David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture - Salon.com
Anyone with the heretical gall to ask an ironist what he actually stands for ends up looking like an hysteric or a prig. And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its subject is, when exercised, tyranny. It [uses] the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself.
writing  culture  society 
2 days ago
How politics makes us stupid - Vox
“Individuals subconsciously resist factual information that threatens their defining values:
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9 days ago
it’s a living - bookforum.com / current issue
The original name of BusinessWeek magazine was “System: A Monthly Magazine for the Man of Affairs”
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12 days ago
Twitter / nzlabour: National priorities. ...
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13 days ago
Twitter / CherylBernstein: Bet that River Cottage bloke ...
Bet that River Cottage bloke couldn't grow cucumbers that look like this.
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24 days ago
Lost Christchurch – Remembering Our Lost Heritage » 1880s Christchurch – Dull and as Flat as a Kitchen Table
“…when I say cathedral, you must not be misled and imagine that Christ Church Cathedral is a cathedral in reality”
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4 weeks ago
Holes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Holes are an interesting case study for ontologists and epistemologists.
philosophy  ontology 
8 weeks ago
Hope is not a strategy | The Research Whisperer
1. You say: By [doing this work], the authors hope that existing [tools will be improved].
Assessor reads: We’ve done this work, but we don’t think it is going to have any effect.
research  writing  academic 
8 weeks ago
Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
ounded on a radical belief that all citizens have a right to information, art, and literature. That these things are not a luxury, but a necessity, is an idea that turned the old elite concept of private libraries and ivory towers on its head.
library  public 
9 weeks ago
The resilience of neoliberal urbanism | openDemocracy
"As an analytic framework (if it can even be called that) “resilience” studiously, perhaps even judiciously, ignores every important question about the contradictions of capital accumulation and circulation, about uneven development, about enabling political structures, about state strategies of ‘growth machine’ branding "
urban  resilience  politics  capitalism 
11 weeks ago
The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature -- Vulture
“One morning, some weeks after her arrival at Lowick, Dorothea — but why always Dorothea?”
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12 weeks ago
Who is Jacques Ranciere? :: Critical-Theory.com
The police says that there is nothing to see on a road, that there is nothing to do but move along. It asserts that the space of circulating is nothing other than the space of circulation. Politics, in contrast, consists in transforming this space of ‘moving-along’ into a space for the appearance of a subject: i.e., the people, the workers, the citizens: It consists in refiguring the space, of what there is to do there, what is to be seen or named therein. It is the established litigation of the perceptible. – Ten Theses on Politics
philosophy  theory  street  police 
12 weeks ago
Commies for Christ – The New Inquiry
"What intentional communities long for…to leave the door open, to sing through unalienated dishwashing."
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december 2013
The Plashing Vole: y traethodydd: I Got Off My Bike And Stopped Looking For Work
In a Foucauldian sense, I've simply internalised the disciplinary and surveillance models which surround me. I feel bad when I don't overwork because I've been trained to see overwork as normal. Our employers – and every employer: this isn't simply about education – depend on overwork.
academic  labour 
december 2013
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
Although the islands of remote Oceania were among the last places reached by humanity, many islands entered the Anthropocene early. Extinctions — some caused by the first people to discover islands — have been far more frequent on islands than continents, and the intensity and consequences of human-caused biological invasion, deforestation, and landscape alteration have been substantially greater as well (Vitousek et al., 1997; Steadman, Pregill and Butley, 2002; Rolett and Diamond, 2004). At the same time, islands provide a useful model for understanding how coupled human and natural systems experience the Anthropocene, and perhaps for how they can manage its impacts.
december 2013
How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Alexandre Afonso
The academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core  of insiders
academic  economy  politics 
december 2013
Natural Earth
large scale vector and raster data
data  his  map  cartography 
november 2013
James C. Scott reviews ‘The World until Yesterday’ by Jared Diamond · LRB 21 November 2013
Debunking the idea that modern tribal societies are relics of how ancients lived. The state reaches everywhere.
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november 2013
Facebook Reasserts Posts Can Be Used to Advertise - NYTimes.com
“Every day, people post billions of pieces of content and connections into the graph and in doing this, they’re helping to build the clearest model of everything there is to know in the world,” Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, told Wall Street analysts in a conference call last month.
privacy  socialnetwork  internet 
november 2013
Coyote Tracks - Privacy happens at the endpoints
The problem here isn’t how Google (or Facebook or anyone else) handles our privacy; the problem is that Google shouldn’t be managing our privacy.
privacy  internet  politics 
november 2013
The East-West horror show « transportblog.co.nz
East-West link proposal: destructive, ineffective, uninformed, and not even well greenwashed. via
from twitter
november 2013
Government trying to manage financial risks better:... | Stuff.co.nz
English said the benefit of PPPs was not so much cost savings, "but because we learn so much". "The external parties who would be putting capital at risk are much more sensitive to the risks of the project and have a much better toolkit for those risks."

For example, he said the Wiri prison agreement in Auckland had yielded a "wealth of learning" which was now being applied across the entire prison system.
politics  nz  economics 
november 2013
The push for performance-related pay is driven by faith, not facts | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian
No amount of evidence has killed off a near-religious belief in performance-related pay. Most research finds it useless or damaging, but faith in gut instinct conquers evidence when governments and managers need to believe it.
economics  social  politics 
november 2013
303 See Other
Twitter is “the domain of opinionated people & people high-fiving each other.” via
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november 2013
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