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The Shut-In Economy
By Lauren Smiley
Angel the concierge stands behind a lobby desk at a luxe apartment building in downtown San Francisco, and describes the residents of this…
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3 days ago
Most Smartphone Users Download Zero Apps a Month
It me MT : Reminder for those of us in the tech bubble: 65% of smartphone users download 0 apps per month
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4 days ago
Frances Stonor Saunders · Stuck on the Flypaper: The Hobsbawm File · LRB 9 April 2015
On 25 January 1933, the 16-year-old Eric Hobsbawm marched with thousands of comrades through central Berlin to the headquarters of the German Communist Party…
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4 days ago
How ‘Flawless’ Became a Feminist Declaration - NYTimes.com
The word “flaw” is some 700 years old. It was born from fire and ice, first used to mean “ember” and “snowflake” — some fragment of a whole gone astray. It…
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6 days ago
Video Games Are Better Without Characters
The real legacy of SimCity is its attempt—and failure—to make complex systems the protagonists instead of people. Super Mario Bros....without Mario (…
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6 days ago
The World Is Squared: Episode 6 - Midsummer in Midwinter
Hullo again … delayed by a frankly inexcusable three weeks, this episode brings together some of the things I noticed and wrote notes on while in New Zealand.…
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7 days ago
Japan’s disposable workers: net café refugees - Aeon Video
Society / Economics
Are Japan’s low-income workers who live in internet café cubicles a vision of an increasingly unequal future?
Shiho Fukada
10…
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7 days ago
Inside The Bubble Bus — Matter — Medium
The closing paragraph of this piece on Leap could not make me cringe any harder.
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7 days ago
Idle Threads - The Baffler
© Eleanor Shakespeare
BOOKS REVIEWED
Women in Clothes,by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, Blue Rider Press, $30
Worn Stories,by Emily Spivack,…
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9 days ago
New York: Conspicuous Construction by Martin Filler
From the pre-Revolutionary period until World War II, tenants in New York City were uniformly given three months’ notice of annual rent increases on February 1…
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9 days ago
The Fierce Pressures Facing Pakistan by Ahmed Rashid
No one should be surprised to read that in Pakistan the army has taken charge, established military courts, derailed democracy, brought television and other…
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9 days ago
Adam Michnik: A Hero of Our Time by Paul Wilson
When Adam Michnik was still a political prisoner following the crackdown on the Solidarity trade union in his native Poland in December 1981, Czesław Miłosz…
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9 days ago
Who Sexts Thumbprints? — The Message — Medium
Jamie and Eliza’s quantified love is too physical for the network.
Designers seem to believe that in the future we will be falling in love with robots and we…
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10 days ago
Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome
A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that…
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10 days ago
Meet the man whose utopian vision for the Internet conquered, and then warped, Silicon Valley - The Washington Post
Jacob Silverman is the author of “Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection,” from which this article is adapted.
Twenty years ago,…
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10 days ago
Meet the man whose utopian vision for the Internet conquered, and then warped, Silicon Valley
Twenty years ago, the conditions facing the technology industry were not unlike those today. A burgeoning consumer market, declining manufacturing costs and easy access to venture capital had begun…
10 days ago
Robyn Launches Festival Promoting Women in Technology | News | Pitchfork
RT : Robyn won a Swedish music prize of 1.2 million kronor and is using it to promote women in tech; I mean.
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10 days ago
http://www.aaronland.info/weblog/2015/03/16/mention/#breaking-up
I have been known to stand in front of audiences and announce that the Smithsonian has acquired the Global War on Terror (GWOT) as a design object. This has…
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10 days ago
How design fiction imagines future technology – Jon Turney – Aeon
Picture yourself in a supermarket aisle in 2050. These new ‘magic meatballs’, brightly coloured for the kids, seem worth a try. Better have some of the meat…
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11 days ago
Untitled (http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/16/8224893/virtual-reality-future-of-porn-sxsw-2015)
. "This entire speech I am going to discuss from a heterosexual male point of view," said A Man
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14 days ago
WellDeserved
“... because this is San Francisco and we have an idea”
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16 days ago
The Believer - Interview with TODD MAY
“In the seminar on death that I taught, there were moments where we were talking about death, and the class would just go quiet, because it was clear it was…
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17 days ago
The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape
Eight years ago, in the coastal township of Shawbost on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, I was given an extraordinary document. It was entitled “Some Lewis…
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17 days ago
Inside Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: Twenty-Four Days in a Student-Occupied Parliament, and the Future of the Region
Table of Contents - Volume 74 - Issue01 Ian Rowen (ian.rowen@colorado.edu) is PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“Say goodbye to…
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19 days ago
LRB · Marina Warner · Learning My Lesson
The first time I suggested an exercise to a roomful of creative writing students, something on the lines of ‘We’ve been reading Elizabeth Bowen, now think of a…
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19 days ago
Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED
Today in Surveillance And Alienated Labor Yet Again As Fucking Magic:
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19 days ago
http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645505-protect-itself-attack-estonia-finding-ways-back-up-its-data-how
WIPING a country off the map is one thing. Wiping its data is another. Estonians know what the former is like. They are determined to avoid the latter. Just as computer users back up their laptops in…
24 days ago
Untitled (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/06/science/astronomers-observe-supernova-and-find-theyre-watching-reruns.html?referrer=&_r=2)
“A star might die only once, but with [a telescope], if you know where to look, you can watch it scream forever.”
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