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The Boris Johnson pantomime will end.
The British version of Trump’s posturing.

> Johnson is captive to the public school cult of effortless dilettantism that despises diligence as vulgar and swotty. He is also a hostage to his own breezy rhetoric.
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> Here is a British prime minister building on a formidable reputation for dishonesty, welching on debts, revelling in contempt for legal norms and trashing protocols that underpin democracy. He
politics  brexit 
13 days ago by mcmorgan
"I have come from Rome, and all I brought you was this stylus"
I reckon it’s not Roman humor but Londinium sarcasm.

> "I have come from the City. I bring you a welcome gift with a sharp point that you may remember me. I ask, if fortune allowed, that I might be able [to give] as generously as the way is long [and] as my purse is empty."
archeology  humor  writing_technology 
6 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Academic Freedom and the LMS
Timid university administrators bow to bullying system admins, aggressive accreditation institutions, and a political use of FERPA by local IT admins to keep the adjuncts in their assigned place and their LMS contracts sacrosanct.

The problem: mandatory use of a system-sanctioned LMS.

The solution: regaining the discussion, invoking standards of teaching.

> The most important standard I would bring to any discussion about what technology should be employed on campus and the faculty role in how it should be employed is that faculty deserve the same prerogatives when they use an online tool as they do when they are teaching in an entirely conventional face-to-face classroom. To suggest anything else defeats the purpose of moving any part of a class online in the first place.

> The second standard I would bring to any discussion of how technology like the LMS should be employed on campus is that faculty should be offered as many technological choices as possible and that they should be the ones who make the final decision about which ones they use.

> The final standard I would bring to a discussion of the LMS is that the result should be as close to the open Internet as humanly possible. That means faculty have to be able to employ tools that exist entirely outside their LMS if they so choose, like Slack or Hypothes.is, the open source web annotation program.

Because

> college campuses are the kinds of places that are supposed to be on the cutting edge of technology since they have so many smart people on them. Treat those smart people like the average corporate peon when it comes to how they teach – the action at the center of their job descriptions – and you are going to have a lot of very unhappy smart people on your hands.
lms  unions  unionization  DE  corporateuniversity 
6 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Trump: the only 'real Americans' are white | The Guardian
Commercialization of the civil religion, rituals, and symbols started years ago. Trump’s appropriation of them is possible only because they have become commodities.

> Trump has hijacked the American civil religion, a concept that should serve as a basis for unity for citizens and used it in an attempt to further divide us along lines of race, party and religion in the name of political expediency.
politics  rhetoric  appropriation  racism 
8 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Language Log » They triumphs?
Because language is always political. Pronouns reawaken. Remember tis/ter/tem? A statement from Manjoo, a commentary from Language Log, and an index to earlier columns.

> Manjoo is apparently suggesting that everyone should choose the opt-out option, at least with respect to pronoun choices, so that they replaces he and she just as you replaced thou. This will certainly get pushback from traditionalists like Mary Norris. Will there also be objections from people on the other side, who want to see explicit non-gendered pronoun choice retained as an expression of personal identity?
pronouns  identity  linguistics 
9 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Language Log » Corpora and the Second Amendment: "bear arms" (part 3)
From part 1

> My focus in this post will be on the Supreme Court's conclusion that at the time the Second Amendment was proposed and ratified, bear arms unambiguously meant 'carry weapons, for purposes of being prepared for a confrontation,' without regard to whether the carrying was in connection with military service. What I conclude is that even without taking account of how bear arms was actually used, the court's arguments don't hold up. Assuming for the sake of argument that bear arms could reasonably have been understood to mean what the court said it meant, the court didn't show that it unambiguously meant that.

If you doubt the conclusions, you can run your own analysis on the data he provides.

> the pool of data that is inconsistent with Heller (not including lines that are ambiguous) is increased by about two-thirds, from 505 to 847.
second_amendment  linguistics 
9 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Linguistic purity in the EU
What? It’s a metaphor? An analogy?
EU  linguistics 
11 weeks ago by mcmorgan
It’s Time to Move Away from the Digital Classroom in Our Smartphone-Altered Universe
Smartphones and pervasiveness could help us undo the knots education admin created for online learning.

