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Vomiting Up Tequila
"She has fucked up everything, burned everyone, and somehow escaped punishment. She is the one who embraces and embodies that corruption, and fucking revels in it because she has no choice, and this flashes in every corrupt second of her songs. Ke$ha is the poet of moral hazard."
music  2010  pop-culture  pop  culture  fame  success  economics  crisis 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Hard Lessons from Election 2010 -
"But the Left will never find out if there is a realistic political option within the Democratic Party if there is no commitment to building media and other messaging operations at both local and national levels to explain the value of progressive proposals.

And the hard reality is that other possible Left strategies – from third parties to street protests to romantic notions of “revolution” – have shown little or no promise either, in large part because progressives remain largely outside the national political debate. "
election  2010  media-reform  media  journalism  progressive  leftism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
“Money and the Midterms: Are the Parties Over? Interview with Thomas Ferguson” « naked capitalism
Lynn Parramore: So is American politics fated to be all doom and gloom?

Thomas Ferguson: If you want a happy ending, you probably shouldn’t follow our system too closely in the next few years. Instead, go see a Disney movie, unless perhaps Tim Burton is making it. Bloomberg, Brown, or Hillary Clinton, though, are all known quantities. But the experience of the Great Depression was that as things failed to improve the swamp creatures got their chance. And when the economic situation shook out, the geopolitics became more sinister. It would be a rash person indeed who counted on a happy ending to this mess.
politics  economics  election  2010  america  crisis  campaign  money  gloom-and-doom 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Chris Hedges: A Recipe for Fascism - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig
American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational. On one side stands a corrupt liberal class, bereft of ideas and unable to respond coherently to the collapse of the global economy, the dismantling of our manufacturing sector and the deadly assault on the ecosystem. On the other side stands a mass of increasingly bitter people whose alienation, desperation and rage fuel emotionally driven and incoherent political agendas. It is a recipe for fascism.
politics  election  2010  fascism  right-wing 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Facebook: The Privatization of our Privates and Life in the Company Town | technosociology
What is currently happening is the privatization of our privates, not just our publics. And this is not a mere question of legality but a lack of legal protections being carried over to a new medium. In some sense, this parallels the lack of carrying of wiretap protections on the phone to the Internet – the social relations did not change but the medium changed allowing for a gap in legal protections.

The correct analogy to the current situation would be if tenants had no rights to privacy in their homes because they happen to be renting the walls and doors. This week, you are allowed to close the door but, oops, we changed the terms-of-service. No more closed doors! You had locks last week but we don’t allow them as of this week. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media  commons  public-sphere 
may 2010 by tsuomela
apophenia » Blog Archive » Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated
Facebook speaks of itself as a utility while also telling people they have a choice. But there’s a conflict here.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media 
may 2010 by tsuomela
DigitalCommons@CalPoly - Anna Gold: Data Curation and Libraries: Short-Term Developments, Long-Term Prospects
This paper was prepared as background for a talk given at AGU 2009 on “Data & Libraries.” It summarizes the developments and events from late 2006 through early 2010 that are shaping library roles in scientific data curation while underscoring the range, complexity, and varying granularity of systems, actions, and efforts involved. The main conclusions are: (1) leaders of major research libraries have committed their institutions to support data curation. (2) The library profession has demonstrated significant conceptual progress in characterizing and understanding data curation both in theory and in practice. (3) There has been progress since 2006 in legitimizing library roles in data curation through formal education and certification programs as well as by integrating data curation into established library services and systems.
data-curation  libraries  science  data-management  future  evaluation  2010 
april 2010 by tsuomela

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