4.17.2017 Daily Links

                A Thought for the Day                  

While purporting to promote participation has become wildly popular in the present passages of sentient matter through time and space, social reality suggests an entirely different scenario, in which ‘engagement,’ outside of human beings who obsessively immerse themselves in device-driven mediation, barely exists except as a solipsistic and narcissistic obsession with depicting oneself, with delineating one’s most ponderous particularities as if such random and all too often fallacious arcana contained the heart of God’s will and the epitome of Venus’ thrill in tasting all that life offers of heat and chill: in such a context, one would hope and pray obviously, actual connection, processes of listening and witnessing and then acting in mutual regard and with collective purpose, has never before been a direr necessity nor a dearer proclivity that our kind in fact can manifest, a coming together for thriving and survival on which our future quite likely depends.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is World Hemophilia Day, and, in Syria, Evacuation Day, celebrating the end of French Rule from across the Mediterranean; in Persia six hundred sixty-eight years ago, the almost seven century reign of the Bavand Dynasty in what is at this point contemporary Iran came to a close; just two years less than half a century later, in 1397, England’s bard Geoffrey Chaucer performed The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the King’s court, supposedly exactly a decade following his original departure on a pilgrimage to the archbishopric there; half a decade shy of a century hence, in 1492, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus and Spain’s rulers signed the agreement that would govern his trip to the ‘Indies’ in search of ‘spices;’  MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
The life so short, the crafts so long to learn.
People can die of mere imagination.
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
Geoffrey Chaucer
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Samuel Langhorn Clemons, 1869.
2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1981.
3. Jorge Majfud, 2007.

4. Margaret Atwood, 2013.

Numero Uno“The next day was an outrage upon men and horses both.   It was another thirteen-hour stretch (including an hour’s ‘nooning.’)  It was over the barrenest chalk-hills and through the baldest canons that even Syria can show.  The heat quivered in the air every where.  In the canons we almost smothered in the baking atmosphere.  On high ground, the reflection from the chalk-hills was blinding.   It was cruel to urge the crippled horses, but it had to be done in order to make Damascus Saturday night.  We saw ancient tombs and temples of fanciful architecture carved out of the solid rock high up in the face of precipices above our heads, but we had neither time nor strength to climb up there and examine them.  The terse language of my note-book will answer for the rest of this day’s experiences: MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Saturday’s and Sunday’s Files

Third Latin Fest Take – http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/04/10/sdl3-a10.html

Saint and Sex – https://mronline.org/2007/02/25/majfud250207-html/

A Literary Legend on a Literary Legend – https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/29/margaret-atwood-isak-dinesen



Michael Hudson’s Take on Things

A Naked Capitalism post that introduces readers to the valiant words of a renowned economist, insofar as economy and the evolution of mankind: ” I have a model of the economy, both in J is for Junk Economics and Killing the Host. I if you’re looking at how wealth is accumulated, people think of it in the way textbooks describe: as earning income and saving it up to get rich. That’s all most wage earners can do. But that’s not how it happens at the top of the pyramid.”

WRISS Writing’s New Je Ne Sais Quois

A Fast Co Design look at the trendy new role of copywriting in the rarefied Silicon Valley and technocratic environment: “Learning how to write isn’t just an important skill for the future: It’s applicable right now. Trends in digital design emphasize clean lines and few words–giving language itself more weight. “Art direction and copywriting are as fundamental to the user experience as the UI,” as Paul Woods, COO of the digital design firm Edenspiekermann,wrote here on Co.Design. “Sure, you can have a beautiful UI/frame, but once you have that (we all know a great UI is an invisible UI), all the viewer cares about is what’s inside: the artwork, the story.””


Silicon Valley’s Reengineered Journalism

A Columbia Journalism Review article that looks at studies that analyse social media’s effects on the entire discipline of journalism, and how these have changed journalism forever: “This report, part of an ongoing study by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, charts the convergence between journalism and platform companies. In the span of 20 years, journalism has experienced three significant changes in business and distribution models: the switch from analog to digital, the rise of the social web, and now the dominance of mobile. This last phase has seen large technology companies dominate the markets for attention and advertising and has forced news organizations to rethink their processes and structures.”

GENISSThe Nature and Rationale of Reality Avoidance

A CMU look at an all-too-common human vice, a post that analyses the reasons why: “In a paper published in the Journal of Economic Literature, they show that while a simple failure to obtain information is the most clear-cut case of “information avoidance,” people have a wide range of other information-avoidance strategies at their disposal. They also are remarkably adept at selectively directing their attention to information that affirms what they believe or that reflects favorably upon them, and at forgetting information they wish were not true.”