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New Digital Landscape – EDGI
2019 report on climate and environmental data on federal websites.
web-archive  environment  data  government 
july 2019
Hard Time for the Hardcore | Nick Pinkerton
"The pleasures and punishments of long-ass films"
film  cinema  film-studies  pleasure  punishment 
july 2019
The Experimental City - Home
"The Experimental City is a documentary about the Minnesota Experimental City project, a futuristic attempt to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota."
film  urban  city  state(Minnesota)  1960s  utopia 
july 2019
Even Further Afield: On Charlie Jane Anders’s “The City in the Middle of the Night” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The City in the Middle of the Night By Charlie Jane Anders Published 02.12.2019 Tor Books 368 Pages"
book  review  sf  climate-change 
july 2019
Frey, C.: The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation (Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook-mp3 and Audiobook-wav) | Princeton University Press
"How the history of technological revolutions can help us better understand economic and political polarization in the age of automation From the Industrial Revolution to the age of artificial intelligence, The Technology Trap takes a sweeping look at the history of technological progress and how it has radically shifted the distribution of economic and political power among society’s members. As Carl Benedikt Frey shows, the Industrial Revolution created unprecedented wealth and prosperity over the long run, but the immediate consequences of mechanization were devastating for large swaths of the population. Middle-income jobs withered, wages stagnated, the labor share of income fell, profits surged, and economic inequality skyrocketed. These trends, Frey documents, broadly mirror those in our current age of automation, which began with the Computer Revolution. Just as the Industrial Revolution eventually brought about extraordinary benefits for society, artificial intelligence systems have the potential to do the same. But Frey argues that this depends on how the short term is managed. In the nineteenth century, workers violently expressed their concerns over machines taking their jobs. The Luddite uprisings joined a long wave of machinery riots that swept across Europe and China. Today’s despairing middle class has not resorted to physical force, but their frustration has led to rising populism and the increasing fragmentation of society. As middle-class jobs continue to come under pressure, there’s no assurance that positive attitudes to technology will persist. The Industrial Revolution was a defining moment in history, but few grasped its enormous consequences at the time. The Technology Trap demonstrates that in the midst of another technological revolution, the lessons of the past can help us to more effectively face the present."
book  publisher  economics  technology  technology-effects 
july 2019
Three Times - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick By Jessica Riskin Published 03.10.2016 University Of Chicago Press 544 Pages Reading and the Making of Time in the Eighteenth Century By Christina Lupton Published 08.15.2018 Johns Hopkins University Press 216 Pages Feeling Time Duration, the Novel, and Eighteenth-Century Sensibility By Amit S. Yahav Published 05.08.2018 University of Pennsylvania Press 208 Pages"
books  reviews  time  experience  reading  science 
july 2019
Reading Ruskin in Cataclysmic Times - Los Angeles Review of Books
"To See Clearly Why Ruskin Matters By Suzanne Fagence Cooper"
book  review  criticism  art  architecture  19c 
july 2019
The Fire Last Time - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Firefighting The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons By Ben S. Bernanke, Henry M. Paulson Jr., Timothy F. Geithner"
book  review  finance  crisis  2008 
july 2019
Virtue and Vice in an Age of Addiction | The American Conservative
"The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business, David T. Courtwright, Belknap Press, 336 pages Addicted to Lust: Pornography in the Lives of Conservative Protestants, Samuel L. Perry, Oxford University Press, 288 pages"
books  review  addiction  capitalism  culture  pornography  religion 
july 2019
Your Art, My Art
"The New York Times today came out with a list of "the 25 works of art made after 1970 that define the contemporary age, by anyone, anywhere." What struck me as most significant was how little any of the works meant to me. Most of them I had never heard of. All of them spoke of an experience or a way of experiencing the world that is alien to me. The list feels like a collection of paper cut-outs that proclaim themselves to be the definitive representation of the digital age. Now to be clear: I am neither an artist nor an art critic, and though I've spent my fair share of time in a museum, I could hardly be said to be educated about art. "
art  contemporary  2h20c  significance  museum 
july 2019
Modern Masters of Science Fiction
"Science fiction often anticipates the consequences of scientific discoveries. The immense strides made by science since World War II have been matched step by step by writers who gave equal attention to scientific principles, to human imagination, and to the craft of fiction. The respect for science fiction won by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells was further increased by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, and Ray Bradbury. Modern Masters of Science Fiction is devoted to books that survey the work of individual authors who continue to inspire and advance science fiction. Books are forthcoming on Ursula K. Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, Joanna Russ, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orson Scott Card, Roger Zelazny, and R.A. Lafferty. "
book  publisher  sf  series 
july 2019
A People’s History of Computing in the United States — Joy Lisi Rankin | Harvard University Press
"Silicon Valley gets all the credit for digital creativity, but this account of the pre-PC world, when computing meant more than using mature consumer technology, challenges that triumphalism. The invention of the personal computer liberated users from corporate mainframes and brought computing into homes. But throughout the 1960s and 1970s a diverse group of teachers and students working together on academic computing systems conducted many of the activities we now recognize as personal and social computing. Their networks were centered in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Illinois, but they connected far-flung users. Joy Rankin draws on detailed records to explore how users exchanged messages, programmed music and poems, fostered communities, and developed computer games like The Oregon Trail. These unsung pioneers helped shape our digital world, just as much as the inventors, garage hobbyists, and eccentric billionaires of Palo Alto. By imagining computing as an interactive commons, the early denizens of the digital realm seeded today’s debate about whether the internet should be a public utility and laid the groundwork for the concept of net neutrality. Rankin offers a radical precedent for a more democratic digital culture, and new models for the next generation of activists, educators, coders, and makers."
book  publisher  history  computing  software  1970s  citizen 
july 2019
First Men and Original Sins - Image Journal
"Faith and the American Space Program Kendrick Oliver. To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957–1975. Johns Hopkins, 2013. Catherine L. Newell. Destined for the Stars: Faith, Future, and America’s Final Frontier. Pittsburgh, 2019. First Man. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Universal/Amblin/DreamWorks, 2018."
books  review  space  religion  history  culture  experience  grief  faith 
july 2019
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