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"So it’s not crazy to believe there could be some very interesting brain-computer interfaces in the future. But that future is not as close at hand as Musk would have you believe. One reason is that opening a person’s skull is not a trivial procedure. Another is that technology for safely recording from more than a hundred neurons at once—neural dust, neural lace, optical arrays that thread through your blood vessels—remains mostly at the blueprint stage.

So what facts am I missing? What makes it even remotely okay that Musk and Facebook are promising the public telepathy within a few short years?"

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It.

technologyreview.com

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"Whatever boundary still exists between fiction and reality seems increasingly porous — they are hybrid, like the cyborg. They interpenetrate each other, not least at the level of how we see and misconstrue each other: As Haraway writes, “Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction.” Fiction plays a role in shaping social reality, in establishing norms and alternatives for social relations. This means we must ask how the sorts of stories we tell and retell shape what we perceive as possible, as natural or unnatural, and so make real specific futures."
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"These examples suggest the sorts of fictional narratives that might help us better understand surveillance now and in the future. Rather than Black Mirror, Minority Report, and 1984, we need more narratives in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale, which foregrounds the gendered experience of watching and being watched; Ghost in the Shell, which takes for granted the ways the embodied self is conditioned by networked society; or Southland Tales, which carries the tension between celebrity, spectacle, and pervasive surveillance beyond narrative’s ability to represent it.

In surreal times, speculative fictions and narratives don’t merely frame (and constrict) our collective imagination. As sociologist and sci-fi/fantasy author Sunny Moraine writes, “it’s not just escapism,” particularly for marginalized people. “It’s daring to imagine worlds in which we and our experiences are real, and they matter.” The worlds described in speculative fictions “don’t exist apart and separate from the world we live in,” she writes. “They’re a form of claims-making on reality.” Speculative fiction “allows us to make a way out of whatever unbearable moment we seem to be stuck in. It doesn’t give us a finish line. It gives us the race.”"

Love this by Nathan Ferguson!

Updating Our Nightmares — Real Life

reallifemag.com

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5 days ago

Elon Musk Just Outlined How He’ll Merge The Human Brain and AI

futurism.com

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6 days ago

Keeping America Compatible with Facebook

thesocietypages.org

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10 days ago

Der muslimische Antisemitismus wird aus Angst vor Rassismus-Vorwürfen verharmlost

causa.tagesspiegel.de

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10 days ago

"The brain is a pretty intimate part of your body, from which it follows that your permission ought be asked before having your synapses groped by a stranger"

The Crisis of Attention Theft—Ads That Steal Your Time for Nothing in Return

wired.com

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10 days ago

"nur weil man die Entmenschlichung nicht sofort sieht, heißt es nicht, dass sie nicht existiert."

Insider-Bericht: So sind die Zustände im Callcenter von Apple

berliner-zeitung.de

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10 days ago

"as Britain tries to bid farewell to its now-estranged partner of 44 years, London faces a different sort of challenge: how a great global city whose residents voted overwhelmingly against Brexit in last summer’s referendum should adjust to an uncertain future governed by principles that feel antithetical to its very being. "

Will London Fall?

nytimes.com

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10 days ago

"Rachel Dolezal bleibt ein Beispiel für ein grund­le­gen­des Miss­ver­ständ­nis darüber, was die Erkennt­nis bedeu­tet, dass Rasse ein Konstrukt ist. Die Kritik essen­tia­lis­ti­scher Behaup­tun­gen geht nämlich keines­wegs mit der Leug­nung histo­ri­scher Tatsa­chen einher, auch wenn das immer wieder gern behaup­tet wird, sondern rich­tet sich gegen die Vorstel­lung, die Welt, die Reali­tät sei voraus­set­zungs­los gege­ben."

Transracial Identity. Rachel Dolezals Kampf um Anerkennung

geschichtedergegenwart.ch

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13 days ago

"A new tool called Snap to Store will let advertisers track where Snapchat's 158 million daily users go"

Snapchat Is Letting Advertisers Track Users by the Stores They Visit

slate.com

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13 days ago

"There’s the “Look at the URL” advice, which is the one good tip in the bunch, but sadly amusing since the entity hiding the URL in the first place is Facebook:"

Facebook’s News Literacy Advice Is Harmful to News Literacy

medium.com

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14 days ago

Der Wille zum SiegDie Rückkehr männlicher Härte

deutschlandradiokultur.de

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14 days ago

Short primer on the state of the "sharing" economy discussion

The Gig Economy’s False Promise

nytimes.com

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14 days ago

"Anatol Stefanowitsch nannte den March letztens eine „Wohlfühlveranstaltung für positivistische Sciencefanbois“ und in der Tat kann man kritische Selbstreflexion derzeit mit der Lupe suchen. Ja, wir brauchen das Wissenschaftssystem, aber für den Erhalt des Status Quo zu demonstrieren, führt zu weit. Es ist nicht alles rosarot in der Wissenschaft.