> Education administrators who have bought into the various digital-platform models, on the other hand, have long seen their avenues of digital instruction as a way to reduce reliance on teachers by regularizing curricula through digital replication and turning the teachers into overseers, people there simply to solve problems as students take more and more control of their education. The digital, these people dreamed, could make most teachers redundant.

> Though student control of their own education is a laudable goal, that’s not the only goal of those pushing online education. Cost-cutting and streamlining are even more important ends. Producing a workforce augmentation implemented seamlessly also is.

> The growth of the student as a person and a citizen is not. Education, as we have defined it in the United States (until recently), is not.

> Thing is, the digital landscape our students inhabit has changed dramatically since the old assumptions about digital utility in education were formulated. The smartphone has become student interface with much of the world, including families and, yes, classrooms. Anyone simply looking around today can see that the smartphone should be changing all of assumptions about utility of digital tools–but it hasn’t.
education  DE  academia2.0 
11 weeks ago by mcmorgan
www-m.cnn.com
A vacant possession.

> The problem is that Trump, in his own inimitable way, has created a most imperfect vacuum for the nation. For the foreseeable future the presidency will be both vacant and occupied, with the country reduced to waiting out his tantrum and deciphering its future from a fusillade of tweets and campaign-like rants.
Meanwhile, the nation's bridges are left to crack, highways buckle, tracks heave, illicit drugs proliferate, medications grow ever-more expensive; diplomats scratch their heads and hind parts, idled by kingly disinterest, allies wonder whether we have their backs or should watch their backs, enemies salivate, polar ice caps slip into the sea, and poor, poor Doral Country Club -- under Trump's storied management -- continues, like the rest of us, to struggle.
politics  trump 
may 2019 by mcmorgan
An Ode to ‘Desperate Don’
It’s not an ode. More of a note towards grappling with reality. Would have been more effective as an ode, but trump doesn’t deserve one.

> it is when Trump lies out of desperation, out of the fear of being found out, blamed, reprimanded, possibly even abandoned, that most people can relish it. It is in those moments that Trump is most human and our ire toward this liar is most vindicated and validated.
poetics  rhetoric  trump 
may 2019 by mcmorgan
Trump’s Other Impeachable Offense
Article III explained fro those who have forgotten 1974.
politics  trump  polemic  impeachment 
may 2019 by mcmorgan
A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF | PDF Association
Media archeology. The DoJ preserves the aura of the unique original by drawing mustache on the distributed copy.
trump  intentional_degradation  pdf  aura  media_archeology 
may 2019 by mcmorgan
Daring Fireball: All Podcasts Are Shows; Not All Shows Are Podcasts
“Luminary is not alone in trying to usurp the term “podcast” for proprietary audio shows ... “ but it sure is pushy. A dead-end. Signified by the need to appropriate the term.

“These companies are trying to usurp the word podcast for one simple reason: people love podcasts. What I think and hope they are missing is that part of what people love about podcasts is the openness. It’s one of the last remaining areas of the internet that works exactly as the internet was intended to work.”
marketing  walledgarden  politics 
april 2019 by mcmorgan
Bret Easton Ellis Thinks You’re Overreacting to Trump | The New Yorker
A rational exchange about Trump. Ellis is flat and disconnected from the topic. Maybe he’s offering up despair to counter the hysteria he sees in everybody else.
ennui  trump  politics 
april 2019 by mcmorgan
Education in the Corporate Oz | ACADEME BLOG
Online Ed is a swindle. MnSCU endorses it. Corporate culture endorses it. Some faculty endorse it. Even students endorse it when it serves them to side-step a requirement. Part of the swindle has public ed selling off public resources to corporate interests under the guise of filling a gap. But the gap is between solid face to face education and lower quality DE. It can’t be filled, but there is money to be made in selling filler.

> This swindle lies behind Carey’s essay. To save money, many universities are moving more heavily than ever before into online education, charging as much, sometimes, for their new courses as they do for their more costly (to the institutions) on-campus courses. Even public institutions are involved: They charge the same for online and hybrid (partly online and partly classroom) courses as they do for classroom-based ones, though it costs much less for the institutions to offer such courses. This saves so much money that the colleges and universities are loathe to signal that they are providing a lower-standard product through their online and hybrid catalogs. So, they maintain the fiction by charging the same for both. They want to keep that money coming in; they don’t feel they can afford to admit, through a separate pricing structure, that the online and hybrid courses are not on the same level of instruction as what goes on when the focus of education is at least three hours a week of personal “interface.”
onlineed  distanceed  DE  swindle 
april 2019 by mcmorgan
Academic Freedom in a Triangle of Threats | ACADEME BLOG
We’re looking at you, d2l. Learning environments threaten and constrained academic free speech.

