Destroy the Computer / Alan Turing

Destroy the Computer_TuringToday is the 101 birthday of Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), a mathematician best-known for helping decipher the code created by German Enigma machines in the Second World War, and for being one of the founders of computer science and artificial intelligence. He was a visionary (a hero to Google), a long distance-runner (capable of world-class marathon standards), and a gay man before his time.

A lot can be said about this great man, nevertheless this woman has chosen to draw on his name in order to object to gay marriage. Last week, in the midst of the nationwide protests, the Brazilian congressional human rights committee approved Feliciano’s “gay cure” law that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as a disorder or pathology.

War above culture, religion above politics, spectacle above education… Über Alles # Fuck Off

4 thoughts on “Destroy the Computer / Alan Turing

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  2. I suggest you list the context which can be viewed on this link: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/pages/03709277.asp

    11:30 a.m.
    Employing irony in the marriage debate

    Outside the State House, there are many more gay rights protesters than anti-gay marriage demonstrators. One of the anti-gay marriage proponents, Susie Hicks from Woburn, said this was because everyone thinks gay marriage is a “done deal.” She was at the State House with her friend Angela Mitchell, also from Woburn. Mitchell held a sign that read WE WANT THE BAY STATE NOT THE GAY STATE, THAT WOULD MEAN A SAD STATE.

    Her sign was in sharp contrast to some of those held by gay marriage supporters that focus on gays who’ve made history such as Leonardo da Vinci, Alan Turing, who invented the computer, and Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote “America the Beautiful.” The sign focusing on Turning, for example, reads: DESTROY THE COMPUTER! IT’S A HOMOSEXUAL INVENTION BY ALAN TURING. WHO CARES IF HE CRACKED THE GERMAN ENIGMA CODE AND WON WORLD WAR II. IT’S A HOMO’S DEVIL MACHINE.

    Tom Lang of Manchester by the Sea held one of the signs — which have taken some viewers a few moments to figure out. “We’re trying to show how important gay people are to the American culture,” Lang explained. “We’re not mental. We’re not immoral. But we’re important to society and interwoven into the tapestry of America.”

    — reported by Deirdre Fulton

    • yes. A part of the story…. another hint is the situation going on in Brasil and the Feliciano´s gay cure law… neoliberalism uber alles….

    • true… contextualizing is important, especially when everything is a copy of a copy of a copy… (I think there is a link to the original post where you can read a small discussion and the background of the story… )

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