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“Anything that offers success in our unjust society without trying to change it is not revolutionary – it just helps people cope. In fact, it could also be making things worse. Instead of encouraging radical action, mindfulness says the causes of suffering are disproportionately inside us, not in the political ...Read More
Eh... Quillette consistently leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The writing is just nuanced enough to provide some valid points in order sound smart, but always with enough omissions and mental acrobatics (or incompetence?) to feed the alt-right trolls. Here is my take on male disposability: The main source of violence against men are power structures — nation states, corporations, etc etc. Power structures target men because societies are patriarchal and men are the ones that hold power. So framing it as violence against men is dubious, its violence against communities with less power. There are ...Read More
"“When do we ever get to be boys?” It is a question that Ava DuVernay’s masterpiece When They See Us asked in a gripping preview to a four-part series based on t…"
A look at the interplay between beef and colonialism in America: ‘"Cattle ranchers and bison hunters, supported by the U.S. military, fundamentally reshaped the Great Plains, expelling American Indians from western lands and appropriating that land for use by white settlers and ranchers.” Without this process of extermination and colonization, he says, beef’s emergence as a staple of the American diet ...Read More
"At the country level, among developed countries, there is no relationship between energy use and development. Further, for all countries with normal economies, the less energy-intensive is a country’s economy, the happier are its people."
“As algorithmically manufactured recollection on platforms continues to take hold, we must ask what memories are left on the outskirts. What experiences are illegible to or unvalued by a commercial system? What does it mean for our subjectivities at large that we are all building our memories around same scaffolding?”
George Monbiot thinking through the psychopathology necessary to lead our toxic societies. “In designing an effective politics, it could be useful to work backwards: to decide what kind of people we would like to see representing us, then create a system that would bring them to the fore. I want ...Read More
Another close look at the close relationship between youtube algorithms and dissemination of far-right ideology. Towards the end the article describes a some new left-leaning youtube personalities counteracting and debunking some of the extremist rhetoric. Curious if this trend will persist and if it is capable of making an impact. I've also been wondering if anyone has drawn parallels between the latest far-right phenomena and earlier efforts to indoctrinate the youth, most notably the skinheads in the 70s and 80s. ...Read More
"This market-driven 'sustainable' vision of economic activity, ecological-conscious diets and 'hipness' within modern capitalism reinforce inequality and still hurt the environment."
"After a few months of swirling discourse, we can begin to identify an emergent set of positions in the debate around the Green New Deal. The right-wing has resorted to classic red-baiting…The vanishing center is clinging tightly to its cozy attachment to a politics of triangulation… But on the left, "The opposite of pessimism isn’t self-assured optimism, but rather militant commitment to collective action in the face of uncertainty and danger. We might take our cue from social movements that adopt a stance of critical support, embracing the political opening afforded by the Green New Deal while at the same ...Read More
Very interesting essay about AI & UBI by Vi Hart. I don't necessarily agree with the conclusions, but it does make interesting points along the way (Data Collectives, MIDs or Mediators of Individuals Data, Data Dignity...) ...Read More
"How the fantasies of the TV era created the disaster of social media" "Social media was built on TV culture’s fantasy that ever-greater “connectivity” would perfect democracy and bring harmony. This fantasy is now dashed to pieces. But casting our current crisis as one of “digital discourse,” or of social media betraying democracy, risks that we obscure both the nature of social media ...Read More
Most won't be surprised by this, but it's interesting to see some quantitative data on it. You could argue that the media is actually doing a disservice in that it is not discussing the relevant issues that could help people and its actually promoting fear and terror "What's interesting is that Americans search on Google is a much closer reflection of what kills us than what is presented in the media. One way to think about it is that media outlets may produce content that they think readers are most interested in, but this is not necessarily ...Read More