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Kierkegaard, D. Anthony Storm's Commentary on
"Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a nineteenth century existentialist philosopher, and arguably both the father of existentialism and modern psychology. He is a grossly misunderstood figure, whom some argue was a mystic, an anti-rationalist, or, as is more reasonable, an anti-philosopher. Often his overtly religious writings are overlooked or de-Christianized in favor of the pseudonymous authorship. An idiosyncratic style, along with a complex authorial method, go far in confounding the unwary reader. This site features a commentary on the writings of Kierkegaard. Information on every published work and article (including many unfinished writings and journal entries) is presented here with publication data, quotes, detailed commentary, and images. There are also supplementary materials to aid in your research. A good place to start is to go straight to the Commentary itself where you can view abstracts of the works before diving in."
philosophy  19c  commentary  religion  existentialism  faith 
march 2019 by tsuomela
Repeater Books | k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016)
" this comprehensive collection brings together the very best work of acclaimed blogger, writer, publisher, political activist and lecturer Mark Fisher (aka k-punk) who died in 2017. Covering the period 2004 – 2016, it includes some of the most incendiary and influential posts from his seminal blog k-punk, as well as a selection of his brilliantly insightful film, television and music reviews, together with his extraordinary writings on politics, activism, precarity, hauntology, mental health and popular modernism for numerous websites and magazines. Also included is his final unpublished k-punk post, the unfinished introduction to his planned book on “Acid Communism”, and a number of important interviews from the last decade."
book  publisher  cultural-theory  commentary 
november 2018 by tsuomela
<em>Green Earth</em> - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
Robinson as a technocratic liberal universalist humanitarian with occasional failure to imagine sympathetic political opponents.
books  review  commentary  sf  politics  environment 
october 2016 by tsuomela
www.nytimes.com
"Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” described by one French newspaper as a “a political and theoretical bulldozer,” defies left and right orthodoxy by arguing that worsening inequality is an inevitable outcome of free market capitalism."
book  review  commentary  economics  inequality  capitalism  democracy  politics 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Invasion of the cyber hustlers
"From Jeff Jarvis to Clay Shirky, a class of gurus are intent on "disrupting" old-fashioned practices like asking us to pay for valuable content. Meanwhile, web giants like Google and Apple jealously guard their profitable secrets. "
books  reviews  commentary  technology-critique  technology  triumphalism  utopia  singularity  rhetoric 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Dear Technoutopianism » Cyborgology
"It’s been a while though, technoutopianism. I’m not a teenager anymore. I’ve changed, but in so many ways you haven’t—and I see you more clearly now. Fred Turner’s right about you, and so are Barbrook and Cameron: you’re selfish. You never really wanted what was best for me, or for any of the rest of us; you wanted deregulation and radical individualism, wanted us out of your way so you could take the whole world—the Whole Earth—for your playground. Hawai’i is for lovers, and your shiny silver future was only for a network of the already privileged and powerful. You got a taste of “the Long Boom”; we got “likes” and LOLcats."
commentary  technology-critique  technology  p2p  triumphalism  utopia  singularity 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Sixty-Two Things Wrong with "Future Perfect"
"We interrupt the posts on identity and uprisings to bring you this not-so-handy print-off-and-keep companion for readers of Steven Johnson's new book Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age."
book  review  commentary  technology-critique  technology  p2p  triumphalism 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Girl Geeks and Boy Kings | Dissent Magazine
"Facebook was, in its early days, powered by women—or rather, by photographs of women, and by the unceasing clicks of men and of women seeking out photos of women."
book  review  commentary  facebook  feminism  women  social-media 
january 2013 by tsuomela
How the World Works: Part II
Commentary on World 3.0 by Panaj Ghemawat
book  review  commentary  politics  economics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
How the World Works
"If you want to seriously level-up your thinking about how the world works, you might want to try reading 3 very ambitious books together: Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order, Pankaj Ghemawat’s World 3.0 and David Graeber’s Debt: the first 5000 years."
book  review  commentary  politics  economics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
An Essay on the New Aesthetic | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"Valorizing machine-generated imagery is like valorizing the unconscious mind. Like Surrealist imagery, it is cool, weird, provocative, suggestive, otherworldly, but it is also impoverished.

