The GameStop Rally Exposed the Perils of ‘Meme Populism’
If the ethos of social media leads the left to prize populist sentiment over progressive substance, then its energies will be ripe for misdirection by reactionary forces.
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Sale believed society was on the verge of collapse. That wasn’t entirely bad, he argued. He hoped the few surviving humans would band together in small, tribal-style clusters. They wouldn’t be just off the grid. There would be no grid. Which was dandy
What’s happening in Morocco is emblematic of what’s happening around the world. While it’s clear that democracies are major beneficiaries of lawful hacking, a long and growing list of credible, detailed, technical, and public investigations shows Pegasus being misused by authoritarian regimes with long records of human rights abuse.
What she does think is unique to generation Z is their flexibility when it comes to personal narratives. “They’ve grown up in the era of absolute polarity and binary views, fake news and weird conspiracy theory-thinking being entirely mainstream, she says. “Quite simply: if you don’t like some of the stories or PR surrounding your favourite artists, you can discount them as fake news, set-ups, or the individual being the subject of right- or left-wing propaganda.
Sometimes people don’t have a clear idea of what philosophy means. They have some romantic idea that philosophy is about the meaning of life, something like that. Instead, philosophy is a set of tools. The same way in which physics is a set of tools to think about the world using the language of mathematics, philosophy is also a sharp set of tools to distinguish clearly what the premises are of our way of thinking. It’s like a cleaning method for thinking.
Speech is not merely a conduit for the transmission of ideas, a replaceable medium for direct communication, but a generative activity that enhances thinking.
TikTok is the platform I started on,” she said, “but I’m ready for the next one.”
Substack, eager to attract customers over Mailchimp or WordPress, has begun to look like it’s reverse engineering a media company. But all the while, its founders insist that they simply provide a platform. By not acknowledging the ways in which they are actively encouraging (and discouraging) certain people to use Substack, and the ways they benefit monetarily from doing so, they obscure their role as publishers.
On average, two individuals in Africa are more genetically dissimilar from each other than either one of them is from an individual in Europe or Asia.
a paper came out from the Mayo Clinic that looked at Apple's AFib feature that was FDA-cleared a few years ago and the amount of excessive health care testing and costs that it resulted in. You have a disease where prevalence is 1% or 2% at best in the general population. Even a product that has 99% accuracy is going to have thousands and thousands of false positives. So any time we think about a feature, we want to be very mindful about the value to customers balanced with the anxiety generation of having false positives.
For actors, it opens up exciting creative and professional possibilities. But it also raises a host of ethical questions
Carl Sagan put it that way. He suggested that humanity has become powerful more quickly than it's become wise. We've had this exponential improvement in our power, but our wisdom has grown only falteringly, if at all
It should not be so surprising that philosophers, even if they should disdain trashy opulence, might at least be interested in money as a concept and a problem. It is, after all, interesting like everything is interesting, and perhaps even more so in the way it straddles the boundary between existence and non-existence, like all of the best of philosophy’s objects.
A term still used today to refer to gay relationships — duan xiu, or “cut sleeve” — comes from a story in “The Book of Han,” an official history of the Han dynasty that was completed in the second century, in which the emperor wakes from a nap to find his male lover still asleep on his robe, and tenderly cuts off his sleeve to avoid waking him.
However long we post- pone it, we eventually lie down alone in that notoriously un- comfortable bed, the one we make ourselves. Whether or not we sleep in it depends, of course, on whether or not we respect ourselves.
turning a profit fosters a lowest-common-4/4-127BPM-denominator and limits what risks artists and organisers will take.
Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians
However far they advance, there’s one task that robots won’t help us solve: Deciding how, when, and where to use them.
“The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time during recorded music’s previous eras
A few people have called me from time to time and said, ‘Hey, you have to get in on our New Zealand thing,’ ” Lanier confided. “I'm like, ‘No.…’ I just feel like, if we can fuck it up here, why can't we fuck up New Zealand? What's better about New Zealand than here? It's even riskier for earthquakes, so the only thing about it that's inviting is we haven't fucked it up yet
he feels nostalgia, he said, for a past in which we could define ourselves before technology went ahead and attempted crude approximations for us.
