Participatory TV


The Third Wave, The Fourth Screen, The Fifth Power, And Beyond

links for 2009-09-23

  • "They all knew better, the portrayers of wilderness; in fact, Adams assiduously avoided photographing any of the local Miwok who were rarely out of his sight as he worked Yosemite Valley. He filled thousands of human-free negatives with land he knew the Miwok had tended for at least four thousand years. And he knew that the Miwok had been forcibly evicted from Yosemite Valley, as other natives would later be from national parks yet to be created, all in the putative interest of protecting nature from human disturbance."
  • "The truth is that surveillance goes both ways in correctional facilities. Inmates watch their keepers as intensely as they are watched—and usually much more malignly."
  • "At one point during the course of our week-long conversation, I asked about torture and executions under the Khmer Rouge. Khieu became agitated. “There are instances when one cannot both respect human rights and protect a country’s independence,” he said. Americans and Europeans don’t understand this, he chided, because the survival of their nations is no longer in question. Vergès chimed in with a small smile and his clear, magisterial voice: “And when their independence is threatened, Western states also are capable of committing acts that the laws condemn.” He recited a litany of atrocities committed by the Allies during the Second World War – from Dresden to Hiroshima – and added, “there was never any question of prosecuting them”. Yet today, Western governments were professing to judge the Khmer Rouge experiment before an international tribunal. Victors’ justice then and now."
  • "Last year, in a poll of 2,000 Egyptian men, 62 percent admitted harassing women: an activity most of those interviewed insisted was not really their fault as their advances, however intemperate and offensive to their victims, had after all been provoked by the women themselves."
  • … who conducted the Stanford Prison Experiment.
  • Fun, interesting perspective on the evolution of USA's tastebuds, esp restaurants…
    (tags: food usa history)
  • 'Halford Mackinder, the turn-of-the-20th-century father of modern geography, stated that provincialism is very useful, since it prevents the tyranny of the wider, geographical majority. What Mackinder feared, writes one of his biographers, W. H. Parker, was the horizontal organization of the world according to class and cultural and ideological tendencies. Instead, Mackinder promoted a vertical organization of the world by regions and localities. And so, just as American states and individual counties curtail the power of the federal government, other news outlets in various parts of the world may pose the only defense there ever will be against Al Jazeera, which, excellent as it is, has its own developing-world perspective.'

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