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2 days ago

"Given higher education’s reputation as a bastion of liberalism and political correctness, it’s no wonder that it’s seen as a ripe target for angry white men. To many Americans, we are, as one angry internet troll recently told me, responsible for producing the “social justice warriors” and “feminazis” who are supposedly destroying the world. In reality, “the university” in 2018 is mostly a constellation of underfunded, overextended public institutions that still serve mostly working-class and middle-class whites and smaller numbers of minorities, including some undocumented young people known as Dreamers. Those institutions rarely have the resources to target conservative students or brainwash students.

You could be forgiven for not imagining that university when people talk about liberal colleges and coddled professors. We do not appear often in elite media, which tends to focus on the fringiest and most outrageous goings-on at elite universities. But even elite institutions are not nearly as radical as the alt-right believes. They are, if anything, the finishing schools for conservative economics, social science and social policy. A handful of gender studies courses could not begin to check the power of an economics department or a business school at any university in the U.S. The college down the street from most Americans is a conservative institution that is sensitive to the pluralist needs of the students they serve because its economic viability depends on it.

Of course, racism does not need logic. White racist organizations are flourishing in the space between perception and fact, and in that space, the university is the mecca for aggrieved white masculinity to reassert its dominance."

The Real Threat To Campuses Isn't 'PC Culture.' It's Racism.

huffingtonpost.com

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3 days ago

Eribon: "Es ist eine Tatsache, dass die Probleme der Unterschicht in den Hintergrund gedrängt wurden. Sie sind nicht aus der Realität, aber bis zu einem gewissen Grad aus dem Diskurs verschwunden, besonders aus dem Diskurs der Linken. Aber daran ist weder der Feminismus noch die Homosexuellen-Bewegung schuld. Der Grund dafür ist die Annäherung zwischen den sozialdemokratischen Parteien und der neokonservativen Rechten. Es wäre doch absurd zu behaupten, das Problem der SPD oder des französischen Parti Socialiste sei der Feminismus. Das Problem ist der Neoliberalismus der heutigen Linken, die Tatsache, dass die Linke nicht mehr links ist.
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Man könnte glauben, die Linke wolle die Schwachen vor der Brutalität wirtschaftlicher Zwänge schützen und ihnen im Übrigen die Freiheit geben, so zu leben, wie sie wollen. Aber es ist das Gegenteil der Fall: Die heutige Linke ist gesellschaftspolitisch konservativ, autoritär und wirtschaftspolitisch liberal."

«Das Problem ist sicher nicht der Feminismus»

republik.ch

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4 days ago

"Since then, people who rely on Facebook for eyeballs (like journalists) have been nervously trying to figure out what this change means — is “meaningful engagement” just shorthand for comments? Well, they should just ask me, because I’ve figured it all out. And I’m using this to torture my friends.

Presumably because of this latest algorithm shift, my post stayed at the top of people’s feeds — even though part of the new change was supposed to lead people away from passively consuming content (aka watching videos and scrolling through memes), and what I shared was exactly an example of the kind of passive content Facebook wants you to consume less of. My post still broke through, thanks to its ability to goad my friends into angrily commenting. Facebook is rewarding me for pissing my friends off, and its new thirst for comments seems to have driven itself into a loop that won’t let my friends free from the grasp of a piece of content that they actually hate."

How I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends

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4 days ago

White Magic - Colonial logics and multiple nostalgias at work with the current witch obsession.
"While they might hex Trump, they do not in any meaningful way extend their lifestyle to stand with those still marked by the history of the heathen."

White Magic

thenewinquiry.com

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4 days ago

Wie deutsche Rechte im Internet die Öffentlichkeit manipulieren wollen

badische-zeitung.de

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4 days ago

If you don't want to read a whole article on it, Baratunde sums the sick sad mess all up here:
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/964607901078835200.html

"The Russian effort to meddle in the election began way back in 2014, long before anyone viewed Trump as a serious candidate for the presidency, much less a likely nominee. The goal was simply to create division and chaos by exploiting existing cleavages in American society—or as the indictment puts it, operators were instructed to create “political intensity through supporting radical groups, users dissatisfied with [the] social and economic situation and oppositional social movements.”"
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/mueller-roadmap/553604/

What Mueller's Indictment Reveals

theatlantic.com

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5 days ago

Von Paul Mason, hier die deutschsprachige Version:
https://www.freitag.de/autoren/the-guardian/augen-und-ohren-auf

For the SPD to Learn From Labour, It Has to Grasp What Kind of World We’re In

novaramedia.com

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5 days ago

"Die Eskalierer dieser Tage kommen aus verschiedensten politischen Parteien, Ecken und Redaktionsräumen. Rechtspopulisten, Linkspopulisten, linke und junge Sozialdemokraten, liberalisierungsmüde Unionler und strategische FDPler. Was alle eint, ist die Sehnsucht nach der alten Schlachtordnung, von der sie selbst zu profitieren hoffen. Links soll wieder links sein, rechts wieder rechts. Was es so nie gab. Als ob Willy Brandt links gewesen wäre – und Helmut Kohl rechts.