> EdTech aimed at producing a personalized experience for students undercuts the values of core curricula and education as a collective experience.

> Correspondingly, education is reduced to content and professors to content deliverers, and students have less opportunity to stretch beyond their own perspectives and acquire awareness of others’ differences. Student data is mined for profit by private industry and various incentives and constraints put pressure on educators to adopt EdTech for the purpose of generating this profit. The schools themselves don’t profit, but the false economy of whiz-bang automated efficiency makes EdTech difficult for most schools to resist.

More on the point,

> Dr. Hearn predicts that postsecondary educators will “increasingly be asked to prefigure course content in advance to make it more amenable to datafication and coding.” She concludes by warning that “the current free speech debates provide a familiar distraction from what is, in fact, an unprecedented assault on university autonomy by educational technologies and their proprietary, black-boxed forms of data extraction.”

This has been happening for years, with standardized templates for course descriptions and learning objectives that assist admins and data kids.

Resist.
D2L  edtech  turnitin 
march 2019 by mcmorgan
Trump’s Attack on Campus Free Speech
How to manipulate free speech guarantees.

> The Trump Administration needed to deal with the problem that the colleges with the worst speech codes are conservative religious colleges. The solution was to include a hypocritical rule in the Executive Order that says private colleges will be judged only by “compliance with stated institutional policies.” Since conservative colleges openly state that they suppress free speech, they will be immune from any action (not that any Trump official would ever dare to punish a conservative college).

> By contrast, if a more liberal private college aspires to protect free speech, they can have their federal funds taken away based on a Republican bureaucrat’s regulatory interpretation of the campus’ values. This Executive Order will tend to reduce free speech at private colleges, because colleges will have an incentive to remove any promises to protect free speech in order to avoid being vulnerable to federal funding cutbacks. And if private colleges have policies that provide stronger protections for free speech than the First Amendment (as many do), they can lose federal funding even if they meet First Amendment standards.
freespeech  academicfreedom  trump  politics 
march 2019 by mcmorgan
Nunes’s lawsuit against Twitter - performance rhetoric
Lawsuit as rhetorical trope.

> This lawsuit is playing to two audiences — the courts, and the right.

For the rest of the world, it’s a performance piece.
rhetoric  politics 
march 2019 by mcmorgan
Nunes sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him • The Register
All these secret societies - all these adolescent politicos. https://www.scribd.com/document/402297422/Nunes-Complaint-3-18-19

> The lawsuit even goes so far as to suggest that the accounts weren't just the work of people intent on making fun of him, but rather were part of a conspiracy, perhaps backed by his political opponents, and claims that Twitter was negligent in allowing the cruel jibes to continue.

> "The Twitter attacks on Nunes were pre-planned, calculated, orchestrated and undertaken by multiple individuals acting in concert, over a continuous period of time exceeding a year," the complaint, made public ahead of being filed, stated.
twitter  rhetoric  politics  adolescents 
march 2019 by mcmorgan
The real reason Trump is pushing a free speech order on college campuses (opinion) - CNN
Rhetoric at center.

> I understand that those on the far right -- people like climate-change deniers, Milo Yiannopoulos and others -- are frustrated that universities are not always inviting places for their ideas. But if they want their ideas to be taken seriously, then they must make more persuasive and factually-based arguments for the validity of those ideas. People who stand on a university platform or whose work appears in the pages of well-respected journals have earned -- not demanded -- their right to be there.
far_right  politics  rhetoric  university_forum 
march 2019 by mcmorgan
The Making of the Fox News White House | The New Yorker
Start planning the dissertations in communications and the role of the capitalist press.

> Gertz, of Media Matters, argues, “The President’s world view is being specifically shaped by what he sees on Fox News, but Fox’s goals are ratings and money, which they get by maximizing rage. It’s not a message that is going to serve the rest of the country.”

...

