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The hamster wheel of digital late modernity…

Unsustainable in just about every sense you can think of (nb Svensson is describing, not endorsing…) Sociologists often refer our time as late modern (Giddens, 1991; Bauman, 2001). Dahlgren (2006) characterises late modernity by identifying two interrelated cultural processes at … Continue reading

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Dickens and Global Catastrophe (Micawber and Climate Change)

There’s a character in David Copperfield called Mr Micawber. One of Dickens’ best (I’m told – I’ve only read about 4 of the damn things) comic creations, he is not only hopeless with money, but – crucially – has no … Continue reading

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Cows and Cars and Carbon – seeing the bigger picture.

We can get hung up on the tail-pipes. A new acquaintance (friend?) asked me today about carbon emissions from food systems. I made some flippant comment about cow farts and he gently corrected me (it’s their burps, y’see – 4 … Continue reading

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Education for obedience…

This from facebook.

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“Conspiracy had no palaces…”

I used to be fascinated by the existence of conspiracies, and conspiracy theories.  Pattern recognition, pattern over-recognition, all that stuff.  Nice quotes about paranoia knocking about on my hard-drive somewhere.  Here’s one about conspiracy… “Conspiracy had no palaces. It belonged … Continue reading

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The point of tipping – status, power, anger and all that jazz

Staggeringly brilliant post brought to my attention by my friend Sam. After comparing the Republican anger at Federal Government workers to the anger experienced by dinners at a restaurant that had abolished tipping, he goes onto say – Let me … Continue reading

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Meetings aren’t just ego-potlatches, they’re also for…

recycling anxiety. Organisations tasked with solving a problem that is, basically, insoluble, get nervous.  And so periodically they call a meeting that is attended by other organisations that have similar responsibilities, and are similarly nervous.  And the meeting functions as … Continue reading

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“Yintimidation”- Excellent neologism…

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Zap their thymuses, it’s Science!! Oh, whoops… #sids #poverty #EpicFail

When I win the lottery I am most definitely buying Robert Sapolsky’s DVD series. Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science While hunting for stuff about lecture 5 I stumbled across this from a book called The Healing … Continue reading

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Chomsky on “Real Existing Capitalist Democracy” (RECD)

Awesomeness from Noam Chomsky (well, duh). All of it, but this – In the past, the United States has sometimes, kind of sardonically, been described as a one-party state: the business party with two factions called Democrats and Republicans. That’s … Continue reading

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