Das akademische System produziert Akademiker am laufenden Band, von denen weniger als zehn Prozent in der Wissenschaft bleiben. Die Reproduzierbarkeitkrise, Publikationskrise, Übertragbarkeitskrise, eine ungebrochene Elfenbeinturm-Mentalität, allgemeine Frauen- und Reproduktionsfeindlichkeit, höchst zweifelhaften Karriereanreize, ein in weiten Teilen depressiver und psychisch ausgebrannter Nachwuchs in prekären Abhängigkeitsverhältnissen sind nur einige wenige Beispiele für die vielen gravierenden Probleme. Wie glaubwürdig ist der Marsch also, wenn sie nirgendwo thematisiert werden?"

Mein ambivalentes Verhältnis zum March for Science

scilogs.spektrum.de

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14 days ago

Warum CORRECTIV ein „Schwarzbuch AfD“ veröffentlicht

correctiv.org

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14 days ago

Facebook’s journalism certification class is just a test on how to use Facebook

theverge.com

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14 days ago

Wieso StreamOn der Deutschen Telekom gegen die Netzneutralität verstößt und was wir dagegen tun können

netzpolitik.org

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17 days ago

"Servus TV, ein zum Red Bull Media House gehörender österreichischer Privatsender, fiel zunächst mit aufwendig produzierten Naturdokumentationen auf. Mittlerweile entwickelt sich Servus TV jedoch zum Heimatsender und zum Forum jener, die den »etablierten Medien« und den »linksintellektuellen Globalisten« den Kampf ansagen.

Gleich mehrere Male lehnten sich die Macher des Senders in den vergangenen Monaten gegen das vermeintliche Establishment auf; etwa als Martin Sellner von der rechtsextremen »Identitären Bewegung Österreich« im »Talk im Hangar 7« saß, um über die Radikalisierung von Jugendlichen zu diskutieren. "

Ein Sender für den Homo Austriacus

jungle.world

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21 days ago

Sexual paranoia on campus – and the professor at the eye of the storm

theguardian.com

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21 days ago

Noch vor der Bundestagswahl: Staatstrojaner soll auch gegen Alltagskriminalität eingesetzt werden

netzpolitik.org

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21 days ago

This Town Considered Starting a Bus Line But Will Just Pay Uber Instead

motherboard.vice.com

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21 days ago

"It’s an extension for Chrome and Firefox that links you to free full-text as you browse research articles. Hit a paywall? No problem: click the green tab and read it free!

The extension is called Unpaywall, and it’s powered by an open index of more than ten million legally-uploaded, open access resources. Reports from our pre-release are great: “Unpaywall found a full-text copy 53% of the time,” reports librarian, Lydia Thorne. Fisheries researcher Lachlan Fetterplace used Unpaywall to find “about 60% of the articles I tested. This one is a great tool and I suspect it will only get better.” And indeed it has! We’re now getting full-text on 85% of 2016’s most-covered research papers.

Unpaywall doesn’t just help researchers, but also people outside academia who don’t enjoy the expensive subscription benefits of institutional libraries. "

Announcing Unpaywall: unlocking #openaccess versions of paywalled research articles as you browse

blogs.lse.ac.uk

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22 days ago

"Es geht darum, möglichst straffe, geschlossene, glatte Genitalien herzustellen, die keine Spuren von Alter, Geburt oder sexueller Erfahrung tragen."

"Einzelne Ärzte boten auch an, die Vagina der Frau an die Gegebenheiten ihres Partners anzupassen."

"den Begriff "patriarchal" darf man nicht damit verwechseln, dass Männer das direkt von Frauen erwarten. Die meisten Frauen lassen sich nicht operieren, weil ihr Partner das verlangt. Sondern weil es in der Gesellschaft eine sehr präsente Vorstellung davon gibt, wie sich Frauen verhalten sollen und wie ihre Körper auszusehen haben. Wenn man nachmittags mal fern schaut, dreht sich fast jede zweite Werbung um Diätprodukte. Der weibliche Körper wird immer als defizitär dargestellt. Er wird erst mit Hilfe von Diätprodukten, Kosmetika, ästhetisch-plastischen Eingriffen oder Hanteln zum guten Körper."

