Die spannendsten Links der vergangenen Woche. Unter anderem mit Robotersex, post-internet Poetry, einem Terroristen-Hoax, der Scheißigkeit von GamerGate und einer guten Nachricht.
„The list made me think there should be another, with some of the same books, called 80 Books No Woman Should Read, though of course I believe everyone should read anything they want. I just think some books are instructions on why women are dirt or hardly exist at all except as accessories or are inherently evil and empty. Or they’re instructions in the version of masculinity that means being unkind and unaware, that set of values that expands out into violence at home, in war, and by economic means.“
80 Books no Woman Should Read soll ruhig jeder lesen. Die richtige Entgegnung auf furchtbare Listen mit Büchern für Männer.
„When it generally appears in anthologies or in surveys of contemporary writing, the influence of the internet on poetry is shown to have produced writing that fetishizes the web’s strangeness and novelty, poetry alive with excitement at the new possibilities offered by networked computing at the start of the new millennium.“
post-internet poetry ist ein Text über den Einfluss des Internets auf Poesie. Ich find das hochspannend. Behandelt aber auch zwei Themen, die mir sehr am Herzen liegen. Internet und Literatur. Wenn es euch ähnlich geht, lasst euch den spannenden Text nicht entgehen. Zu dem Thema findet man nicht oft einen Text.
„My dad died in an Airbnb rental, and he’s not the only one. What can the company do to improve safety?“
Living and Dying on Airbnb ist eine traurige und sehr persönliche Geschichte über tödliche Unfälle und dass Airbnb zu wenig dafür tut, die Sicherheit der zeitweiligen Bewohner zu gewährleisten.
„So get up, and help someone!“
It’s going to be okay! ist ein kleiner, feiner Comic von The Oatmeal. Sehr sehr gut!
„For decades, aspiring bomb makers — including ISIS — have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury. There’s a reason that they never have.“
The Doomsday Scam erzählt die unendliche Geschichte eines Terroristen-Hoaxes.
„I don’t have a pollster.” The word “pollster,” when it was coined, was meant as a slur, like “huckster.” That’s the way Trump uses it. Other candidates have pollsters: “They pay these guys two hundred thousand dollars a month to tell them, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that.’ ” Trump has none: “No one tells me what to say.“
Politics and the New Machine ist ein Text über die Bedeutung von Meinungsumfragen für die Demokratie.
„Call me a techno-drag artist, call me a pretentious wanker – it won’t change the fact that in past two years I’ve played the following roles with aplomb: Jane Eyre, Lady Macbeth, Madame Bovary, Molly Bloom, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, the Oracle of Delphi, suffragette martyr Emily Davison and Ursula The Sea Witch. I documented them all here on my blog ‘Reader, I dommed him“
Sexting on Grindr in the character of literary heroines ist eine ziemlich witzige Idee. Der Text dazu ist ebenfalls ziemlich witzig.
„She flips through these images, appraising them, an editrix putting together the September issue of her face; she weighs each against the others, plays around with filters and lighting, and makes a final choice. She pushes send and it’s done. Her selfie is off to have adventures without her, to meet the gazes of strangers she will never know. She feels excited, maybe a little nervous. She has declared, in just a few clicks, that she deserves, in that moment, to be seen.“
Selfie ist sehr wahrscheinlich der bisher beste Text zum Phänomen Selfie. Eine Kulturgeschichte weiblicher Selbstportäts. Einfach ein großartiger Text. Müsst ihr lesen!
„So with that caveat behind us, I am going to say that having my face in the naked selfies that I send out is not only not that worrying to me but that it is an intentional, purposeful use of my face as a signifier for my self, and I will accept no more paternalistic finger-wagging about it.“
Why I Have My Face in My Naked Selfies ist related. Look at ME when I’m sexting you!