> Jerry Taylor, the co-founder of the Niskanen Center, a think tank in Washington for moderates, says, “In a hypothetical world without Fox News, if President Trump were to be hit hard by the Mueller report, it would be the end of him. But, with Fox News covering his back with the Republican base, he has a fighting chance, because he has something no other President in American history has ever had at his disposal—a servile propaganda operation.”
politics  trump 
march 2019 by mcmorgan
Republicans Sink Further Into Trump’s Cesspool - NYT
One day of testimony.

> When this story is finally told — when the sordid details are revealed, the dots finally connected — the Republican Party will be the political and institutional version of Mr. Cohen, who squandered his integrity in the service of a man of borderless corruption.

It’s a fair cop.
testimony  politics  trump  corruption 
february 2019 by mcmorgan
White House Announces National Emergency Using Notes App
New horizons in federal/corporate communication. Bloody amateurs.
politics 
february 2019 by mcmorgan
Letter from a Wright State Student
A student letter to department chair critical - as it should be - of the university’s attempt to make do rather than settle. One voice in the wilderness.
unions  aclu  strike 
february 2019 by mcmorgan
Trump’s ‘deals’ aren’t working out the way he promised - The Washington Post
The thing about marketing is - it’s pretty much a lie. The thing about political exchange is - it’s pretty much an exchange. When marketing replaces political exchange, we swap an exchange for a lie.

> Which leads to this question: When Trump comes before the public to ask for another term, what's the story he'll tell about the economy? That his unparalleled dealmaking prowess led to prosperity of a kind the United States has never seen before? That's what he says if you read his Twitter feed, but like much of what he says, it has zero relationship to reality.
marketing  trump  politics 
january 2019 by mcmorgan
The People vs. Donald J. Trump
Extensive opinion piece comes at a kairotic moment.

> The People vs. Donald J. Trump
> He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?
kairos  politics  trump  rhetoric 
january 2019 by mcmorgan
On Burnett, The Radical Impossibility of Teaching
We’re selling bottled sugar water based on our sense of the needs of others. The grounding of teaching - much less Education - is rife with contractions we ignore. Going digital doesn’t change this but can offer a new ground for pedagogy. Maybe.
learning  digital_pedagogy  teaching 
january 2019 by mcmorgan
The perennial 'The Five-Paragraph Essay Must Die' puffery
Slashdot discussions are usually pretty good, sharp, insightful. This one is the equivalent of themewriting. Uninformed, over-determined, mindless recitation of received ideas, with all options removed from the world of discussion. Posturing and posing - the trope themewriting - passing for consideration. Just as teaching the theme passes for teaching.

Read [The Plural “I” by William Coles](https://www.amazon.com/Plural-After-Jr-William-Coles/dp/0867092173/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545757840&sr=8-1&keywords=The+plural+I ) for a considered critique of the deceit of the 5 para theme and an alternative curriculum. Out of print, so reprints are inexpensive. Or try a library. Or Scribd.
teaching  nonteaching  curriculum  themewriting  rhetoric 
december 2018 by mcmorgan
Research on speech enables secrecy
An article interesting both in methodology of Q, and in the implicit use of results: to manage administrative secrecy.
research  rhetoric  Q  bad_management 
december 2018 by mcmorgan
Serving at Cross’s Purposes. WI unit system rewards the suck ups.
As in Wisconsin,so MnSCU. Quid pro quo has become systematized.

> Why am I not surprised? Because as anyone who has been paying attention knows, the chancellors have been carrying water for UW System President Ray Cross and the Regents for several years now. These outsized raises are financial rewards for their not having opposed or obstructed a single top-down edict from Cross and the Regents–for their having carried out his orders like good soldiers or middle managers are expected to do.

> Put differently, what both the raises and the punishment reveal is that these raises are payoffs, ex post facto bribes, or quid pro quo rewards for UW System chancellors having accepted without objection the destruction of tenure and shared governance; repeated massive budget cuts; unfunded tuition freezes; and the break-up and distribution of the UW Colleges and Extension to the four-year, comprehensive, and doctoral campuses, aka the UW System merger.

