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A Radical Defense of Home Economics | The American Conservative
"I think this essay illustrates something I’ve been noticing lately: the points at which concerns of the radical left converge with those of traditionalist conservatism."

"Traditionalists and radicals alike have deep reservations about the bureaucratization, rationalization, and consumerism of American life, and lament the damage such forces are doing to local communities and to families. But while these groups formulate very similar critiques of the current order, they arrive at those critques by very different intellectual paths. I wonder if that will always prevent them from making common cause with one another."

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conservatism  alanjacobs  diy  homeeconomics  2012  convergence  radicalleft  radicalism  local 
january 2014 by robertogreco
The Lives of Images Peter Galison in conversation with Trevor Paglen [.pdf]
"What is observation? What is seeing? What counts as “right depiction”? Are images today now doing more than showing? What is objectivity? What does the future of imaging hold?

Peter Galison, one of the world’s leading historians of science, has written widely on how visual representation shapes our understanding of the world. Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work with photography has explored governmental secrecy and the limits of seeing. For his most recent project, The Last Pictures, Paglen worked with a group of scientists to create a disc of images marking our historical moment; the project culminated in last year’s launch of a satellite, carrying those images, that will remain in Earth’s orbit perpetually. The following conversation took place at Aperture’s office earlier this year."

"Well, what is it that the digital really does? There are many ways in which the digital is shaped by the legacy of analog photography and film. Both for political reasons and aesthetic reasons, what’s really important is the fact that digital is small, cheap, and searchable. The combination of these three features is dramatic. It means that your smartphone does facial recognition—no longer is that an inaccessible and futuristic piece of the state-security apparatus. It’s ubiquitous.

Aesthetically, this can mean a kind of decentering, a vision of the world that is not directly human. It also means that cameras are everywhere, and you’re not even aware of them. There’s an interesting film by a colleague and friend, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, working with Véréna Paravel, called Leviathan (2012), filmed on fishing boats in the North Atlantic. A lot of the film would have been completely unimaginable just a generation ago. They use little high-resolution digital cameras to achieve points of view in places that would previously have been impossible: amidst the pile of dead fish, or underwater as the tank is being filled, or looking back at the front of the boat. These are not impossible camera angles, but they’re nonhuman points of view."

"It seems that we’re moving away from thinking about images interms of representation and toward thinking about their creation as part of a networked process, guided by political or economic “scripts” embedded in the algorithms controlling these image-making networks. If we look at Facebook’s facial-recognition and search technologies, or at Instagram, we see similar things going on, but in a commercial context."

"If images become tools, it’s easier to see them as stepping-stones to other things. For me, the fundamental separation between art and science is not an eternal characteristic of science. The split happened in a historical moment. If you said to Leonardo da Vinci—pardon me, historians—“Are your studies of turbulent water art or science?” he would reply (so I imagine): “You’re crazy! What are you talking about? I don’t even recognize this choice.” But in the nineteenth century, you begin to have the idea of an objective image and of a scientist who is defined by being self-restrained, followed by the idea of maximal detachment from the image. At that moment, Charles Baudelaire criticized photography, saying (approximately): “You know, this isn’t really part of art because it’s insufficiently modulated by the person who says he’s an artist.” In that sense, what Baudelaire is saying and what late-nineteenth-century scientists are saying is the same thing, except they come to opposite conclusions. What they agree on is that art is defined by intervention and science is defined by lack of intervention.

