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Patronizing Patrons Outside Your Own Community vs. Being a Patron Inside Your Own Community

One of my good friends (the kind that actually try to push back on the kinds of things I often say) has been hammering away for some time at my attitude – sort of calling it patronizing. I beg to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Automatism + Automaticity – What is my role?

While writing the previous episodes, I wondered how other people would react to them. I decided to publish them even though I think most people are not very concerned about the well-being of others. I expect most people will react … Continue reading Continue reading

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Automatism + Automaticity – Let’s do this right!

In the previous episode, I raised some concerns about how automatism and automaticity affect us, our technologies and therefore also the world in general. I quoted a line from Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book, “Talking to strangers” – but I … Continue reading Continue reading

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Automatism + Automaticity – 20th Century

If you thought my previous introduction was dark, then if you use your imagination a little to color in the details of what comes next, then you may actually begin to lose your faith in humanity – but I choose … Continue reading Continue reading

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Automatism + Automaticity – First Thoughts

Automatism and automaticity are “real concepts”, but they are not widely used … or at least not widely used everywhere in the same way. One of the fields where these concepts are most widely used is in the broad field … Continue reading Continue reading

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Only Fools Rush in to Build on Top of Closed (Secret, Proprietary) Platforms

Last week Amnesty International published a report about the online platforms of the leading surveillance giants – see my brief post about it @ Find News. What I find particularly signficant about the news is not the recommendations for public … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to make facts

A guy named Edward Snowden was interviewed on the Joe Rogan Experience recently, and here is something he said: This is the context: You say you know, and — you know, let’s put it the other way: maybe you do … Continue reading Continue reading

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RE: On Bullshit

A friend of mine recently mentioned he has back-ordered “On Bullshit” (by Harry Frankfurt) and I thought “oh neat – maybe I can borrow it sometime for a day or two”… but then I realized something. Bullshit is not rare … Continue reading Continue reading

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Some Reflections on the Revolution in Propaganda

More or less exactly ten generations after Edmund Burke’s treatise concerning the French Revolution and roughly about twenty generations after the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press, I would like to give you a small update on the state of news, … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cooperative Principle in Conversation versus the Prejudice in Silence

In the following, I understand the Internet as a massive text connected by many participants conversing with one another. Parts of the text are in close connection, and the discussion can be viewed as heated insofar as the sub-texts reference … Continue reading Continue reading

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