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Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping's China by John Garnaut
Fascinating take on what Xi is up to.
The key point about Communist Party ideology - the unbroken thread that runs from Lenin through Stalin, Mao and Xi - is that the party is and always has defined itself as being in perpetual struggle with the “hostile” forces of Western liberalism.

Xi is talking seriously and acting decisively to progress a project of total ideological control wherever it is possible for him to do so. His vision “requires all the Chinese people to be unified wi...
china  xi  future 
11 hours ago by traggett
Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield review – luxury communism, anyone? | Books | The Guardian
What seem to be potentially anarchic, liberating technologies are highly vulnerable to capture and recuperation by existing power structures – just as were dissident pop-culture movements such as punk. Greenfield makes this point with particular force when discussing automated “smart contracts” and the technology of the blockchain, a kind of distributed ledger that underlies the bitcoin currency but could be used for many more things besides. “Despite the insurgent glamour that clings to it still,” he points out, “blockchain technology enables the realisation of some very long-standing desires on the part of very powerful institutions.” Much as he scorns the authoritarian uses of new technology, he also wants to warn progressives against technological utopianism. “Activists on the participatory left are just as easily captivated by technological hype as anyone else, especially when that hype is couched in superficially appealing language.”

Critical resistance to all these different colonial battalions is based on Greenfield’s observation, nicely repurposing the enemy’s terminology, that “reality is the one platform we all share”. If we want to avoid the pitiless libertarianism towards which all these developments seem to lean – unsurprisingly, because it is the predominant political ideology among the pathetically undereducated tech elite – then we need to insist on public critique and strategies of refusal. Radical Technologies itself is a landmark primer and spur to more informed and effective opposition.
***  review  technology  book  books  criticism  speedbird  trends  futurism  future  critique 
16 hours ago by gpe
What is 5G?
Basically a fatter pipe. More speed.
5g  mobile  future 
yesterday by joshuabmarsh
Home Is Wherever I'm With You - aussiebee - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Written for the 2018 Sterek Glompfest for @threesnakeleaves and their prompt: 'When he left, Derek moved to rural somewhere in Europe, and Stiles is backpacking during his gap year. He stumbles on a little town and spots Derek. With beards?'

Not exactly to the brief, but there is a Polish grandmother, Stilinski cousins, a token attempt at Stiles being a Real Boy, and our two resident idiots mutually pining from afar until they find themselves in the right place at the right time.

AKA

Stiles goes backpacking across Europe and eventually settles with his family in Poland to go to uni there. He's trying his hardest to forget the drama of the past, and to get over a certain werewolf he once knew, but it turns out that's not as easy to do as he'd hoped.
fandom:teenwolf  Derek/Stiles  rating:nc-17  Travel  stiles_pov  Future  Words:9000-12000 
yesterday by hpfan_8890
like a flower bending in the breeze (you have a way with me) - AwaitTheMorrow - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
The thing is that Stiles and Derek are kind of pretty good friends now. They watch baseball together, talk about their lives (and their friends) over take-out, they exchange texts all the time about stupid, non-supernatural stuff. Just last week they saw some arty-farty indie film that they both hated.

So what if Stiles has a tiny, minuscule crush on the guy? It's not worth rocking the boat over.
fandom:teenwolf  Derek/Stiles  Future  rating:pg-13  fluff  stiles_pov  Words:3000-6000 
yesterday by hpfan_8890
Maybe I Missed You - Cobrilee - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Five years after senior year ends, Stiles comes back to Beacon Hills with a lot of magic, a lot of confidence, and a strong determination to woo Derek Hale. Imagine his surprise when Derek apparently has an equally strong determination to woo Stiles. Or annoy the shit out of him. Either way, Stiles is completely on board.
fandom:teenwolf  Derek/Stiles  rating:pg-13  magic!stiles  Future  stiles_pov  Words:3000-6000 
yesterday by hpfan_8890
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected | WIRED
Our Future Book is composed of email, tweets, YouTube videos, mailing lists, crowdfunding campaigns, PDF to .mobi converters, Amazon warehouses, and a surge of hyper-affordable offset printers in places like Hong Kong.

For a “book” is just the endpoint of a latticework of complex infrastructure, made increasingly accessible. Even if the endpoint stays stubbornly the same—either as an unchanging Kindle edition or simple paperback—the universe that produces, breathes life into, and supports books is changing in positive, inclusive ways, year by year. The Future Book is here and continues to evolve. You’re holding it. It’s exciting. It’s boring. It’s more important than it has ever been.

But temper some of those flight-of-fancy expectations. In many ways, it’s still a potato.
books  publishing  trends  future  *****  wired  infrastructure  ideas 
yesterday by gpe
Owen Bennett-Jones · Can’t Afford to Tell the Truth: Trouble at the BBC · LRB 20 December 2018
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The most important moment in the recent history of BBC news was the publication of the Hutton Inquiry report into the circumstances surrounding the death of the scientist David Kelly. The report was highly critical of the BBC and, ever since, editorial controls on output have become stifling. Most editors are less concerned about what should be in a programme than with what should be left out for fear of – and this language is actually used in New Broadcasting House – being non-compliant. For all the talk of how much the BBC values original journalism, it is in fact very nervous of it. The vast bulk of its output merely turns around sanctioned news from officials, corporations and NGOs, or curates stories generated by other news organisations. Most BBC journalists neither break stories nor see it as their job to do so. It is not unknown for BBC journalists who do want to break new ground to leak their stories to the Times or the Guardian. Once editors see it in print they will be more comfortable broadcasting it."

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"The licence fee creates similar incentives not to upset those in power or those who might acquire it, as the Today programme’s dogged failure to challenge the false claims of Brexiteers has shown. The BBC has papered over its failure to challenge authority by developing a house style of aggressive interviewing which gives the impression of holding power to account without actually doing so. Having conducted more than my fair share of these exchanges, I eventually reached the conclusion that they were essentially false. Yes, BBC presenters seek the truth, but do so certain in the knowledge that it won’t be forthcoming. The politician plays along, pretending to have been given a hard time."
bbc  media  news  uk  sad  future  politics 
yesterday by ssam

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