"Some sources that aren't commonly cited in the mainstream media are able to fasten onto the truth behind the story. Sometimes these sources will seed enough interest (and articles) that'll germinate - after the appropriate douching by the bullshit spigot - in the popular press. More often, they'll simply be suppressed. Corporate media, regardless of superficial political aesthetic, is universally conformist - and surgically censorious. Corporate media is also well-skilled at covering its tracks; at least insofar as the majority is concerned."
There was a time the English were at the cutting edge of every intellectual field. These days British cleverness in public debate is a performance, an evasion of anything that might challenge preconception, the look of listening without hearing or engaging with the substance of a challenging or heterodox argument. Instead, the game is to eloquently coerce discourse back to safe shared ground - often by reducing some stresspoint in what's being said to caricature or satire, a straw man which can then dismissed, mocked, attacked or reviled as circumstance requires. Bookend the evasion with faux-convivial credentialism, like sentences starting "as an expert blah blah" or impromptu displays of erudition (e.g. deconstructing familiar words into Latin epistemological roots) and voila: the new English model for discourse.
"It's a weird Saatchi and Saatchi simulation of genuine intellectual discussion that allows the debate to continue looking like discourse but with zero interest in whatever's being discussed."
"I believe in free speech. It's a yes or no principle. I say yes. The first amendment makes yes the law of the land."
Defaced Marcus Rashford Mural Covered with Messages of Support
"The mural of Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in Withington in Manchester has been covered in messages of support after being vandalised on Sunday night. The damage to the mural was apparently caused within an hour of England's penalty shootout defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final, but has now been replaced by tributes to Rashford after the vandalism was covered up."
Mac The Knife (@MacTheKnife) - Defacing was the dirty, ugly gesture of a drunken moron. Supporting is the organic act of 100s rejecting the vandal. It should give perspective on the true state of racism in England: an anachronism, overwhelmingly marginal, those few clinging on forced to wither away in shadows.
Keith Fenton (@Horseshit_McKay) replying to @mulier_loquax @jscushing and 2 others - How.can racism be created by a campaign against racism?
Femi (@Femi_Sorry) - Because racists don't like it when people from ethnic minorities have a voice, so they get angry, accuse them of having a secret political agendas, and call them divisive, so that it looks like anti-racism is what is responsible for the racial unrest.
Futon Mindful (@Futon_Mindful) - Bullshit identity politics is designed to look like courage but in reality achieve nothing & impact not a single plutocrat's bottom line. Taking the knee. Orange marches. Group mandate gestures are perverse misdirections that serve only to play into entrenched power inequities.
Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnsocial) - Ming has lost the plot here. The meaning of knee-taking does not belong to Eng footballers. It is the gesture of the Cenotaph defacers and imported from rancid US ID politics. You simply cannot adopt it in the expectation of universal acclaim.
James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) - Trying to put my finger on why it's always 'Brexiters' who have the biggest problem with a peaceful protest against racism..
Merton Jo (@MertonJoJo) - Flynn is a bigoted moron. But he's right about 'taking-a-knee' being a poisonous purity test, imported from identity politics of US duopoly war games. If he was smarter he'd be keen on these divisive public gestures that look courageous and pro-active but change nothing.
Ostensibly a way to blah blah, introduced by bullshit spigot parapsychologist Ken Wilber (born 31-Jan-1949) integral theory, began as an attempt to fold a wide diversity of theories and thinkers into one single framework. It is portrayed as a "theory of everything" ("the living Totality of matter, body, mind, soul, and spirit"), trying "to draw together an already existing number of separate paradigms into an interrelated network of approaches that are mutually enriching." In the real-world, it's a recipe for getting an army of naive collaborators to serve a dogma, like a mobilization doctrine for a religious cult. Integral theory informs transpersonal psychology weaponized in culture war 'diversity' as a technique for applying mass propaganda to indoctrinate groups and extirpate outliers. Popular under different names in Scientology.
Black Chicago neighborhoods incur more red-light camera tickets than white ones. But ProPublica doesn't answer or ask the key question. Do white neighborhoods incur less tickets PER violation than nonwhite ones? If yes, policy is racist. If no, it's not.
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Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (born Germany 1973)
James J. Hughes (born Columbus OH USA 1961)
Metamodernism is a proposed set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which emerge from and react to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism. Another similar term is post-postmodernism.
In 1999, Moyo Okediji reused the term metamodern about contemporary African-American art, defining it as an "extension of and challenge to modernism and postmodernism."
In 2002, Andre Furlani, analyzing the literary works of Guy Davenport, defined metamodernism as an aesthetic that is "after yet by means of modernism…. a departure as well as a perpetuation."
The relationship between metamodernism and modernism was seen as going "far beyond homage, toward a reengagement with modernist method in order to address subject matter well outside the range or interest of the modernists themselves."