Was größer werdende Teile der Bundeskanzlerin Merkel wirklich übel nehmen, ist nicht das Ausblenden der Zukunft, auch nicht die Sozialdemokratisierung, sondern die gesellschaftliche Liberalisierung."

Endlich wieder richtig links?

taz.de

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6 days ago

The question that remains is whether we have already been too far reduced, whether after being treated as consumers and costs, we might still have it in us to be more, because that’s what it will take to wrench society away from Bezos and from the people who have made him look like a reasonable alternative.

The Singular Pursuit of Comrade Bezos

medium.com

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7 days ago

Leaked Assange chats: "a running theme of sexism and misogyny, contain hints of anti-Semitism."
So finally even The Intercept is done with Assange.


In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like

theintercept.com

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7 days ago

Interesting looong read (that at the end cuts Zuckerberg more slack than the cover image of a bruised Zuck had me expecting.)

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

wired.com

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12 days ago

"But my evening at Zhang’s and the sense of resentment I found there for a multicultural, progressive Berlin by old West Berliners — not East Germans — made me realize that as the memory of genuine German fascism fades, the country’s politics are returning to nativist parties. There is a whiff of blood and soil in downmarket Chinese restaurants."

Kung Pao with the Brownshirts: My Evening with the German Far Right

lareviewofbooks.org

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12 days ago

Pointen für den Arsch

freitag.de

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13 days ago

As fake news proliferation shows, journalism’s reliance on ad-financed business model represents a bug for a better informed society, one that not coincidentally represents a feature from the perspective of the advertisers it serves.

"It’s common in journalism to criticize corporations when they make unpopular decisions without examining deeper causes. Digressions are attributed to idiosyncrasies of executive personality or to a kind of corporate peer pressure. Industry financial and strategic analysts may similarly opt to omit larger social forces too, but are more likely to recognize corporate actions as functional. In contrast to journalism that treats corporate missteps as nefarious or accidental, industry analysis can avoid presenting reality in an ideal way."

Industry Analysis and the Nominal Price of Admission

thesocietypages.org

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13 days ago

Preach! 🙌"As this instance of fake news proliferation shows, journalism’s reliance on this business model represents a bug for a better informed society, one that not coincidentally represents a feature from the perspective of the advertisers it serves."

Industry Analysis and the Nominal Price of Admission

thesocietypages.org

eve massacre

13 days ago

^^
*zing*

Quite aside from whether we will be able to replicate the contents of thinly sliced, cryogenically frozen brains in computer-readable formats, there is the question of whether “we” are really in our brains. None of the tech industry alpha males really acts as if only his brain counts, so far as I can see (or judge by the recent #MeToo movement).

Forgetting the Social in the Age of Social Media?

blog.lareviewofbooks.org

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14 days ago

If you don't focus on it, nothing will change. Diversity is WORK. Mostly unpaid ungratifying work. It's work à rebours.

I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories

theatlantic.com

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14 days ago

I Analyzed a Year of My Reporting for Gender Bias (Again)

theatlantic.com

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17 days ago

"For Ms. Alinejad and the protesters, the struggle against the compulsory hijab is about regaining a woman’s control over her own body, not a matter of questioning the validity of the hijab itself. Now that bareheaded women are joined in these acts by women who proudly wear the full-body chador, it is clear that the movement on the ground is also about a woman’s right to choose how to dress — something that, over the past century, various Iranian leaders have tried to deny.

The founder of the Pahlavi dynasty, Reza Shah, banned the hijab, in a gesture of modernization, in 1936, which effectively put some women under house arrest for years since they could not bear to be uncovered in public. The leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, made the hijab compulsory in 1979.

Mass protests by women were unsuccessful in overturning the edict. ...
In 2006, the One Million Signatures for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws campaign, one of the most concerted efforts undertaken by Iranian feminists to gain greater rights for women, barely mentions the hijab. Iranian feminists have also been determined to distance themselves from the Western obsession with the hijab, almost overcompensating by minimizing its significance. Western feminists who have visited Iran and willingly worn the hijab have also played a hand in normalizing it.

But fighting discriminatory policies has not resulted in any real change, as the crushed One Million Signatures campaign proved. So now Ms. Alinejad and a younger generation of Iranian women are turning back the focus on the most visible symbol of discrimination, which, they argue, is also the most fundamental. “We are not fighting against a piece of cloth,” Ms. Alinejad told me. “We are fighting for our dignity. If you can’t choose what to put on your head, they won’t let you be in charge of what is in your head, either.”

