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Vigorous, partisan, and memorable
He writes an exceptionally readable history of what often makes for boring or obscure history, but he does it by being deliberately partisan, tendentious, and funny. He makes the following exceptionally provocative claims: (a) that the rump of the Western empire under Theoderic and the Ostragoths was really only a continuation of the old Western Empire in new clothes; (b) that the Western Empire did not "fall" in the fifth century, but was ruined by Justinian's "conquests" in the sixth; (c) that Theodoric and the Ostragoths were more "Roman" than the Byzantines who "re-conquered" Italy in the mid-sixth century; (d) that Theodoric was one of the greatest men who ever lived; and (e) that Justinian, as an imperial disaster, ranks somewhere between Stalin and Bozo the Clown.
roman  empire  byzantium  justinian  bozo 
24 minutes ago by auerbach
William Blum, US Policy Critic Derided by NYT, Dies at 85 (FAIR)
We have had the honor of meeting Mr. Blum (and perhaps even some correspondence, in a junior role supporting the Institute for Public Accuracy). We will miss his earnest, honest contribution to the choir against empire.
clippings  Blum  author  programmer  authors  critics  foreign+policy  empire  imperialism  historian  war  media  propaganda  New+York+Times 
3 days ago by mjb
On Hating ‘Love Actually’ – LOVE/HATE – Medium
I would like to say that I hate Love Actually, but the truth is that no word I possess — hate, contempt, loathing, disgust — can properly capture my rejection of this film. It’s like the onset of…
cinema  politics  brexit  nationalism  empire  history  richardcurtis  loveactually  english 
9 days ago by coldbrain
[Tiny Post] Toasted Phish
TL;DR @FoxIT made a rad tool, and I integrated it into Empire with one additional feature (pending pull request approval) This post started when I viewed a tweet by @FoxIT where they were showcasing their awesome work on creating a phishing Powershell script. This script has the capability to
Tools  PenTesting  Empire  Powershell  Hacking 
19 days ago by snkhan
Acoustics of Empire – Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century
In recent years, music and sound studies have increasingly turned attention to questions of empire and postcolonial thought, raising new questions about the forms and circulation of cultural, technological and military power as manifest in and through sound. However, with a few notable exceptions, most of this scholarship has focused on the 20th century, an era of pronounced decolonization and more obvious forms of sound technology that have drawn recent scholarly attention. Inversely, sound and media studies have made 19th century histories of science and technology a central part of their canonical repertoire, but largely overlooked the ways in which these technological developments emerged from contexts of empire.

These lacunae result not only from the difficulties of accessing relevant materials, which often span multiple languages (of both colony and colonizer), but also from the particular histories of music studies as a discipline, in which historical musicology has largely attended to European music in the past and present, while ethnomusicology has used ethnography to primarily explore contemporary music making in a range of non­western contexts. As part of the larger ERC-funded project, “Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century,” we will be holding “The Acoustics of Empire” conference in December 2018. We hope to cultivate a conversation among scholars of sound, media and empire with the aim of continuing the work of decolonizing historical sound studies, while also bringing sound more centrally into postcolonial studies.
acoustics  sound  empire 
27 days ago by shannon_mattern
Twitter
She doesn’t understand. That’s what’s so dope. Her journey to learning more is about to be incredible.
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6 weeks ago by lurrel
In Jair Bolsonaro’s New Brazil, Far-Right Evangelical Billionaire Edir Macedo’s Media Empire Is Being Exploited to Investigate Journalists — Including The Intercept
But it’s one thing for Macedo to use his massive wealth and media empire to elect a fascist. It’s another entirely for him to exploit and abuse those media outlets to intimidate, investigate, and threaten journalists for the crime of reporting on Bolsonaro and his media outlets. That conduct is a serious threat to a free press: it is virtually impossible to freely report on Bolsonaro if one knows that Macedo’s infinite wealth and powerful outlets will be used to smear not only the journalists responsible but their family members as well.

Macedo and his machine can spend as much money as they want, and use their megaphone as loudly as they want, to defame and lie and distort. That will, at least according to their own claimed plans, happen yet again on Sunday night. But the Intercept will nonetheless maintain its steadfast commitment to independent, intrepid journalism, which most certainly includes, now more than ever, aggressive and critical scrutiny of Jair Bolsonaro and the billionaire bishop trying to empower him.
brazil  media  politics  journalism  rightwing  fascism  racism  empire  money  power  religion 
8 weeks ago by msszczep

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