Category Archives: Pottersville
Putting this here:
And as a screensnap to defeat revisionism:
Anyone can set a goal. Delivering is hard.
Congress hatches six new political parties in 2024. Nothing happens, because political parties are seen as branding exercises for corporations, not political agents for change.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
We don’t need more than two to see that’s true.
“Republican” and “Democrat” are just two different brand names for the same political party: The Ruling Party.
As for the rest of what he’s written: We get the future we don’t fight for.
Ton Siedsma is nervous. He made the decision weeks ago, but keeps postponing it. It’s the 11th of November, a cold autumn evening. At ten past eight (20:10:48 to be exact), while passing Elst station on the way home, he activates the app. It will track all of his phone’s metadata over the coming week.
Metadata is not the actual content of the communication, but the data about the communication; like the numbers he calls or whatsapps, and where his phone is at a particular moment. Whom he e-mails, the subject of the e-mails and the websites he visits.
Wall Street understands the value and meaning of metadata. That’s how they make their money. Metadata allows you to see relationships, to make connections, to see what’s otherwise hidden.
That dragnetting metadata is permitted without a warrant is a violation of rights that would cause our Founders to launch a new revolution.
You don’t remember the last poor person who gave you a job? That would be your audience at your last arena show. That would be the person who just paid $1.29 to download “I Was Made For Lovin You” on iTunes. That is the poor person who gave you a job.
All of the fortunes in entertainment are built on the foundation of customers who are poor. People who are poor need the fuel entertainment provides more than any self-absorbed one-percenter jetting around the world in first class or a private jet.
Never forget that.
The backlash against Glass is the implied rejection of the kind of casual sociopathy which leads a person to become a surveillance camera, to put a computer between themselves and their every interaction with other people. The philosophy of Glass is inward looking. It improves the life of the wearer at the expense of those around them.
A simple fact remains: there is something intrinsically repellant about a world in which our food, jobs and personal relationships are replaced by digital proxies in the name of ultra-efficient disruption. The geeks, with their ready willingness to abandon social norms, are pulling us toward a utopia nobody wants.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me throughout.
Silicon Valley is a very, very sick culture populated not by human beings, but by a new digital deviant hybrid species: Silicants.
Back in 1983, some 90% of the U.S. media was controlled by 50 companies. I thought Hollywood had it bad enough when studios started gobbling up networks, and cable companies started taking over studios and networks. Now 90% of media is controlled by 5 companies — Comcast, Viacom, CBS, Walt Disney, Time Warner and 21st Century Fox.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.