Sunday, February 25, 2007

Digital Maoism

The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring. Why pay attention to it?

Thought-terminating cliche

“The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis”

- Robert Jay Lifton

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Lets Start Again

This thing has been online for almost a decade now, and I still see just philosophers, musicians, artists, monks and religious people, psychiatrists, and even a self-help bullshitter, but that leaves out a whole half of the quadrant. I have yet to see in any of Ken's books or on this forum any deep analysis into any single, real life issue. Everything's a hypothetical or an extremely broad analysis, without any depth. I come from a discipline that lives in depth, and has learned the necessity in broad in the last 40 years or so.

- IN forum post.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Contra this list

The Atlantic has a stab at the hundrest greatest Americans. Such an exercise is obviously fraught with difficulty, so it's more about the general content rather than the specific order. Still, here's my attempt at a rewrite, as an overseas, drunken observer. The top 10, according to TG....

Washington
Lincoln
Luther King Jr.
Jefferson
Truman (faced the hardest decision of any American, period.)
Franklin
Rockefeller
Twain
Edison
Einstein (not generally considered an 'American' per se)
Whitman
Malcolm X.

Go for your life in the comments

Tuesday, November 21, 2006