A Thought for the Day
That ‘gatekeepers’ monitor all cultural producers’ access to viewers or readers or other expressions of patronage implies that artists and writers and other such denizens of creativity have little choice but to match the ‘gate codes’ that those who mind standard operational audience portals manage, insist on expressing, or otherwise require as requisite for ‘acceptable content,’ for otherwise scribes and other creators shall work for themselves alone for the most part with exceptional cases of luck or lineage or genius to the contrary: this tendency for output to match the protocols that elite monitors mandate expresses a central paradox of culture in the current context, inasmuch as art necessitates some sort of honesty about the world at large if it is to fulfill its adaptive evolutionary niche at one and the same time that such soothsaying will inevitably run afoul of those who have the power and sayso to determine just what works see the light of day and benefit from the perquisites of publication, broadcasting, and other forms of more or less official support that is primarily and perniciously only available for those who ‘pay the piper’ and sing the praises of the present pass’ ways and means and approaches to things, whether in an overall and general sense or in instances of the greatest specificity and particularity.
This Day in History
Two thousand two hundred fifty-eight years ago, Roman ships sank most of the Carthaginian invaders’ fleet and thus concluded the First Punic War in Favor of the Republic; more or less exactly five hundred thirty-nine years later, in 298, yet another North African conflict ended to the Roman advantage when Maximian’s troops entered Carthage after their successes against the Berbers; three hundred eighty-eight years in advance of today, England’s first Charles Stuart began almost a dozen years of ‘Personal Rule’ with the dissolution of Parliament; a hundred six years afterward, several thousand miles Southeast in Central Asia in 1735, Nadir Shah crowned his successful defense of ‘greater Persia’ from Russian and Ottoman forces with a treaty that withdrew Moscow’s troops from Baku, in Azerbaijan; MORE HERE
There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.
- Statement to a reporter a few months before he died, as quoted at Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress
Nearly Naked Links
From Thursday’s Files
Thermonuclear Conundrums – http://understandingsociety.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-atomic-bomb.html
A Wobbly Organizer Book Review – http://portside.org/2017-03-04/facing-wind-life-wobbly-organizer-sam-dolgoff
Reading Capital With Latin Lenses – http://socialistproject.ca/bullet/1377.php