Looks like students need to go further afield to find an ethical university.
ethics  politics  mnscu  business 
december 2018 by mcmorgan
John Kelly resignation: a legacy of failure - Vox
We forget how miserable he was at the border, about DACA.
trump  politics  ideology 
december 2018 by mcmorgan
“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in
The kind of meetings we need to see more of: calling BS and distraction, calling for accountability.
politics  facebook  privacy 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
Grammalepsy - Essays on Digital Language Art
New.

> Collecting and recontextualizing writings from the last twenty years of John Cayley’s research-based practice of electronic literature, Grammalepsy introduces a theory of aesthetic linguistic practice developed specifically for the making and critical appreciation of language art in digital media. As he examines the cultural shift away from traditional print literature and the changes in our culture of reading, Cayley coins the term “grammalepsy” to inform those processes by which we make, understand, and appreciate language.
digitalpoetics 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work
Just in time for T’giving, the truth emerges. Or common sense pokes its tired head out of its burrow.

> This autumn, rather than taking a huge leap forward into professional business computing, as many had hoped, the iPad retreated into its boutique, graphics niche. It's more expensive than ever, and more focused on those creatives. And as if to remind us that such fragile things of beauty are not for the white or blue-collar masses, it's more fragile than ever too.

> The problem with the iPad's direction is everything it excels at is not needed for me, nor for any other productivity software-using worker. I really don't need such an extraordinary, lavish 2388x1668 ProMotion TrueTone display. I don't need the expensive array of sensors required for Face ID – give me a thumb scanner.
satire  ipad  apple  hype 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
Opinion | Trump Stands Up for Saudi Arabian Values - The New York Times
Enough said.

> President Trump confirmed the harshest caricatures drawn by America’s most cynical critics on Tuesday when he portrayed its central objectives in the world as panting after money and narrow self-interest.

> In simplistic and often inaccurate terms, the statement reflected Mr. Trump’s view that all relationships are transactional, and that moral or human rights considerations must be sacrificed to a primitive understanding of American national interests — or as he put it, “America first!” “We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,” the president declared. “In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
november 2018 by mcmorgan
This Is All Donald Trump Has Left
A view from one step back. Trump’s in it for the lulz. We’re in it for the duration.

> The culture has been inching further and further into Trump’s gilded funhouse for years now, and you surely do not need me to tell you that it fucking sucks in there. But we are, by now, all the way in. Trump is nearly as ubiquitous in the culture as he has always believed he should be; the one deeply held belief that has been evident throughout his whole faithless disgrace of a life is people should be talking about Donald Trump more, on television, and he has just about seen that part through. All Trump wants, all he has ever wanted, is to be able to keep doing and taking and saying whatever he wants whenever he wants. He ran for president for this reason and this reason only
rhetoric  politics  trump  culture 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump has turned a corner to explicitly endorsing violence against his political foes.
> Throughout the past two years, I’ve been struck by the Trump administration’s take on the Bill of Rights—that it means one thing for friends of the president, and something else altogether for his enemies. But what is emerging is not just a breakdown in the ideas of freedom and rights in America: It’s a further pernicious claim that exercising your rights could be met with violence from those in power.
politics  rhetoric  trump 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump Isn’t Inciting Violence By Mistake. He Just Told Us.
He’s starting to use the military to enforce his politics against his citizens.

> Trump’s people are strong and good, and his opponents weak and bad, a classically fascist ethos.
politics  fascism  trump  fascist_rhetoric  rhetoric 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
B. F. Skinner: The Most Important Theorist of the 21st Century
Audrey guides a re-visit to PSY 2100: Behaviorism (aka Rat Lab) c 1977. Thorndyke, Dewey, Skinner, and Walden 2. Classical SR and the learning curve. Meanwhile, Englebart and PARC Xerox are in the background. I trashed my undergrad notes after finishing my Master’s. My lessons learned.

> I would argue, in total seriousness, that one of the places that Skinnerism thrives today is in computing technologies, particularly in “social” technologies. This, despite the field’s insistence that its development is a result, in part, of the cognitive turn that supposedly displaced behaviorism.

Add to this the LMS, education design, the modern nation state. Cog science never replaced the Skinner box.
education  behaviorism  history  design 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Is Fraud Part of the Trump Organization’s Business Model?
What does it profit a country to bring out a real estate con? Not much. But Trump makes a strong argument for better regulation.