"Die Frauen, die sich einer Intimoperation unterziehen, unterwerfen sich einer Norm, um innerhalb der Norm frei zu sein. Damit stabilisieren sie diese aber auch. Das ähnelt der Diskussion um die Wiederherstellung des Jungfernhäutchens. Einerseits ist es ein Akt der Selbstbestimmung, andererseits unterwerfen sich Frauen genau der patriarchalen Kultur, gegen die sie ankämpfen."

Warum Frauen untenrum aussehen wollen wie "Brötchen"

vice.com

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25 days ago

The Future Agency

theverge.com

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25 days ago

Facebook Failed to Protect 30 Million Users From Having Their Data Harvested by Trump Campaign Affiliate

theintercept.com

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25 days ago

Offizielle und versteckte Arbeitslosigkeit in Deutschland

spiegel.de

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28 days ago

Porn didn’t hurt me. The way society treats me for having done it does.

Bree Olson’s untold story

dailydot.com

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28 days ago

When the vote to leave first happened, my social media feeds were inundated with insights, passionate stories, and plans of action – politics is inescapable for the younger generation.

But as genuine as these emotions were and are, now that article 50 is about to be triggered, the conversation has moved on. Two-fifths of young people admit to not even knowing what article 50 actually is. If we sound fickle, it’s because we are. Our relationship with politics has been an abusive one, and it has taught us the value of never expecting too much from any pledge or promise."

"Think about what you’re asking young people to accept: not just a bad deal, but a deal that has no shape whatsoever. To sit quietly while this happens is unthinkable. If we must be strapped in as we hurtle towards political and diplomatic oblivion, it’s incumbent on us to remind them how many of us do not consent to being here. There is work to do now more than ever. We need to move our anger from response to long-term action.

This will have far-reaching consequences for all of us: the details of which will effloresce in the months and years to come. We mustn’t allow ourselves to be lulled into the belief that it is and will be fine because things don’t fall apart overnight."

What does triggering article 50 mean for young people?

theguardian.com

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32 days ago

"This is one reason why Zuckerberg’s shift from “network” to “community” is so stunning: it represents an emergent theory of digital culture that rejects the network metaphor in favor of “global community,” precisely at a time when corporate and state forms of online sociality seek dominance."

Zuckerberg and the Anthropologist: Facebook, Culture, Digital Futures

culturedigitally.org

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32 days ago

Despite the show being taken off air, those still toiling for survival in the wilds of the 600-acre estate on the Ardnamurchan peninsula were not informed that their ordeal had not been broadcast since August.

TV show contestants spend year in wilderness – with no one watching

theguardian.com

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32 days ago

A cringe-read about the tech industry trying to (re-)brand itself as political.

The Tech Industry Joins the Political Fray

theatlantic.com

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33 days ago

"For the energy and attention devoted to surveillance in media and fiction, there are precious few instances where surveillance is treated as a social issue with groups, power structures, and power dynamics that are more nuanced than 'the big and powerful are watching.'"

We Need to Tell Better Stories About Our Surveilled Future

thesocietypages.org

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35 days ago

Wenn ich mit Kunden, Politikern und Organisationen in Deutschland spreche, höre ich oft eine gefühlte Hilflosigkeit gegenüber dem Vorsprung des Silicon Valleys heraus. Umso faszinierender war es für mich, diese gleiche Hilflosigkeit bei den Tech-Unternehmen selbst zu spüren. Insbesondere weil die Prinzipien, die sie zu diesem Punkt gebracht haben – fail early, fail often, move fast, break things – ins kontraproduktive umschlagen, wenn man zwei Milliarden Nutzer hat und ein integraler Teil der Gesellschaft ist.

Wohin entwickelt sich die Tech-Branche?

medium.thirdwaveberlin.com

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35 days ago

Safety Check’s efficiency, regardless of the severity of a crisis, is helping make the feature appear indispensable, which ultimately benefits Facebook’s bottom line. Increased engagement on the platform, whether or not it’s in the midst of an earthquake or wildfire, means increased profit for Facebook, a company whose net worth exceeds $300 billion. Praise for its social initiatives should be tempered with at least some degree of skepticism, particularly when those initiatives are contingent on situations of precarity and uneven development. From this point of view, Safety Check demonstrates social media companies’ naked ambition to seamlessly and inextricably integrate themselves and their associated commercial incentives into people’s lives, using crises as pretexts, regardless their tenor or severity.

