Until very recently the kind of event that could induce a similar brain-state in a group of people, binding them together in terror or jubilation, had to be something like a war. This is no longer the case: a "tweet" will do it...
Surveillance is what predators do when they're stalking their prey... and the prey knows it.
Such a thing as a piano, or a shovel, or a football, will become an object without meaning to anyone, ever. All art, music, literature, medicine, magic, alchemy, addiction, love, hate, war, poverty, wealth, work, bondage, freedom, and peace will have disappeared from the universe.
In the Attention Age paradigm, there is a new axiological value, a central object of commerce, what the film industry used to call "The MacGuffin". In "The Maltese Falcon", that ugly statuette was the MacGuffin.
It was an ad for a college – and simultaneously, for NPR – disguised as news for its gossamer connection to the horror of Valentine’s Day.
The President now denies he said
What the Senators he said it to
Said he said.
The Current Occupant is right, the media should quit whining. They should also stop giving him the attention he craves, and start doing journalism: what is going on behind this storm of circus ballyhoo? The other day, NPR’s All Things Considered featured several pundits puzzling over why they were puzzling over the man’s lies, damned… Continue reading The Great and Terrible Oz
We speak and act within a certain set of assumptions about the world. These contextual assumptions are usually not questioned, and within one context the possibility that there might be a greater one containing the present agreed conditions does not usually occur to us. For example, in a football game, the context is winning the… Continue reading A Hierarchy of Contexts