Manufacturing Consent. A classic documentary based on the book of the same title by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.
Reblog for later.
Thus perception, and, in general, the sensory actions of a human, become temporal as they tap into the virtual; sensory actions are a process that emerges from an assemblage of presentational immediacy, affect, and memory-images. Extrapolating from Bergson, I propose that the interactive relationship with a digital system is never constituted solely by the present act of manipulating an interface or critical interpretations passed at the level of the screen. The relationship is instead constituted by the lingering effect of the past in the present, felt as both Bergson’s memory-images and also as the digital and physical occasions of interaction affect our perception of images in the present. The present moment of interaction is thus constituted by memory-images as well as the software and hardware processes embedded in the digital encounter. The human user is temporal in regards to his or her sensory activities but also temporalized as he or she comes into contact with the multi-temporality of digital systems.
This is the main point of the temporal theory produced by Whitehead, Deleuze, and Serres: that time is not linear. It is a coexistence of past and future within the present, as a virtual side of the present.
—Timothy Scott Barker, Time And The Digital: Connecting Technology, Aesthetics, and a Process Philosophy of Time (2012), p. 63.
We need the power of modern critical theories of how meanings and bodies get made, not in order to deny meaning and bodies, but in order to live in meanings and bodies that have a chance for a future.
And I suppose while we’re all hyped about Jai Paul, I may as well mention Angel Haze’s early career highlight “Things Money Can Buy” which rides Drake’s sample of ‘BTSTU’ on ‘Dreams Money Can Buy’ to pretty stellar effect.
Unlike Google, which crawls the Web looking for websites, Shodan navigates the Internet’s back channels. It’s a kind of “dark” Google, looking for the servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other stuff that is connected to and makes up the Internet. (Shodan’s site was slow to load Monday following the publication of this story.)
Shodan runs 24/7 and collects information on about 500 million connected devices and services each month.
It’s stunning what can be found with a simple search on Shodan. Countless traffic lights, security cameras, home automation devices and heating systems are connected to the Internet and easy to spot.
Shodan searchers have found control systems for a water park, a gas station, a hotel wine cooler and a crematorium. Cybersecurity researchers have even located command and control systems for nuclear power plants and a particle-accelerating cyclotron by using Shodan.
Monomania is what it sounds like: a pathologically intense focus on one thing. It’s the opposite of the problem you have if your gaze is ever flitting from your Tumblr to your spreadsheet to your baby to rush-hour traffic. It’s the opposite of the problem you have, in other words, if you are a normal, contemporary, non-agrarian 30-something. It was when I left Los Angeles for the primeval hush of the Midwest that I became a monomaniac.
—Benjamin Nugent - The Upside of Distraction (The New York Times)