Articles I liked from the week of April 10th, 2016.
Unbundling the WorldPosted: April 8, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | New technologies almost always seem to have less soul than whatever they replace. Music streamed…A more nuanced explanation of what happens when old forms are destroyed. More than the usual, "O tempora!..." humanist lament. The album was a bundle of a certain amount of music, packaging, things to make the packaging interesting (liner notes), that while dictated by the form of distribution nonetheless proivided a context for music that is absent in something like Spotify. What are the consequences of those kinds of losses?
The Voyeur’s MotelI know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur. With the assistance…
What I Learned From Tickling ApesEnzo Pérès-Labourdette TICKLING a juvenile chimpanzee is a lot like tickling a child. The ape has the same sensitive spots: under the armpits, on the side, in…Anthropodenialism is a great idea.
Splain it to MeImagine you’re telling a story. Great story, unbelievable story. A series of events that if you saw them in a movie you’d roll your eyes and groan, but they…An exploration of 'splaining. The author presents a view that much 'splaining that goes on is a mismatch in communication styles. She defines two styles one based on social status and one based on information sharing. Much 'splaining is due to one party communicating in a social status style and the other in an information sharing style. The explanation of New Yorker communication style is a very good example. This seems right but she ignores that the bird website (I love this nickname) has a large population of dishonest sea lions and trolls and they mix freely enough with the rest of the population that a lot of genuine 'splaining is going on and it's very hard to tell non-mailicious 'splaining from malicious 'splaining. The examples she uses are also fairly innocuous and not very emotionally charged. The stakes are fairly low when correcting someone about UNIX history, as opposed to say racism. UNIX history doesn't really touch on a priceless value. Also, she seems blind to the status games that are played with the community of information sharers. They are different, but they are there and the assertion that information sharing status games are not zero sum is complete bullshit. Information sharers just can have different kinds of arguments without affecting status.
Christopher Hitchens, from dove to hawk | TLSChristopher Hitchens, from dove to hawk GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT Christopher Hitchens AND YET . . . 352pp. Atlantic. £20. 978 1 782 39457 0 US: Simon and Schuster.…Hitchens was a better stylist and performer than thinker. That's a sentiment I agree with.