That because of this, social media was in some ways “worse than cigarettes,” as Lanier put it at one point, “in that cigarettes don't degrade you. They kill you, but you're still you.”
Does taste even matter? You’d like to think you listen to what you enjoy, not what the industry predicts you’ll like based on data. But is your taste your own? Or will the feedback loop – where what you’ve enjoyed in the past shapes what you hear today – change what you’ll like in the future?
To look at QAnon is to see not just a conspiracy theory but the birth of a new religion.
As a result, octopuses have ended up with their unusual combination: a large brain and a short life.
Hardly anyone can talk abstractly about freedom and connection and collaboration, the blithe watchwords of the mid-2000s, without making a mental list of the internet's more concrete negative externalities.
Of the Penurious Man (or “The Pennypincher”) we are told, “At a dinner where expenses are shared, he counts the number of cups each person drinks,”
“If it were not firmly established, Theophrastus’ title might better be rendered ‘traits,’ ” since it is part of his conception that “individual good or bad traits of character may be isolated and studied separately”
The Trump presidency has created a void of meaning that, for many, can best be filled by a departure from reality. Such escapes, it’s clear, more often than not lead us to the hellish bedlam of far-right fever-dreams.
“Information is like water. Water quality can be improved, but without any flow, water easily grows fetid,” he said.
It’s fine for any one company to shrug and say that law enforcement and defense are so morally murky that it’s not worthwhile to work with them. But the world needs people and institutions with agency, who weigh the tradeoffs and actually make a decision
Can D&D change the real world? Ray thinks so. “They say you don’t truly know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes,” she said. “I think Dungeons & Dragons is the perfect augmented reality to exercise that.”
More often than not, singing involves the cultivation of technique to a point where you could almost conceive of styles as diverse as opera, scatting, yodeling, and Tuvan throat singing as tantamount to introjected technology.
Capitol Records released “The Stereo Disc,” which featured “day in the life” ambient sounds such as “Bowling Alley” and “New Year’s Eve at Times Square” to transport the listener out of the home and into the action.
His attack succeeded and became a global menace because he hit upon the one thing sought by everyone on the planet: love.
Some people die from COVID-19. That’s maybe the last absolute statement we can make here. But “some” is not a number and you can’t math with it.
Coined by the Swiss physician Johannes Hofer in 1688, ‘nostalgia’ referred to a medical condition – homesickness – characterised by an incapacitating longing for one’s motherland.
They called it the “end of history illusion”; people believed they had reached some “watershed moment” in which they had become their authentic self.
In 1663, Isaac Newton bought a book on astrology at the Sturbridge Summer Fair. It was an act of curiosity, but Newton found that he couldn’t make sense of it because he didn’t know enough geometry. And so he began to study Euclid. This is how Newton got hooked on mathematics.
Art binds us to others, but it also helps us grieve for the many things in our lives which will fall like the “splash quite unnoticed.”
Strauss and Howe, you see, didn’t just help invent Steve Bannon. They invented millennials. And society’s obsession with that kind of generational pseudoscience has actually made it easier for Americans to believe in Bannon’s prophecies of doom.
Until recent years, scientists had largely ignored the global diversity of thinking.
there’s little reason to believe that we can help determine our kids’ intelligence, personality, or mental health. We aren’t really “puppet masters” of our kids’ development, he argued, but rather something more important—their guardians and friends.
She acknowledges that reminding wealthy young people to make dinner for themselves is a “bougie solution to a bougie problem” but stresses that the company’s philosophy is that “bougieness doesn’t obviate problem-ness.”
“Imagine if the entire world of music fandom were musicians,” says Trink. “How much more energy would that put into every single thing that the music industry does?”
Kafka located one of the central qualities of the landline—the way that it allowed someone to speak and be heard, but also to be destabilized, exposed to forces unseen.