I believe the trunk split, at that point, into two branches. But in many ways the branches are coming back together again in our moment. People in the art world aren’t frightened, in the way they once were, of having a scientific dimension to what they do. It’s not destabilizing for Matthew Ritchie to collaborate with scientists, nor is it a professional disqualification for scientists to work with artists."
trevorpaglen  petergalison  aperture  images  photography  perception  interpretation  history  science  art  seeing  sight  leviathan  recording  video  film  processing  photoshop  digital  luciencastaing-taylor  vérénaparavel  presentation  manipulation  capture  distortion  depiction  universalism  language  communication  symbols  semiotics  aesthetics  interdisciplinary  glvo  instagram  networkedfictions  canon  matthewritchie  leonardodavinci  facebook  uniquity  gopro  charlesbaudelaire  newaesthetic  convergence 
june 2013 by robertogreco
Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change | Center for Ecoliteracy
Lesson #1:  To promote systems change, foster community and cultivate networks. Lesson #2:  Work at multiple levels of scale. Lesson #3:  Make space for self-organization. Lesson #4:  Seize breakthrough opportunities when they arise. Lesson #5:  Facilitate — but give up the illusion that you can direct — change. Lesson #6:  Assume that change is going to take time. Lesson #7:  Be prepared to be surprised." [via: ]
systems  leadership  flow  training  convergence  tcsnmy  lcproject  sustainability  community  networks  scale  self-organization  self-organizedlearningenvironment  food  culture  health  environment  change  time  slow  management  administration  deschooling  unschooling  education  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
Luke's Commonplace Book | A convergence that needed documentation: Ayjay...
"A convergence that needed documentation: Ayjay posted a poem from Andrew Hudgins called “Praying Drunk,” which included this line: “… At night / deer drift from the dark woods and eat my garden. / They’re like enormous rats on stilts except, / of course, they’re beautiful.” A few days earlier Rob Greco posted a link to di liu’s animal regulation series, which had the above picture of an abnormally large deer, which makes deer look very much “like enormous rats on stilts except, / of course, they’re beautiful.”"
lukeneff  alanjacobs  animals  convergence  andrewhudgins  ego  deer  diliu  poetry  art  photography  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
I Want My Twitter TV! | Fast Company
""Turns out, not everyone wants to use Twitter on television the same way," Sladden says. "Revenge of the liberal-arts majors" might be the best way to describe the method that the media team uses to help partners figure out how best to use Twitter. "Robin will lead a design-oriented brainstorm session to try to tease out in their own words what that relationship will be and what that creative potential is," Sladden says. "It's anthropology, learning their tribal language. It's better when it's native to you, but you can crack the code if you listen, ask good questions, and care enough to understand.""
cloesladden  robinsloan  rosshoffman  twitter  media  tv  television  2010  fastcompany  socialmedia  entertainment  convergence  newliberalarts  liberalarts  anthropology  listening  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
interactions magazine | The Art of Editing: The New Old Skills for a Curated Life
"Whether we see it or not, we’re becoming editors ourselves. In the Gutenberg era, the one-to-many relationship, in which an editor dictated the content for the masses, was common. In the post-Gutenberg era, our reliance became more democratic: We sought out editors who could sift through the staggering amount of information for us, signal where to look, what to read, and what to pay attention to. Now there’s another shift at play; you may have seen it reblogged or retweeted recently, in fact. With new tools allowing an unlimited degree of flexibility and freedom, we’re gaining comfort in editing our own media. We are, for the first time, accepting the role of editor, and exhibiting our editorial qualities outward. We’re gaining followers and pointing the way forward for others. But without any training, how are we doing it?"
culture  curation  narrative  convergence  collections  blogging  editing  editors  content  iraglass  via:cervus  cv  ethanzuckerman  lizdanzico  coherence  twitter  tumblr  clayshirky  infooverload  googlereader  rss  intuition  voice  tempo  socialmedia  information  design  writing  media  danahboyd  news 
may 2010 by robertogreco
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: A Convergence of Convergences: A Contest.
"To celebrate the release of Lawrence Weschler's Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, we are launching an extravagant new contest: A Convergence of Convergences. Submit your own convergence −an unlikely, striking pair of images, along with a paragraph or three exploring the deeper resonances. The best contributions will be posted on the site, along with responding commentary from Weschler. (For those of you who still aren't quite clear on this "convergence" concept, it's kind of like Celebrity Look-Alikes, except instead of Nick Nolte and Gary Busey, it's a cuneiform tablet and the Chicago city jail, followed by a series of brilliant, spiraling ruminations. Or, for a more intelligent analysis, read this sneak preview of the book, written by a genuine graduate student.) Please send your submissions to − if your images are attachments (rather than links), please keep them under 1 megabyte."
art  photography  images  humor  books  convergence  lawrenceweschler 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: Transmedia Tacos? You Bet!
"Kogi is a small example of the new spectatorship that creative artists can maneuver to empower a deeper synergy between production and consumption (or future prosumption) as chefs and diners, food critics and passive consumers can all benefit from the increased connectivity and emotional resonance afforded through transmedia productions. What is going on is the sharing of privileged knowledge and information conveyed as a narrative construction.