> It is becoming increasingly clear that, in the language of business schools, the Trump Organization’s core competency is in profiting from misrepresentation and deceit and, potentially, fraud.

As in real estate, so in politics.
fraud  trump  corruption 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Stormy Daniels, Trump, & the Lessons of Monica Lewinsky in an Age of Cruelty - The Atlantic
> The American president, once again, mocked. And the American public, once again, let him.

Who’s in the sadder state? Trump being petty and cruel, or us for letting him be.

> A woman, punished for being too sexual. A woman, mocked for her appearance. A woman, Horsefaced. What my colleague Adam Serwer observed about Trumpism was true, in its way, for a country that looked upon that woman, Miss Lewinsky, and found not tragedy, but comedy: The cruelty, then as now, was the point.
rhetoric  trump  insult 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization
A starting point to theorizing D2L and LMS. A double market for the LMS: The students, and the faculty, ed designers, and adjuncts who are more or less required to use a sanctioned LMS. The data gathering depends on social indifference.

> ‘Big data,’ I argue, is not a technology or an inevitable technology effect. It is not an autonomous process, as Schmidt and others would have us think. It originates in the social, and it is there that we must find it and know it. In this article I explore the proposition that ‘big data’ is above all the foundational component in a deeply intentional and highly consequential new logic of accumulation that I call surveil- lance capitalism. This new form of information capitalism aims to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control.
education  BigData  capitalism 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Winter is coming: prospects for the American press under Trump - PressThink
Jay Rosen on Fear and Loathing. A solid attempt to re-define the discussion and the terms of discussion. This is what's needed - a more insightful and theory-driven press. Whether we can get there is still (11 Oct 2018) open.
journalism  trump  rhetoric 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump is unlikely to forgive the laughter of the UN | The Guardian
So many commentaries on the UN speech.

> The lead writer of the speech was reportedly Stephen Miller, now the primary bridge between the White House and the American far right. It showed. The address was a manifesto for nativism.
rhetoric  trump  politics  globalcapitalism 
september 2018 by mcmorgan
A Short History of CRAAP
Mike nails the central weaknesses in formula procedures.

> So let’s keep that in mind as we consider what to do in the future: contrary to public belief we did teach students online information literacy. It’s just that we taught them methodologies that were developed to decide whether to purchase reference sets for libraries.

Add this: the acronym was created to *teach* how to consider sources; it provides something to practice with, not to use in practice. All such acronyms are training wheels. One an acronym is learned, it should be set aside and insight gained from practice used, not the acronym.
teaching  nonteaching  digital_literacy 
september 2018 by mcmorgan
Anonymous Trump White House Official Pens New York Times Op-Ed Claiming to Resist Him
I see your raise and call.

> what you're confronting now is the end result of 40 years of conservative politics and all the government-is-the-problem malfeasance you've been imbibing since you were wingnuts in swaddling.
culturejamming  trump  politics 
september 2018 by mcmorgan
Wark - The Sublime Language of My Century
On the ontology of capitalism after commodification. A thought experiment.

> Quite simply, we have run out of world to commodify. And now commodification can only cannibalize its own means of existence, both natural and social. Its like that silent film where the train runs out of firewood, so the carriages themselves have to be hacked to pieces and fed to the fire to keep it moving, until nothing but the bare bogies are left.

> Could there be a way to write after Marx that isn’t based on conservative habits of mastery and interpretation, but which are based instead on experimentation and détournement?

> The thought experiment that might result is quite simple. What if it was like this: There really is something qualitatively distinct about the forces of production that produce and instrumentalize and control information. This is because information really does turn out to have strange ontological properties. Making information a force of production produces something of a conundrum within the commodity form. Information wants to be free but is everywhere in chains. It isn’t scarce, and the whole premise of the commodity is its scarcity.
commodification  hacking  IP  capitalism  detournment 
august 2018 by mcmorgan
Why Trump Supporters Don’t Care About Cohen’s Admission - The Atlantic
When white supremacy is there, right under our nose and we don’t sense it.

