A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

The Russian propaganda machine produces endless streams of fakes and manipulative stories. While at times they may seem outrageous or silly, they are far from being random. Russian propaganda for both domestic and foreign audiences follows techniques that stem from Goebbel’s times. Ultimately, it is a weapon of war. In our series A guide to … Continue reading A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

Power lies with those who control technology, not necessarily those who own it. As technological advances begin to integrate into our everyday lives at an exponential and almost seamless rate, how will our system of politics respond? In this excerpt of Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Jamie Susskind attempts to … Continue reading Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

News Feed Fatigue: It’s Getting Harder To Think

The case for taking a break from the news. by JESSA CRISPIN In These Times Dec 20, 2018 I used to have a recurring argument with a friend, who told me he stopped paying attention to the news. “Don’t you think you should know what’s going on in Syria? Or Yemen? Or about the failing public … Continue reading News Feed Fatigue: It’s Getting Harder To Think

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound.

When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age. by Maryanne Wolf  Guardian Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories … Continue reading Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound.

Toward The Wiki Society

  by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Dec 20, 2018 Wikipedia is now so good that we don’t tend to think about how good it is. It’s just there, and it feels as if it’s always been there. “Oh yes, the vast free repository of human knowledge, what about it?” But Wikipedia is remarkable. Astonishing, really. … Continue reading Toward The Wiki Society

What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?

Global Research “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H. L. Mencken Cultural Marxism is a strange catch-all term being thrown around a lot these days. Why is it … Continue reading What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?

The online culture of instant gratification

by ROBERTO SIMANOWSKI  Salon Dec 17, 2018 The following is an excerpt from Roberto Simanowski’s recent book, The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas from the MIT Press, translated by Jefferson Chase. On Jan 13, 2017, The New Yorker ran a cartoon depicting Donald Trump at his inauguration. A man representing the Chief Justice of the Supreme … Continue reading The online culture of instant gratification