That’s the big problem, as I see it: the New Aesthetic is trying to hack a modern aesthetic, instead of thinking hard enough and working hard enough to build one. That’s the case so far, anyhow. No reason that the New Aesthetic has to stop where it stands at this moment, after such a promising start. I rather imagine it’s bound to do otherwise. Somebody somewhere will, anyhow."
art  aesthetics  modern  contemporary  computer  technology  movement  new-aesthetic  commentary  review 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Precarious Thought - Jacobin
Comments, mostly con, on "The precariat is a flexible workforce reliant on short-term employment. They’re temps, part-timers, seasonal laborers, freelancers, even interns — people without traditional unions to rely on. There is nothing below them, only the safety net’s tatters. “[Their] lives and identities are made up of disjointed bits, in which they cannot construct a desirable narrative or build a career, combining forms of work and labour, play and leisure in a sustainable way.”"
labor  work  class  temporary  consulting  review  commentary  economics 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Omniorthogonal: How to avoid the singularity
The cure for singulatarianism lies is in the direction of sociology and network thinking in general. Monotheism wants to collapse the universe's locus of control into a single transcendent point
singularity  commentary  religion  belief  networks  sociology  ethics 
august 2011 by tsuomela
A Supreme Court conversation. (10) - By Walter Dellinger, Dahlia Lithwick, and Stuart Taylor Jr. - Slate Magazine
"I love to read Robyn Blumner, but her new column on the black, black hearts of the court's five conservatives is amazing in that it both goes that far yet voices a sentiment that many others have expressed to me in recent months: "The addition of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the heartless duo of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas has cemented a plurality for cruelty. If there's a choice between casting a lot for the little guy, tipping a case toward compassion or putting a foot on his throat, it's a safe bet that these four will be getting out their jackboots." The St. Petersburg Times similarly describes the recent ruling in Bowles (the appeal of the Ohio inmate who missed a filing deadline because he followed the erroneous orders of his judge) as "heartless." Bill Scher derides the Roberts Court's elitist and unresponsive agenda, poised to impose "one group's version of morality" upon the country. "
law  supreme-court  commentary  emotion  conservatism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
From Hiroshima to Fukushima | The Nation
"The problem is not that another backup generator is needed, or that the safety rules aren’t tight enough, or that the pit for the nuclear waste is in the wrong geological location, or that controls on proliferation are lax. It is that a stumbling, imperfect, probably imperfectable creature like ourselves is unfit to wield the stellar fire released by the split or fused atom. When nature strikes, why should humankind compound the trouble? The earth is provided with enough primordial forces of destruction without our help in introducing more. We should leave those to Mother Nature."
country(Japan)  disaster  nuclear  energy  environment  commentary 
march 2011 by tsuomela
State of the Union Highlights | Notes From NAP
2010 state of the union with links to relevant National Academies publications.
obama  president  transcript  commentary  2011 
january 2011 by tsuomela
"It's a Wonderful Life": The most terrifying movie ever - Film Salon - Salon.com
"I'm betting this was as much the case in Capra's time as it is in our own. He loved America but was watching the triumph of Pottersville. That's why, in the last scene, George looks at his friends with terror. He's happy to be alive, but he's disillusioned, wised up in just the worst way. He finally knows the world as it really is, what his friends are capable of, the dark potential coiled in each of them. His wife is a spinster in Pottersville because, if she's not with George, she cannot be anything. She's just one of two characters who are, in fact, the same in both worlds, the other being Mr. Potter. Everyone else is two-faced, masked. Simply put, George has been cursed with knowledge, shown the truth of the world -- seen hidden things. It's the sort of vision that makes a person go insane."
title(ItsAWondefulLife)  movie  commentary  american-dream 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Our Banana Republic - NYTimes.com
In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality. In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 percent of the national pie.

But guess what? You no longer need to travel to distant and dangerous countries to observe such rapacious inequality. We now have it right here at home — and in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, it may get worse.
income-distribution  banana-republic  commentary  editorial  economics  politics  america 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Planetizen | Urban Planning, Design and Development Network
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
urbanism  urban  planning  design  news  commentary 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - What Could You Live Without? - NYTimes.com
by Nicholas Kristof - "Hannah seized upon the idea of selling the luxurious family home and donating half the proceeds to charity, while using the other half to buy a more modest replacement home...Eventually, that’s what the family did. The project — crazy, impetuous and utterly inspiring — is chronicled in a book by father and daughter scheduled to be published next month: “The Power of Half.” "
happiness  altruism  charity  psychology  philanthropy  commentary  ethics  philosophy  emotion 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Our Basic Human Pleasures - Food, Sex and Giving - NYTimes.com
by Nicholas Kristof "But in any case, nobility can lead to happiness. Professor Haidt notes that one thing that can make a lasting difference to your contentment is to work with others on a cause larger than yourself...Brain scans by neuroscientists confirm that altruism carries its own rewards...The implication is that we are hard-wired to be altruistic. To put it another way, it’s difficult for humans to be truly selfless, for generosity feels so good."