In 2007, Alexandra Dumitrescu described metamodernism as partly a concurrence with, partly an emergence from, and partly a reaction to, postmodernism, "champion[ing] the idea that only in their interconnection and continuous revision lie the possibility of grasping the nature of contemporary cultural and literary phenomena."
In 2010, cultural theorists Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker proposed metamodernism as an intervention in the post-postmodernism debate.
Vermeulen and van den Akker asserted that the 2000s were characterized by the return of typically modern positions that did not forfeit the postmodern mindsets of the 1980s and 1990s, resembling a "neo-romanticism" represented especially in the work of young visual artists. According to them, the metamodern sensibility "can be conceived of as a kind of informed naivety, a pragmatic idealism", characteristic of cultural responses to recent global events such as climate change, the financial crisis, political instability, and the digital revolution. They asserted that “the postmodern culture of relativism, irony, and pastiche" is over, having been replaced by a post-ideological condition that stresses engagement, affect, and storytelling.
The prefix "meta-" referred not to a reflective stance or repeated rumination, but to Plato's metaxy, which denotes a movement between opposite poles as well as beyond them.
Vermeulen and van den Akker described metamodernism as a "structure of feeling" that oscillates between modernism and postmodernism like "a pendulum swinging between…innumerable poles". According to Kim Levin, writing in ARTnews, this oscillation "must embrace doubt, as well as hope and melancholy, sincerity and irony, affect and apathy, the personal and the political, and technology and techne." For the metamodern generation, according to Vermeulen, "grand narratives are as necessary as they are problematic, hope is not simply something to distrust, love not necessarily something to be ridiculed."
Vermeulen asserts that "metamodernism is not so much a philosophy—which implies a closed ontology—as it is an attempt at a vernacular, or…a sort of open source document, that might contextualise and explain what is going on around us, in political economy as much as in the arts."
Transhumanism cross-pollinates with a lot of alt-culture demographics. Many charlatans. Many conceited sociopaths. But also higher quality outliers, a better more capable non-conformist who wants to be active doing things that drive humanity forward rather than swaddle in the status quo. Pros and cons here. Aubrey de Grey, Aldous Huxley and Nick Bostrum are a decent "quality control trinity" re: the intelligent (but flawed), more serious multi-discipline creative types associated with transhumanism.
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Is it possible to launch more than one true life trajectory - from youth into adulthood - that successfully combines dynamism, expertise, focus and critical mass of network (and reputation)? Are there any examples of humans who manage this i.e. without parleying gains from a prior trajectory to conserve momentum into the next?
The hard work and original thinking of the world's scientists and academics is recorded in billions of published papers - a constant flow 24/7 from almost every country on Earth - placed in journals according to subject or field e.g. Nature, New Scientist, The Lancet, etc. The world's 5000 most-prestigious journals are owned by a cartel of multinational corporations: Reed-Elsevier (RELX), Clarivate 'Web of Science', Wolters Kluwer, Wiley Online Library, Springer Nature, CAS, etc. All of the billions of papers has been gathered behind a paywall. Advanced learning has therfore become very expensive, prohibitively so if you're in a poor country and/or not part of a rich university. Academics and scientists agree it should all be available to the world. But it's too profitable for the journal-owner stakeholders. Reed-Elsevier (RELX) alone makes $3.2B a year more then double the total annual profit of Netflix.
There are solutions to the paywall. The most prominent, persistent and comprehensive is Sci-hub which - if you can get to it from your browser - has broken the paywall to provide free complete access to almost everything. Needless to say Sci-hub has been sued in the US, UK, EU and elsewhere. But Sci-hub isn't based in North America or Europe and it was coded by Alexandra Elbakyan, a Russian, who despite racking up an ever-growing stack of judgments against refuses to respect the foreign jurisdiction. Domains get banned, ISPs are court-ordered to blacklist, scihub.org cancelled, sci-hub.org same; but sci-hub itself follows the Pirate Bay evasion-persistence model: many mirrors, always circulating into new domains, publishing the latest mirrors/sites to the public kept separate to the sci-hub service itself. Elbakyan now owns millions of dollars fines, carries a dozen contempt judgments and will probably be persona non grata west of the Oder for the rest of her life. Commenting on the corporations and the court rulings, Elbakyan writes (via her blog): "Sorry but this is a complete bullshit."
Sidebar: most academics and scientists are on record complaining about the monopolistic capture of knowledge by these mega-corporations. Almost all can be quoted as saying they think the billions of papers should be accessible to all, without charge. But let's not forget the academics are choosing to sign away the copyright on their papers to Elsevier and cronies, in return for being published in higher name brand journals. There are free options with global presence 100% open to the public: ArXiv exists, PLOS, Royal Society Open Science, Open Library, etc. Dozens of others cover every field of study. Truth is the academics (who get free access to paywalled DOIs via their institutions) find the corporate journals carry greater social weight, more 'useful' as currency for tenure / promotion / winning awards. So they choose to give away copyright, surrender (on behalf of the rest of humanity) access to the fruits of their expertise. Spineless turds.
