Ellen Willis, “Tom Wolfe’s Failed Optimism”
The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover
I am here for every bit of these acts of truth-telling. EVERY. MORSEL.
I THINK IT IS CLEAR AFTER TONIGHT THAT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR AUTHORITY TO GOVERN
I want to talk about - but am unsure what to do about - how white-washed my Facebook feed is and how all I see is that goddamn ice bucket bullshit when I’m pretty sure people I know are having real conversations and sharing relevant commentary about what’s been happening this week.
Algorithms enforce the power structures of the data set they are operating on, and it’s time to more seriously study that, I guess.
Just in case you haven’t run across it, there’s a lot of discussion of this on Twitter right now, mostly around Zeynep Tufekci’s account and her piece on Medium. I’m working on a thing that will address these issues too, but more in a lower-level explainer way for friends and family who are wondering about what the deal is with the FB algorithm.
This is just the best. (Check the playlist for the entire set.)
Only 29 House Democrats were willing to do both the decent (and in the long run, the politically expedient) thing in response to a child refugee crisis. A child refugee crisis that we bear more than a little collective responsibility for creating.
The fact that this is even seen as a politically dangerous question that the Dems need to be public chickenshits about is probably even more damning. Maybe we do get the government we deserve after all.
the thing i like about cyberpunk is that it was completely correct about universal malevolent corporate oversight, the total destruction of the middle class, and the profound desperation and hunger that drives young people to learn hacking and internet fluency. you can sort of…
That abusive and informed-consentless Facebook emotional manipulation study is a good news hook for these issues, but this piece is absolutely vital in general for understanding and critiquing the creepy and oppressive turn that tech has taken over the past decade-plus.
Apparently this is the world we live in now, in the year 2014.
a skeleton, an anthropomorphic tumbleweed, a used car salesman, the girl from The Ring and an off-duty rabbi at the 1975 Grammy Awards
Messageboard post, Locustsloth
#I don’t recognize the skeleton
Is that Berlin-era Junkie Bowie? It seems a bit early on for that, but maybe? He looks like death tho.