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How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War | Frieze
Modernity is war on ever increasing scales: expanding from the tactical to the strategic to the logistic. World War II was won not by generals but by quartermasters, by the ones who kept the biggest flows of boots and bullets and bodies moving toward the front.

Modernity is also war on more and more kinds of terrain. Warfare not only took to the air but to the airwaves. The modern world is a condition of generalized information warfare. Not only is architecture vulnerable to bombs, it proves defenseless against information, passing through the doors and walls of our homes, rearranging the space and time we imagine we live within.
war  information  philosophy  speech  theory  writing  nonfiction  wwii  terrorism  terror 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
James T. Kloppenberg Discusses His ‘Reading Obama’ -
“To critics on the left he seems a tragic failure, a man with so much potential who has not fulfilled the promise of change that partisans predicted for his presidency,. To the right he is a frightening success, a man who has transformed the federal government and ruined the economy.”
obama  politics  books  philosophy  reading  power  nonfiction 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Anthropology of Hackers - Gabriella Coleman - Technology - The Atlantic
Hacking, however, is as much a gateway into familiar cultural and political territory. For instance, hacker commitments to freedom, meritocracy, privacy and free speech are not theirs alone, nor are they hitched solely to the contemporary moment. Indeed, hacker ethical principles hearken back to sensibilities and conundrums that precipitated out of the Enlightenment's political ferment; hackers have refashioned many political concerns -- such as a commitments to free speech -- through technological and legal artifacts, thus providing a particularly compelling angle by which to view the continued salience of liberal principles in the context of the digital present.
technology  academia  education  politics  power  digital  freespeech  ethics  philosophy 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The key to his genius - Books, Canada -
One can speculate endlessly about the causes of Gould’s late-career breakdown; everything from the recent death of his perfectionist mother to the routine pressures of middle age has been cited. And it is surely the case that his hypochondria, combined with the cycles of self-medication, anxiety, and (importantly) the means to indulge these, created its own toxic energy. But I think the simplest explanation is both the best and the most frightening. Gould was caught in a control freak’s nightmare. Even as he struggled to fix something he felt was broken, he was attacked by new waves of misgiving about whether the steps he was taking to solution were actually making the problem worse. Not only was his playing stalled by thought—in other words, he had become the centipede—but, far worse, the thought itself had become stalled, recursive and self-negating at every moment. This is the energy of consciousness bent back upon its bearer.
music  philosophy  behavior  thinking  health  psychology  classical  classicalmusic  canada  books 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
John Dillinger, Existentialist by Thomas S. Hibbs on National Review Online
But the pace, in the end, is precisely the point. Dillinger is nothing more than what he does. He robs banks, and in this he achieves a kind of freedom, liberation from petty concerns over a job and a family, over what others think of him, over the desire for money and advancement, even over the fear of death, as the scene in the Biograph indicates.

That accounts for both the attraction of Dillinger and his essential emptiness, a combination that Mann’s own film mimics: artistic flair wedded to nihilism.
movies  cinema  film  aesthetics  beauty  philosophy  crime  men  gender  power  identity 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Waiting for death, alone and unafraid - Los Angeles Times
Sometimes he wonders if he is playing at being a tired old man or whether he actually is a tired old man.

