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The Transparent Society Won’t Happen » Cyborgology
"This is just an off-the-cuff post as I do some weekend reading, namely David Brin’s The Transparent Society (1998). I’m curious about the common grand narrative that society has become more transparent and thus will continue to be more so, ultimately creating the state of full transparency, full surveillance, where everything is seen, recorded, and known. I’ve critiqued this line of thought before, as the issue is common in writing about surveillance or privacy, from silly op-eds to pieces by serious scholars like Zygmunt Bauman."
privacy  transparency  surveillance  societies  grand-narrative  futures 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Antipode - Virtual Issues - Wiley Online Library
"To celebrate Katherine Gibson’s 2012 Antipode RGS-IBG lecture, ‘Take Back the Economy, Any Time, Any Place: Pedagogies for Securing Community Economies’, we’re pleased to present this virtual issue, ‘Imagining and Enacting Community Economies’."
journal  economics  societies  community  geography  academic  research  open-access 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Locus Online Perspectives » David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools
"It can be hard to notice things you take for granted — assumptions that are never questioned, because everyone shares them. One of these nearly ubiquitous themes is a tendency for most authors and/or film-makers to disdain the intelligence and wisdom of society as a whole, portraying a majority of their fellow citizens as sheep or fools."
fiction  perception  groups  societies  authority  trust  literature  cliche  intelligence  groupthink  bureaucracy  infrastructure 
january 2013 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Current issues in causation research
Three foci of current research: meaning in explanation, methods for support, ontology of causation.
philosophy  causation  sociology  social  societies  understanding  research  science  explanation  meaning 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Problem of Organizations « Easily Distracted
The political and social problem of making institutions renewable and self-repairing without handing them a perpetual license to seek transfers, to be always “too important to fail”, is the real problem of the 21st Century. It applies across market and state, civil society and private life.
institutions  organizations  design  sociology  politcal-science  politics  power  corruption  21c  renewable  time  endurance  sustainability  societies 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Charlie's Diary: Designing society for posterity
So. You, and a quarter of a million other folks, have embarked on a 1000-year voyage aboard a hollowed-out asteroid. What sort of governance and society do you think would be most comfortable, not to mention likely to survive the trip without civil war, famine, and reigns of terror?
sf  fiction  space  space-opera  travel  societies  endurance  time  design  futurism  speculation  organizations  institutions  sociology  social  sustainability 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Triple Nine Society
Society for high-iq 99.9 percent.
iq  intelligence  societies  groups 
june 2005 by tsuomela

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