Posted: March 28, 2013 in Blogs

Originally posted on Cooperative Catalyst:

Douglas Rushkoff at WebVisions 2011 by webvisionsevent

Douglas Rushkoff at WebVisions 2011 by webvisionsevent

[This post originally appeared at Classroots.org.]

In the first part of his new book Present Shock, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explains how we have come to a “now-ist” “presentism” resulting in “narrative collapse.” If I understand him correctly, Rushkoff argues that new media, social change, and technologies make traditional story-telling untenable. While we are accustomed to stories that fit the mold of Campbell’s hero, we are no longer able to use or enjoy them (or any new Star Wars movie?) because

  1. We have become too self-conscious to consume narratives uncritically (see everything from Beavis and Butthead to MSTK3000 to Community). [These references and the following are Rushkoff's.]
  2. We have become more interested in current individual performance (see the itinerant NBA star) than collective group history (see baseball rivalries).
  3. Our pop storytellers in news and entertainment have reduced…

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Posted: January 29, 2013 in Blogs

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

The Extremist Cult of Capitalism | Common Dreams.

A ‘cult,’ according to Merriam-Webster, can be defined as “Great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work..(and)..a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion.”

Capitalism has been defined by adherents and detractors: Milton Friedman said, “The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.” John Maynard Keynes said, “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

Perhaps it’s best to turn to someone who actually practiced the art: “Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.” Al Capone said that.

Capitalism is a cult. It is devoted to the ideals of privatization…

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Posted: January 20, 2013 in Blogs

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

US Scientists Find That Chemotherapy Boosts Cancer Growth – Waking Times : Waking Times.

January 18, 2013

Marco Torres, Prevent Disease
Waking Times 

Chemotherapy can damage healthy cells? Say it isn’t so? You don’t need a degree to figure this one out. Poison kills indiscriminately– always has and always will. While damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment. Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding they claimed while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab.

Only through the forces that have carefully conspired to thwart meaningful advances in cancer research and treatment over the past century has chemotherapy succeeded. In what reality do we live in when cut, poison and burn are the only ways acceptable to treat…

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Rickshaw driver in Jogjakarta

Rickshaw driver in Jogjakarta

Image  —  Posted: December 2, 2012 in Blogs, Photography

Photography

Posted: December 2, 2012 in Blogs

Photography.

My she-tiger, the eccentric Azumi.

Back to blogging

Posted: December 2, 2012 in Blogs

After a hiatus from blogging, I am back. Work, friends, the offline world has stolen me from blogdom for six months, but I think I am back. There have been times when I wish I had never quit blogging but I guess I needed some perspective and some prioritising and value-checking to do. 

I am not sure what shape the blog will take from down on, but having a tete-a-tete with the hereafter will definitely have an impact on what I think and say and how I say it.

 

PS. This was shown when I pressed the Publish button:
“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” Barbara Kingsolver

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Blogs

MediaTantrik:

We’re covered with microbes inside out, and it’s crucial that we are.

Originally posted on Health & Family:

The human genome is made up of about 23,000 genes. That’s a fairly impressive figure. Until you consider this: the number of non-human genes each of us carries around — from the bacteria, viruses and other pathogens living in and on us — totals 8 million.

Most of the cells in the human body aren’t even human. Indeed, bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1. Which is why the exploration of the human microbiome — the collective population of all the non-human cells and genes that inhabit us — is currently one of the fastest rising fields of medical research.

What scientists are discovering is that these microbes are not just freeloaders or invaders. Rather, they’re crucial facilitators of many of our basic bodily functions: from digesting food and producing vitamins to fending off harmful infection and recovering from illness. They not only keep people healthy, but they may…

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