Why Iranian Women Are Taking Off Their Head Scarves

nytimes.com

eve massacre

19 days ago

„Mit Entsetzen habe ich gehört, dass Kolleg*innen, die sich öffentlich mit mir solidarisiert haben, angezeigt worden sind“, sagte Kristina Hänel der taz. „Gleichzeitig verleugnen selbsternannte ‚Lebensschützer‘ ungestraft die Leiden der Holocaustopfer. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn wir diese Doppelmoral endlich zu einem Ende bringen könnten.“

Auch Politiker*innen reagiert empört. „Wenn gegen Ärztinnen und Ärzte, die sich öffentlich dazu bekennen, dass sie Schwangerschaftsabbrüche machen, wegen des Werbeverbots nach § 219a StGB strafrechtliche Ermittlungsverfahren eingeleitet werden, dann zeigt dies sehr deutlich, dass der Bundestag als Gesetzgeber gefragt ist“, sagte Eva Högl, stellvertretende SPD-Fraktionsvorsitzende, der taz.

„Ärztinnen und Ärzte können angezeigt werden, weil sie Solidarität mit einer Kollegin bekunden – das ist ein Skandal“, sagte auch Ulle Schauws, frauenpolitische Sprecherin der Grünen Bundestagsfraktion. „Dass das überhaupt möglich ist, zeigt, dass Paragraf 219a schleunigst aus dem Strafgesetzbuch gestrichen werden sollte. Es muss um mehr Rechtsklarheit gehen und nicht um weniger.“

Neue Ermittlungen gegen Ärzt*innen

taz.de

eve massacre

19 days ago

These videos feed the dangerous and dehumanizing expectation that all people with disabilities should strive to achieve behavioral “inspiration” — by adapting to the world

Disability Representation and the Problem with "Inspiration Porn"

the-toast.net

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20 days ago

"If water levels keep falling, Cape Town will declare Day Zero in less than three months. Taps in homes and businesses will be turned off until the rains come. The city’s four million residents will have to line up for water rations at 200 collection points. The city is bracing for the impact on public health and social order.

“When Day Zero comes, they’ll have to call in the army,” said Phaldie Ranqueste, who was filling his white S.U.V. with big containers of water at a natural spring where people waited in a long, anxious line.

It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way for Cape Town. This city is known for its strong environmental policies, including its careful management of water in an increasingly dry corner of the world."

Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero’

nytimes.com

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20 days ago

Notes on a New Desert

psmag.com

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25 days ago

Excellent essay by David A. Banks

"What’s more concerning though, is the metaphysical similarity between authoritarians and engineers. They share an aversion to ideas, phenomena, and even people who do not fit into neat categories. It is this desire for a well-ordered world that comports so nicely with fundamentalist tendencies. Things work, be they bridges or societies, when all the components are predictable and behave the way they are told. Demanding recognition outside given categories, radically changing the environment a system must work in, and dismantling long-held practices and theories are equally frustrating for the aspiring dictator and the aspiring engineer. It is that tradeoff between latitude and freedom, as Kelly puts it, that is at the center of the authoritarian–neoliberal–engineer Venn diagram.

What Gambetta and Hertog are not clear on, is whether engineering attracts authoritarians or makes them. Of course, the answer is probably a mix of individuals’ self-selection and the cultivation of the qualities that lead to the sorting in the first place. But if I had to choose which factor was stronger, my money is on the latter: that there is something about engineering pedagogy that encourages authoritarianism.

Some students are attracted to engineering’s style of thinking, but many are lured in by their opposite: the fun things (particularly American) grade school teachers call engineering: open-ended tinkering with electronics, playing with robots, and building things out of balsa wood."

Engineered for Dystopia

thebaffler.com

eve massacre

25 days ago

Und in Deutschland? Warum kennt man Mala Zimetbaum hier nicht? Weil sie nicht nur Opfer sein wollte, sich den Nazis nicht unterwarf, die Würde des Menschen verteidigte und liebte, wo Liebe nicht erlaubt war? „Ja“, antwortet die italienische Journalistin Francesca Paci von La Stampa in einer E-Mail.

Sie ist an jeden Ort gefahren, wo Zimetbaum und Galinski ihren Fuß hingesetzt hatten, und hat vor zwei Jahren in Italien ein Buch über sie veröffentlicht, für das sie keinen deutschsprachigen Verlag findet. „Mala war ein einsamer Wolf. Edek auch. Sie kämpfte als Frau, nicht als Gruppe. Sie war Jüdin, aber nicht beim jüdischen Widerstand, sie arbeitete mit kommunistischen Gefangenen zusammen, war aber keine Kommunistin, sie floh aus Auschwitz, um der Welt davon zu berichten, aber sie floh auch aus Liebe. Sie half allen, arbeitete für die Deutschen, war jedoch niemals eine Kollaborateurin. Sie war schön, klug und dann hatte sie auch noch Sex.“

