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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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The Rationality of Intimacy

I can imagine many people might think the title of this post means it will be all about love, sex and such. Well, not exactly. It’s about relationships – but not merely limited to the exclusive kind of relationship two … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Spectre of Populism

There is a spectre haunting the Web: That spectre is populism. Let me backtrack a moment. This piece is a part of an ongoing series of posts about „rational media“ – a concept that is still not completely hard and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sign My Guestbook + The Rationality of the Written Word

I enjoy following Chloe Thurlow’s writings and musings very much. Whenever I start reading, then I am quite sure that my time will be well spent. I am sad that her chloethurlow.com website is sometimes blocked when I am at … Continue reading Continue reading

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Don’t Listen to One Single Piece of Good Advice — Listen to Many

Several months ago, I mentioned on one of my other blogs that I enjoy listening to Gretchen Rubin’s „Happier“ podcast. I still do, even though I think content sponsored by advertising is by and large fake. Recently, Gretchen (and Elizabeth) … Continue reading Continue reading

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Spam Index, Shopping Catalog & Co. – An Introduction to Anti-Social Rationality

Do you want to be the #1 top result on Google? No, thank you. To many people this reaction might seem odd. Let me backtrack a little. Yesterday I alerted yet another person of the fact that I can see … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Ubiquity of the Text Box (excursus)

One of my favorite authors in the field of „search“ is John Battelle. Although he was not trained in the field of information science or information retrieval, his experience in the fields of journalism and publishing at the cusp of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Literacy and Machine Readability: Some First Attempts at a Derivation of the Primary Implications for Rational Media

Online, websites are accessed exclusively via machine-readable text. Specifically, the character set prescribed by ICANN, IANA, and similar regulatory organizations consists of the 26 characters of the latin alphabet, the „hyphen“ character and the 10 arabic numbers (i.e. The symbols … Continue reading Continue reading

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First Essay on Rational Media

I recently mentioned my new and improved „rational media“ concept… – now I want to begin to try to unpack that idea. Of course, it’s complicated. Let me start off with something simple: media (in general). What makes something „media“ … Continue reading Continue reading

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Rational Media, Alternative Media + Mainstream Agendas

One point about rational media that deserves particular attention is that they do not require only one standard type of rationality. I will save this point for a future date. Today, I would like to entertain another issue: Alternatives. This … Continue reading Continue reading

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