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Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer - The New York Times
"Being gay, Mr. Harari said, has helped his work — it set him apart to study culture more clearly because it made him question the dominant stories of his own conservative Jewish society. “If society got this thing wrong, who guarantees it didn’t get everything else wrong as well?” he said."
twitter  tech  future  futurism  siliconvalley  government  politics  society  culture 
28 days ago
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
'What does work, Corrigan says, is for fat people to make it clear to everyone they interact with that their size is nothing to apologize for. “When you pity someone, you think they’re less effective, less competent, more hurt,” he says. “You don’t see them as capable. The only way to get rid of stigma is from power.”' - relevant to pity games.
article  health  obesity  fatness  diet  pity  society  culture 
12 weeks ago
News Releases : February 9, 2015 : Hitachi Global
No word on the ability to target individuals… but I'm sure it's in there. Also, how long until someone figures out the patterns and how to exploit them?
business  motivation  monitoring  surveillance  happyhappyjoyjoy 
12 weeks ago
‘Design/ Play/ Disrupt’ at the V&A: What Happens When We Break Video Games’s ‘Black Box’? | Frieze
"a carefully negotiated window into a process even which, a decade ago, would have been unthinkable. The ‘magic’ of games has long won over their entry into cultural discourse, and the stranglehold of publishers on the ownership of game artwork, or ‘art assets’ is one even this exhibition cannot escape. For example, that prototype sits alongside pencil sketches of clothes from the same fashion-centric game which are credited only to ‘Nintendo’. "
games  videogames  v&a  mariefoulston  industry  business  gamesindustry  credit  credits  artists  exhibitions  labelling 
september 2018
Despair Fatigue | David Graeber
"For the Blairites, the United Kingdom’s future lay in what they called the “creative industries.” Had not the United Kingdom, regularly since the sixties, produced waves of popular music and youth culture that had swept the world, bringing in billions in direct and indirect revenue? It must have seemed a plausible gambit in the nineties, but it failed because the Blairites were operating with a completely false understanding of where cultural creativity comes from.

They naively assumed creativity was basically a middle-class phenomenon, the product of people like themselves. In fact, almost everything worthwhile that has come out of British culture for the last century, from music hall, to street kebabs, to standup comedy, rock ‘n’ roll, and the rave scene, has been primarily a working-class phenomenon."
activism  corbyn  politics  uk  davidgraeber  austerity 
august 2018
The New Age of New Age - C H R I S ░ M A G G I O
Amazing photography of new age guff being sold to people in Sedona.
newage  spirituality  marketing  business  guff  sedona  tourism 
june 2018
Bach at the Burger King - Los Angeles Review of Books
"in the remix media ecosystem, famous compositions degenerate from serious music into decorative sound, applied like wallpaper to lay a poignant surface over banal intentions."
advertising  culture  gentrification  music  crowdcontrol  status  class  classwar 
may 2018
Occupiers Liability
Another good summary of landowner liability
UK  britain  england  wales  scotland  landowners  land  rights  law  legislation  access  liability 
may 2018
Knights of the Crystallion | The Obscuritory
"Knights of the Crystallion is almost like a thought experiment. What does an anthropology game look like? It may not be pleasant or approachable. If Williams had more time and resources, as he lamented, maybe it could have been. But it needs to be experienced just for the audacity of what it attempted."
anthropology  game  gamedev  games 
april 2018
Ready Player One is the roadmap to digital dystopia - The Verge
“But most of all beware of each other, because everything is about to change. The world is going to crack wide open. The barriers between us will disappear, and we’re not ready. We’ll hurt each other in new ways. We’ll sell and be sold. We’ll expose our most tender selves only to be mocked and destroyed. We’ll be so vulnerable and we’ll pay the price.”
culture  internet  racism  media  1980's  readyplayerone  privilege 
april 2018
Creator Of “Ren & Stimpy” Accused Of Preying On Underage Girls Who Wanted Animation Careers
'Rice, too, is unequivocal about Kricfalusi: “I became a better artist by working for him,” she said. “I’m not grateful for it. I wish I hadn’t. I wish I were a worse artist now and I didn’t have all this bullshit to deal with.”'
art  sexualharassment  metoo  animation  misogyny  renandstimpy  johnkricfalusi 
april 2018
Philip Glass: Composer and Taxi Driver :
'Philip Glass supported himself by working as a plumber, furniture mover and taxi driver. “I was careful,” the composer explained, “to take a job that couldn’t have any possible meaning for me.” Even after Glass achieved fame and notoriety with his opera Einstein on the Beach in 1976, he still continued to ply his blue-collar trades. Called upon to install a dishwasher, “I suddenly heard a noise and looked up to find Robert Hughes, the art critic of Time magazine, staring at me in disbelief. ‘But you’re Philip Glass! What are you doing here?’ It was obvious that I was installing his dishwasher and I told him I would soon be finished. ‘But you are an artist,’ he protested. I explained that I was an artist but that I was sometimes a plumber as well and that he should go away and let me finish.”'
phillipglass  economics  capitalism  art  music  history  plumbing 
march 2018
Torque Wrench Myths - Hot Rod Network
Great dissolution/confirmation of some commonly touted things about torque wrenches
Torque  wrenches  torquewrenches  mechanics  engines  bikes  motorbikes  mountainbikes  mtb  tools  maintenance  fasteners 
february 2018
Bearing removal from shaft - Page 2
A deep well of ideas on un-half-assing a thing I half-assed.
engineering  akia  bearings  problemsolving  shafts  metalwork  mtbsuspension 
february 2018
The Doom Mod That Best Describes Our Uncanny Reality - Waypoint
"Our hot-selling franchises of today can never be so forward-thinking or challenging in their content as to seriously challenge and potentially alienate their consumer base either. Why would they? Their goal is to sell copies and make money. The problem is the absolute ubiquity of these same stories being told, over and over, in different variations all across the worlds of video games has helped build a culture that worships a superficial comfort above all: one that has carte blanche to rewrite history towards these narratives and erase anything that ever tries to seriously challenge them. There are serious transgressions that the culture space created by these games never allows us to make."
games  videogames  doom  culture  politics  capitalism 
january 2018
We Need More Games with Ursula Le Guin's Idea of Flexible Resistance - Waypoint
"To inherit Le Guin’s principles is to evade the fantasy of power. We need more games that grapple on the ground, that present that conditions of our lives, whether those lives are abstracted into the fantastical or grounded in real-world specificity.

We need works that can settle into sadness about the way things are and yet know, like Semley, that things don’t have to be this way. To follow in Le Guin’s footsteps is to hunt for the things that we don’t have but should have. There is no true world, nothing “natural,” and games can point over the horizon in the same way that Le Guin’s fictions did. She did not leave us an ethic, but she did leave us principles and ways of being concerned about the world. And those principles demand that we pick a path that carries us our of our monstrous present and into a better future."
twitter  ursulakleguin  sciencefiction  politics  ethics  principles  praxis  games  videogames 
january 2018
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