Love, Death and Technology
Frederic Martel’s “Mainstream”
America Winning New Cultural War For Global Audiences – Europe Lags In Producing Widely Accessible “Products”
America has opened a lead that will perhaps not be overtaken in the global market for “cultural exports” in the form of digital materials – the movies and music, books and broadcasting and all the other media that shapes global consumers’ taste in entertainment and their view of the world they live in.
That conclusion emerges from an imposing study written by a leading French specialist who interviewed key players in this field in 30 countries. The research and findings, presented by Frederic Martel in his new book, entitled “Mainstream” in French (not yet translated into English), have special value because they come from France, a country that has a specific national government-run “culture policy” dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture and promoting resistance to American “cultural imperialism.”
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sawing the branch on which we seat
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Carr—author of The Big Switch (2007) and the much-discussed Atlantic Monthly story “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”—is an astute critic of the information technology revolution. Here he looks to neurological science to gauge the organic impact of computers, citing fascinating experiments that contrast the neural pathways built by reading books versus those forged by surfing the hypnotic Internet, where portals lead us on from one text, image, or video to another while we’re being bombarded by messages, alerts, and feeds. This glimmering realm of interruption and distraction impedes the sort of comprehension and retention “deep reading” engenders, Carr explains. And not only are we reconfiguring our brains, we are also forging a “new intellectual ethic,” an arresting observation Carr expands on while discussing Google’s gargantuan book digitization project. What are the consequences of new habits of mind that abandon sustained immersion and concentration for darting about, snagging bits of information? What is gained and what is lost? Carr’s fresh, lucid, and engaging assessment of our infatuation with the Web is provocative and revelatory. –Donna Seaman
GMO/nuclear may secure our future, or prevent it
The argument for adopting GMO and nuclear:
1. We can’t quit consumption
2. Developing countries are joining us in this addiction
3. Fossil fuel is unsustainable
4. GMO/nuclear technologies are cleaner than earlier ones
We all know the counter arguments. Couldn’t we at least try to adapt without selling our children’s soul to the devil? Let’s give clean tech a chance!
Stewart Brand goes from cons to PROS and Harvey Wasserman stays CONS.
machines & nature cannot breath the same air
That is, machines and organisms cannot breath the same air for much longer. “…it transforming the atmosphere of our planet and making it unbreathable. How can we accept such a mindless, deceptive and collective suicide of our entire species?_Albert Jacquard
This REMIX is based on Jean-Luc Godard’s seminal 1967 “Weekend” and specifically the traffic jam sequence. This movie foreshadowed the Parisian riots during the Spring of 1968, in which so many cars turned into burning barricades.
he is the Man, we are the Wire
A remix of “Man on Wire”: This exceptional documentary tells the story of a high-wire walker who in 1974 performed a sort of “anti-terrorist” stunt by sneaking into, setting up and walking a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
With time, the resonance and symbolism of this daring act, combined with the monumental and tragic destiny of the towers, serves to reflect the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead of us.
The passing from one societal architecture into a new one will be a daring moment from which there is no turning back.
As president-elect Obama takes leadership of a broken nation. He is the Man and we are the Wire.
from denial to awareness
Suddenly, we stand somewhere between the perception of a God-given right to infinite existence, and the possibility that all may end in just a few decades.
Till then, happy new year! and let it be one of harmony.
fewer people going more places more often
public smartportation: repurpose + electric