> for Trump and many of his supporters, corruption means less the violation of law than the violation of established hierarchies,
politics  fascist_rhetoric  polemic  trump 
august 2018 by mcmorgan
I read six sycophantic pro-Trump books — and then I read Omarosa
Humph

> None of these books is especially memorable or useful on its own. As a genre, however, and a reflection of their subject, they are instructive. These books scarcely attempt to persuade; like Trump, they focus on the already converted. Pirro dismisses Trump’s critics with catchphrases rather than arguments. “Not on my watch,” she declares, as if that meant something. “Give me a break.” “Drives me nuts.” “I don’t think so.” And my favorite: “Don’t get me started on those wackadoos.”
trump  politics 
august 2018 by mcmorgan
Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)
Fair use by education is being reconsidered in the EU. This also means that CC needs to make inroads.

> It will also mean that every website – even school websites – will have to make sure that they only post images that they have permission to post. And pretty much everyone is going to have to reeducate themselves about what is and is not allowable online.

> It going to be messy, yet the decision also represents a gradual clawing back of previous norms in the internet era. It never made sense that people should be able to take other people's hard work – whether that's music, or video, or articles, or photographs – and do whatever they want with it just because it was possible to do so quickly and easily.
publishing  EU  copyright 
august 2018 by mcmorgan
Koch Network Pushes Back on Trump's Washington | Time
Read the disclosure first, then the apologia for Koch and co.

> Disclosure: Time Inc., TIME’s parent company, was acquired by Meredith Corp. in a deal partially financed by Koch Equity Development, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc.
rhetoric  apologia  politics 
july 2018 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump is taking US down the path to tyranny (opinion) - CNN
Closer and closer.

> The Nazi henchman Hermann Göring explained in Nuremberg prison how easy it is to mobilize the public to war: "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
politics  fascism  trump 
july 2018 by mcmorgan
America must deal with Donald Trump, the first rogue president | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian
The view from outside is clearer.

> The real Trump problem is not transatlantic. It is America’s to deal with. By now, Europeans have mostly rumbled him. But far too many Americans still don’t get it. Having long proclaimed the superiority of the US governance model, it transpires Congress is unable or unwilling to hold him in check. The unbalanced supreme court, soon to embrace another arch-conservative, is no defence against White House abuse of executive orders, and parti pris American media cannot be relied upon to tell truth to power. Rogue Trump is a crisis made in America. America is where it must be fixed. The world is watching, with diminishing sympathy.
politics  trump 
july 2018 by mcmorgan
A reply to Kathleen Fitzpatrick's Why Not Blog?
An update on syndication gone cross-domain and cross-media.
doOO  scholarship3.0  wiki  socialpractices  blog 
july 2018 by mcmorgan
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july 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump appointee guts UN document on racism, says leaders don't have duty to condemn hate speech - CNNPolitics
The problem when a fascist faces language.

"Not being able to support this kind of language is indicative of an administration that has to defend a President who has said that Mexicans are rapists, white nationalists are 'fine people,' and that Muslims shouldn't be allowed to travel to America," Berschinksi said.
trump  rhetoric  fascism 
june 2018 by mcmorgan
Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow
It takes an outside view to see clearly.

> Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.
trump  fascism 
june 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump’s Genius Is His Entertaining Idiocy | The Nation
> Trump’s genius for distraction, self-pity, and entertaining idiocy succeeds not only in normalizing his psychopathic behavior and malevolent prejudices but also in hiding the fact that institutions that protect our freedom and democratic rights are teetering beneath a ferocious assault. We fiddle; they burn.
trump  fascism 
june 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show
Resist. Live in truth.

> We live in a lie now, perpetrated from the very top, enhanced by relentless propaganda, and designed to shore up what is a cult. It is growing in strength. It is precisely now that we must manage at every moment to dispel it. And then to vote, en masse, for its extinction.
rhetoric  resistance  fascism  trump 
june 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump’s bizarre understanding of Capitalization is surprisingly Strategic - The Washington Post
Set aside the idea that it had to do with monetary capitalization.

> Initial capitals make words and ideas seem Really Important. They are to meaning-making what flag pins are to patriotism and gold-plating is to value — cheap signals of depth and quality that are somehow taken seriously by enormous numbers of people. (How seriously? There’s not one but two PolitiFact articles dedicated to discussions of Obama’s pin philosophy.) This capitalization technique is common in get-rich-quick and quack medicine books desperate to sell readers on the Truth of their claims.
rhetoric  linguistics  trump  capitalization 
may 2018 by mcmorgan
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