Die Heldin von Auschwitz

taz.de

eve massacre

25 days ago

Deswegen ist die Beschreibung der neuen Rechtslage mit "digitaler Inquisition" richtig beschrieben. Sie tut nicht körperlich weh, sie ist einfach da; sie macht die Kommunikation unfrei, sie zerrt die intimsten Informationen in die analogen oder digitalen Akten der Ermittler. Jedwede Kommunikation steht jetzt unter der Kuratel des Staates, jedwede Intimität in Computern ist jetzt von Ermittlern einsehbar. Schranken und Sperren, die es diesbezüglich beim Lauschangriff noch gab, gibt es nicht mehr. Wie schrieb das Verfassungsgericht einmal: Die freie und geschützte Kommunikation sei eine "elementare Funktionsbedingung eines auf Handlungsfähigkeit und Mitwirkungsfähigkeit seiner Bürger begründeten freiheitlichen Staatswesens." Vorbei.

Die digitale Inquisition hat begonnen

sueddeutsche.de

eve massacre

26 days ago

"Somewhere around the first month, I began to think of the Apple Watch as my failure bracelet."
Longread on the Apple Watch, behaviourism and building health trackers without health experts.
Obvious problem in health tech consumerism: "what people want isn’t always supported by good science. Apple’s job is to sell units, so what the customers want wins."

The behavior you want to motivate isn’t making the goal; it’s the attempt at activity.
The effect of focusing on goal completion was that the Watch turned my fun reprieve (my time working out) into more work — work I could be nagged about, work I could fail at, work that I began to resent.

End of Watch

theverge.com

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26 days ago

"Man ist geneigt, die mit der Kampagne betrauten social entrepreneurs um ihren scheinbar ungebrochenen Glauben an den eigenen Altruismus zu beneiden. Denn während die Integration in den Arbeitsmarkt auf Stufe einfacher Hilfsarbeiten und ungelernter, repetitiver und vor allem vermutlich unterbezahlter Tätigkeiten für einigermaßen denkbefähigte Menschen ohne den eigenen Aufenthaltsstatus nun nicht gerade als ein Sechser im Lotto erscheint, sind die Münchner JungunternehmerInnen gerne bereit, in dieser Hinsicht Abstriche zu machen – solange es sie halt nicht selbst betrifft. Ohne sich in schmerzhafte Widersprüche zu begeben, preist man da die Vorteile an, die diese besonders soziale Form der Ausbeutung für die potentiellen Arbeitgeber hat."

"Natürlich kann die Zwangslage der angepriesenen Arbeitskräfte nicht offen beworben werden, doch spricht der Subtext der Kampagne für sich: Unsere hochmotivierten Zeitarbeiter sind völlig auf eure Gnade angewiesen und werden naturgemäß zögern, sich über ihre Arbeitsbedingungen zu beschweren. Ob historische Probleme mit letzteren den Münchener Menschenfreunden überhaupt ein Begriff sind, steht freilich zu bezweifeln. Sie haben jetzt ein paar Integrationspreise in ihrem Münchner Büro stehen und können auf langweiligen Afterworkparties nochmal die Geschichte ihres Selbstfindungsjahres in Tansania erzählen. Ja, sie wollen anderen wirklich helfen. Sie sind gute Menschen, deren neoliberal geformte Menschenverachtung so internalisiert ist, dass sie Paternalismus mit Altruismus verwechseln und Anpassung mit Fortschritt."

Soft Skill Zynismus

jungle.world

eve massacre

27 days ago

"Research shows that 30 percent of women report pain during vaginal sex, 72 percent report pain during anal sex, and "large proportions" don't tell their partners when sex hurts.
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When it comes to 'good sex,'" Debby Herbenick, a professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health told me, "women often mean without pain, men often mean they had orgasms."
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Professor Sara McClelland, another one of the few scholars who has done rigorous work on this issue, discovered in the course of her research on how young men and women rate sexual satisfaction that "men and women imagined a very different low end of the sexual satisfaction scale:

"While women imagined the low end to include the potential for extremely negative feelings and the potential for pain, men imagined the low end to represent the potential for less satisfying sexual outcomes, but they never imagined harmful or damaging outcomes for themselves"
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we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.
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Women are constantly and specifically trained out of noticing or responding to their bodily discomfort, particularly if they want to be sexually "viable." Have you looked at how women are "supposed" to present themselves as sexually attractive? High heels? Trainers? Spanx? These are things designed to wrench bodies. Men can be appealing in comfy clothes. They walk in shoes that don't shorten their Achilles tendons. They don't need to get the hair ripped off their genitals"

The female price of male pleasure

theweek.com

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28 days ago

A little more than a hundred years ago, German colonists stole these bones from what they called German Southwest Africa, following a Herero rebellion, in 1904. General Lothar von Trotha had moved quickly and brutally to put down the uprising. “Within the German boundaries, every Herero, with or without firearms, with or without cattle, will be shot,” he wrote in his Vernichtungsbefehl, or extermination order. “I won’t accommodate women and children anymore.” In what has been called the first genocide of the twentieth century, colonists pushed Herero into the desert and forced others into concentration camps. Sixty-five thousand Herero died. Similar tactics killed ten thousand Nama men and women. (Both groups have called on Germany to pay reparations, and will appear in U.S. federal court on January 25th in an attempt to force the country to do so.)

