novice Buddhist, expert neurotic. writer. aspiring adult.
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These are the two things I believe most strongly:
1. Truth is subjective.
2. Compassion for all is the highest goal one can aspire to in this life.
Facebook Fraud (by Veritasium)
"Sites like these use clickfarms in developing countries like India, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Here, employees are routinely paid just 1 dollar per thousand clicks of the like button."
(related: for some reason we have a bag of their smiley face mashed potato things in our freezer bc my roommate thought it was funny. they are DISGUSTING and creepy.)
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I want to focus overall less on myself, how good or bad I think I am, and more on feeling compassion for others, especially on the internet. I want to grasp less towards things being a certain way and allow more room to be compassionate towards any and everyone, even if I despise everything they stand for or they despise everything I stand for. I want to create more and more room for different perspectives and opinions and experiences. I don’t know if this will help or change anything. I think all I can do is change myself and keep myself from losing all hope.
I think most of us out there are having a net positive effect on the spaces we inhabit, given our circumstances and limitations. I believe in us. I believe we are trying as hard as we can to be as good as we can be, and sometimes too hard, and sometimes hurting ourselves in the process. I think it’s not just ok, but necessary to be compassionate towards ourselves as well. And I think that’s the only way we’re going to keep ourselves from total disillusionment and despair.
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Online, however, intersectionality is overwhelmingly about chastisement and rooting out individual sin. Partly, says Cooper, this comes from academic feminism, steeped as it is in a postmodern culture of critique that emphasizes the power relations embedded in language. “We actually have come to believe that how we talk about things is the best indicator of our politics,” she notes. An elaborate series of norms and rules has evolved out of that belief, generally unknown to the uninitiated, who are nevertheless hammered if they unwittingly violate them. Often, these rules began as useful insights into the way rhetorical power works but, says Cross, “have metamorphosed into something much more rigid and inflexible.” One such rule is a prohibition on what’s called “tone policing.” An insight into the way marginalized people are punished for their anger has turned into an imperative “that you can never question the efficacy of anger, especially when voiced by a person from a marginalized background.”
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i want to take all my closest friends and 40 random people off the street and battle them all verbally creating instant and violent word art bleeding into unconscious streams of emotional rage.
then i want to have each draw their fears on the blank page, pass them around instructing all to make it 40 times more hideous, rinse repeat, until it’s received back by the instigator as something humorous.
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A 2010 study from Carnegie Mellon found that, when people engaged in direct interaction with others—that is, posting on walls, messaging, or “liking” something—their feelings of bonding and general social capital increased, while their sense of loneliness decreased. But when participants simply consumed a lot of content passively, Facebook had the opposite effect, lowering their feelings of connection and increasing their sense of loneliness.
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it’s funny, i feel more lonely after being on my computer all day talking to people and interacting with stuff online than i did in four days with no cell phone or internet and without speaking, reading, writing or even making eye contact with other people
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Just finished the new book by my favorite media theorist. This one was, appropriately, a lot more all over the place than Life Inc. (which I still highly highly recommend to everyone), but I think there are a ton of really valuable ideas and insights in there and Rushkoff continues to see the world in a more future-facing yet compassionate way than nearly anyone else I’ve ever read.
The part that struck me the most way his last section, titled “Apocalypto” in which he discusses the rise of apocalyptic thinking from both religious and scientific communities as a narrative reaction to a perpetual, timeless, inescapable present.
I thought this quote he used was very apt, and the following quote of his near the end sums up a lot of his message.
By allowing the challenges of the 21st century to be hijacked by the apocalyptic storyline, we find ourselves awaiting a moment of clarity when the problems we must confront will become apparent to all—or when those challenges will magically disappear, like other failed prophecies about the end of the world. Yet the real challenges we must face are not future events that we imagine or dismiss through apocalyptic scenarios of collapse— they are existing trends. The evidence suggests that much of what we fear in the future—the collapse of the economy, the arrival of peak oil and global warming and resource wars—has already begun. We can wait forever, while the world unravels before our very eyes, for an apocalypse that won’t come.
- Mathew Barrett and Mel Gilles, The Last Myth
Thanks to self-replicating technologies such as computers, nanomachines, robots and genomics, the future does seem to be upon us. It feels as if we can see the writing on the wall as it rapidly approaches from the distance. What is too easy to forget is that we are the ones simultaneously scrawling that very writing. We are the ones now writing the programs that will execute at some point in the future. We are the ones embedding our future reality with the values we want reaching back to us from there. Truly living in this present becomes a form of time travel, in which everything we do actually matters to both our memory of the liquid past and, more importantly, the character of the unformed future.
- Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock
Not the most uplifting read, but he does spend a few paragraphs discussing Community so clearly I loved it. Seriously though, a really fascinating read and full of ideas that I think are very important to consider in this strange new era we’re entering.
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