The Panopticon Perplex – Waking up Watched and Behaviorally Modified in Surveillance Society

https://youtu.be/OMOGaugKpzs Every breath you take Every move you make Every bond you break Every step you take Every single day Every word you say I'll be watching you. ~ The Police by James Heddle Ecological Options Network Reader Supported News Feb 8, 2019 Digital Domination Back in the 1780’s British social theorist Jeremy Bentham and his entrepreneur … Continue reading The Panopticon Perplex – Waking up Watched and Behaviorally Modified in Surveillance Society

Star Wars, The Empire, and Darth Trump’s Space Force

by KARL GROSSMAN CounterPunch Jan 22, 2019 https://youtu.be/KU_Jdts5rL0   Beginning to fill in his declaration of last year about turning space into a war zone and establishing a U.S. Space Force, President Trump was at the Pentagon last week promoting a plan titled “Missile Defense Review.” As The New York Times said in its headline on the scheme:: … Continue reading Star Wars, The Empire, and Darth Trump’s Space Force

The love of stuff

The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough by Nick Thorpe Aeon On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for … Continue reading The love of stuff

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

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

by Max Read Intelligencer Dec 26, 2018 In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. Digital advertisers tend to want two things: people to look at their ads and “premium” websites — i.e., established and … Continue reading How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

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