It hasn’t worked out quite like that. The launch of the Mosaic browser in 1993 transformed the internet into a mainstream medium and brought the corporate world online, so from then on the die was cast. What happened is that the two universes effectively merged, so we now live in a strange amalgam of meat- and cyberspace in which the elements of each run riot. A virtual space that once had no crime and no surveillance has become one with an abundance of each; and the “real” world has been destabilised by the astonishing power and properties of networks.
Yet public understanding of the implications of this convergence lags some way behind the emerging reality, which is why we need books like this. Astra Taylor is a talented documentary-maker who was dismayed by the way her work was appropriated and pirated online. But instead of fuming silently in her studio, she set out to seek an understanding of the paradoxical world that the merging of cyberspace and meatspace has produced. What she finds is a world which is, on the one hand, hooked on an evangelical narrative about the liberating, empowering, enlightening, democratising power of information technology while, on the other, being increasingly dominated and controlled by the corporations that have effectively captured the technology.
seriously though i know some people who are afraid that gmos are bad for you but then they smoke cigarettes and snort cocaine so … ???
You know hypocrisy is itself hypocritical, though, right?
But I’ll play along for a moment. If I had to guess why said person smokes, does coke, and acid, and opposes GMOs it would be:
• because cigarettes are addictive and many people start young
• because we *know* the risks of cocaine and choose to assume those risks when we use it
• because acid is fun as hell
• because many GMOs are under-studied in their long-term effects; are ambiguous in their labelling; the companies have powerful lobbyists to suppress scientific publications; regularly persecute independent farmers; reinforce neoliberal hegemeony; and inaugurate the beginning of *very* disturbing legal precedents where companies can literally own the DNA code of a living organism
But to get back to my point, the whole “he who is without sin” thing is a stupid defense against pointing out what, to some, are obvious problematics. If we can’t speak against one thing while being guilty of 2 others, we may as well never speak out at all—lest someone else, heaven forbid, have different priorities.And, though you compare smoking and doing cocaine to consuming GMOs (under a plainly false equivalence of “badness”) would you ever compare alcohol consumption with someone abstaining from, say, drinking tapwater in a fracking zone? Obviously not. But again, we *know* the effects of alcohol, and though we may suspect that GMOs or contaminated water from fracking operations are somewhat bad for us, alcohol has predictable long term consequences whereas GMOs, yet, do not. It’s called “the precautionary principle” and I think you’re aware of it (which means you, consciously or not, are employing ideological doublespeak to reinforce existing prejudices, to be clear).
yes, denny’s lost a $54 million law suit for being anti-black.
here’s another source.
ETA: i’m going to affix my second post here, because this has gone a little viral, without the best sources. bear in mind, my initial discussion of this topic began as a response to props for the denny’s tweet about coachella and its implied wrongs of cultural appropriation.
i did ask everyone to complete further research. thus far, i’m seeing reblogs, but no further comments. c’mon, now. like certain agencies and news outlets, i withheld pertinent information about this case, hoping you jovenes would go find it. no? seriously? why not.
okay. did you find the fact that the head of the DOJ’s civil right’s division, deval l. patrick, remarked at the time, that this was the largest and broadest settlement ever paid under federal public accommodation laws? those were federal laws—not state statutes—enacted over 70 years ago, now, to end segregation in restaurants and other public places serving the public.
so, what actually happened, to bring denny’s to the attention of the DOJ’s civil rights division (and: did you know the DOJ has a civil rights division, with various branches, including housing?).
a majority of the claims came from black customers. this included a black federal judge from houston, traveling with his wife, who was forced to wait nearly an hour—while white patrons were served, and white teens taunted the black couple with the word “n*****.” no one from the staff did a damned thing.
one of the first complaints came in 1991 from a group of 18 young black men, who were asked to pay before service, at a denny’s in san jose, california. the men complied—but they also filed a suit against denny’s.
in 1993 (some articles have the date wrong), 6 uniformed members of president clinton’s u.s. secret service were refused service in Annapolis, by a white waitress, because they were black; meanwhile their white secret service counterparts were seated and served. the black agents filed a complaint—and one denny’s corporate public relations offices obviously couldn’t ignore.
1997 saw the rabid beatings of 6 Asian American students from syracuse university. after the standard treatment of denny’s “wait while we serve the whites,” the students complained to the management and their server, so were forced to leave the restaurant by security called by the manager. the students stated a group of white men then emerged from the restaurant and attacked them while shouting racial slurs. several of the asian students were left unconscious.
what denny’s paid was a class action lawsuit for racial discrimination. claims proven during that case were settled, by any person of color (called a “minority,” in the suit). the overwhelming majority of those who had proven claims were black customers. denny’s clearly had an overall agenda upholding white supremacy.
ironically (and sadly), after the $54.4 million settlement, the restaurant chain went all out to win back its percentage of people of color—especially its former 10% black customer base. their public relations department featured sherman hemsley and isabel sanford, in one television commercial. Fortune magazine selected denny’s as “best company for minorities” in 2001; Black Enterprise gave top space for the chain in their “best companies for diversity,” in 2006 and 2007. read more about the effects of denny’s “grand slam” advertising, by doing some research. seriously *s
now consider why denny’s has its public relations department sending out these bold "calling out" messages, that manage to "raise awareness" about cultural appropriation. even for some of us who are critical of the tweets, there’s the thought that, “it’s not a bad idea.” well, it worked, didn’t it? mm.
that was my initial assumption
except the program i’m in has such small class-sizes to begin with, and more or the less the same core 8-10 students who’ve been there ~3 years, it’s strange for them to a) all simultaneously drop out at the same course, or b) suddenly assume that same core won’t again be taking it.
secondly, it’s 20-fucking—14. everything happens second-by-second now; the easier you make something able to be done, the less that people will tend to do it in advance. and they sure find ways to send you lots of profoundly unimportant information—would be nice to see them actually thinking about interested parties and not just who they can suck money from.
who the hell cancels a whole course 3 days (and notifies noone) before it’s due to begin?
my workstation pc—almost brand new, made over December—has these entirely predictable fuckity glitch upset moments whenever i’m running lightroom, CS6, and itunes at the same time—but only when the music is playing and i drag a slider in lightroom. it doesn’t care what i do in photoshop, even though that ostensibly uses way more resources.
(i think of it as being like trying to rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time.)
Earth Day’s dialectic of the Three Rs
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle → Repent, Redeem, Repeat
Why do I have such a deep-seated disdain for calling and talking to people on the phone? There is something I really loathe about it and I don’t know what.
I was prepared to head downtown to speak in-person with someone about a gallery hosting, and when they finally wrote me back telling me to phone so-and-so, I just thought “ew”.