The little boy cried wolf, and the villagers didn’t come.
But the media often does.
^ keine schlechte beschreibung der funktionslogik der medien.
By delegitimizing democracy, by undermining global political order, by discrediting the idea that the real economy should have true autonomy, not just the power of progress, but power over its own progress, Davos cripples and ruins its very own noble aspirations to a better future. It is the Frat Party at the End of the World – one celebrating the decline of global order, while the globe marches backwards in history right back towards prehistory.
bubblegen über davos
..that’s one of the most bizarre tools you can get is a labeler..
there is something mystical happening to your life when you start to label your files..
What precisely is a selfie? First and foremost, a selfie is a photographic object that initiates the transmission of human feeling in the form of a relationship (between photographer and photographed, between image and filtering software, between viewer and viewed, between individuals circulating images, between users and social software architectures, etc.). A selfie is also a practice – a gesture that can send (and is often intended to send) different messages to different individuals, communities, and audiences. This gesture may be dampened, amplified, or modified by social media censorship, social censure, misreading of the sender’s original intent, or adding additional gestures to the mix, such as likes, comments, and remixes.
Although the selfie signifies a sense of human agency (i.e., it is a photograph one knowingly takes of oneself, often shown to other humans), selfies are created, displayed, distributed, tracked, and monetized through an assemblage of nonhuman agents. The politics of this assemblage renders the selfie – generally considered merely a quotidian gesture of immediacy and co-presence – into a constant reminder that once anything enters digital space, it instantly becomes part of the infrastructure of the digital superpublic, outliving the time and place in which it was original produced, viewed, or circulated. It is perhaps for this reason that selfies function both as a practice of everyday life and as the object of politicizing discourses about how people ought to represent, document, and share their behaviors.
(ich glaube das absolut unnötigste, über das ich in letzter zeit gestolpert bin, aber ein schönes beispiel für die konzeptionelle irrelevanz von cultural studies; nichts davon ist falsch, aber nichts davon trifft nicht auch auf alles andere zu und dieses im grunde seit 40 jahren fast wortgleiche bedeutungsschwangere konstatieren, dass es praxis und semiotische und technokulturelle verhältnisse gibt, erzeugt echt gänsehaut)
If the [French regulator’s] proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world’s least free place.
1. To see capital controls imposed on an advanced economy is a great indictment of the IMF and the EU. Exactly what they were to prevent.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
2. Greece is being squeezed by the EU not for a vast sum. But for 0.01% of EU GDP. That is how petty this is.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
3. The EU and ECB are at fault. They could and should solve this fake crisis in a second. That they don't is pure politics.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
4. To see the EU being broken and betrayed for 0.1% of GDP isn't just tragic. It's nonsensical, absurd, beyond reason.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
5. The idea that Greece is "free-riding" is wrong (and stupid). Rich EU countries benefited hugely by having artificially cheap currencies.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
6. By squeezing Greece for 0.1% of EU GDP, the EU isn't just creating a needless tragedy. It's destroying its own credibility and legitimacy— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
7. The EU is not rational. If Greece costs it 0.1% of GDP, so what? The currency benefits are far greater. This is being done out of spite.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
8. And that 0.1% of GDP is enough to cause the rich EU to turn on the poor, despite far GREATER benefits, is the true, historic tragedy.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
9. If anything, it's now rich EU members who are free riding on poor ones. They've benefited by more than the trivial amount they demand.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
10. By making an example of Greece, the EU is only betraying itself. If a union can't even absorb a cost of 0.1% of GDP, it's not a union.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
11. The tragedy in Greece both is unnecessary and unjustifiable. Ruining it over pennies isn't necessary nor sufficient for reform.— umair (@umairh) June 28, 2015
^ umair haque mit einer art miniserie über eu vs. griechenland.
update: hier auch noch in blogform: seven greek myths
Dass es niemanden zu geben scheint im ganzen Apparat des Bundespräsidialamtes, der etwas von Kunst versteht oder zumindest ahnt, dass man bei mangelnder Eigenkompetenz jemanden zu Rate ziehen sollte, der dies tut.
