Johannes Effra (doctorate pending, viva thursday) from The Press Office of The University For Strategic Optimism prepared this helpful round up of the latest mentions of the fledgling University. Most offer praise, some are critical, and all offer something by way of thought or reflection on tactics and goals.
Excellent coverage on K-Punk and Infinite Thought:
K-Punk here: – “Kettle Logic” (29/11/10) another piece of strategic optimism using the USO to discuss a change in tactics in students, against containment both by police and the right-wing press.
IT here: – “A Nation of Shopkeepers” (04/12/10) compares USO strategies to the UK Uncut actions against Vodafone, Topshop etc .
One of the most systematic and interesting critiques of the USO comes from the Logical Regression blog, “Mourning Star: The Cul-de-sac we’re in” (04/12/10): here. Response by Dan Taylor: here
Chris Bertram simply posts up the first lecture, but there’s a typically reactionary though interesting debate in the comments stream: here
Charles Holland writes a good piece on the USO and architecture: here
A piece by Richard Hall comparing the Really Open University and current student actions that mentions the USO in a positive vein here
Another fair account of student actions and the USO here by Lucy Mayblin, “We are no longer the post-ideological generation” on the socialimagination site (03/12/10): here
A mention in the excellent south London blog Transpontine in an “Anti-Cuts Round Up” (05/12/10), here
Tawdry controversy in this exchange here about USO tactics hijacking the ‘disaster’ in a neoliberal vein – here
If anyone can read this (in Korean) then there might well be an interesting account of the USO: here
Further brief link to the group here