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Thieves of Experience: How Google and Facebook Corrupted Capitalism - Los Angeles Review of Books
Quoting the historian John B. Harley, she writes that maps “are essential for the effective ‘pacification, civilization, and exploitation’ of territories imagined or claimed but not yet seized in practice. Places and people must be known in order to be controlled.” An early map of the United States bore the motto “Order upon the Land.” Should Google ever need a new slogan to replace its original, now-discarded “Don’t be evil,” it would be hard-pressed to find a better one than that.
advertising  business  capitalism  tech  culture  politics  society  commentary  surveillance 
4 days ago by inrgbwetrust
How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success | The New Yorker
“He had just gone through I don’t know how many bankruptcies. But we made him out to be the most important person in the world. It was like making the court jester the king.” Bill Pruitt, another producer, recalled, “We walked through the offices and saw chipped furniture. We saw a crumbling empire at every turn. Our job was to make it seem otherwise.”
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11 days ago by inrgbwetrust
How Broadway Became Broadway
In the 2017–18 theater season, 63 percent of the 13.8 million tickets sold to performances of Broadway shows were bought by tourists who live outside New York City and its suburbs. No other American city can make a comparable claim. Despite the high quality of theater elsewhere in the U.S., New York remains America’s only “destination city” for live theater, as has been the case since the 1920s, when Times Square became its theater district. Of the shows that out-of-towners go to see, musicals make up 83 percent. Indeed, Broadway and musical comedy are for most people one and the same thing. Yet despite the diminished place of the stage play in Broadway’s latter-day economy, it is also true that an American play must sooner or later be produced there for it to be generally acknowledged as significant.

When and how did America discover Broadway? Laurence Maslon, a professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, tells part of the story in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America, a fully sourced, engagingly written study that is a model of its kind.1 It is as fine a book as could possibly be written about the way in which the Broadway musicals of the 20th century have come to be woven into our cultural fabric.
Broadway  BookReview  Commentary  Maslon 
26 days ago by richardwinter
Machine Politics — The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism | Harper's Magazine
silicon valley, counterculture hippie nerds, and general internet history; bits near 1/3rd mark remind me of the data flow ish from end of Homo Deus
politics  history  america  internet  tech  commentary 
4 weeks ago by inrgbwetrust

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