The Troubling Origins of the Skeletons in a New York Museum

newyorker.com

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28 days ago

Wird Netflix die Arthouse Kinos disrupten?

"Auslöschung" ist nur der Anfang: Netflix "klaut" die guten Filme aus den Kinos

filmstarts.de

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29 days ago

"The point here is that corporations and the people that run them are ideological. Companies do not set up shop based on what is good for people, they choose their location based on what is good for capital. How else do you explain all the businesses that set up shop in Delaware? The ideological fervor of CEOs also points to another problem: Even if cities bound together in some sort non-aggression pact so that none of them promised a single tax break, what would happen the next time a Fortune 500 company starts looking for a new headquarters? Would those cities get a shot? No. They would be blacklisted.

... we have massive monopolistic companies that can make unilateral, undemocratic decisions that impact the lives of millions of people. More than anything it is our state of inequality and the attendant disinvestment in public resources that is, ultimately, the problem."

No Really, Why Don’t Cities Collectively Bargain for Amazon’s HQ2?

thesocietypages.org

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29 days ago

Carolin Emcke zu #MeToo"Es will doch niemand das Flirten untersagen"

deutschlandfunkkultur.de

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31 days ago

„The fantasies and promises of AI often obscure the limitations of the field and the complicated trade-offs of technical work done under the rubric of “AI.””

Brought Marika Rose's work back to my mind, it's bigger than just AI being sold as magic: "the machinic re-enchantment
of the world, the emergence of an erotic economy, and the
enlistment of the soul into contemporary regimes of work"
http://www.jcrt.org/archives/16.2/Rose.pdf
or her short talk:
‘Deus in Machina: Digital Capitalism and Technological Re-Enchantment’ here (29:14): https://livestream.com/internetsociety/ttw17/videos/153598538

Don’t Call AI “Magic”

points.datasociety.net

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32 days ago

Not only the thinking has to change but we've got to learn to desire sexual liberation.
Hope this gets published in english too.

"Das sexuelle Regime und die sexuelle Unterwerfung beruhen also nicht auf Gesetzen. Sie beruhen auf unausgesprochenen Normen, auf einem Austausch von Codes und Gesten, der eine Partition für all das festlegt, was sexuell geht und was nicht. Die Verführung wird ästhetisiert, das Begehren stilisiert. Eine historische, konstruierte Form der Herrschaft stabilisiert das Machtgefälle durch erotische Aufladung. Diese Politik des Begehrens hält das geschlechtliche Ancien Régime am Leben, allen Versuchen der Gleichstellung und des Empowerments von Frauen zum Trotz. Das nekropolitische, heterosexuelle Regime ist genauso erniedrigend und zerstörerisch, wie es das Lehnswesen und die Sklaverei im Zeitalter der Aufklärung waren.

Heute erleben wir, wie diese Gewalt sichtbar gemacht und bloßgestellt wird. Wir erleben eine sexuelle Revolution, die zwar langsam und verschlungen, aber doch unvermeidlich voranschreitet. Der queere Feminismus ist immer davon ausgegangen, dass sich die Gesellschaft erst ändern kann, wenn sich das Denken geändert hat. Deshalb bezweifelt er, dass es zwei (und nur zwei) natürliche Geschlechter gibt. Deshalb behauptet er, dass es eine irreduzible Vielheit von biologischen und sozialen Geschlechtern, aber auch von sexuellen Orientierungen gibt. Denn nicht nur das Denken muss sich ändern, sondern auch das Begehren. Die libidinöse Transformation ist genauso wichtig wie die epistemologische. Wir müssen lernen, die sexuelle Freiheit zu begehren.

Seit vielen Jahren ist die queere Kultur ein Labor, in dem neue sexuelle Ästhetiken ausprobiert werden. Von der vorherrschenden Heterosexualität, von ihren Techniken der Subjektivierung und ihrem nekropolitischen Verlangen sagen sie sich los. Die Sexästhetik der RoboCops und der Aliens interessiert uns nicht, und wir sind viele. Von den Butch-Femmes und der BDSM-Kultur, von Joan Nestle, Pat Califia und Gayle Rubin, Annie Sprinkle und Beth Stephens, von Guillaume Dustan und Virginie Despentes haben wir gelernt, dass die Sexualität ein politisches Theater ist, in dem nicht die Anatomie, sondern das Begehren die Rollen verteilt. Man kann darauf stehen, Schuhsohlen abzulecken, sich sämtliche Körperöffnungen penetrieren zu lassen oder den Geliebten durch einen Wald zu jagen, als wäre er sexuelles Freiwild – all das hat seinen Platz in dem Theater, das sich Sexualität nennt. Es gibt allerdings zwei Dinge, die eine neue queere Ästhetik von der alten, heteronormativen unterscheiden: das Einvernehmen und der Verzicht auf die Naturalisierung sexueller Rollen. Die Körper sind gleichwertig, die Machtverhältnisse werden neu gemischt."