Perhaps we really are what and how we eat. Kogi can be representative of larger shifts and cultural trends. It is a Korean and Latin fushion cooking driven by new mediated technologies and platforms that allow for increased sharing and participating. Transmedia has a certain cosmopolitan aesthetic and democratic participation that should be cultivated as we move further into the hybridity and diversity of a networked world."
twitter  marketing  advertising  storytelling  socialmedia  narrative  transmedia  henryjenkins  kogi  experience  convergence  music  losangeles  casestudy  local 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Welcome | The Signtific Lab | Massively Multiplayer Thought Experiments
"The Signtific Lab is a public laboratory for developing and sharing cutting edge ideas about the future of science and technology. We invite scientists, engineers, designers, developers, researchers,
signtific  predictions  convergence  multiplayer  arg  research  games  education  technology  future  science  innovation  collaboration  space  community  crowdsourcing  experiment  ideas 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Why TV Lost
"[1] the Internet is an open platform... [2] Moore's Law, which has worked its usual magic on Internet bandwidth... [3] piracy. Users prefer it not just because it's free, but because it's more convenient." ... "After decades of running an IV drip right into their audience, people in the entertainment business had understandably come to think of them as rather passive. They thought they'd be able to dictate the way shows reached audiences. But they underestimated the force of their desire to connect with one another."
internet  web  online  paulgraham  broadcast  tv  television  technology  convergence  bittorrent  distribution  piracy  kindle  facebook  media  information  future 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web | Video on
"At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?"
onemachine  kevinkelly  via:grahamje  spimes  ubicomp  internet  ubiquitous  cloudcomputing  cloud  brain  convergence  digital  ai  semanticweb  future  futurism  predictions  technology  ted  statistics  data  email  communication  computing  computers  trends  media  web  networks 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Art + Science = Inspiration
"problem starts early, about the time each of us chooses between mathletes and drama club...encouraged to take our place on one side of the art/science divide...stifles creativity & innovation as we move through higher edu & beyond"

