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Is a Band Without Its Original Members Still the Same Band? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
review the Marvelettes, the female Motown trio that had its first hit in 1961 with “Please, Mr. Postman.” It didn’t take much investigation to learn that the 1983 version not only contained no members of the original group but also no members who were old enough to read when “Please, Mr. Postman” was first released. It was a scam operated by promoter Larry Marshak, who had registered his right to the name after Motown dropped the group.
music  theseus-ship 
3 hours ago
She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her? - Los Angeles Times
Duff considered the possibilities. In so many places, he thought, it would have gone differently. If the attempted frame-up had happened in one of the gang neighborhoods of Los Angeles where he used to prosecute shootings, rather than in a rich, placid city in Orange County ... if the cop who found the stash of drugs in Kelli Peters’ car had been a rookie, rather than a sharp-eyed veteran … if she had been slightly less believable ...

It was easy to picture. Peters, the PTA president at her daughter’s elementary school, would have left the campus in the back of a patrol car, a piercing sight for the teachers who loved her and relied on her, for the parents who had entrusted their kids to her for years. It would have stolen not just her freedom but her name.
privilege 
13 hours ago
Winner takes all: Mass entertainment in the digital age is still about blockbusters, not endless choice | The Economist
And yet as a business, entertainment has in some ways become less democratic, not more. Technology is making the rich richer, skewing people’s consumption of entertainment towards the biggest hits and the most powerful platforms. This world is dominated by an oligarchy of giants, including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Disney (as well as Alibaba and Tencent within China’s walled ecosystem). Those lacking sufficient scale barely get noticed. Paradoxically, enabling every individual and product on the planet to find a market has made it next to impossible for the market to find them. Consumers generally favour whatever they find on their mobile screens or at the top of their search results. The tail is indeed long, but it is very skinny.
media  ente  entertainment  long-tail 
2 days ago
The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness - BuzzFeed News
We’re conditioned to distance ourselves from Reddit dorks, anime-avatar trolls, and suddenly Nazi-identifying furries, and so they stay invisible — until they aren’t. They become collectives, at which point it feels like they came from nothing. But they came from somewhere: boredom, loneliness, and the universal feeling (which most of us are lucky enough to overcome in childhood) of being the protagonist of the universe, who is mistreated despite doing one’s best.
To these boys, rape and Anne Frank are equally ghost stories, equally a path to extremity.
alt-right 
2 days ago
The Case Against Contemporary Feminism - The New Yorker
I worked as an editor at Jezebel, a site that, when it was founded, in 2007, helped to define online feminism—and served ever afterward as a somewhat abstracted target for women who criticized contemporary feminism from the left. These critics didn’t usually recognize how quickly the center is always moving, and Crispin has the same problem. Much of what she denounces—“outrage culture,” empowerment marketing, the stranglehold that white women have on the public conversation—has already been critiqued at length by the young feminist mainstream.
feminism  jezebel 
5 days ago
Labor Relations - Magazine - Art in America
Writing for this magazine in 1985, Robert Storr noted potential flaws in this effort. Reviewing "Touch Sanitation Performance" 's two-part "grand finale" exhibition (at Feldman gallery and on a Hudson River pier), he observed that "the workers were evidently at least as bemused by Ukeles's naivete as they were ‘touched' by her concern for them—and some were plainly embarrassed, suspicious and bored." The issue was not bad intentions, but rather that the artist "brought absolutely no sociological understanding or political conviction to her project.
art  labor  activism 
11 days ago
Fascinating Fascism | by Susan Sontag | The New York Review of Books
It takes a certain originality to describe the Nazi era as “Germany’s blighted and momentous 1930s,” to summarize the events of 1933 as Hitler’s “having attained power,” and to assert that Riefenstahl, most of whose work was in its own decade correctly identified as Nazi propaganda, enjoyed “international fame as a film director,” ostensibly like her contemporaries Renoir, Lubitsch, and Flaherty... Time. The 1973 New York Film Festival poster, made by a well-known artist who is also a feminist, shows a blond doll-woman whose right breast is encircled by three names: Agnes Leni Shirley. Feminists would feel a pang at having to sacrifice the one woman who made films that everybody acknowledges to be firstrate.