Capitalizing on fear spurred by a lack of credible information is essentially the same strategy that Kellyanne Conway deployed.

Safety in Numbers — Real Life

reallifemag.com

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35 days ago

The injunction not to look directly into the sun isn’t just medical — it’s always political.

What happens when you stare at the sun?

theoutline.com

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36 days ago

Bürgerinitiativen – „Die kämpfen halt für sich“

demokratie-goettingen.de

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36 days ago

"Among the changes Taylor said he was considering proposing were:

• Allowing workers to check directly with the government whether attempts by companies to class them as self-employed are legitimate. He is considering suggesting it should become the hiring company’s responsibility to prove a worker is genuinely self-employed.

• Making it mandatory for temporary workers to receive written terms and conditions within a week of starting jobs to ensure they do not miss out on rights including paid holiday, something many migrant workers lose out on.

• Giving agency workers on variable hours the right to request a permanent contract after a certain period.

• Making it mandatory for companies to publicly report how many temps they use.

“Flexibility is a positive choice for most workers,” Taylor said. “But there is clearly growth in forms of work, particularly agency work and zero hours, where the power relationship is not balanced, people’s position can feel precarious and it can be harder for them to exercise their rights.”

For example, he said: “Some agencies are deliberately not telling workers, particularly migrant workers, that they have holiday pay entitlements.”"

Workers' feelings of powerlessness fuelling anger, says jobs tsar

theguardian.com

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37 days ago

"Militarized language moves in a different direction: It intensifies the news it’s describing while simultaneously obscuring actual threats. “Weaponization” is used to describe both rhetoric that might incite violence and criticism of violent rhetoric. It is lodged against the state, with its legal monopoly on violence, but also, incoherently, against those who challenge the state. It is a shortcut to false equivalence, and it manufactures excuses for those with a vested interest in drawing blood themselves.

As a metaphor, “weaponization” creates paranoia and the impression that nothing is immune from conscription. Suddenly tools for violence are hiding everywhere, waiting to be brandished by your enemies, taken up for self-defense or fatally mishandled by the blind or naïve. The fabric of civilian life is now wrapped in a linguistic fog of war."

If Everything Can Be ‘Weaponized,’ What Should We Fear?

nytimes.com

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38 days ago

What a beautiful piece of writing.

"It felt natural, when I started writing about the subject of cities and homosexuality, to call it a “queer urbanism”, or “queer psychogeography”. The phrase felt more inclusive, and trendy, like I was taking into account the broad variety positions and subjects that we now know recognise. But perhaps a “gay urbanism” is more accurate, more honest.

Queer to me is not an identity, but an approach to identities. Queer is about undermining a fixed homosexual subject as the production of a heterosexual form of discipline; it is about positionality. Gay, on the other hand, is about the production of that identity within heterosexual discipline. “The elaborating of certain erotic preferences into a “character” – into a kind of erotically determined essence – can never be a disinterested scientific enterprise” wrote Leo Bersani (adopting a voice) in his introduction to Homos – “The attempted stabilizing of identity is inherently a disciplinary project.” But, like Bersani continues, there is nonetheless political and cultural value in that elaboration, and the “discrediting of a specific gay identity...has had the curious but predictable result of eliminating the indispensable grounds for resistance to, precisely, hegemonic regimes of the normal”.

An urban gayness is the product of a shared history and culture, diverse yet with a specific focus, passed down largely through the oral tradition and through a complex ecosystem of cultural production, through art and theatre, through camp and through political agitation. To me, the queer is a forward-looking and utopian political project aiming to undermine the secure subject position, to disrupt the regime of gender and sexuality categorization that is used to punish the deviant. I’m drawn to that political project, but I have always been someone who can only see the world I live in through the spectres of history. The gay, then – the specific and contingent, the flawed and corrupt, the lost and still living – holds me in its grip when it comes to my approach to the city. It illuminates the city and culture in the explication of its very prejudices."

Audiences

tinyletter.com

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38 days ago

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Wenn aus nicht falschen Zahlen falsche Ableitungen gemacht werden und die strukturellen Probleme unter die Räder der Lagerbildung kommen. Anmerkungen zum "Equal Pay Day"

aktuelle-sozialpolitik.blogspot.com

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39 days ago

"Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet (MMOWGLI)"
Apparently it's a jungle out there.

