recentpopularlog in

tsuomela : 1980s   40

"Following are the final speaking notes for the informal Douglas Paper #8282, “Technological Threats to Civil Liberty”, presented at the IEEE's 15th Annual Asilomar Invitational Microcomputer Workshop, 26 - 28 April 1989 at Asilomar, CA. MDC builds weapons to defend the Free World and, by extension, its values and institutions. Examination of technological impacts on freedom is not, therefore, entirely inappropriate. The underlying thesis is that most channels of information flow have been exploited sooner or later for the purposes of control and maintenance of social order, benign or not. "
technology-effects  surveillance  history  1980s 
june 2018 by tsuomela
Computer Chronicles : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
"Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world's most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 - 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide, with translations into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The series had a weekly television broadcast audience of over two million viewers."
computers  history  news  journalism  1980s  1990s  2000s  television  personal  technology  sts 
january 2017 by tsuomela
Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before | Sam Kriss
"Liberal nostalgia cozies up to power in the form of a zombified Ronald Reagan"
politics  liberal  outrage  anger  entertainment  celebrity  1980s  2016 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Shared Fantasy: Role Playing Games as Social Worlds, Fine
"This classic study still provides one of the most acute descriptions available of an often misunderstood subculture: that of fantasy role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Gary Alan Fine immerses himself in several different gaming systems, offering insightful details on the nature of the games and the patterns of interaction among players—as well as their reasons for playing."
book  publisher  gaming  role-playing  1980s 
april 2016 by tsuomela
A video and story on the scares about power lines beginning in the 1970s and continuing for the next 30 years.
fear  risk  perception  1980s  1990s  electricity  electric-grid  health  psychology  retro 
december 2014 by tsuomela
MTV's Musical Legacy: How 'Unplugged' Sold The Radio Star : Monkey See : NPR
"In the end, MTV pushed spectacle in music, but simultaneously created a market for an authenticity proving ground, which it then filled. Just as "Money For Nothing" could be both of MTV and suspicious of MTV, artists could combat their MTV images ... on MTV. That was the way in which the channel was revolutionary: for a brief cultural moment, it was both the disease and the cure – both supply and demand."
history  music  television  culture  1980s  authenticity 
may 2013 by tsuomela
A Cold War Conundrum: The 1983 Soviet War Scare — Central Intelligence Agency
"Soviet intelligence services went on alert in 1981 to watch for US preparations for launching a surprise nuclear attack against the USSR and its allies. This alert was accompanied by a new Soviet intelligence collection program, known by the acronym RYAN, to monitor indications and provide early warning of US intentions. Two years later a major war scare erupted in the USSR. This study traces the origins and scope of Operation RYAN and its relationship to the war scare."
history  cold-war  military  1980s  soviet-union 
february 2013 by tsuomela
The Death Blow for British Coal - In These Times
"New revelations have surfaced about police brutality in Thatcher’s 1984 battle with miners."
law  protests  legal  unions  country(GreatBritain)  1980s  labor  oppression 
december 2012 by tsuomela
RealClimate: Evaluating a 1981 temperature projection
"To conclude, a projection from 1981 for rising temperatures in a major science journal, at a time that the temperature rise was not yet obvious in the observations, has been found to agree well with the observations since then, underestimating the observed trend by about 30%, and easily beating naive predictions of no-change or a linear continuation of trends. It is also a nice example of a statement based on theory that could be falsified and up to now has withstood the test. The “global warming hypothesis” has been developed according to the principles of sound science."
climate  climate-change  global-warming  science  1980s  1981  environment 
april 2012 by tsuomela
New Statesman - The suburb that changed the world
"In Sofia Coppola's 2006 film of the life of Marie Antoinette, there is a scene where an entourage of palace jeunes filles sweeps through a ball at which the set and costumes are period, but the music and manners are straight out of a modern dance club. The proposition seems to be that an elite few were able to put a toe into the future to experience what is ordinary today.

Something like that went on in the Silicon Valley I knew in the 1980s. The debates and dilemmas that occupy a generation today appeared in miniature before there was an internet. We took our anticipation of the internet deadly seriously, to the point where it seemed already real. Thus I have experienced the internet age twice."
internet  history  computer  technology  1980s 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Challenger, 25 Years Later - James Fallows - National - The Atlantic
"In my mind, what makes the Challenger story so tragic isn't that there was a civilian teacher on board. It was the disconnect between what insiders knew at the time and what the public was being told, or sold. "
history  space  disaster  1986  1980s  space-shuttle  risk  technology 
march 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The Culture Wars: Notes Towards a Working Definition
"Most scholars understand the culture wars to have been ephemeral. I argue against that consensus. Although the culture wars were emotional, overstated, and often hyperbolic, they were not necessarily a proxy for more important developments. Rather, I contend that the culture wars are best understood as the terrain that allowed Americans in the 1980s and 1990s to acknowledge, if not accept, the transformations to American life wrought by the tumultuous developments of the 1960s and 1970s. Most explicitly, the culture wars granted Americans space to articulate new understandings of American life in the context of the altered landscapes of race, gender, and religion. Through the culture wars, Americans found new forms of solidarity in the face of an increasingly rudderless and fragmented culture that threw into doubt all foundations. I contend that the culture wars, then, are the defining narrative of postmodern America. "
culture-war  history  intellectual  1990s  1980s  political-correctness  american-studies  american  definition  culture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
6 Shocking Ways Conservatives Helped Cause the Economic Destruction of America | | AlterNet
Since 1981 America has gone from creditor to debtor, labor share of productivity has declined, wealth has concentrated upward, personal savings have declined, debt has increased, and economic growth has been fickle.

"The anti-government, pro-corporate-rule Reagan Revolution screwed a lot of things up for regular people and for the country. Some of this disaster we saw happening at the time and some of it has taken 30 years to become clear. But for all the damage done these "conservative" policies greatly enriched a few entrenched interests, who use their wealth and power to keep things the way they are. And the rest of us, hit so hard by the changes, don't have the resources to fight the wealth and power."
conservative  government  corporate  economics  collapse  deregulation  politics  1980s  reagan  ronald  failure 
july 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Killing in the name of
capsule history of the rise of evangelical christian abortion opposition
abortion  politics  evangelical  fundamentalism  history  1970s  1980s  movement 
june 2009 by tsuomela
The Saga of the Golden Fleece: Why America Needs to Learn to Love Government Spending Once Again |
Tries to connect Democratic Senator William Proxmire's 'Golden Fleece' awards from the 1970s and 1980s to the current public rejection of all government spending. A good government idea taken to an absurd extreme by bad-faith Republicans.
history  deficit  government  spending  money  taxes  politics  1970s  1980s  fiscal-policy 
february 2009 by tsuomela
SSRN-The State of Macro by Olivier Blanchard
For a long while after the explosion of macroeconomics in the 1970s, the field looked like a battle field. Over time however, largely because facts do not go away, a largely shared vision both of fluctuations and of methodology has emerged. Not everything is fine. Like all revolutions, this one has come with the destruction of some knowledge, and suffers from extremism and herding. None of this is deadly however. The state of macro is good.

The first section sets the stage with a brief review of the past. The second argues that there has been broad convergence in vision, and the third reviews the specifics. The fourth focuses on convergence in methodology. The last looks at current challenges.
history  economics  macroeconomic  1970s  1980s  1990s 
january 2009 by tsuomela

Copy this bookmark:

to read