nazi  normalization  fascism  aesthetics 
11 days ago
Eichmann in Jerusalem—I - The New Yorker
Despite all the efforts of the prosecution, everybody could see that this man was not a “monster,” but it was difficult indeed not to suspect that he was a clown. And since this suspicion would have been fatal to the whole enterprise, and was also rather hard to sustain, in view of the sufferings he and his like had caused so many millions of people, his worst clowneries were hardly noticed
power  fascism  nazi 
12 days ago
Bates method - Wikipedia
Despite continued anecdotal reports of successful results, including well-publicised support by Aldous Huxley, Bates' techniques have not been objectively shown to improve eyesight.[2] His main physiological proposition—that the eyeball changes shape to maintain focus—has consistently been contradicted by observation.[3] In 1952, optometry professor Elwin Marg wrote of Bates
60s  eyes  fakery 
12 days ago
You don’t know Hannah Arendt | The Outline
But it is this very intuition that explains Arendt’s new life as a meme. She is the sage who gets tweeted out in giant decontextualized chunks in service of the suggestion that Trump and his courtiers don’t care about being fact-checked, a bit like some Nazis you may have heard of. That is to say: Arendt in this modern usage has not actually provided contemporary liberals with an account of fascism they did not already possess, because the liberal professional set already believes that reckoning with the material conditions that produced Trump is pointless.
politics  memes  fascism 
14 days ago
Vietnam War POW/MIA issue - Wikipedia
culminating with the largest and most thorough, the United States Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs of 1991–1993 led by Senators John Kerry, Bob Smith, and John McCain. It found "no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia."[1]
war  vietnam 
14 days ago
Spoofed Grindr Accounts Turned One Man’s Life Into a ‘Living Hell’ | WIRED
In the worst cases, the suit alleges, the impersonator requested a “rape fantasy.” In one instance, Herrick says, a man refused to leave Herrick’s apartment building, and wrestled with Herrick’s roommate in the hallway until Herrick broke up the fight. Others have screamed obscenities at Herrick at his workplace, stalked him outside, and tried to have sex with him in the bathroom of the restaurant. On one day earlier this month, six men seeking sex came to the restaurant where Herrick works in just a four-minute span. And Herrick says the person controlling the fake profiles will often tell the visitors Herrick will “say no when he means yes,”
catfishing  revenge-porn  consent  harassment 
17 days ago
Gary Coby on Twitter: "100% Lie. Nix "remembering" is total rubbish. @CamAnalytica had zero involvement in this. Didn't use any "psychographs" for this testing. https://t.co/Lm1S2GiqDn"
"Alexander Nix had precisely nothing to do with this. This passage is a lie. @GaryCoby ran all DJT advertising. @motherboard"
100% Lie. Nix "remembering" is total rubbish. @CamAnalytica had zero involvement in this. Didn't use any "psychographs" for this testing.
cambridge-analytica  data  facebook  dt  elections 
20 days ago
Even if it looks, sounds, walks, and quacks like an Orwell quote, it still might NOT be an Orwell quote | The Art of "Quotemanship" and "Misquotemanship"
Even if it looks, sounds, walks, and quacks like an Orwell quote, it still might NOT be an Orwell quote
by Frank Herron | 8 Comments

Dick Polman of the Philadelphia Inquirer rightly screams about the quote-approval practice that has sullied some of the New York Times’–among others–coverage of government and politics. His column has appeared all over the Web the last couple of days and in print in numerous papers, including the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which used the headline “Political Handlers as Editors” (above).
However, he falls into the trap of linking a well-oiled quote to George Orwell (right)–without mentioning that the authorship appears to be in question.
The quotation–which makes journalistic hearts quiver and flutter in appreciation–usually goes like this:
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.”
The trouble is that it’s not all that clear that Orwell wrote that, as far as I can tell–despite what you might be told by sites like quotevadis.com
One place I turned this morning to find out more is the Orwell quotations entry at wikiquote.org.
Here some people are seeking proper attribution and sourcing for the quotation. The search continues. One contributer compares it to something attributed to William Randolph Hearst:
“News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising.”
fake 
27 days ago
WikiLeaks on Twitter: "CBS Reality Check covers Pizzagate. https://t.co/KNaKp1XONR More: https://t.co/Sc1nFTAFgV"
CBS Reality Check covers Pizzagate. ªªhttps://www.facebook.com/BenSwannRealityCheck/videos/1330641910334089/ …ºº

(## Long segment *not CBS* that takes claims serioiusly.)
conspiracy  wikileaks 
4 weeks ago
Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos meet "Ginger" - HBS Working Knowledge - Harvard Business School
"What does everyone think about the design?" asked Doerr, switching subjects.

"What do you think?" said Jobs to Tim. It was a challenge, not a question.

