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No business, no boozing, no casual sex: when Togo turned off the internet
“Interest in reading surged. It was heartwarming to see restless kids and adults embracing dusty books and magazines . Spontaneous conversation with strangers surged; asking about the status of the internet became the equivalent of “Have you got a light?” – a conversation starter.

Social gatherings improved dramatically. Conversations were lively, as they had been in the days before social media. That old thing called family dinner lasted longer. Without interruptions, it felt as though people were more caring, more available to each other.”
lang-en  essay  culture  politics  internet 
september 2017 by cynddl
Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?
The choice is stark, and it seems people are waking up to it in large numbers: Either we evolve into a future beyond capitalism, or we won’t have a future at all.
lang-en  article  politics  capitalism  economy  society 
july 2017 by cynddl
Keep Your Identity Small
There is a step beyond thinking of yourself as x but tolerating y: not even to consider yourself an x. The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.
culture  philosophy  politics  identity  essay  lang-en 
january 2017 by cynddl
I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me
Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones.
essay  lang-en  science  education  politics  usa 
june 2015 by cynddl
Réduire l’abstention ? C’est un problème de règles du jeu
La vie n’est pas un jeu. Si elle est réglée et pleine du chaos propre aux dés et aux cartes qui s’entremêlent, elle reste définitivement réelle. Le jeu, quel qu’il soit, est une fiction et la vie n’en est pas une.
voting  lang-fr  essay  politics  democracy 
march 2015 by cynddl
Life in the Algorithm
The searches we make, the news we read, the dates we go on, the advertisements we see, the products we buy and the music we listen to. The stock market. The surveillance society. The police state, and the drones. All guided by a force we never see and few understand.
politics  lang-en  technology 
february 2015 by cynddl
How Ta-Nehisi Coates built the best comment section on the internet
A similar phenomenon happens on HN; the community centers itself around a particular set of values or opinions, and opinions which differ too radically from the center are very effectively marginalized - like a wave losing strength as it ripples outward.
communities  politics  lang-en  meta  online 
february 2015 by cynddl
Le « modèle allemand » ou comment s’obstiner dans l’erreur
Il n’est pas rare qu’un personnage de Tex Avery emporté par son élan franchisse le bord d’une falaise et poursuive sa course quelques instants dans le vide avant de mordre la poussière.
international  lang-fr  economy  politics  essay 
september 2014 by cynddl

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