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science  paris  technology  design  france  art  collaboration  convergence  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  experience  lcproject  creativity  residencies  glvo  lelaboratoire 
july 2008 by robertogreco
New Space Promotes Intersection of Art, Science : NPR
"A new creative space dedicated to experimental collaboration between artists and scientists opens in Paris. Le Laboratoire is the brainchild of Harvard bio-medical technology professor David Edwards."
science  paris  technology  design  france  art  collaboration  convergence  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  experience  lcproject  creativity  residencies  glvo  lelaboratoire 
july 2008 by robertogreco
:: Le Laboratoire ::
"New creative space dedicated to experimental collaboration between artists and scientists located in the heart of Paris, Le Laboratoire opens its door to the public on October 19, 2007."
science  paris  technology  design  france  art  collaboration  convergence  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  experience  lcproject  creativity  residencies  glvo  lelaboratoire 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Handheld Learning - learning with mobile and ubiquitous technologies - The New Apple Core
"Taking all of the above into consideration, I would argue that there is no better time than now to invest in Apple stock and in companies that are far down the learning curve on "location aware servers"."
iphone  apple  convergence  computing  handheld  mobile  future  edtech  technology 
july 2008 by robertogreco
the human network » Blog Archive » Hyperpolitics (American Style) [video here:]
"We are built to observe & reproduce the behaviors of our parents, mentors & peers...hyperconnectivity produces hypermimesis...unprecedented acceleration of natural processes of observational learning"
politics  democracy  hyperconnectivity  hypermimesis  convergence  networks  mobile  phones  network  governance  future  internet  society  markpesce  observation  learning  culture  human  gamechanging  world  global  history  web 
july 2008 by robertogreco
GameSetWatch - GameSetInterview: Henry Jenkins On The Responsibility Of Games
ARG=informational scavenger hunts which disperse info across broad range of media channels; encourage players to create new media tools to process & communicate info; only solved by people working together as teams & tapping power of social networks to so
games  gamedesign  arg  gaming  henryjenkins  technology  mit  reality  learning  education  convergence  videogames  play  media  information  collectiveintelligence 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Revolution Will Be Televised
"TV can avoid the music industry’s fate and survive the digital age, but only by beating the Internet at its own game."
broadband  business  cinema  film  television  tv  internet  web  media  convergence  copyright  music  trends  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Mobile Learning - Abilene Christian University
"What might a university look like with a fully deployed program of converged devices like the iPhone? Connected is one possible vision. This fictional day-in-the-life account highlights some of the potential benefits in a higher education setting when ev
convergence  education  elearning  iphone  ipodtouch  technology  mobilelearning  mobile  phones  video  universities  colleges  academia 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Q&A: Author Nicholas Carr on the Terrifying Future of Computing
"What's amazing is that this shift from private to public software has happened without us even noticing it." "We're transferring our intelligence into the machine, and the machine is transferring its way of thinking into us."
interviews  nicholascarr  cloud  computing  internet  futurism  future  newmedia  networks  convergence  computers  cloudcomputing  privacy  technology  predictions 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Editorial: We are all videographers now
"The inevitable convergence of the photograph and video." "For most photographers Cartier Bresson’s mantra, ‘the decisive moment’, is instilled into our photographic psyche at a very early stage."
photography  video  convergence  cameras  technology 
december 2007 by robertogreco
How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook -- Facebook -- InformationWeek
"Columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid."
corydoctorow  facebook  social  danahboyd  frinedster  myspace  socialgraph  socialnetworking  opensocial  networks  etiquette  evite  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  walledgardens  attention  blogs  convergence  networking  society  identity  privacy  culture  sociology  socialmedia  communication  aol  email  life  work  coworkers  history  trends 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Front | Kitchen
Kitchen Budapest, opened in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary
kitchenbudapest  interdisciplinary  mobile  phones  convergence  communication  online  altgdp  research  digital  web  internet  media  architecture  art  community  projects  locative  europe  multitouch  interactiondesign  technology  webdesign  medialab  innovation  collective  design  urban  budapest  machineproject  lcproject  mitmedialab  webdev 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Kitchen Budapest catalog
"KB is a brand new media lab for researchers who are not only interested in convergence of mobile communication, online communities & urban space but who are also ready to get hands dirty creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams."
interdisciplinary  mobile  phones  convergence  communication  online  altgdp  research  digital  web  internet  media  kitchenbudapest  budapest  machineproject  lcproject 
november 2007 by robertogreco
First Pics of Bug Labs Open-Source Hardware
"The company is creating a Lego-like hardware platform that tinkerers and engineers can use to create their own digital devices. I visited their offices in New York earlier this week and played around with a prototype."
prototyping  components  computer  convergence  diy  electronics  hardware  lego  microcontrollers  Linux  open  opensource  platform  technology  trends  futurism  innovation 
november 2007 by robertogreco
The User-Generated Content Myth - Publishing 2.0
"The reality is that “average people” don’t create a lot of content — at least not the commercially viable kind. Most people are too busy. Those that do “create content” — and who do it well — are those who are predisposed to being content
user  usergenerated  content  participatory  publishing  internet  web  online  convergence  social  crowdsourcing  creativity 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Joho the Blog: From data to presence
"as we access net through a computer, it's a place we visit. As...something we carry with us everywhere, it swallows us whole. Our presence...becomes constant, intertwingled w/ real world, connected in ways that will emerge from constancy/intertwingling."
via:preoccupations  net  wen  online  presence  ambient  ambientintimacy  jaiku  google  mobile  phones  convergence  location-based 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Proboscis | SoMa | projects | urban tapestries
"Urban Tapestries is an experimental software platform for knowledge mapping and sharing – public authoring. It combines mobile and internet technologies with geographic information systems to allow people to build relationships between places and to as
annotation  locative  location-based  local  location  psychogeography  maps  mapping  convergence  folksonomy  urban  urbanism  ubiquitous  ubicomp  everyware  wayfinding  mobility  mobile  phones  communication  community  collaboration  cities  computing  architecture  art  geotagging  memory  geography 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Facts from 'Digital Korea' -
"Tomi Ahonen's book "Digital Korea" discusses digital convergence in South Korea. Here are some excerpted statistics:"
korea  statistics  mobile  phones  convergence  internet  web  online  tv  television  culture  use 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Internet Evolution - The Site for News, Analysis, and Opinion about the Future of the Internet
"At Internet Evolution we believe that the next huge leap forward in the history of the Internet is happening now – and the goal of our site is to gauge its likely impact on every aspect of life as we know it."
convergence  evolution  internet  it  technology  trends  future  futurism  now  web  online  news  predictions  assessment  gamechanging  reference  media 
october 2007 by robertogreco
PavingWays - web applications on (mobile) devices
"We focus on bringing web-based applications and services to any device that is capable of connecting to the internet."
mobile  phones  web  online  internet  convergence  blogs  design  applications  reference 
september 2007 by robertogreco
pasta and vinegar » Selective disConnectvity
"I take jokes such as Isolatr very seriously: our world values connection so much that it’s not only connection to devices but also connections to people that are important. The word “serendipity” is now everywhere, what’s next: a renaissance of the misanthropes?"
technology  theory  mobile  networks  panopticon  convergence  culture  surveillance  socialnetworks  connectivity  community  communication  howardrheingold  media  wifi  socialnetworking  privacy  social  forgetting  digital  balance  slow  disconnectivity 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte - Howard Rheingold and Eric Kluitenberg, Mindful Disconnection: Counterpowering the Panopticon from the Inside
"media experts Howard Rheingold and Eric Kluitenberg ask us to consider if unquestioned connectivity – the drive to connect everything to everything, and everyone to everyone by means of electronic media – is necessarily a good thing."

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technology  theory  mobile  networks  panopticon  convergence  culture  surveillance  socialnetworks  connectivity  community  communication  howardrheingold  media  wifi  socialnetworking  privacy  social  forgetting  digital  balance  slow  diconnectivity 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Wonderland: Hollywood & Games: An Interview with Jesse Alexander
"Jesse Alexander is the Exec Producer of Alias, Lost and Heroes, and had a lot to say particularly about the crossover between television and videogames, which can be summed up in his last comment here to a questioner: "I believe television and videogames
lost  heroes  tv  interviews  gamedesign  games  videogames  media  play  television  storytelling  convergence 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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