"I think it's coming along," said Tim, "though we expect—" "I think it sucks!" said Jobs.
apple  steve-jobs  design  segway 
4 weeks ago
Billy Eichner Is Trying to Talk to You -- Vulture
Chris Pratt, at the height of his breakout year, ran around with me and I literally went up to people and said “This is the hottest star in Hollywood right now. Hollywood Reporter says X about him, Entertainment Weekly says this about him, who is he?” And they didn’t know. They thought he was Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Josh Duhamel. He’s just standing there, and I think it took him by surprise. We played “It’s Spock, Do You Care?” with Zachary Quinto. “Miss, it’s Spock, do you care?” Many people didn’t care. And Zach turned to me and said, “Every actor should have to do this.”
celebrity 
4 weeks ago
The CIA’s Secret History Is Now Online - BuzzFeed News
There are also secret documents about a telepathy and precognition program known as Star Gate, files the CIA kept on certain media publications, such as Mother Jones, photographs, more than 100,000 pages of internal intelligence bulletins, policy papers and memos written by former CIA directors.
telepathy 
4 weeks ago
Chinese literature: How Ning Ken's choahuan "ultra-unreal" literary genre is China's answer to magic realism — Quartz
To help bridge this gap, Beijing-based novelist Ning Ken has created a new literary genre to properly convey the absurdity of modern life in China: chaohuan. Meaning “ultra-unreal,” this contemporary mode of literary expression is intended to reflect the modern Chinese zeitgeist in all its dark oddity.
china  literature  surreal 
4 weeks ago
‘Better Is Good’: Barack Obama's Interview With Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Now, you wouldn’t know that if you talked to Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International or some of the international activist organizations. Certainly you wouldn’t know that if you were talking to some of the writers who criticize our drone policy. But I’ve actually told my staff it’s probably good that they stay critical of this policy, even though I think right now we’re doing the best that we can in a dangerous world with terrorists who would gladly blow up a school bus full of American kids if they could. We probably have got it about right. But if suddenly all those organizations said, “Okay, the Obama administration’s got it right, and we don’t have a problem here,” the instinct towards starting to use it more, and then some of those checks and balances that we’ve built up starting to decay—that’s probably what would happen.
obama  drones  policy  surveillance  activism  dissent 
4 weeks ago
Why Washington Is Making It Easier For Rich Foreigners To Buy U.S. Real Estate
he real motivation behind the change in the Act back in December is a tax exemption that makes it easier (and cheaper) for foreign stock funds and REITs to buy American real estate. This also opens the door for institutional investors, particularly those in Europe, who are dealing with zero yield and negative interest rates and don't have attractive options for capital preservation long term. Now they have a tax-friendly haven for moving money off shore in a tangible asset, like a high rise mixed-use dwelling in Manhattan
housing  cities  economy 
5 weeks ago
The Quietus | Features | Tome On The Range | An Extract From Mark Fisher's Ghosts Of My Life
This is quickly established by performing a simple thought experiment. Imagine any record released in the past couple of years being beamed back in time to, say, 1995 and played on the radio. It’s hard to think that it will produce any jolt in the listeners. On the contrary, what would be likely to shock our 1995 audience would be the very recognisability of the sounds: would music really have changed so little in the next seventeen years? Contrast this with the rapid turnover of styles between the 1960s and the 90s: play a jungle record from 1993 to someone in 1989 and it would have sounded like something so new that it challenged them to rethink what music was, or could be. While 20th Century experimental culture was seized by a recombinatorial delirium, which made it feel as if newness was infinitely available, the 21st Century is oppressed by a crushing sense of finitude and exhaustion.
hauntology  mark-fisher  time  culture  history 
5 weeks ago
Truth or Consequences
Almost as soon as the broadcast aired, a swarm of right-wing blogs assailed Rather’s documents, claiming their typeface and spacing was inconsistent with any known typewriter of the early seventies
blogs  media  ethics  journalism 
5 weeks ago
Baltimore Aerial Surveillance Program Retained Data Despite 45-Day Privacy Policy Limit | American Civil Liberties Union
After all, this is a system that could become capable of recording all manner of lifestyle data about people, including:

How often various drivers break the speed limit.
Who goes to the gym every day, and who goes once a month
surveillance  privacy 
5 weeks ago
Everyday Authoritarianism is Boring and Tolerable | Tom Pepinsky
Everyday life in the modern authoritarian regime is, in this sense, boring and tolerable. It is not outrageous. Most critics, even vocal ones, are not going to be murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, they are going to be frustrated. Most not-very-vocal critics will live their lives completely unmolested by the security forces. They will enjoy it when the trains run on time, blame the government when they do not, gripe at their taxes, and save for vacation. Elections, when they happen, will serve the “anesthetic function” that Philippe Schmitter attributed to elections in Portugal under Salazar in the greatly underappreciated in 1978 volume Elections without Choice.
authoritarianism  asia  malaysia 
6 weeks ago
The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn - The New Yorker
Goldberg went on, “But, even if you did take a naked picture and send it to somebody, that’s not necessarily reckless behavior. That’s time-honored behavior! G.I.s going off to war used to have pics of their wife or girlfriend in a pinup pose. It’s often part of intimate communication. It can be used as a weapon, but, the fact is, almost anything can be used as a weapon.”...Using copyright law to combat revenge porn is a bit like using tax law to go after Al Capone, but copyright is one of the only restrictions that the Internet respects.