„Palmă de pământ, a hand’s breadth of land, can stand for those little patches, the slim border zones between holdings, pieces of land whose ownership is uncertain, which are also sometimes called ‘battlegrounds’, luptă terenuri, literally ‘fighting lands’. Every year in Maramureş neighbours kill each other for these contested slips of territory. At times in this mountain province there have been forty such violent attacks in twelve months, and week after week, much as road accidents are described in other parts of the world, the local press reports another man – always a man – ucis pentru o palmă de pământ: killed for a hand’s breadth of land.“
The Hand’s Breadth Murders ist einfühlsam und erhellend. Warum bringen sich Menschen in einem abgelegenen Teil Rumäniens häufig grausam gegenseitig um? Die Antwort ist komplex und der Artikel einer der besten der Woche!
„Burrough’s misogyny is no garden-variety sexism. As he puts it in The Job, “In the words of one of a great misogynist’s plain Mr. Jones, in Conrad’s Victory: ‘Women are a perfect curse.’ I think they were a basic mistake, and the whole dualistic universe evolved from this error.“
The Invisible Man ist alt, aber gut. Ein Artikel von 1984 über William S. Burroughs furchtbares Frauenbild. Das haben eigentlich alle Autoren der Beat Generation gemeinsam, leider.
„We’re increasingly discovering that the snapshots we’ve always taken as notes may be more real than the final image, the finished story.“
What we saw after the attacks on Paris ist rau und fragmentarisch und subjektiv und deshalb vielleicht die beste Schilderung der Stimmung in Paris nach den Anschlägen.
„Paramount has structured itsTransformers team explicitly like a television-series writers’ room, with a showrunner and multiple writers all working on individual stories and the overall arc, following a story bible that establishes themes, tone, characters, and even plot twists. It’s a text for subtext.“
You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie ist ein Must-Read über Star Wars als Shared Universe und das Artikelbild ist große Kunst! Hollywoodkino, von Marvel über Star Wars bis zu ALLEM perryrhodanisiert sich. Wöchentlich erscheindende Heftromane haben das Modell entwickelt. Jetzt ist es mit voller Macht im US-Kino angekommen.
„The biggest issue with trying to prove whether or not M is an AI is that, contrary to other AIs that pretend to be human, M insists it’s an AI. Thus, what we would be testing for is humans pretending to be an AI, which is much harder to test than the other way round, because it’s much easier for humans to pretend to be an AI than for an AI to pretend to be a human.“
Facebook M — The Anti-Turing Test präsentiert (und löst) ein interessantes Problem.
„The history of science is an uneven guide to the question: How close are we? There has been no shortage of unfulfilled promises. But there are also plenty of examples of startling nearsightedness, a pattern that Arthur C. Clarke enshrined as Clarke’s First Law: “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
The Doomsday Invention stellt die Frage: Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction? Spannende Lektüre.
„As robotic sexual technology advances, it is also likely that social norms about sex and relationships will change in the future,“ Driscoll said. Robophilia may be alien now, but could be normal in the near future.“
6 NSFW Reasons Why Robots Are The Future Of Sex ist überzeugend und sehr wohl safe for work. Sexbots und unser (möglicher) Umgang damit sind ein spannendes Thema. Dazu muss ich mal eine eigene Linksammlung veröffentlichen.
„Of late, there has been a lot of talk about college students and their curious ways, about how they are intensely politically correct, overly sensitive, and unduly coddled. Some have suggested that students are frivolous activists, that they no longer have senses of humor, and that liberalism has run amok on college campuses, ruining them in the process. This is a reductive and rather lazy understanding of student activism.“
Student Activism Is Serious Business ist ein Appell dafür, studentische Anliegen und Proteste ernst zu nehmen.
For a few days in March 2011, the name of Manju Das, a lowly housemaid from India, mingled with the likes of Lloyd Blankfein and Robert Moffatt, CEOs and VPs of multinational banks and technology giants. It echoed through courtroom 17B alongside an intriguing revelation: The money Kumar had received from Rajaratnam had been funneled through an elaborate scheme that consisted, in the words of Bharara, of a set of “complicated round-trip wire transfers” that ended up in Galleon offshore accounts. The name on these accounts was Manju Das.“
The Strange, True Story of How a Chairman at McKinsey Made Millions of Dollars off His Maid ist eine Geschichte, die so nur das Leben schreibt. Könnte man problemlos einen spannenden Film draus machen.