#MeToo: Gegen das Ancien Régime der Sexualität

zeit.de

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32 days ago

Öffentlich-rechtliche Sender gehören massiv kritisiert für ihre bürokratische Lethargie, ihr mitunter fahrlässig trashiges Programm, ihre voyeuristische Lust am populistischen Eklat, ihren Quoten-Fetischismus und ihre fehlende Diversität. Aber gäbe es sie nicht schon, müsste man sie erfinden. Ohne Institutionen, die der Allgemeinheit verpflichtet sind, die die Würde des Menschen zu achten haben, die Informationen prüfen und gewichten müssen, wäre die Auseinandersetzung um das, was gerecht, was begründbar, was universal gültig ist, schon verloren.

Gemeinnutz

sueddeutsche.de

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36 days ago

But what if we thought about the “on” of “online” not as a location — I’m on this raft of a website — but as a kind of being attuned, as in being turned on or being on trend?  What if instead of an escape from being “in real life,” we think of the internet as a genre or style? “Online” can be seen as structuring an entire a way of being in the world. Akin to goth or punk or any number of cultural identities, “online” can be thought of as a way of doing things, not the place they are done.

EXTREMELY ONLINE — Real Life

reallifemag.com

eve massacre

36 days ago

”At its core, Babe’s piece about Grace is important, but the inexperience evident in the execution of the piece did a disservice to the topic—and it’s a shame, because its execution obscures an extremely valuable, timely conversation at a time when it seems finally possible to have it in a public forum.
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If journalists are going to be the carriers of stories like this one, we have to view that responsibility as a solemn one, not one that will finally put our websites on the map, or jolt our writers into the public eye.
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Because Babe did not have the range or depth to present Grace’s story for what it is—a starting point to discuss the ways consent can feel blurring, no matter how clear we might wish it were, and our lack of language to describe this—we all ended up opening up a conversation that did us no good at all. The story had the unfortunate effect of leaving the door a little wider for self-righteousness, allowing detractors to reiterate their shitty assumptions about millennial women and their motivations instead of questioning a set of injustices so commonplace that many people seem not to register them as injustices at all."

Babe, What Are You Doing?

jezebel.com

eve massacre

42 days ago

Aaaah - this piece by Nathan Jurgenson is 🔥, could quote the whole text.

"The notion that the president is or should be a moral authority was always fictitious and unhelpful to begin with.
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What is “abnormal” about Trump is not his ignorance, bigotry, or narcissism but how his habitus makes these qualities obvious and explicit
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To understand Trump’s tenure, we must better describe how his conduct aligns with conventional “normal” presidencies and how they have been covered. ... David Banks noted here last year that liberal pundits are using Trump’s presidency to normalize the rest of electoral politics, making it appear as less performative and irrelevant than it really is
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Trump was never a troll — he wasn’t trying to hack our political system or expose the truth about it to subvert and change it — he was playing by the rules of the big political reality show as it was designed.
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Social commentators claim that epistemic authorities like journalists, editors, scientists, and academics have been stripped of their legitimacy by a so-called post-truth populist wave. But equally true is that these authorities forfeited legitimacy and trust just as much as it was taken. For as long as I’ve been alive, cable news has worked around the clock to degrade the idea of a common fact and assert a continuous narrative of a scary, chaotic, unknowable world to which we can react only with more and more histrionic reporting.
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the role of the news is not to be informative but to use information as a means to comfort. If political coverage produces anxiety, it also sells a kind of relief, the antidote to its own poison. As Trump began to dominate every news cycle, you could at the same time find an increasing amount of data-science statistical models, insider punditry, and “wonk” podcasts. There, you could take in a stream of numbers and facts and hyper-informed opinions that stood in for a desired “normal” reality that didn’t exist outside those media objects. Instead of plainly and accurately describing our political reality as a violent and dishonest system that has little bearing to any objective truth outside of consolidating wealth and power, we can instead be “engaged” by the comforting narrative that the “good” politicians are in good faith, norms are productive and hold sway, and Trump was merely funny and, now, always about to be impeached."

This really isn't Trump-coverage specific, it's not so different from AfD politicians vs german media.

