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Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web | Technology | The Guardian
"You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers.
"Some networks, like Twitter, treat hyperlinks a little better. Others are far more paranoid. Instagram – owned by Facebook – doesn’t allow its audiences to leave whatsoever. You can put up a web address alongside your photos, but it won’t go anywhere. Lots of people start their daily online routine in these cul-de-sacs of social media, and their journeys end there. Many don’t even realise they are using the internet’s infrastructure when they like an Instagram photograph or leave a comment on a friend’s Facebook video. It’s just an app.

"But hyperlinks aren’t just the skeleton of the web: they are its eyes, a path to its soul. And a blind webpage, one without hyperlinks, can’t look or gaze at another webpage – and this has serious consequences for the dynamics of power on the web."
guardian  blog  blogging  culture  2008  2000s  2010s  smartphone  2015  iran  link  internet  social_media  prisoner  power  radical  noise  surveillance  government  hossein_derakhshan 
april 2018 by cluebucket
George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
"It might be more accurate to say that it occurred to him to do so; in a split-second, with no accompanying language, except maybe a very quiet internal 'Yes.'
"He just liked it better that way, for reasons he couldn’t articulate, and before he’d had the time or inclination to articulate them.
"An artist works outside the realm of strict logic."
"The artist, in this model, is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?
"The interesting thing, in my experience, is that the result of this laborious and slightly obsessive process is a story that is better than I am in 'real life' – funnier, kinder, less full of crap, more empathetic, with a clearer sense of virtue, both wiser and more entertaining.
"And what a pleasure that is; to be, on the page, less of a dope than usual."
george_saunders  guardian  writer  writing  author  essay  book  2017  2010s  art  expression  logic  donald_barthelme  gerald_stern  albert_einstein  quote  method  empathy  social_media  leo_tolstoy  problem  fiction  metaphor 
march 2017 by cluebucket
The deviousness of dementia | Dasha Kiper | Society | The Guardian
"I was angry at him for the perpetual stress, the perverse logic, the incapacity to understand who I was and what I was doing for him. But mostly I was angry at myself for being cruel. As I sat sulking and reprimanding myself, he returned to the kitchen. He wanted a snack, but finding me on the floor, he stopped and broke into his wide, sweet smile. Then he noticed my tearful face and was dumbfounded and genuinely moved.

"'Are you alright?' he asked. 'Who should I punish for upsetting you?'"
dasha_kiper  dementia  guardian  society  mental_health  aging  elderly  2015  2010s  memory  2010  holocaust  nyc  bronx  poland  russia  consciousness  shock  confusion  sundowners  caregiver  emotion  psychology  cognition 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The best God joke ever - and it's mine! | Stage | The Guardian
"The 'Guy on the Bridge' joke can be heard on E=MO Squared (1985) which coincidentally is re-released on CD this month."

for my dad's lulz
emo_philips  guardian  comedy  joke  credit  2005  2000s  1980s  1985  ship_of_fools  internet  u.k.  ban  bridge 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy | World news | The Guardian
fft (food for thought)

"Right now, in America, there is no pro-democracy anti-establishment party that is capable of stepping forward, seizing power and governing. America needs a protest movement like Spain’s Podemos, Iceland’s Pirate Party or Italy’s 5 Star Movement. These populist democratic movements are the prototype for the future of protest. Each has achieved surprising electoral victories in a short time, but what is more important is how they are changing the way power functions."
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january 2017 by cluebucket
Nigel Farage’s attack on Jo Cox’s widower is a new low. Enough | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian
"When Farage’s power was queried, Kassam responded with a picture of Farage and Donald Trump in the president-elect’s golden lift. Don’t mess with Farage, was Kassam’s implication, because he now has the patronage of the soon-to-be most powerful man on Earth. (You can donate to Hope not Hate’s legal fund here )"

farage is disgusting
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december 2016 by cluebucket
Twitter @georgelazenby on @guardianculture
lazenby said:
2015 end of the tour
2016 trump
2017 this
2018 dave wallace realdoll™
2019 the mcnoose meal
2020 (scene missing)
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august 2016 by cluebucket
Twitter @StigAbell
"Amazing Guardian comment on the poisoned chalice of . "

'... he is also finished. Boris Johnson knows all this. When he acts like the dumb blond it is just that: an act.'
brexit  stig_abell  guardian  comment  u.k.  boris_johnson  david_cameron  leadership  failure  2016  2010s  politics  politician  from twitter_favs
june 2016 by cluebucket
Tamir Rice family attorney says expert reports have 'tainted grand jury process' | US news | The Guardian
RT : New: Expert who wrote Tamir Rice report publicly suggested officer was justified before he was asked to review case

"On Monday Chandra, the Rice family attorney, accused McGinty of 'making no effort to secure justice' for Tamir and said that the boy’s mother, Samaria, thought the prosecutor should step aside to allow outside authorities to take charge of the case.

