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Nostalgia Mining | Amber A’Lee Frost
The real commonality among these films, though, is their affection for miners but not so much for workers. To put it another way, the films seem to like miners best when they’re playing a flugelhorn, marching in gay pride parades, or driving their creative children far away from the coalfields so they can dance ballet. Miners were always more than just miners, but it’s a lot harder to talk about the actual jobs they were fighting for. I don’t blame the filmmakers too much for falling short here; it’s hard to explain why preserving such difficult, dangerous, and unhealthy work was so politically strategic, but those jobs gave working-class Brits a hand on the lever of both the welfare state and the industrial policy of the United Kingdom. It’s not that there’s some overlooked romance in pickaxes and pit ponies; workers controlling mining meant that the workers who built the country might be able to run it too, and not in some symbolic, protesty, “whose streets? our streets!” kind of way. I mean really run the country. And they came so damn close.

My fixer says he worries that a recently invigorated love for the miners might have something to do with the fact that they’re no longer a threat to power, and I can’t say I don’t share his concerns. It’s true that there was plenty of vocal support for the miners during the strike, but the difference between mercy and solidarity has become ever-blurrier amid the disastrous global decline of the labor movement. Mercy is for Christians, and solidarity is for socialists. It’s not that the two categories are mutually exclusive (and a little mercy certainly makes the world more bearable), but one is hardly a substitute for the other. Mercy dictates support for the miners because they were wickedly and ruthlessly felled; solidarity dictates support for the miners because the union makes us strong.
UK  mining  miners  coal  MinersStrike  NUM  tradeUnions  history  RedHills  Durham  nostalgia  preservation  ScargillArthur  Stalin  class  film  solidarity 
october 2018 by petej
Deep-Fried Data
"I find it helpful to think of algorithms as a dim-witted but extremely industrious graduate student, whom you don't fully trust. You want a concordance made? An index? You want them to go through ten million photos and find every picture of a horse? Perfect.

You want them to draw conclusions on gender based on word use patterns? Or infer social relationships from census data? Now you need some adult supervision in the room."

"The way things are right now, the Internet is a shopping mall. There are two big anchor stores, Facebook and Google, at either end. There’s an Apple store in the middle, along with a Sharper Image where they are trying to sell us the Internet of Things. A couple of punk kids hang out in the food court, but they don't really make trouble. This mall is well-policed and has security cameras everywhere. And you guys are the bookmobile in the parking lot, put there to try to make it classy.

My dream for the web is for it to feel like big city. A place where you rub elbows with people who are not like you. Somewhere a little bit scary, a little chaotic, full of everything you can imagine and a lot of things that you can't. A place where there’s room for chain stores, room for entertainment conglomerates, but also room for people to be themselves, to create their own spaces, and to learn from one another."
machineLearning  algorithms  bigData  bias  automation  socialMedia  surveillance  privacy  personalData  ethics  archiving  preservation  community  libraries  dctagged  dc:creator=CeglowskiMaciej 
october 2016 by petej
NoLOC.org - Delete Your Tweets Lest They Be Immortal
I don't think this works.

The LoC/Twitter deal says "There will be at least a six-month window between the original date of a tweet and its date of availability for research use." http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2010/04/the-library-and-twitter-an-faq/

That does not mean there is a period of six months before they are transferred from Twitter to LoC.

In fact posts are being transferred from Twitter to LoC (via Gnip) more or less in real-time

http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/library-of-congress-twitter-archive-nearly-done-just-unusable.php

The "six months" is the period for which LoC does not provide access to researchers, not the period for which Twitter does not provide access to LoC. LoC will harvest #noloc-tagged posts "in real-time" just like any others. Deleting them at the Twitter side 23 weeks later won't undo that: it is "closing the stable door (23 weeks) after the horse has bolted"
socialMedia  Twitter  privacy  opt-out  noloc  archive  LibraryOfCongress  preservation 
may 2010 by petej

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