Breaking News — Real Life

reallifemag.com

eve massacre

42 days ago

"In the era of fake news — a natural extension of the era of news proper — we don’t just look to the media for facts, we look to it for narratives. And with plenty of news to choose from (we can’t read it all), we naturally gravitate toward the news and news sources that align with our existing worldview, our ongoing narrative. Journalists must know this; they must, consciously or not, play to our desires by oversimplifying stories — ignoring facts that compromise the greater narrative — or only pursuing stories that they perceive to fit an existing and popular narrative in the first place. This is how it becomes parasitic: we need the drugs and they need us to buy them."

True Crime — Real Life

reallifemag.com

eve massacre

42 days ago

wow. what an idea.
Guy Picciotto:
"As for the text – a stitched quilt composed of our off-the-cuff stage raps (many of which utterly defy my memory and some which are as freshly present in my brain as yesterday) – to hear it delivered by these actors in a novel form of almost distanced hysteria at first really confused me. Fugazi certainly took a lot of hits over the years so my natural defensiveness kicked in, but gradually watching it some other feeling took over and it was like the past and present telescoped and collapsed in some freaky dialectic that felt well beyond my own participation in the source material. For us our between-song raps were a way to engage with the crowd as people in a shared space and precise moment not just as consumers of a cookie-cutter event. Basically it was a way to avoid feeling like a jukebox in the corner. That was one reason we also never used a set-list so that every night had that element of improvisation and response to that specific room. But of course the banter was sometimes just a way to buy time, to catch our breath, to mask tuning or equipment issues or just to entertain ourselves. Still, those raps were supposed to evaporate into the night air, but by taping them and making them available, we left a trail back and Object Collection took that trail and made it a script which solidified the ephemeral into something more concrete, a distillation of weird social history and politics as a residue that exists in even in the most seemingly random moments once they are boiled down. While this project was in no way an active collaboration, we feel moved by Object Collection’s engagement with our archive material and salute everyone involved for their hard work and patience and for wrestling with such integrity with our sounds and words.”

brooklynvegan.com

eve massacre

42 days ago

"people who are outgoing and have lots of friends continue to be outgoing and have lots of friends. They don’t replace one form of interaction with another, but continue interaction patterns across and between the digital and physical. This also means that people who are generally less social remain less social online. However, this is not an effect of the medium, it is an effect of their existing style of social interaction.

In short, the research shows that social media help build and maintain social relationships, supplement and support face-to-face interaction, and reflect existing socializing styles rather than eroding social skills.
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Perhaps it is time to retire the sage warning that too many glowing screens will lead to empty bar stools and café counters. The common advice that social media is best used in moderation, and only so long as users keep engaging face-to-face isn’t negated by the research, but shown irrelevant—people are using social media to facilitate, augment, and supplement face-to-face interaction. There’s enough to worry over in this world, thanks to the research, we can take mass social isolation off the list."

Does Social Media Make People Less Social?: A Research Note

thesocietypages.org

eve massacre

42 days ago

This is really good.
Quoting just a few bits - as so often - doesn't do it justice but still:
"when news becomes a flood of not just data, but affect, there is more at stake than frustration.
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But mediating news through social media is not simply a process of absorbing information; it is to take in data, its interpretation, and reaction all in the same moment. Twitter links, Facebook comment threads on news accounts, and the regular posting of our friends and family mean we are exposed to not just an ongoing stream of information, but also of opinion.
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There is a doubled emotional layer to this manner of processing news: the framing, in which we put forth a piece of information as an affront, an attack, an upending of norms; and a reaction to our own mode of dealing with news, a sort of necessarily performative exhaustion — a signaling that, as it feels like the world is being tilted off its axis, our moral compass still points true.

It is perhaps better to think of our current situation as less information overload than affect overload: not just an excess of data, but of opinion and emotion.
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This is the placelessness wrought by the contemporary news cycle — the way it dislodges and produces a discombobulation at the level of the social system. If our belief systems are like coiled wires, strands of varying ideology wound together into a coherent, linear thread, our social experience of contemporary news leaves them frayed, worn. The horizon of the external world, which we use to position ourselves, orient ourselves, define ourselves, seems similarly frayed, unfamiliar, and what thus emerges as a new terrain in history mirrors what is personally destabilizing at the level of society."

Emotional Overdrive — Real Life

reallifemag.com

eve massacre

42 days ago

On the problem with Google's AMP.

AMP letter

ampletter.org

eve massacre

43 days ago

Arrrrgh - dolphin panic level: red! 🚨

"At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean.

Kelly has taken this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool. The next time a trainer passes, she goes down to the rock and tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on. This behaviour is interesting because it shows that Kelly has a sense of the future and delays gratification. She has realised that a big piece of paper gets the same reward as a small piece and so delivers only small pieces to keep the extra food coming. She has, in effect, trained the humans.

Her cunning has not stopped there. One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. It was a large bird and so the trainers gave her lots of fish. This seemed to give Kelly a new idea. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. After mastering this lucrative strategy, she taught her calf, who taught other calves, and so gull-baiting has become a hot game among the dolphins."

