I was intrigued by another post recently discussing theand the point that although they are pushing against platform capitalism, they are still very much in favour of the templated self.
It took me many years to join the FSF as a member, even though I have considered myself a supporter of Free Software for as long as I have written code. I’ve only been a member for a year, but today I emailed the FSF to cancel my membership. This makes me very sad as I really believe in the Free Software movement, but I refuse to contribute to an organisation that supports RMS and the views he is currently sharing.
Now we have RMS jumping into the conversation, just when another unkind and t…
It’s not simply that the Silicon Valley positivity machine only rewards positive ideas. (“We build things,” someone once told me. “You just tear things down.”) Without a grounding in theory or knowledge or ethics or care, the Silicon Valley machine rewards stupid and dangerous ideas, propping up and propped up by ridiculous, self-serving men. There won’t ever be a reckoning if we’re nice.
Aquifers are underground layers of rock that are saturated with water that can be brought to the surface through natural springs or by pumping.
The long read: People often complain that English is deteriorating under the influence of new technology, adolescent fads and loose grammar. Why does this nonsensical belief persist?
Any given language is significantly reconfigured over the centuries, to the extent that it becomes totally unrecognisable. But, as with complex systems in the natural world, there is often a kind of homeostasis: simplification in one area can lead to greater complexity in another. What stays the same is the expressive capacity of the language. You can always say what needs to be said.
Some of the ways that language changes, include:
- Reanalysis: when a word or sentence has a structural ambiguity and changes to a new understanding.
- Grammaticalisation: a phrase is made into a word with a solely grammatical function.
- Sound Changes: where certain ways of saying things are seen as having prestige, while others are stigmatised.
Another reason that writer’s fear death is that it is the death of the English language as they know it. Shariatmadarin argues that older people experience greater linguistic disorientation as the language that they have grown up with changes.
A central challenge in addressing the sexual victimization of children is that the public is not comfortable facing the harrowing reality that strangers are unlikely perpetrators. Most acts of sexual violence against children occur in their own homes by people that those children trust.Page 110
The number of attendees should not exceed the number of people who can have lunch on two medium pizzas. Small teams are better than large teams, even if it hurts your ego. Meetings with many attendees are information sessions where most attendees are passive.
Treasures in the Trash is a short film by Nicolas Heller about former NYC sanitation worker Nelson Molina, who started (and stil
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Howard Rheingold brings a sense of perspective and history to the conversation around our current understanding of community
Theodor Adorno remains one of the key sources for understanding the desire for Fascism, notably in his groundbreaking work The Authoritarian Personality. In this article Max L. Feldman reads Adorno’s writings on Fascism, alongside Disney’s 1991 film The Beauty and the Beast, to analyse the contemporary resurgence of the far-right and the enduring relevance of Adorno’s work.
New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.
Ito and other lab employees took numerous steps to keep Epstein’s name from being associated with the donations he made or solicited. On Ito’s calendar, which typically listed the full names of participants in meetings, Epstein was identified only by his initials.
One voice a part of the effort to lift the lid is Signe Swenson, a former a former development associate and alumni coordinator at the lab. She explains the how the message to keep Epstein’s donations secret came from the top. Another employee to speak up is Ethan Zuckerman, who recently resigned in protest:
In 2013, Zuckerman said, he pulled Ito aside after a faculty meeting to express concern about meetings on Ito’s calendar marked “J.E.” Zuckerman recalled saying, “I heard you’re meeting with Epstein. I don’t think that’s a good idea,” and Ito responding, “You know, he’s really fascinating. Would you like to meet him?” Zuckerman declined and said that he believed the relationship could have negative consequences for the lab.
Farrow highlights how Epstein’s association with élite institutions like MIT helped shield him.
The revelations about Epstein’s widespread sexual misconduct, most notably reported by Julie K. Brown in the Miami Herald, have made clear that Epstein used the status and prestige afforded him by his relationships with élite institutions to shield himself from accountability and continue his alleged predation.
In a Twitter thread, Siva Vaidhyanathan argues that Epstein’s intent in donating to MIT was not whitewashing, but rather to gain access to powerful men. This all highlights the moral rot and bankruptcy of the techno-elites.
Audrey Watters calls it a ‘plutocratic horror show’.
This is why I try in my work to show the powerful networks funding education technology and “the future of learning.” It’s a plutocratic horror show. And if you think your work isn’t tainted when you take billionaires’ cash, you are wrong. Thread —> https://t.co/nVlgoox6IZ
— Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) September 7, 2019
Rafranz Davis asks when we stop promoting MIT’s products?
I’m also wondering at which point in time do we stop looking away. Those ignoring the Epstein/MIT Media Lab story while still promoting their products are full of shit.
— Rafranz (@RafranzDavis) September 7, 2019
Jay Rosen also asks why the New York Times did not publish the information?
We know a whistleblower gave documents to the Times. We know Ronan Farrow also had those documents and the whistleblower’s story. We know the Times didn’t publish a story until after the New Yorker did. We know Ito was on the board of the Times. We know there’s no public editor. https://t.co/PRlCwQkj3z
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) September 7, 2019