„How do you describe why someone would draw a swastika in feces on a college wall if we preclude the discussion of racism as an act with actors?“
Fascism means something more than a thing one does not like. Jupp.
„The papyrus scrolls of Herculaneum, which were discovered in 1752, have long fascinated and frustrated lovers of antiquity. They were found in an elaborate villa buried almost ninety feet deep by the volcano—this archeological wonder has been known ever since as the Villa dei Papiri. At least eight hundred scrolls were uncovered; they constitute the only sizable library from the ancient world known to have survived intact.“
The Invisible Library ist ein Artikel über uralte Schriftrollen, ihre Entdeckung und Restaurierung und Digitalisierung. Ja, das ist enorm spannend!
„Those who take safety for granted disparage safety because it is, like so many other rights, one that has always been inalienable to them. They wrongly assume we all enjoy such luxury and are blindly seeking something even more extravagant.“
The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond ist ein guter Text über die Wichtigkeit v on Safe Spaces.
„What the hell did Veerender do to deserve this? Why, out of everyone in the world, did he end up being the victim of such a sadistic, senseless “prank?” Well, see, it’s because he criticized video games.“
The Making of a ‘Terrorist’: Sikh From Toronto Was Framed for the Paris Attacks By GamerGate Trolls erzählt genau das: Wie GamerGate es lustig fand, den Games-Journalisten Veerender Jubbal als Terroristen zu verleumden, inklusive gephotoshopptem Bild von ihm mit Bombengürtel, weil er es gewagt hat, nicht ihrer Meinung zu sein.
„With their news and social media interest, they [Daesh] will be noting everything that follows their murderous assault on Paris, and my guess is that right now the chant among them will be “We are winning”. They will be heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia; they will be drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media.
Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence. The pictures from Germany of people welcoming migrants will have been particularly troubling to them. Cohesion, tolerance – it is not what they want to see.“
I was held hostage by Isis. They fear our unity more than our airstrikes erklärt, warum wir Terror mit Besonnenheit begegnen und nicht übereilt handeln sollten, weil das den Terroristen in die Hände spielt. Dazu noch viel lesenswerter, aber auch länger und theoretischer: Paris: The War ISIS Wants. Und How to tell the difference between ISIS and Muslims.
„I’ve come across some wildly inaccurate blethering lately about the word’s significance and its signification: even if you don’t know any Arabic at all, you might have been surprised to read in your major liberal broadsheet that although this new name is a transliteration of the Arabic acronym equivalent to ISIS, there are ‘certain schools of thought’ as to what the name means, or that you are being offered analysis based on ‘rough translations’ of the words in the acronym.“
Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand? wundert sich verständlicherweise.
„Dua had only been working for two months with the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female morality police of the Islamic State, when her friends were brought to the station to be whipped.“
ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape befasst sich mit dem Leben und Leiden der Frauen in der sogenannten Khansaa Brigade in Raqqa.
„The 10-year suicide rate for the two high schools is between four and five times the national average. Starting in the spring of 2009 and stretching over nine months, three Gunn students, one incoming freshman, and one recent graduate had put themselves in front of an oncoming Caltrain. Another recent graduate had hung himself. While the intervening years had been quieter, they had not been comforting.“
The Silicon Valley Suicides versucht zu erklären, warum so viele Schüler in Palo Alto Selbstmord begehen.
„On Tuesday the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released a groundbreaking study on the subject, and the results are devastating.“
An Estimated 100,000 Women in Texas Have Attempted to Self-Induce an Abortion. Keine Worte.
„The contrast between the grief on Twitter and the buoyant mood in the basement unsettled her. She couldn’t bring herself to post a tweet thanking God for Murphy’s death. “I felt like I would be such a jackass to go on and post something like that,” she said.“
Unfollow – How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs ist zum Abschluss noch eine Geschichte, die hoffnungsfroh stimmt. Bis nächste Woche.