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How Liberalism and Racism Are Wed - NYTimes.com
The political framework of liberalism, which promises equality and universal protection for “all,” depends on people to believe those promises, so that racial discrimination, brutality, violence, dehumanization, can be written off as accidental, incidental, a problem with the application of liberal theory rather than part of the deep structure of liberalism.
racism  culture  politics  usa  2015 
february 2015 by jju
Sick of this market-driven world? You should be | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

Why neoliberalism is bad - a great summation of why it's wreaking so much havoc on our world: http://t.co/3H9KspYsMD

— janeschmidt (@janeschmidt) August 8, 2014

| http://twitter.com/janeschmidt/status/497743211063169024
twitter  janeschmidt  neoliberalism  culture  market  2014 
august 2014 by jju
Samuel Delany's only important elements in society
“The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society’s values, can force it to change.”
― Samuel R. Delany, Empire Star
samuelrdelany  art  crime  change  society  culture  2013  sf  quote 
december 2013 by jju
Consumer Culture vs. Maker Culture: A Lesson | Coming Soon…
We had a few hiccups, like needing to run to the store to get bigger toothbrushes and batteries that would burn out too quickly. I think the kids were having fun but there were a few parents who were not pleased that the ‘product’ wasn’t working well. We were printing on the Makerbot in an attempt to show the kids how 3D printing worked but it quickly became about the object itself—what ‘toy’ they wanted to take home, not how it worked. The focus shifted, and I didn’t realize it when it was happening. It became about consuming, not creating, partially because I started treating them like consumers.
tsc  makerspace  2012  3dprinting  culture  library 
november 2013 by jju
Duct Tape, 3D Printing, and Libraries of the Future
The same is true of our libraries. The Maker Space concept does not work unless all are involved – librarians, members, experts, children, parents – understand that they are all learning at the same time. If a kid shows up and is trained and treated as a consumer, the Maker Space will fail. No $2,000 MakerBot can match the quality of a store bought lego or toy. No, the trick is to show the child, or parent, or member, that they are part of a learning process and discovering something new – if only it is new to them. They have to be in on the truth that we are all just figuring this out as we go. And if we have it all figured out? Time to try something new.
makerspace  culture  library  tsc  work  2012  consumerism 
november 2013 by jju
Steal This Article – The New Inquiry
But the head of Walmart is not your grandmother. Stealing from a corrupt class of corporate elites who would rather a thousand Bangladeshis die horrific deaths in burning sweatshops than see profits fall half a percent, for example, is not wrong at all. Indeed, taking from the unjustly rich and giving back to the undeservedly poor, even if that’s just you and your own, is the most morally upright thing one can do in an age of multinational robber barons exploiting and polluting the commons.
capitalism  politics  theft  society  culture  2013 
september 2013 by jju
Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? | Dissent Magazine
Sandberg has penned not so much a new Feminine Mystique as an updated Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
feminism  facebook  culture  gender  capitalism  leanin  work  business  2013 
august 2013 by jju
Neil Gaiman bit about librarians
We’ve gone from looking at a desert, in which a librarian had to walk into the desert for you and come back with a lump of gold, to a forest, to this huge jungle in which what you want is one apple. And at that point, the librarian can walk into the jungle and come back with the apple.
neilgaiman  librarians  information  2010  culture 
july 2013 by jju
Proudly Fraudulent: An Interview With MoMA’s First Poet Laureate, Kenneth Goldsmith | The Awl
My advice: Build your own library. Don't trust the cloud. If you love something, download it. It won't be there forever.
culture  art  interview  2013  copyleft  plagiarism 
march 2013 by jju
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond – review | Books | The Guardian
A lama once remarked that Tibetans do not believe that Americans went to the moon, but they did. Americans may not believe, he added, that Tibetans can achieve enlightenment in one lifetime, but they do.
culture  anthropology  jareddiamond  2013  books  review  wadedavis 
january 2013 by jju
How to Live Without Irony
Irony is the most self-defensive mode, as it allows a person to dodge responsibility for his or her choices, aesthetic and otherwise. To live ironically is to hide in public. It is flagrantly indirect, a form of subterfuge, which means etymologically to “secretly flee” (subter + fuge). Somehow, directness has become unbearable to us.
hipster  culture  2012  irony 
november 2012 by jju
‘Time-wars’ by Mark Fisher
Only prisoners have time to read, and if you want to engage in a twenty-year long research project funded by the state, you will have to kill someone.
culture  economics  time  work  capitalism  2012  prison  reading 
august 2012 by jju
The First Knight of Ramadan: A Muslim Nerd's Dilemma (video) - Boing Boing
Aman Ali, one of the guys behind "30 Mosques," tells Boing Boing, "Instead of doing a roadtrip this year, we're releasing short films."

I love this one. In it, a Muslim nerd "is excited for the new Dark Knight movie," but it releases on the first night of Ramadan.
muslim  culture  islam  batman  2012  video  @share 
july 2012 by jju
Why Go Out?
But perhaps that’s what it’s for—self-confidence and courage and energy and peace—perhaps it’s to be used in the world. Perhaps there’s only one thing to do with it: spend it.
introvert  advice  culture  sheilaheti  addiction  2012 
july 2012 by jju
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