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yesterday by KinoPPete
Hungarian Notation Postmortem: What Went Wrong? - SubMain
Today's post focuses on Hungarian Notation. What is (was) this? How did it work, and what went wrong -- why don't people do it much anymore?
hungarian  notation  history  opinion  criticism  discussion  obsolete 
2 days ago by gilberto5757
Alan Kay Was Wrong About Him Being Wrong
Alan Kay said in 1998 that object-oriented programming should have been called message-oriented one instead; I disagree.
alankay  oop  definition  opinion  discussion  criticism 
3 days ago by gilberto5757
Film Twitter Needs More Female Voices. So Does Everything Else
Don't know where to start? Cool, here are list of women film writers and critics: And here…
film  criticism  list  from twitter_favs
3 days ago by carlynorama
Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be
Bitcoin was supposed to disintermediate the finance industry — the system of banks and middlemen and transaction fees in which a single entity can hold your money hostage. Instead, it replicated this system and made it worse. Ordinary users all trust third parties to verify transactions and hold their money. The price is so volatile that no one wants to use Bitcoin for payments. And thanks to the current bubble, the electricity required to maintain the Bitcoin network is skyrocketing.
bitcoin  cryptocurrency  criticism  opinion 
5 days ago by archangel
Confronting the Technological Society - The New Atlantis
Ellul refuses to offer clear solutions to the problem of technique. He tends to reject the ones conventionally given on the grounds that they will either be useless or will be themselves too caught up in the technical phenomenon. The closest Ellul ever came to proposing a solution was in later essays in which he calls for an “ethics of nonpower,” whereby “man will agree not to do all he is capable of.” This includes choosing not to maximize certain technical means in one’s private life as well as in the public sphere. It is not until we are capable of this kind of relinquishment that we can be free, both from technical determinism and for rational control of technique, as neither type of freedom is a simple given.

This is interesting to me not least because it's something I've been suggesting for the last few years to friends and collleagues; and the fact that Ellul framed this is something Christianity seems <em>specifically</em> poised to do seems exactly right:
Ellul leaves ambiguous how such an ethic would take effect. He also rejects the approaches of most other Christian thinkers, who either try to baptize contemporary social trends and techniques — appropriating them for their cause — or to make Christian theology and practice palatable to a given intellectual or cultural movement — as mainstream Protestant theology had done. Instead, Ellul attempts to bring the present age into full confrontation with New Testament Christianity, without trying to synthesize the two into a coherent system of thought from which solutions could be deduced. This stance places him in the nonconformist tradition of Christian writers and activists who emphasize Christianity’s “revolutionary” character with respect to society. The term is central for Ellul, for instance in his 1969 book Autopsy of Revolution. Already in The Presence of the Kingdom (1948), Ellul argued that the conventional, Marxist sense of “revolution” is illusory; communism, like fascism, embraces technical development, bringing technique to its logical end rather than upending its logic. In fact, “all parties, whether revolutionary or conservative, liberal or socialist, of the Right or the Left, agree to preserve” the status quo of technique’s supremacy. What is needed is a true revolution, which Christianity by its essence is uniquely equipped to effect — being in the world but not of it, living the hope of a kingdom already here but not yet. This is not a political or social revolution in the usual sense. Instead, it is one that persistently questions society’s stubborn assumption that scientific fact and technology will cure all social ills and that insists that faith in Christ implies what Ellul called an “agonistic” life, confronting the powers of the age (including the power of technique) with the liberating hope of Christ, which is a way of sustained resistance and thus of suffering. Revolutions of this kind, he writes in Autopsy of Revolution, “are always acts abounding in hope,” as they are forward-looking, seeking to establish a more acceptable reality through constructive efforts rather than mere rejection of the present. Of course, confrontation goes both ways; Ellul intends his sociological works in part to urge Christian intellectuals to take society seriously on its own terms.

Suffice it to say: Ellul is on my 2018 reading list.
jacques-ellul  samuel-matlack  technology  criticism  modernity  technique 
5 days ago by chriskrycho
Recovering the Tech Critical Canon | L.M. Sacasas
I am especially interested in the work of older critics, critics whose work appeared in the early and mid-twentieth century. I find these critics especially useful precisely because of their distance from the present. As I’ve noted elsewhere, if we read only contemporary sources on tech, we would be unlikely to overcome our chief obstacle: our thinking is already shaped by the very phenomena we seek to understand. The older critics offer a fresh vantage point and effectively new perspectives. They begin with different assumptions and operate with forgotten norms. Moreover, their mistakes will not be ours. (My point here is not unlike that made by C.S. Lewis writing in defense of old books.)

Chiefly, their distance from us and their proximity to older configurations of culture and technology means that they can imagine modes of life and ways of being with technology that we can no longer experience or imagine when we rely only on the work of contemporary critics, much of which is, of course, essential. As Andrew Russell pointed out, Kranzberg helped foster the valuable work of scholars who continue to produce important work advancing our understanding of technology and its consequences.
michael-sacasas  technology  criticism  melvin-kranzberg 
5 days ago by chriskrycho

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