A term developed by Hakim Bey, a temporary autonomous zone (T.A.Z) is a temporary space that is created that avoids formal structures of control. As Bey puts, it is ‘refusing to wait for the revolutionary moment, and instead create the spaces of freedom in the immediate present whilst avoiding direct confrontation with the state.’ To my understanding I feel a modern day example of a T.A.Z is the Internet and forums created by people within it. 4chan or Reddit for example, there are forums that are created deep within the depths that have no control over by mods or admins. Originally I found this concept slightly difficult to get to grips with. However the more I looked into it and applied it to modern day examples it became easier. The concept of creating a revolutionary moment as opposed to waiting for it to happen is very liberating. It is full of energy and is inspiring to think that we can take revolution into our hands and make it happen.
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