The Virus has turned everything upside-down and backwards: we were mentally isolated and physically free. Now we're physically isolated. About our minds, that remains to be seen… We were isolated by our screens into little mental bubbles, each with our own sets of facts and concerns, just a couple of weeks ago. This made the… Continue reading Viral, too
March 21, 2020 Another Paradigm Shift: we were isolated mentally, in little screen-bubbles; now we're isolated physically, "sheltering in place", and the Attention Harvesting machine that has kept us misinformed and upset is clogged and stalled. We all see the same thing now: our normal way of life is potentially deadly; and nobody is immune.… Continue reading Viral
Now that we find ourselves in this Ernie Borgnine-Carol Channing disaster epic, everybody's thrown together on a sea of Uncertainty, rich and poor, wise and foolish, greedy and generous, a veritable stew of human frailties: and we're all in this together. This is messing with the markets. Not the markets we usually think of. Stocks… Continue reading How Did You Think The World Would End?
I wrote this just about a week before the virus panic started. Now that we’ve kind of settled down a little, we still have an election to think about. And we might even come up with a workable, reliable, online voting system, counted by girl scouts and nuns (thank you Jane Stillwater). But there are considerable interests that are dead set against that, because — well we all know what would happen if everybody voted, and their votes were actually counted honestly. I’ll just say it flatly: Bernie would be elected by a landslide.
Surveillance is what predators do when they're stalking their prey... and the prey knows it.
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.
Individuals vying for power in the Attention Age do so on a scale measured in increments of momentary mass aggregated attention. This may account for the increasing horror of mass shootings in America, as the individual perpetrators compete for market share against the entire field of contenders, including the President of the United States. Since… Continue reading Public Atrocities as Crimes of Power
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...