Through the blur of his dozing, he hears muffled voices, the memory of the boys running from room to room, the happiest sound in the world. There was a time when he could hear Jeanne breathing beside him after she had died.
death  philosophy  psychology  health  medicine  losangeles  brain 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Existential Clown - The Atlantic (December 2008)
To quote Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable."
movies  film  cinema  identity  humor  criticism  comedy  philosophy  celebrity  acting 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Basics - Gut Instinct’s Surprising Role in Math -
“What’s interesting and surprising in our results is that the same system we spend years trying to acquire in school, and that we use to send a man to the moon, and that has inspired the likes of Plato, Einstein and Stephen Hawking, has something in common with what a rat is doing when it’s out hunting for food. I find that deeply moving.”
mathematics  science  aesthetics  education  biology  fauna  animals  philosophy  attention 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired Magazine: Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He's the King of the Worlds
"I could never get that idea, the notion that society in general is becoming aliterate, out of my head. People who write books, people who work in universities, who work on big projects for a long time, are on a diverging course from the rest of society. Slowly, the two cultures just get further and further apart."
literature  libarry  writing  reading  books  fiction  culture  science  history  society  academia  education  philosophy  interview  sciencefiction  time  future 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paris Match: Style:
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: "Modeling has a reputation for emptiness, but it’s not. It is certainly not German philosophy, but it was very instructive, because it was made up of real life. You travel, you are always alone, and you better be well grounded, because it’s easy to lose yourself."
beauty  women  acting  aesthetics  identity  philosophy  travel 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
/Message: Subjectivity Is The New Objectivity
"Our versions of what was 'objectively' true were always a social construct. We're just having the blinkers lifted now."
philosophy  journalism  story  media  social  google 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Is a Public Intellectual? - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog
"At the most fundamental level, ideas for them were not building blocks to a career. Rather, careers were the material foundation that allowed them to define and express their ideas."
internet  philosophy  academia  identity  public  politics  career  attention  books  reputation  from:cecily 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
THE ACADEMY: Goombah 101: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker
"Over Memorial Day weekend, fittingly, Fordham University hosted a conference called 'The Sopranos: A Wake.'"
academia  research  story  television  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'Buffy' stakes out academic turf - 06/09/2008 -
"It's like I tell my students in philosophy a lot of times: We're not so much about necessarily finding all the answers as wanting to ask better questions. 'Buffy,' I think, does that."
story  television  academia  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > news > David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal' by David Mamet
"And I realized that the time had come for me to avow my participation in that America in which I chose to live, and that that country was not a schoolroom teaching values, but a marketplace."
politics  philosophy  toread  movies  culture  writing  usa  education 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Digging Deeper::Traditional Media Ready to Elevate the Conversation Online -- with Moderation | PBS
"You have to create a space where the conversation is the kind of conversation that appeals to the people in your world. There are places where the conversation gets really ugly and people don't go to the New York Times to get yelled at."
blogging  communication  story  community  culture  ethics  internet  journalism  news  media  newspapers  online  philosophy  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Why booze and cigarettes are essential for good journalism. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
"The wise editor understands that quality journalism requires a bad attitude, foul words, a brawl, and sometimes a drink afterward."
alcohol  drinking  journalism  media  newspapers  writing  identity  beverages  speech  philosophy  editing 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Man with a Plan: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker
"[I]t’s true that in Spencer’s scheme of values the superficial was profound. In an 1854 essay on aesthetics, he declared, 'The saying that beauty is but skin-deep, is but a skin-deep saying.' "
history  newyorker  philosophy  aesthetics  beauty  art 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
TNR Online | Getting to the End
"The question of endings in an apocalypse must be philosophical as well as merely emotional, even in a novel. Will it be heaven or hell? Will it last forever, or be over in a flash?"
novels  books  fiction  religion  philosophy  usa 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Chronicle: 4/6/2007: The Universe's Weird Bio-Friendliness
"I believe we will never achieve a satisfactory and complete scientific account for why the universe is the way it is as long as we cling to Platonism — externally imposed, absolute, and perfect mathematical laws."
science  research  astronomy  philosophy 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A messy desk can breed success: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Really, the argument is not to be a slob. The basic argument is people tend to overvalue order because they rarely look at the cost of generating that order."
jobs  work  memory  aesthetics  behavior  philosophy  thinking  time  social 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior - New York Times
“Sympathy is the raw material out of which a more complicated set of ethics may get fashioned. In the actual world, we are confronted with different people who might be targets of our sympathy. And the business of ethics is deciding who to help and why
religion  ethics  philosophy  science  research  fauna  animals 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dark energy - The Universe - Physics - Out There - Richard Panek - New York Times
“You want your mind to be boggled. That is a pleasure in and of itself. And it’s more a pleasure if it’s boggled by something that you can then demonstrate is really, really true.”
astronomy  science  research  beauty  aesthetics  philosophy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How can I, a middle-aged single woman, just enjoy the rest of my life? | Salon Life
"Time is warped in some way, we feel certain of that. You can get high enough to see over the horizon, but you can't get high enough to see the future. So you pack for the unforeseen. You pack the best you can."
women  travel  philosophy  humor  identity  counseling  relationships 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
IJBS: The Matrix Decoded: Le Nouvel Observateur Interview With Jean Baudrillard
"There are no longer external Omega points or any antagonistic means available in order to analyze the world; there is nothing more than a fascinated adhesion."
obituaries  cinema  criticism  philosophy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Advertisements for myself | Salon Books
"What we truly want from a personal ad can never be put into words, so what we're left with is a set of acronyms ("DJW ISO SWM") with a few hobbies attached. This is a language game par excellence."
language  relationships  newspapers  media  love  marriage  men  women  writing  nonfiction  fiction  philosophy  aesthetics  identity  improvisation  creativity 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Psychology Today: Humor's Sexual Side
"Men taunt other men with clever nicknames and insults. That isn't something that women do. They don't tend to play practical jokes, or engage in humor that humiliates or puts somebody down."
marriage  friendship  comedy  culture  gender  health  humor  love  men  philosophy  psychology  relationships  science  sex  society  women 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: 'Murder in Amsterdam,' by Ian Buruma
"Voltaire did not risk, with his every utterance, making a billion enemies who recognized his face and could, via the Internet, share information instantaneously with people who aspired to assassinate him."
books  islam  religion  europe  netherlands  atheism  philosophy  writing 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Some Defiant, Others Give Up On Return to New Orleans
"I've lived long enough to know that life is a wave; you move up and down. When you are down, you have to muster the wherewithal to face it."
neworleans  hurricane  katrina  rita  philosophy 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Observer UK: Snap dragons
"[...] If you're searching for new possibilities, it's a new ideology. Every ideology tries to tell you that this life is the only one: you can only drink this way, eat this way, feel this way. You cannot have another truth."
aesthetics  identity  politics  philosophy  photography  china  art  creativity 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Chronic fatigue syndrome led Jessica Mapes to her spiritual path
"There is something divine working in, through and around me -- everyone, really. And when something happens to confirm that, I say, 'Hello. Hi, I see you.' And, it says, 'That's me. Yeah, I see you, too.'"
spirituality  health  god  philosophy  religion  buddhism 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: God (or Not), Physics and, of Course, Love: Scientists Take a Leap
"It knows no fences, has no barriers or boundaries. It's difficult to define, eludes modern measurement and seems scientifically woolly. But I know true love exists. I just can't prove it."
love  men  women  science  philosophy  questions 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge THE WORLD QUESTION CENTER 2005
"This year there's a focus on consciousness, on knowing, on ideas of truth and proof. If pushed to generalize, I would say it is a commentary on how we are dealing with the idea of certainty."
questions  philosophy  science  academia  logic 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: What Derrida Really Meant
"By struggling to find ways to overcome patterns that exclude the differences that make life worth living, he developed a vision that is consistently ethical."
france  identity  obituaries  philosophy  theory 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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