photography  revenge-porn 
7 weeks ago
BBC - Future - The man who studies the spread of ignorance
t comes from agnosis, the neoclassical Greek word for ignorance or ‘not knowing’, and ontology, the branch of metaphysics which deals with the nature of being. Agnotology is the study of wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit, usually to sell a product or win favour.
merchants-of-doubt  ambiguity  fake-news  media 
7 weeks ago
Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
You also describe emotions as volatile and irrational. This perspective is dated, harkening back to the Greek notion that people must subdue their passions through reason, like a rider on a wild horse. But in fact people work with, not against, their feelings, turning them up or down to suit their needs. Empathy is no different. Yes, it’s an emotional spotlight, but people have the ability to point this spotlight as they see fit. My own research demonstrates that when people simply believe empathy is under their control, they are inspired to try harder at it — for example, in paying attention to the emotions of people who differ from them ethically or politically.
empathy  emotions 
7 weeks ago
Sinkhole of bureaucracy | The Washington Post
The existence of a mine full of federal paperwork is not well known: Even within the federal workforce, it is often treated as an urban legend, mythic and half-believed­. “That crazy cave,” said Aneesh Chopra, who served as President Obama’s chief technology officer.
government  bureaucracy 
7 weeks ago
UPDATED: The HB Gary Email That Should Concern Us All
"Persona management software" call by the Air Force in 2011
sock-puppets  astroturf  spies 
7 weeks ago
Barack Obama on Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Cars, and the Future of Humanity | WIRED
A recent movie captured the same spirit—The Martian. Not because it had a hugely complicated plot, but because it showed a bunch of different people trying to solve a problem. And employing creativity and grit and hard work, and having confidence that if it’s out there, we can figure it out. That is what I love most about America and why it continues to attract people from all around the world for all of the challenges that we face, that spirit of “Oh, we can figure this out.” And what I value most about science is this notion that we can figure this out. Well, we’re gonna try this—if it doesn’t work, we’re gonna figure out why it didn’t work and then we’re gonna try something else. And we will revel in our mistakes, because that is gonna teach us how to ultimately crack the code on the thing that we’re trying to solve. And if we ever lose that spirit, then we’re gonna lose what is essential about America and what I think is essential about being human.
america  obama  collaboration 
7 weeks ago
A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future
Showing news stories on a timeline has been tried before. But Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine created in Yahoo’s Barcelona research lab, generates timelines that stretch into the future as well as the past.
search 
7 weeks ago
Mark Zuckerberg Declares He Is God During Facebook Earnings Call
“While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing I do, there are more global challenges that I feel a responsibility to help solve,” God wrote in a blog post accompanying Facebook’s earnings, which totally crushed it by the way. “Like helping to cure all diseases by the end of this century, upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change.”
facebook  zuckerberg 
7 weeks ago
Little Lies the Internet Told Me - The New Yorker
But the same search on sites like Amazon or Seamless turns up not only relevant results but disguised advertisements, as well. As George Packer recently wrote in the magazine, “Few customers realize that the results generated by Amazon’s search engine are partly determined by promotional fees.” GrubHub Seamless, the merged food-delivery engine, recently revealed in an S.E.C. filing that “restaurants can choose their level of commission rate … to affect their relative priority in sorting algorithms, with restaurants paying higher commission rates generally appearing higher in the search order than restaurants paying lower commission rates.”
search 
7 weeks ago
The Spy We Forgot - The New York Times
a little-known traitor named Brian Regan. A signals analyst at the National Reconnaissance Office — an agency responsible for managing the country’s spy satellites — Mr. Regan pulled off a heist of more than 20,000 documents containing top-secret satellite images and reports, which he tried to sell to Iraq and Libya...the loopholes that Ms. Manning and Mr. Snowden exploited can be just as easily exploited for committing traditional espionage, as Mr. Regan showed.
spies  nsa  nro 
8 weeks ago
IBM and the Holocaust - Home Page
But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.
surveillance  wwii  nazi  ibm  holocaust  history 
8 weeks ago
The Whatchamacallit Economy - The New York Times
“crowd-based capitalism,” because a crowd of consumers obtains services by connecting, via a platform, with a crowd of suppliers.
uber  sharing-economy 
8 weeks ago
Genevieve Bell on bringing more people into the AI conversation - O'Reilly Media
AI doesn't come out of nowhere. It came out of a very particular set of preoccupations and concerns in the 1950s and a very particular set of conversations. We have, in some ways, erased that history such that we forget how it came to be
automation  turning  ai 
8 weeks ago
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