"I want Law and Order. Trump backs crackdown on chaos. Trump is for Law and Order."
But Trump is the President. Isn't he responsible for unrest - for society breakdown - for breakdown of law and order, on his watch? Why doesn't he get held responsible?
"Social media is a cesspool of anonymous unaccountable sock puppets, talking point bots, incel trolling and everybody shouting at once their opinions about everything. All locked in echo-chambers divided by specious political tribalism."
There are bad actors in every population. Millions of active social media users are no exception. But the lack of nuance and the susceptibility to mob mentalities come from a lack of personal engagement by thread originators. It wouldn't exist face to face.
"Social media brings out the worst in everyone. Mainly because there's no accountability. You can say what you want and there're no consequences when you act like an asshole."
This abuse of 'no accountability' applies to bad actors but not to the average user of social media. In reality, it's not that person A wouldn't say X to person B, but person B would respond to person A if the interactions were face to face. Instead, it's person B abusing 'no consequences' to ignore (rudely) person A. Magnify this dynamic by a billion frustrated interactions and online conversation grows toxic.
"Why should I respond to every message on my social media? I reply where I can, especially to the most annoying or deplorable comments. What's so bad about using my finite time to hit the best and the worst, to make a difference?"
We see messages and place them on a spectrum from extreme positive to extreme (violently) negative. At the spectrum midpoint are the more ambiguous comments that take genuine reflection to answer. Those middle-of-the-spectrum comments are seldom offensive (or solely sycophantic) Nor are they lowest common denominator. Trouble is, ambiguity and nuance is time consuming to engage personally. Most of us are too lazy to bother. It's easier to virtue signal or shit-talk or stress (again) familiar talking points. Autopilot.
We're trained to pick out the most familiar, extreme negative comments in a thread and respond to lowest common denominator groupthink. It's self-serving. Why? Because it requires least effort to pick out opposing groupthink and, by virtuously firing back a tried and tested takedown, we absolve ourselves of the lazy hypocrisy and win quick, easy self-satisfaction. Nuanced comments - which are personal, not automated or we ignore trolling.
And then we tell ourselves Twitter is to blame for the dysfunctional environment. What a crock. We're to blame.
"I'm not convinced this is true. How do I test this?"
Find a bunch of social media users who're running their own account. It shouldn't be people you know. You can tell this by checking their profile and their messages. It should be personalized. It should have specific comments including replies (follow-ups) to real-world events, not delegated to a staff member to automate or manage.
Try sending messages or making comments that fit the 'extremely negative groupthink' and then 'extremely positive ingratiating' and finally 'ambiguous, nuanced, thoughtful'. Let's call the negative A, the positive B and the nuanced thoughtful C.
According to our initial 30-day experiment and subsequently adjusted, the percentage weight of responses to the three categories:
Recently the Democratic Party has been rehabilitating previously demonised figures like George W Bush and Dick Cheney. This is reasonable given the corporate Dems have shifted to an openly further Right position and will be figuring on picking up GOP voters - especially in the event Trump runs in 2024 - to offset loss of Left/Progressive support (which they don't want anyway).
But what happened to the millions of people for whom the Iraq War was the greatest abomination and Bush/Cheney were to blame? What happened to the millions of people who came out in protest during the Occupy movement? Where did all those people (or their beliefs) go?
“It’s easy to create a full-time job pointing out contradictions in the output of one or both of the duopoly bullshit spigots.
Hundreds of new media independents and thousands of legacy media institutions make their living following the superficial currents of news cycles. It’s easy content, endlessly replenished, perpetually zeitgeist; but it’s not useful to be an amplifier of the propaganda machine. If anything the devil’s bargain for profit and views (by serving the proliferation of hegemonic framing) should be an anathema to anyone sincerely trying to push back on the exploitation excess of American oligopoly.
The criteria of America’s partisan dichotomy is self-serving, corollary to its own internal competition between interest groups. The dichotomy isn’t bound by consistency. It doesn’t exist to serve truth. Political narratives are only partisan – liberal or conservative, left or right – insofar as they’re used to serve two highly evolved organisations of wealth and influence subordinated to a single ruling class monopoly on power.
Executive action exclusively serves this monopoly and the entire ecosystem of media and institutional propaganda exists to bridge the gap between the brutal reality of legislation by narrow elite interests and the general public excluded from (or exploited by) elite profit.”
“Some sources aren’t commonly cited in the mainstream media, but can fasten onto the truth behind the story. Sometimes these sources will seed of articles that’ll germinate (after the appropriate douching by the bullshit spigot) in the popular press. Sometimes they’ll be suppressed.”