'MacBride understood all of this in 1967. “Given the resources of modern technology and planning techniques,” he warned, “it is really no great trick to transform even a country like ours into a smoothly running corporation where every detail of life is a mechanical function to be taken care of.” MacBride's fear is O'Reilly's master plan: the government, he writes, ought to be modelled on the “lean startup” approach of Silicon Valley, which is “using data to constantly revise and tune its approach to the market”.'
Evgeny Morozov details dystopia.
Alan Kirby says postmodernism is dead and buried. In its place comes a new paradigm of authority and knowledge formed under the pressure of new technologies and contemporary social forces.
The view from the other side of the generation gap.
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Source: Time Magazine
Massachusetts Democrat accuses GOP leader of asking students to “dream a little smaller”
I woke up this morning in a fog thick as soup, an extended version of that final stage of sleep where dreams still have more clarity than whatever reality you’re facing. Some part of my conscious mind had latched onto a key phrase that seemed very important, and I had to memorialize it…
I dreamt I was in a distant city, somewhere warm, with an old man - some sort of colonial relic who asked me questions about which countries were which now and who ruled them. Some of them were easy, and I wondered if he was testing me. ‘Let’s go out, it’s a lovely day!’ he said, so we got in his car and drove. We chatted; he kept on asking me questions. The city was all white streamline moderne, with broad boulevards, and as we were driving along one, in the traffic, he urged me to appreciate how good it was to be here. I stretched my legs out across the back seat into the sunshine, and thought to myself, yeah. This is pretty sweet.
The Muppets Meets Twin Peaks Is The Strangest Mashup Ever
Oh my lord.
I really hope that the artist is getting credit. This was done by my wonderful friend Justin DeVine. You can find all of his incredible work on his tumblr
and you can buy his stuff for super cheap. Show some love.
This is amazing.
In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.”
In reality, most of America’s poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.
The real non-workers are the wealthy who…
I don’t often say NO WAR BUT CLASS WAR, but when I do, I do it after reading this.
The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.”
This shit should be banned with extreme prejudice. I can see the need for a certain level of surveillance in the future, due to the extremely destructive potential of GM bioweapons, but manipulating public discourse should be unambiguously outside the remit of the state. (And of private corporations, for that matter. Think of the power of Google and Facebook as propaganda machines.)
Artur Gasparyan, a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine. Now back in the Russian capital, he spoke with RFE/RL in detail about hi…
The next two or three feet of sea-level rise that we get will do away with just about every barrier island we have across the planet. Then, when rises get to four-to-six feet, all the world’s great river deltas will disappear and with them the great stretches of agricultural land that surrounds them. People still have their heads in the sand about this but it is coming. Miami is just the start. It is worth watching just for that reason alone. It is a major US city and it is going to let itself drown.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/11/miami-drowning-climate-change-deniers-sea-levels-rising (via worsethandetroit)