever someone talks about Stallman. You aren't going to be friends with them and you don't have to deal with them ever, so it doesn't matter if they have "good" personalities, are narcissistic, are fun or whatever.

Fuck you, please die.

Julian isn't a media whore, the media are Julian Assange whores. They focus on him, he focusses on the war crimes his work exposes. Listen to him - he speaks very clearly and it's NOT about him at all.

Re:Sounds perfect (1, Insightful)

cavreader (1903280) | more than 2 years ago | (#38043266)

His work has definitely exposed somes crimes but the question is which ones? I'm guessing Manning would have preferred a little less "crime" exposure. As far as his actions go why does it require millions of dollars to support the release the purloined data when he could have dumped the entire cache across the Internet for the cost of an Internet connection? And please don't say he gave a damn about any consequences for people included in the data because he didn't and doesn't. His colleagues at Wiki-leaks who raised this issue were either fired or quit the organization. Wiki-leaks certainly didn't pay for the information so why should anyone else have to pony up for access. His shakedown of the global media services doesn't really seem compatible with the picture of someone who just wants to set the truth free. Of course if Wiki-leaks did pay for any of the information upfront I imagine there might be some uncomfortable legal questions raised since prior knowledge could have been considered espionage which would have really created a shit storm where things like extradition and warrants become options.

Re:Sounds perfect (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38043074)

We did judge him by his actions. As soon as someone criticises him he goes waa waa and runs away. He has manipulated the whole incident to his own ends, and believes he is above the law. Fuck him, his supporters and the horse's they rode in on

Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (5, Funny)

kanto (1851816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38039748)

Like Shakespeare, this was better in the original klingon.

Re:Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38039998)

ACT I: jIH ta'be' chenmoH muSHa' tlhej vetlh be'

Re:Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (1)

__declspec (708226) | more than 2 years ago | (#38043034)

ACT I: jIH ta'be' chenmoH muSHa' tlhej vetlh be'

From Google Translate: "I didn't make love with that woman"

Re:Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046286)

(It was the closest I could find to "I did not have sex with that woman".)

Re:Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050054)

I should think the word you'd be looking for would be mate ... I doubt they'd use "make love" or "have sex".

I leave tracking down the Klingon word to the guy who already posted in Klingon. ;-)

Re:Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (1)

mayberry42 (1604077) | more than 2 years ago | (#38040472)

Like Shakespeare, this was better in the original klingon.

You joke, but I think it could make for an excellent movie thriller. Put Liam Neeson in it, add some conspiracy theories, women, and spy secrets and you have your next james bond/jason bourne character (except less action, more intrigue). As far as opera goes, though, we'll see. I was never a fan of the genre.

Is Opera still around (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039756)

I haven't used Opera for about 10 years, how does it compare to the latest Chrome, Chromium, and Firefox incarnations?

Re:Is Opera still around (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040376)

It is much louder. And much slower also, a page load ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Re:Is Opera still around (1)

Tyrannosaur (2485772) | more than 2 years ago | (#38042854)

still better, don't worry. All those new things you think are cool in those browsers started here.

Who Cares About Wikileaks (3, Insightful)

virb67 (1771270) | more than 2 years ago | (#38039798)

This focus on Wikileaks is ridiculous. Why does information have to leaked by Wikileaks? It doesn't. What's so fucking special about this site? One can leak information anywhere on the web, including the established media, a personal blog, or even Slashdot. This idea that only Wikileaks' site can disseminate sensitive information is fucking retarded. I find this obsession whacky. Who really gives a fat rat's ass about this bullshit drama?

Re:Who Cares About Wikileaks (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039830)

This focus on Wikileaks is ridiculous. Why does information have to leaked by Wikileaks? It doesn't. What's so fucking special about this site? One can leak information anywhere on the web, including the established media, a personal blog, or even Slashdot. This idea that only Wikileaks' site can disseminate sensitive information is fucking retarded. I find this obsession whacky. Who really gives a fat rat's ass about this bullshit drama?

Anyone who recognizes the monumental ramifications of having large corporations like Paypal and Visa cut off the ability for private individuals to give money to a purely grassroots private information revelation organization like Wikileaks cares pretty strongly about keeping a focus on Wikileaks, or rather, all the stuff around it. Why do you seem to have an exposed nerve about it?

Re:Who Cares About Wikileaks (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039832)

Everyone knows the site and what it is for. If you are looking for leaked info or have leaked info, then it is *the* place to go. Same thing for auctions. There are other auction sites besides eBay. Why don't more people use them?

Re:Who Cares About Wikileaks (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040512)

Because Wikileaks has proven to be able to market the information out to the news media in ways other sites haven't been able to replicate. It has also established itself with a reliable reputation. You clearly hate wikileaks for its success, for whatever reason.

with Julian Assange's approval! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039888)

Why'd you have to go and spill the beans in TFS? Otherwise we could have had a dozen threads started by folks who didn't RTFA speculating about Mr. Assange's lack of approval, and how that makes him a hypocrite/jerk/hero or whether the opera was in fact part of a nefarious plot by bankers/CIA/shite-berg (sp?) to discredit/distract/annoy him. But it's all ruined now.

Workshops Begin In Australia On WikiLeaks Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039926)

And Paul Hogan will play a judge in the Kangaroo Court.

Oh, FFS ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38039978)

Do we really have to deify the guy? His ego isn't big enough for you?

Improv Everywhere WikiLeaks Orchestration (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38040060)

I would personally prefer an http://improveverywhere.com/ [improveverywhere.com] WikiLeaks Theater Orchestration. On one day, lots of folks all over the world get dressed up like cold war movie land spies: beige raincoat, sunglasses, a newspaper, and a briefcase full of play money. Then they follow officials leaving government buildings, and offer them the briefcase for a leak, insisting, "Julian sent me!"

. . . and don't forget the sign/countersign . . . "It is warm in Moscow this spring . . . The camels are in heat . . . "

The gag here, is that all these government officials would report these bizarre incidents, and the security services will be totally baffled.

Oh, and some officials might actually take the play money.

Outside of the Geek and Government universes, most normal folks probably have no idea what WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are.

Re:Improv Everywhere WikiLeaks Orchestration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040348)

The gag here, is that all these government officials would report these bizarre incidents, and the security services will be totally baffled.

No. We'd know because we monitor Slashdot. I'm tempted to say it's to watch for subversive activity but actually it's just something to read instead of working.

Hands up if... (2)

david.given (6740) | more than 2 years ago | (#38040272)

...you followed that last link, expecting it to lead to an opera version of the adventures of the famous Stainless Steel Rat, James Bolivar diGriz [wikipedia.org]...

Confusingly, the director's name is Harrison, too. Wayne Harrison.

There's an interesting story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38040600)

There's an interesting story to be told about Parkville revolutionaries. One day.

so who's the fat lady? (0)

nblender (741424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38040690)

I just gotta know, were either of his rape-accusers generally overweight? ie: It's not over until the fat lady sings...

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38043450)

So they're going to have a bunch of neckbeards sucking off a blonde guy on stage as he admires his own visage in a mirror?

What's the final act going to be? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38045290)

Public execution or the overthrow of an ultra liberal right wing government?

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blog comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046750)

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