Opinion | The Blindness of Social Wealth - The New York Times
People try to compensate for the lack of intimate connection by placing their moral and emotional longings on their political, ethnic and other tribes, turning them viciously on each other.
Such big subjects didn’t come up in the Zuckerberg hearings because socially wealthy and socially poor people experience Facebook differently and perceive reality and social problems differently.
social  technology  use 
5 weeks ago
The Poverty of Chicano Artists
When a person’s life lacks in meaning, pleasure, and they have no control over how to run their own lives, they look outside of themselves for salvation. The artist finds his calling in "self—expression", creating art pieces in which she can live out a dull reflection of what has not been possible in real life. That’s not beautiful; it’s pathetic.
All the people that you aim to represent on your canvas or in your poems, we still have to exist in the same ghettoes, we still have to wo...
society  artist 
5 weeks ago
but dear people do you realize that all what is shown could have been found by yourself.
It is very egoic to ask for 'solutions' to the problem as the problem is within ourselves as every individual knows.

It is all about belief, your belief, no one else's in this universe. And your trust in your belief has been misused, abused and so on for centuries, thousands of years since some scribe started to write down what the man standing next to him was dictating him to write down.

6 weeks ago
The Posh Pen Paradox: when writers and artists fear their tools
Money plays into this fear, with the idea that you should only invest expensive materials in to a piece of work that will turn out to be a worthwhile investment, and as mere students we think: Why bother?
materials  art 
9 weeks ago
American Indian Moons
Southeast, Mississippi, Louisiana
moon of cooking
moon of sassafras
moon of little famine
moon of big famine
moon of winds
moon of blackberry
moon of mulberry
moon of peach
moon of the crane
green corn festival
courting time
moon of the wildcat
moon of the panther
10 weeks ago
Three Lies of Digital Ethnography – anthro{dendum}
the ethnographer continuously prunes down networks as they proliferate, carving out a skeletal “field as network” that eventually feels more like a crooked bonsai tree than an expanse of thick experiential wilderness
ography  digital 
12 weeks ago
Algorithmic Entities by Lynn M. LoPucki :: SSRN
algorithmic entities — legal entities that have no human controllers — greatly exacerbate the threat of artificial intelligence. Algorithmic entities are likely to prosper first and most in criminal, terrorist, and other anti-social activities because that is where they have their greatest comparative advantage over human-controlled entities
12 weeks ago
Fake news is not the real problem | TechCrunch
The real problem isn’t fake news; it’s that people have given up on that search for truth. The real problem is that the engineer’s mindset, wherein one weighs the available evidence, and accept and incorporate new evidence even if it contradicts what you previously believed, has never been more rare.
No longer. The engineer’s mindset has been replaced by the lawyer’s mindset, wherein you pick a side in advance of getting any evidence, and then do absolutely everything you can to bel...
february 2018
Pictures of Life in Isolation: Japan’s Hikikomori
the country’s cultural shift from a collective-minded society to a more individualistic one, especially amongst the younger generations who are seeking ways to express their originality. “In Japan, where uniformity is still prized, and reputations and outward appearances are paramount, rebellion comes in muted forms, like hikikomori,” she says.
living  accounting 
february 2018
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin
That story not only has Action, it has a Hero. Heroes are powerful. Before you know it, the men and women in the wild-oat patch and their kids and the skills of the makers and the thoughts of the thoughtful and the songs of the singers are all part of it, have all been pressed into service in the tale of the Hero. But it isn't their story. It's his.
Wanting to be human too, I sought for evidence that I was; but if that's what it took, to make a weapon and kill with it, then evidently...
fiction  writing 
january 2018
Internet Chemotherapy - q2vq2 - Ghostbin
imagine what would've happened to the Internet in 2017 if I had been a blackhat dedicated to building a massive DDoS cannon for blackmailing the biggest providers and companies. I could've disrupted them all and caused extraordinary damage to the Internet in the process
security  internet 
december 2017
The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy
“Ordinary people,” he wrote, “simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.”
labor  body 
december 2017
[1703.05267] Consumers and Curators: Browsing and Voting Patterns on Reddit
We find that most users do not read the article that they vote on, and that, in total, 73% of posts were rated (ie, upvoted or downvoted) without first viewing the content. We also show evidence of cognitive fatigue in the browsing sessions of users that are most likely to vote.
december 2017
Protesting the NPI: A Case Study on Living in the Unreal | Full Stop
The tools we rely on—giving context, getting quotes, providing measured descriptions, seeking out alternate points of view—are no longer adequate to describe the world we inhabit.
december 2017
Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Prosperity | Hacker News
Normalization of taking debt. When someone "buys" something using debt . . .
wealth  distribution 
october 2017
Zero-Player Games
Is this a human player? Does the player have agency? Does the player play over time? Does the player appear to have intentionality? Does the player exhibit aesthetic preferences?
october 2017
Back to the Land — Real Life
As dystopian as a net-neutrality repeal would be, the internet as it stands today is hardly a paradise of equal access. Not only is internet access itself unevenly distributed, but any user or group’s reach on any given platform is typically shaped by money and power and pre-existing influence. And people’s access to network resources are often organized not through cooperative arrangement but by companies that profit from the data their users generate while leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harassment.
internet  labor 
october 2017
A Manifesto – Evergreen Review
Manifestos aren’t easy answers. They provide diagnoses. They exist because we have reached an intractable state. Because we feel the need to find a way out. Manifestos come about because we want to keep the present alive in its most vivid form, remember the past without nostalgia, and generate a vision of the future that is as clear-eyed as possible.
Yasmin Nair
august 2017
MIT Press : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Art and architecture in the service of politics by Millon, Henry A
Controlling our reproductive destiny by Kaplan, Lawrence J
Paper of John von Neumann on Computers
Architectural space in Ancient Greece by Doxiades, Konstantinos Apostolou
Handbook of colorimetry
Blackframes : critical perspectives on Black Independent Cinema
Language development : form and function in emerging grammars by Bloom, Lois
read  books 
august 2017
Worldbuilding - Atomic Rockets

This is an infinitely marvelous and beautiful universe which we are privileged to inhabit. Look inward to the molecules of life and the heart of the atom, or outward to moon, sun, planets, stars, the Orion Nebula where new suns and worlds are coming into being even as you watch, the Andromeda Nebula which is actually a whole sister galaxy: it is all the same cosmos, and every part of it is part of us. The elements of our flesh, blood, bones, and breath were forged out of hydrogen in...
scifi  writing  building 
august 2017
Answer to What is it like to understand advanced mathematics? Does it feel analogous to having mastery of another language like in programming or linguistics? - Quora
You are comfortable with feeling like you have no deep understanding of the problem you are studying.

Your intuitive thinking about a problem is productive and usefully structured, wasting little tie on being aimlessly puzzled.

You think: "First I will lay this foundation, then I will build this framework using these familiar pieces, but leave the walls to fill in later, then I will test the beams..."

You develop a strong aesthetic preference for powerful and ...
math  school  learning 
august 2017
…for the adult in you – “Many window managers are like Marshmallow Froot Loops; Metacity is like Cheerios.”
blog about metacity windows manager:
"This is not the Metacity home page. There is no Metacity home page. This is for the same reason there is no flashy logo: Metacity strives to be quiet, small, stable, get on with its job, and stay out of your attention."
workspace  blog 
august 2017
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