“'Ms Rice has always been wary of the prosecutor but gave him the benefit of the doubt,' he said. 'But she now believes that because he has tainted the process, a special prosecutor would be best.'"
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october 2015 by cluebucket
Musician Quintron makes music with the weather – to forget the pain of lymphoma | Music | The Guardian
"'I wanted its sounds to be mostly beautiful,' says Q, who sculpted the sound palette partly for his own therapeutic purposes. 'When I first built it, it was screeching horror, white noise static, sharp-edged oscillations. I slowly worked it into what I wanted it to be: harmonious sounds. But I do still have some ugly ones – lightning would be one of those. And sometimes before sunset it emits some atonal surprising things.'"

really glad I finally got to see them live :-)
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may 2015 by cluebucket
Richard Ayoade: ‘Shyness can be interpreted as a kind of aggression’ | Culture | The Guardian
What he’s trying to avoid, he admits, is “the Faustian pact with the media to cannibalise my personality”. He’s not difficult in the same way as a surly bloke in a rock band who’s rude for the sake of it. Mostly, he says, he just finds the interview process hilarious, “because the elephant in the room of any interview is ‘consume this product’. That’s a very funny subtext to anything. You might as well just go, ‘by the way, it’s out Monday’.”
richard_ayoade  sam_wolfson  interview  guardian  2014  2010s  actor  comedian  filmmaker  shyness  product  u.k.  character 
october 2014 by cluebucket
The sins of the Argentinian church | Hugh O'Shaughnessy | Comment is free |
"The extent of the church's complicity in the dark deeds was excellently set out by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina's most notable journalists, in his book El Silencio (Silence). He recounts how the Argentinian navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship's political prisoners. Bergoglio was hiding them in nothing less than his holiday home in an island called El Silencio in the River Plate. The most shaming thing for the church is that in such circumstances Bergoglio's name was allowed to go forward in the ballot to chose the successor of John Paul II. What scandal would not have ensued if the first pope ever to be elected from the continent of America had been revealed as an accessory to murder and false imprisonment"

and now he actually IS pope! oop!
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march 2013 by cluebucket
The homeless man and the NYPD cop's boots: how a warm tale turns cold | Jonathan Jones | Comment is free |
"It makes poverty look simple and kindness seem a substitute for larger social change. Worst of all, the instant online fame of the image has inspired a backlash that gets nastier by the day."
guardian  jonathan_jones  op-ed  2012  nyc  nypd  lawrence_deprimo  jeffrey_hillman  homeless  poverty  charity  viral  internet  photo  public  attention  response  backlash  social_change  society  2010s  shoe 
december 2012 by cluebucket
AP's dangerous Iran hoax demands an accounting and explanation | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |
this guy says "patently" more than once but that doesn't take away from his point.
AP should take a note from ONTD and always put the sawce.
guardian  associated_press  graph  data  article  news  accuracy  mistake  hoax  iran  nuclear_weapons  op-ed  2012  2010s  media  lie  journalism  scientist  glenn_greenwald  integrity 
november 2012 by cluebucket
Pinkification: how breast cancer awareness got commodified for profit | SE Smith | Comment is free |
"The path of the pink ribbon, and breast cancer awareness in general, reflects a larger problem experienced by social movements. It seems that every time they develop a tool of solidarity and something to use as they work in a coalition to address a specific social issue, that tool is handily repurposed for profits – and before anyone can move to take it back, it's too late."

thinkin bout it

last comment of the article, hm, what?
s.e._smith  guardian  cancer  breast_cancer  ribbon  awareness  campaign  profit  activism  criticism  writing  society  culture  corporation  susan_komen  capitalism  pink  2012  2010s  op-ed  shame 
october 2012 by cluebucket
Top five regrets of the dying | Life and style |
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier
guardian  susie_steiner  death  dying  regret  nurse  wish  life  health  work  emotion  fulfillment 
february 2012 by cluebucket
The US schools with their own police | World News | the Guardian
"Such cases are not limited to Texas. In one notorious instance in California, a school security officer broke the arm of a girl he was arresting for failing to clear up crumbs after dropping cake in the school canteen. In another incident, University of Florida campus police tasered a student for pressing Senator John Kerry with an awkward question at a debate after he had been told to shut up."
jesus. via John
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january 2012 by cluebucket

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