Imagined Possibilities & One Bad Storm

"Docility no longer emanates from priestly magic, it results from a mass of minor hypnoses: news, culture, town-planning, publicity, mechanisms of conditioning and suggestion in the service of any order, established or to come."—Raoul Vaneigem, "The Revolution of Everyday Life." Oakland, California: PM Press, 2012. I was reading an article in The Guardian on the problem … Continue reading Imagined Possibilities & One Bad Storm

The Communal Mind by Patricia Lockwood

"To future historians, nothing will explain our behaviour, except a mass outbreak of ergotism caused by contaminated rye?... The Unabomber had been right about everything! Well, not all of it. The Unabomber stuff he had gotten wrong. But that stuff about the Industrial Revolution had been right on the money." —Patricia Lockwood, "The Communal Mind." … Continue reading The Communal Mind by Patricia Lockwood

Mind Your Mind: Dissecting Astroturf Above is an interesting piece of astroturf a friend of mine received a few days ago via WhatsApp. There are a couple of things about this that immediately make me question whether this is "fake news." The first question I always ask when I see something like this is: "Who does this message benefit?" … Continue reading Mind Your Mind: Dissecting Astroturf

Love for the New Members of Congress

Between Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's hard to decide who's kicking more ass this week. During a House Foreign Affairs committee meeting, Rep. Omar asked Elliott Abrams, the special envoy to Venezuela for President Donald Trump’s administration, the following: "On February 8, 1982, you testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about U.S. … Continue reading Love for the New Members of Congress