Why dolphins are deep thinkers

theguardian.com

eve massacre

49 days ago

"Das ist auch die Haltung in der Szene der Pick-up-Artists, die mit den Rechten eng verwoben ist. Pick-up-Artists bringen anderen Männern in Workshops bei, „männlicher“ zu werden, das heißt: Frauen ins Bett zu kriegen, wann immer ihnen danach ist. Die Soziologin Franziska Schutzbach schreibt, das Phantasma einer Wiederaneignung dominanter Männlichkeit in der Pick-up-Szene wirke wie eine Einstiegsdroge in rechtsnationale Weltanschauungen. Männer, die sich vom angeblich grassierenden Feminismus klein gehalten fühlen, folgern, dass die Verweichlichung des westlichen Mannes zur Schwächung nationaler Souveränität und zur baldigen Machtübernahme durch Muslime führe."
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"„Die Argumentation geht bis zum Topos der Rassenschande“, sagt der Politologe Sebastian Dörfler, der zu Antifeminismus in der Neuen Rechten forscht. „Der Frau werden Eigenschaften als natürlich zugeschrieben, die sie zu einer permanenten Bedrohung für die innere Ordnung der Volksgemeinschaft machen.“ Zu einer Bedrohung für diejenigen, die an diese Ordnung glauben. Und für diejenigen, die von der patriarchal organisierten Familie als Keimzelle der Volksgemeinschaft profitierten, die etwa die Jobs noch unter sich aufteilen konnten, bevor die Frauen und die Migranten kamen. Ronald Reagan erklärte schon Anfang der Achtziger, dass an der zunehmenden Arbeitslosigkeit nicht so sehr die Rezession, sondern berufstätige Frauen schuld seien, die immer mehr Jobs wegnähmen."

Die weiße Scharia

faz.net

eve massacre

51 days ago

Georg Diez looking at Luther's thinking and its consequences in historical and cultural context, searching for Lutheran traces in himself. "From the Renaissance ideals of Leonardo Da Vinci to the nautical explorations of Christopher Columbus, from the insights of Nicolaus Copernicus to Erasmus of Rotterdam, Luther lived during an economic, social, and media revolution that was frightening to a lot. He is part of a tradition of anti-rationalism or irrationalism that is present throughout the last five-hundred years in German thinking and beyond—one that has clear political connotations and consequences. He developed a proto-reactionary mindset that serves as a blueprint for reactionaries to this day. The revolt against reason, for example, that is Trump's revolt—against climate change, against science, against experts, knowledge, and truth—can be traced back to Luther, the “grand hater,” as Roper calls him."

Martin Luther and Me

bostonreview.net

eve massacre

54 days ago

"corporate stuff is killing local newspapers"
"“With private equity, it’s about squeezing out the 20 percent and anything goes. Use it up, sell it, or just kill it. The profit is the product.”

The private equity formula of hollowing out local papers the better to extract windfalls is cynical and deliberate. "

"The idea that managers can make a fortune by bleeding an enterprise dry seems to defy gravity, but that is increasingly the pattern, not just in media but in other sectors where private equity has made major inroads, including retailing, fast food, airlines, hospitals and nursing homes, private prisons, private universities, and a great deal more.

The basic model is the same whatever the sector. Borrow heavily against the assets of the operating company, extract income in the form of excessive dividends and management fees, sell off real estate and other assets, cut wages, pensions, and other operating costs. And then, as an exit strategy, either find a buyer for part or all of the business, or take it into bankruptcy"

Saving the Free Press From Private Equity

prospect.org

eve massacre

54 days ago

"Natürlich behauptet niemand, dass Heimatkrimis, „dahoam is dahoam“ oder Asterix auf Hessisch Signale eines Pegida-Pops sind. Aber sie bedienen ein Bedürfnis nach einer Reprovinzialisierung, deren politische Dimension erst jetzt auffällt. Das langfristige Projekt einer zivilgesellschaftlichen Umwandlung der Provinz in einen Raum von mehr Mitmenschlichkeit, mehr Subsidiarität, mehr Freiheit ist kläglich gescheitert. Aber Pop ist nicht nur Transportmittel, sondern selbst Produktivkraft. Nationalisierung und Regionalisierung mögen kurzfristige Erfolgsformeln sein: geschlossene Lebensmodelle für sich schließende Gesellschaften. Daher ist rechter Pop auf Dauer ökonomisch nur begrenzt profitabel.

Werden wir uns am Ende auf das fade Gebräu des Immer-so-Weiter einigen? Hat es der Rechtspop dann wieder mal nicht so gemeint, und gut is? Tatsächlich muss sich die Popkultur gegen die Übernahme von rechts zur Wehr setzen, schon aus Gründen der Selbsterhaltung."

Leaving Facebook

l.facebook.com

eve massacre

55 days ago

on the ethics of designing habit-forming tech

Redirecting

nirandfar.com

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