(ich seh das eher in der tradition der cucumber sandwiches, aber ansonsten beschränkt sich dieses phänomen natürlich nicht nur auf symbolische staatsorgane, das kommt auch in den technokratischsten unternehmen im valley vor – auch im gesamten google hat zb. niemand larry page gesteckt, dass google+ die soziale version wirklich schlechter kunst ist, siehe den absatz ‘lack of leadership’ in googleheimer)
Let’s reclaim technology from the appholes.
Irgendwie freut es mich ja, dass auch Umair Haque noch einen gewissen Überlebenswillen hat: The Servitude Bubble
a generation of young people are furiously chasing desperate dreams of winning this half-baked thinly-veiled ponzi scheme. But what they are not doing is creating stuff that actually matters, endures, counts, resonates. That changes the world, transforms lives, means anything. They are wasting their lives on the trivial, the futile, the meaningless. On diminishing people’s potential, by limiting them to be neo-servants – not expanding it, by enhancing their capability to be their truest, best selves.
(insgesamt ein an seine alte form erinnerndes feuerwerk an teilweise extrem präzisen verdichtungen; enthält aber auch einen schuss kontrafaktischen solutionismus à la wenn nur alle nur noch sinnvolles, menschenfreundliches und wert erzeugendes machen würden, dann wäre die welt doch besser)
Edward Snowden zieht in der NYT nach 2 Jahren ein optimistisches Résumé:
Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.
Daring Fireball pages load fast, but the pages I link to often don’t. I worry that the inherent slowness of the web and ill-considered trend toward over-produced web design is going to start hurting traffic to DF.
^ so weit ist es jetzt anscheinend schon gekommen, dass sich sogar blogger um ihren traffic und einnahmen sorgen machen, weil die seiten, die sie verlinken und kommentieren, so langsam ausgeliefert werden, viel langsamer und unmoderner als die instant articles von facebook.
(nicht nur wegen dem impliziten und fast schon skurrilen zynismus von gruber interessant, der artikel von quirksmode ist unabhängig davon ein netter appell an mehr minimalismus)
I generally do not connect to web sites from my own machine, aside from a few sites I have some special relationship with. I usually fetch web pages from other sites by sending mail to a program (see git://git.gnu.org/womb/hacks.git) that fetches them, much like wget, and then mails them back to me. Then I look at them using a web browser, unless it is easy to see the text in the HTML page directly. I usually try lynx first, then a graphical browser if the page needs it (using konqueror, which won’t fetch from other sites in such a situation).
Richard Stallman via Kottke
(ihr lacht jetzt, aber den letzten lacher hat er vl. im grab, wenn dann niemand – zumindest mit absoluter sicherheit – rekonstruieren kann, welche webseiten er sich angeschaut hat)
One of the driving factors in setting prices is understanding the issue of substitutes. If there are four kinds of bottled water and one is half the price of the others, guess which will generate all the sales? They are quite close to perfect substitutes, so take the cheap one.
Even though all the movies at the multiplex cost $12 a seat, you can’t often substitute one for another to save money. You don’t go to Mall Cop merely because it’s $2 less.
Your job then, isn’t to merely set your price low enough to keep people from seeking substitutes. It’s to create a product or service unique or connected or noteworthy enough that the other choices are ever more imperfect.
enthalten und angedacht hier.
Apple has been using its considerable power in the music industry to stop the music labels from renewing Spotify’s license to stream music through its free tier. Spotify currently has 60 million listeners, but only 15 million of them are paid users. Getting the music labels to kill the freemium tiers from Spotify and others could put Apple in prime position to grab a large swath of new users when it launches its own streaming service, which is widely expected to feature a considerable amount of exclusive content. “All the way up to Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat,” one music industry source said.
One of the moral failings of the techno-rich, in the city with the richest of the rich, is that they’ve operated as though the city and the world around them has no relationship to them. They take no interest in the diversity of the city, the schools, the parks, no interest in the arts or culture, no interest local politics (except when it comes to tax breaks).
^ Echovar über den zunehmend sichtbar werdenden Einfluss, den ‘neureiches’ Technogeld auf städtische Strukturen ausübt.
The circus doesn’t work that way. They don’t wait to be called. They show up. They show up and sell tickets.
When you transform the order of things, the power shifts.
enthalten und angedacht hier.
(granularity kills the cat)
Start your first business this way: Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it’s worth and more than it costs you.
^ Seth Godin mit einer Art Minimaltheorie der Handlungsfähigkeit.