Insecurity is the lifeblood of consumer culture and predatory ideologies at large. People are encouraged to feel fundamentally wrong, never complete. Never sexy enough, rich enough, funny enough, smart enough, wild enough—or whatever else can be muscled into the psyche of an individual….
Understanding this, then conquering it is the key to true freedom and self-actualization.
“I have been using that site almost since its inception, it’s an unparalleled resource for sharing sounds and connecting with people. Soundcloud has developed into quite a sophisticated creative community. It has almost instantaneous listener feedback, which can be alternatingly encouraging and distracting.”—Long-time (longest-time?) SoundClouder m50speaking to 5chicago (via soundcloud)
"Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman."
“Somewhere in this process you will come face-to-face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking, gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill, utterly out of control and helpless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way and you just never noticed. You are also no crazier than everybody else around you. The only real difference is that you have confronted the situation; they have not. So they still feel relatively comfortable. That does not mean that they are better off. Ignorance may be bliss, but it does not lead to liberation. So don’t let this realization unsettle you. It is a milestone actually, a sign of real progress. The very fact that you have looked at the problem straight in the eye means that you are on your way up and out of it.”—Bhante Gunaratana (via anti-teachings)
John Gruber is all over the fallout of the This American Life/Mike Daisey fiasco.
The New York Times ran an op-ed by Daisey about his fabricated tales (the day after Steve Jobs passed away, no less). CBS News had a report in January widely citing Daisey.
So far, this all appears to be unrelated to the separate NYT article that kicked off the “iEconomy” series. But is there any question that Daisey’s initial “reports” at least in part led to these subsequent reports?
Reports that seemed to focus solely on Apple for no real reason beyond the fact that they’re now the largest tech company in the world with a possible blindspot thanks to Daisey’s story.
Reports filled with suggestions that Tim Cook called “patently false and offensive”.
Tracie McMillan responds to Limbaugh’s criticism of her new book, The American Way of Eating:
“What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent,” he says, going on to list my professional bona fides with derision. “Who is the authorette? It doesn’t matter.”
I have to be honest: “overeducated” is one of the nicer names I’ve been called in my life. And I had been prepared in a general way to argue about the central political point of my book: That both private enterprise and government have failed Americans when it comes to providing us with good, healthy food. But what befuddled me was the implicit idea that my status as a single woman, and as someone who worked my way through college to get a B.A., might be considered sufficient to discredit my work.
Upon reflection, all of Limbaugh’s observations about me — my marital status, my race, my education — are code for “elite,” which in turn carries the connotation of being far removed from the realities of daily life. That’s ironic, given the nature of my book: an undercover, first-person attempt to live and work in America’s food system. It doesn’t get much grittier in America than a Central Valley peach orchard hitting 105 degrees in July, coupled with a wave of projectile vomiting brought about by heat sickness. I can tell you that because I’ve experienced it. If Rush did more than push paper around a desk all day, I’d invite him to try shedding his elite status and get his hands dirty.
I understood the value of Highlight immediately. Within hours of downloading the app, I walked into a cafe and ran into someone I had met before, but only in passing. Who was he, I wondered while talking to him in vague generalities so as not to give away my poor recognition skills. It was a pretty pointless conversation that perhaps could have been a great one if I could have just remembered who the hell he was.
I sat down and pulled out my phone which had been buzzing since I entered the cafe. There, right in front of me in the form of a push notification was the name of the guy I was just talking to. I swiped it and got taken into Highlight where I could see his picture, where he worked, and our common friends. Brilliant.
Ideally, of course, I’d check the notification before I talked to the guy. But that’s my own fault. I was new to this. You get the idea. And this is just one potential value of Highlight.
This is why I will never, EVER have one of those sorts of apps on my phone. It’s bad enough that many people ‘vaguely’ know me because of my appearance, but my own mild face-blindness is bad enough with non-mediated encounters. Having introductions ‘pushed’ at me would make me turn off my phone, or worse, become a recluse.
Zachary Quinto’s company, Before The Door and actor/writer Michael McMillian launched their first graphic novel last year, called “Lucid”. Published by Archaia, it featured an alternate universe where magic was real, and there were “combat mages” who protected the President. Now the story has been optioned by Warner Brothers. I sincerely hope they’ll do it justice.
Sandra Fluke is the kind of woman that people like Limbaugh know nothing about. She’s simply not on his radar screen. In the sad slice of America he represents, an America driven by fear of diversity, impatience with facts and an unwillingness to see things in anything but the starkest black-and-white terms, women come in two categories: dirty sluts and pushy feminazis.
… But what the slut/feminazi diametric does point to is an increasing tone-deafness to nuance. It’s the reason you’ve heard sound bites from Fluke’s testimony rather than all of what she actually said. It’s the reason some people have such difficulty seeing how contraception could transcend the vagaries of one’s own private life. It’s the reason Fluke, initially misidentified as a “23-year-old coed” and subsequently pilloried as a “fraud” for being an adult with a resume, gets labeled a radical instead of recognized for what she really is: a measured voice that represents the vast majority of Americans.
It also may be why Limbaugh can’t shake his paranoid hallucinations of trampy, castrating women. He doesn’t have a clue what a real one is.