The Singularity: US Navy calls on gamers to help it plan for the rise of the machines

ibtimes.co.uk

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39 days ago

Nice interview on universal basic income.

"Some of them would answer that a better proposition would be the concept of a job guarantee. What do you think of this?

I have actually debated this issue with over twenty professors over the last twenty years. To me, a job guarantee is a lie. What is it? You are going to guarantee every Pole a job. Imagine what this would mean! I am sure a lot of Polish people would like to be president of Poland. Are you going to guarantee to them the job of being president of Poland? What sort of jobs are you going to guarantee them? Is it a job that pays a decent wage? Is it a job which leads to an occupation that they believe they are capable of performing? No. This “job guarantee” would be saying to the unemployed: you must have this job, because we’ve got it. And you’re going to take it. It might be a very low-paying job, or a very humiliating job, or a very stigmatizing job—because to take a job that is only a job because the employment office says it is a job is stigmatizing. If that goes on your CV it’s a sort of marker, meaning “failure”. De Tocqueville, in his famous book Democracy in America, actually illustrated the situation very nicely; I quote it in my book Work after Globalization. He said that if you had a job guarantee, it would either lead to complete communism, because you would be telling everybody that they can only have bread if they take these jobs that we provide, or complete inefficiency, because you would be paying somebody to do something which is unproductive and useless. I’d challenge anybody talking about job guarantee: where is your concept of freedom? Where is your concept of emancipation? Because you are basically talking about coercion: you have to take the job that I decide and you will be grateful. I don’t like that approach. I think it is paternalistic, it is directive and it is contrary to all the great philosophical traditions of freedom."

The Strategy for Basic Income

praktykateoretyczna.pl

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39 days ago

"If the future of Western liberalism rests on Ms. Merkel’s shoulders, then it really is in trouble. She has often spoken in support of European and Western unity, but her actions have done little to strengthen them. Moreover, it’s not clear how deep her ideological commitment to liberalism really is — or, for that matter, whether she has any ideological commitments at all."

Will Angela Merkel Save the West? Don’t Count on It

nytimes.com

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40 days ago

"RT ist kein gewöhnlicher Nachrichtensender. Wer RT verfolgt, der liest viel über Gewalt und Proteste in Europa. Zwischen echte Nachrichten mit klarer Agenda mischen sich Gerüchte und Verschwörungstheorien. Es ist die Welt, wie Wladimir Putin sie zeigen möchte. RT wird vom russischen Staat finanziert und gilt als Propagandainstrument des Kreml. Wer RT verfolgt, ist potenzieller CSU-Wähler. Glaubt offenbar die CSU.

Das Motiv für die Kampagne liegt auf der Hand: In Deutschland leben mindestens anderthalb Millionen sogenannte Russlanddeutsche aus der ehemaligen Sowjetunion. Genau lässt sich das schwer sagen. Früher wählten sie mehrheitlich CDU und CSU. Doch ihre Bindung an die Union lässt nach, auch in Bayern, wie Studien zeigen. Viele Russlanddeutsche fühlen sich keiner Partei zugehörig. Aus Stammwählern der Union wurden Wähler, die es zu umwerben gilt. Und wer empfänglich ist für die Themen von RT, schätzt wahrscheinlich auch patriotische Kraftmeierei, so offenbar das Kalkül der CSU."

CSU: Zu manchen spricht die CSU auf Russisch

zeit.de

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40 days ago

Gig economy companies trying to have their cake and eat it, say workers

theguardian.com

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40 days ago

Foucault and Neoliberalism AUFS Event: Johanna Oksala – Never Mind Foucault: What Are the Right Questions for Us?

itself.blog

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41 days ago

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"Der jüdische Staat als logische Konsequenz aus der historischen Schuld der Deutschen ist für Antideutsche so etwas wie ein Identitätsanker."

"Antideutsche lieben Adorno, sie schmücken sich gerne mit seinen philosophischen Begriffen wie der Ideologiekritik. Sie verschmähen Marx und Lenin – weil der Antikapitalismus für sie per se etwas Antisemitisches in sich trägt. Mit der Zeit nervte Otto der "linke Selbsthass", ein Ausdruck, den nationalistisch angehauchte Linke und Fans von Sahra Wagenknecht (die Anti-Antideutsche) benutzen: "Du Antideutscher!" haben Antiimperialisten zur Beleidigung umgedeutet. Antiimperialisten wiederum sind jene Linken, die den Imperialismus als höchste Form des Kapitalismus bekämpfen. Sie sind für Antideutsche – natürlich – per se auch Antisemiten, die israelfeindlichen Tendenzen innerhalb der Partei "Die Linke" sehen sie als Beweis dafür. Es ist kompliziert."