happiness  altruism  charity  psychology  philanthropy  commentary  ethics  philosophy  emotion 
february 2010 by tsuomela
I. Wallerstein, 275, "Chaos as an Everyday Thing"
You know you're living in a chaotic situation when (1) the mainstream media are constantly surprised by what is happening; (2) short-term predictions by various pundits go in radically different directions and are stated with many reserves; (3) the Establishment dares to say things or use words that were previously taboo; (4) ordinary people are frightened and angry but very unsure what to do. This is a good description of the past two years throughout the world, or at least in most parts of the world.
commentary  crisis  chaos 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Inch by inch, Barack Obama is moving mountains - Times Online
Andrew Sullivan assesses the first year of the Obama administration.
obama  politics  commentary  2009 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - The Big Zero - NYTimes.com
Paul Krugman on the 2000s as the decade of failure, disappointment, and delusion. "What was truly impressive about the decade past, however, was our unwillingness, as a nation, to learn from our mistakes."
opinion  2000s  commentary  economics  via:askpang 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College
The Library is a special collection of St. Olaf College which serves anyone interested in the writings and ideas of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher, and related thinkers. T
library  kierkegaard  soren  philosophy  19c  existentialism  commentary  criticism  religion  spirituality  christian  school(StOlaf)  minnesota 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Future Knowledge Ecosystems: The Next Twenty Years of Technology-Led Economic Development - elearnspace
Commentary on IFTF report about research parks.
"This report is an extrapolation of how current trends might impact research parks. What is really needed is a creative considerations of what research parks (and universities for that matter) could be if they were seen as active, reciprocally-impacting agents in an environment: shaping and responding to emergence, rather than trying to predict the future."
research  university  ecosystems  knowledge-work  knowledge  future  commentary 
august 2009 by tsuomela
When Falls the Coliseum
Welcome to When Falls the Coliseum: a journal of American culture (or lack thereof). This site can best be described as a conversation about America. A sometimes loud conversation. An often funny one.
online  journal  commentary  publisher  magazine 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Long Sunday: What's so critical about critical theory?
chapters of Alex Honneth's recently published collected, Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory. In these two chapters, Honneth lays out what he takes to be two core concepts in Critical Theory: the idea of a social pathology of reason and, of course, the idea of critique.
critical-theory  book  commentary  capitalism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
James Wolcott on What's Wrong with Washington: vanityfair.com
Washington has always been out of sync with the rest of America, but since Obama's election, Beltway pundits seem more stubbornly and stupendously irrelevant than ever. Have three decades of being wired for Republican power blown their jittery, Twittering minds?
politics  commentary  media  media-reform 
april 2009 by tsuomela
The George Will Scandal
If a major media outlet can't even correct facts about global warming, is it still socially relevant?
pundits  commentary  news  media  science  global-warming  weblog  credibility  accuracy 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Engine and Caboose, On the Same Track « Easily Distracted
Timothy Burke reads a David Brooks column and then writes a much longer essay about how to make the column better. Epistemological modesty means much more than Brooks has ever dreamed of.
commentary  politics  rhetoric  argument  howto  conservative  conservatism  epistemology  humility 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Economists are the forgotten guilty men | Anatole Kaletsky - Times Online
"On those two dubious adjectives “rational” and “efficient” an enormous theoretical superstructure of models, regulatory prescriptions and computer simulations was built. And without this intellectual framework, the bankers and politicians would never have built the towers of bad debt and bad policy that have come crashing down."
economics  academic  theory  gloom-and-doom  you-need-a-good-scolding  commentary  rant  failure  regulation  government 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Obama Riding the Wave - NYTimes.com
"My job is to help the country take the long view — to make sure that not only are we getting out of this immediate fix, but we’re not repeating the same cycle of bubble and bust over and over again.." quoting Obama.
politics  commentary  long-term  politicians  rhetoric  obama  president  american 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Best and the Brightest Have Led America Off a Cliff | | AlterNet
The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced-placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Mass., Princeton, N.J., and New Haven, Conn., to the financial and political centers of power.
essay  commentary  elites  education  ivy-league  criticism  polemic  politics 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Joe the Veep
interesting short essay on Obama and Biden psychology, who likes politics more?
politics  commentary  psychology 
november 2008 by tsuomela
Daily Kos: Analysing the current financial crisis
reviews written reaction to current financial crisis: 1. the insane deadenders 2. the Establishment, not moving an inch 3. the smart analyses
economics  crisis  2008  commentary  review  ideology  capitalism 
november 2008 by tsuomela
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