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Wham! also wore those "choose life" t-shirts (designed by Katharine Hamnett):
And Trainspotting (1996) railed against the vacuousness of the slogan:
I visited the Soviet Union in the same year (1989) and remember having the same thought when I went into their (miserable, empty) shops: "If they could only see what shops in the West look like, they would be astonished."
But now look where global capitalism has led us, and the response is... Trump? I just hope this is a transitional step in history and that humans survive long enough to come out wiser.
At what point did this one sound well thought out and logical?
- how do you change someone's mind?
Probably a good start is not to go into the interaction with the goal, "I'm going to get them to believe what I believe." It sets up a barrier and puts both parties' beliefs under lockdown. No matter how attached you are to what you believe, for a fruitful exchange to take place it's best to enter it with an open mind, and that means recognizing that your beliefs are subject to doubt just like theirs. Growth can take place when you form a true empathetic connection and meet as equals, and that can only happen if you're sincerely open, listening to and feeling the person you're talking to, and you maintain that even if they are defensive or even offensive towards you. A good start is to feel where it is that you can warm to them. If they're racist, is that because they're afraid of something, and can you feel and relate to their fear? I know this is vague, but the agenda can't start with specific actions on specific beliefs.
And how do we add beliefs? We're born with certain tendencies, during our upbringing we imitate and are trained, learn what rewards and what brings pain, and form social bonds. Our likes and dislikes take shape and we start to be driven by these, and we form habits. Social bonds and habits soon turn into our assumed identities, and this whole submerged iceberg of arational formation lurks beneath the visible tip of our rational thinking. Mostly we form beliefs to suit what's already there and avoid discomfort, though we may think we're being awfully rational and objective. Being aware of this can help when you encounter someone whose iceberg happened to grow into a different shape from your own.
They have updated the article. Looks like the FBI only operated the sites for a day or two before shutting them down:
- UPDATE Sunday 12:41pm ET: We have clarified our original story and headline to more clearly and accurately reflect the fact that while the FBI did take over the 23 child porn sites in question, unlike the Playpen case, the agency does not appear to have actually operated them, or allowed them to continue to operate.
Joseph Cox, a journalist, pointed out in a Medium post on Saturday that the “network investigative technique” (NIT) data was collected between August 3 and August 5, 2013 against the users of the child porn sites. As of August 4, all of the sites on Freedom Hosting began showing a fake error message to their users, but were actually deploying this NIT as a way to unmask users.
Well, there you go, I just discovered Vocaloid and now I want to play with it. I'm sure it's more fun than Adobe's thing. First release 12 years ago. Evidently I am years behind in what's possible.
Not quite sure why these corporate events always have to be so painful to watch, but the technology is impressive. Makes me wonder: if Adobe's close to turning this into a product you can run on your home computer, then which other organizations already have similar technology deployed? What could the CIA do with a few choice edits to a leaked recording, for example? You have to suspect that similar technologies may be in use outside of the public view.
There's a sheep mentality about all this too. Every stupid Silicon Valley startup needs to have the same faded pale-coloured website. It has to look fun too, fluffy, lightweight, like they're not doing boring old business. No-one dare step out of line. None of it is designed for actual grown-ups with their stupid sensible ideas and blurry eyes. Sometimes I hate the world of tech.
Some quite beautiful pictures here - strangely affecting. Neural nets seem to be great at producing images that play with our own minds' associative resonances rather than with direct representation or symbolism.
And I now know I am moved by more-or-less explicit echoes of human dangly bits.