"Einen Einblick in die antideutsche Jugendkultur von heute bieten natürlich die sozialen Medien. Auf Snapchat und in geheimen Facebook-Gruppen, in die man über Kontakte reingeschleust wird, präsentieren sich Hunderte junge Menschen mit bunt gefärbten Haaren, Davidstern-Tattoos oder Piercings im Gesicht. Sie kauen genüsslich auf labbrigen Burgern und formen mit dünnen Fritten das Victoryzeichen. Die Handykamera stets mit dabei. Einer zeigt auf Facebook stolz sein Kinderzimmer, mit Israel- und USA-Flaggen tapeziert. Nachts deckt sich dieser Antideutsche mit einer großen USA-Fahne zu. Wenn er dann die Nachttischlampe anknipst, strahlen blaue Davidsterne an der Decke. Die meisten seiner Freunde vergeben Daumen nach oben. Die entsprechenden Profile führen zu anderen Antideutschen. Ihnen gefallen die neokonservativen bis rechten Thesen von Autoren wie Matthias Matussek, Henryk M. Broder oder Hamed Abdel-Samad."

"Er erklärt, dass die antideutsche Kritik innerhalb der Linken im frisch vereinten Deutschland erst mal notwendig gewesen sei: Sie habe den herrschenden weltbildhaften Antizionismus der Linken aufgelockert und viele Genossen zur Geschichtsaufarbeitung gezwungen. Doch aus der Kritik wurde selbst ein geschlossenes Weltbild, das sich nicht mehr so leicht mit Begriffen wie links oder rechts etikettieren lässt. Es führte bei vielen Antideutschen zu 180-Grad-Wenden: Ein Teil verabschiedete sich von linken Idealen und landete im neoliberal-konservativen Lager. Einige von ihnen lesen liebend gern die Springer-Presse – weil Axel Springer ein großer Israelfreund war. "

Ga Ga Land

zeit.de

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41 days ago

Excellent essay comparing Marx biographies as a mix of review and biography in itself, incl. throbbing and glowing poetry for Jenny by teenage Marx. A few quotes:

"Marxism ... warned from the start against reading the past as the affair of solitary individuals rather than antagonistic classes ... and yet what secular ideology or political tradition emphasizes the special contribution of a lone thinker more than Marxism?"

"Marx’s snobbish pride in his wife’s background and snobbish disdain for women compelled into sex work are enough to show that the “ruthless criticism of all that exists” that he’d enjoined upon himself wasn’t enough to uproot all of his own prejudices. (The more advanced feminist was Engels, who looked forward to a postrevolutionary “generation of men who never in their lives have known what it is to buy a woman’s surrender with money or any other social instrument of power.”)"

" Marx’s anticipation that working-class organization would keep pace with and, at length, overcome capitalism seems, from the vantage point of today, motivated by too much hope and not enough logic. His theory cogently implies that as technical productivity increases the industrial proletariat will eventually shrink as a proportion of the total workforce, much as it has done. What it fails to explain is how other sorts of workers— whether service-industry employees in rich countries, or wageless denizens of the “informal economy” in poor ones—might develop the kind of revolutionary class cohesion that he expected of factory hands.

Marx’s so-far mistaken expectation of working-class revolution is the tragic flaw in his outline. (E.M. Cioran once described Marxism as “the sin of optimism.”)"

"he and Engels the next year encouraged the breakup of the International: Marxist socialists on one side, Bakuninite anarchists on the other.

The split is regrettable not only because it divided the strength of the left, but because the gravamen of each side’s critique of the other was correct. The anarchists were naive and impractical about political organization, as the Marxists alleged. And Marxism was susceptible to authoritarianism, as Bakunin argued and the 20th century demonstrated."

Marx’s Revenge

thenation.com

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42 days ago

"Get-girls-to-code initiatives aim to fix tech’s gender imbalance – but they may help reinforce it. Women are generally cheaper, to other workers’ dismay. “Introducing women into a discipline can be seen as empowerment for women,” Ensmenger says. “But it is often seen by men as a reduction of their status. Because, historically speaking, the more women in a profession, the lower paid it is.”"

We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem

theguardian.com

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42 days ago

A Rogue Robot Is Blamed For a Human Colleague's Gruesome Death

yro.slashdot.org

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