- Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow – It takes an outside view to see clearly.
> Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it. – (trump fascism )
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Red Hen Restaurant, and Who Deserves a Place at the Table | The New Yorker – The table as a site of civility – for the civil. – (socialpractices trump rhetoric_of_action )
- Trump’s Genius Is His Entertaining Idiocy | The Nation – > Trump’s genius for distraction, self-pity, and entertaining idiocy succeeds not only in normalizing his psychopathic behavior and malevolent prejudices but also in hiding the fact that institutions that protect our freedom and democratic rights are teetering beneath a ferocious assault. We fiddle; they burn. – (trump fascism )
- Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show – Resist. Live in truth.
> We live in a lie now, perpetrated from the very top, enhanced by relentless propaganda, and designed to shore up what is a cult. It is growing in strength. It is precisely now that we must manage at every moment to dispel it. And then to vote, en masse, for its extinction. – (rhetoric resistance fascism trump )
- [toread] So much winning all the latest signs of the bubble that will crush this economic expansion – MarketWatch – There are implications. – (rhetoric economy trump )
- [toread] Trump’s bizarre understanding of Capitalization is surprisingly Strategic – The Washington Post – Set aside the idea that it had to do with monetary capitalization.
> Initial capitals make words and ideas seem Really Important. They are to meaning-making what flag pins are to patriotism and gold-plating is to value — cheap signals of depth and quality that are somehow taken seriously by enormous numbers of people. (How seriously? There’s not one but two PolitiFact articles dedicated to discussions of Obama’s pin philosophy.) This capitalization technique is common in get-rich-quick and quack medicine books desperate to sell readers on the Truth of their claims. – (rhetoric linguistics trump capitalization )
- Trump Only Has One Scandal – The Atlantic – Slouching towards Bethlehem. The act of fascism gives way to grounds of fascism.
> There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates, who are using their official power for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people, and their attempts to shield that corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, or legal accountability. – (trump corruption rhetoric )
- Trump Demands an Official Investigation of Obama White House – The Atlantic – Trump found a loophole. Now he needs to find a few corrupt friends will to drive through it for him. But the story is in the interpretation of the tweet: – how the doj interprets “look into.”
> This is a nakedly corrupt attempt on the part of the president to discredit and derail an investigation of himself at the expense of a human intelligence source to whose protection the FBI and DOJ are committed. My colleague at Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic, and I fleshed out the history of this saga and warned, “Don’t underestimate this episode. It will have a long tail and big consequences—all of them terrible.”
> The idea that the president doesn’t interfere in law-enforcement investigative matters is one of our deep normative expectations of the modern presidency. But it is not a matter of law. … The only real restraint on the president—other than his own conscience and political pressures—in dipping down into the FBI and Justice Department and directing investigations for his own personal purposes is the willingness of senior law-enforcement officials to carry out improper orders. – (trump rhetoric hermaneutics )
- Rebecca Solnit: The Coup Has Already Happened | Literary Hub – Anxiety arrives.
> After the coup, everything seems crazy, the news is overwhelming, and some try to cope by withdrawing or pretending that things are normal. Others are overwhelmed and distraught. I’m afflicted by a kind of hypervigilance of the news, a daily obsession to watch what’s going on that is partly a quest for sense in what seems so senseless. At least I’ve been able to find the patterns and understand who the key players are, but to see the logic behind the chaos brings you face to face with how deep the trouble is.
> We still have an enormous capacity to resist the administration, not least by mass civil disobedience and other forms of noncooperation. Sweeping the November elections wouldn’t hurt either, if that results in candidates we hold accountable afterward. Or both. I don’t know if there’s a point at which it will be too late, though every week more regulations, administrators, and norms crash and burn—but we are long past the point at which it is too soon. – (trump )
- There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick • The Register – The middle-aged Register speaks to the medicare-aged retiring. There’s more time to stay further in front of the curve when you’re old.> The kids of my day bantered in rhyming slang and Nadsat; these days they speak StartUp and DipShit.
> Age has nothing to do with the definition of culture.
> In fact, the whole age thing is overrated if you ask me. All my neighbours are long retired but they are completely up to date on modern culture, from AI in healthcare to Facebook’s naughtiness. OK, admittedly one of them thought Stormy Daniels was a rapping conjurer but that’s what you get when you strike up conversation in the automated till queue at Waitrose.
> It’s simply because most people are thick. I realise now that I’m not an old geezer worried that modern culture has left him behind. I’m just a snob. Phew! I can live with that. – (culture )
- [toread] An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It – – (history )
- [toread] Fandom, Feminism, and Maker Pedagogy – – (maker_pedagogy making )
- Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair’s creepy grasp on US telly – > “We need to stand up, speak out, and call out when government is being used as a tool to attack the conditions that make it possible for news to serve as a check on power,” said Rosenworcel. “We cannot allow the cry of fake news to extinguish our inquiry into hard subjects, diminish our willingness to seek truth, or temper our support for the First Amendment.” – (fcc freespeech )
- 25 Years of EdTech – 2003: Blogs – – (#en3177 )
- RSS is undead – Reasons to love RSS: no branding, no user analytics, no ads, user rather than provider curation. Content. – (socialpractices reading marketing rss )
- The Final Surrender of Anti-Trump Conservatism – “An authoritarian can be a Republican in good standing.” Not really a novel conclusion. But conservative support for Trump has revealed the anti-democratic ideology at its core. – (authoritarianism politics trump )
- The Fall of the TV Family in Trump’s America | WIRED – The TV family sitcom never was a forum for debate. The Beaver never sat dow with Wally and had it out. Rosanne has was a Snidely Whiplash melodrama.> rushed through on the way to the next joke – (none)
- 25 Years of EdTech – 2000: Learning objects – LO couldn’t die fast enough. Locally, they were pushed top down by admins looking for standardization. Pedagogically, the problem was decontextualization that drained them of worth outside of training. – (open_learning learningobjects )
- Better than the Printed Page: Reading on an iPad – Modding the iPad for reading. – (ipad reading visual_perception )
- Language Log » Cultural diffusion and the Whorfian hypothesis – Co-diffusion as a mechanism – (Linguistic_change classification linguistics )
- 25 years of EdTech – 1998: Wikis – Martin Weller reminds us that wikis didn’t take off in education – but not without effort from a lot of us. Effort that went on from 2003 here: http://erhetoric.org/WeblogsAndWikis . Why would wiki fail? Wikis are easy to work on, but wiki-writing is hard. It doesn’t have to be hard, but the dominant rhetoric pushes against the provisional, speculative, slowly-evolving-over-time, communal work that wikis support. – (wikis edtech #en3177 )
- Project 1: Andy Campbell’s “The Flat” | Digital Fiction – Close reading and analysis of The Flat digilit. Discovers aporia / epiphany dialectic and uses that to inform the reading. Time waits for no- – (#en3177 digitallierature )
- Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 » Nieman Journalism Lab – – (#en3177 en3177 )
- David Gergen: President Trump’s attacks on media pose ‘growing’ threat to America – Feb. 18, 2018 – > "This is what splits a country apart," he added. "In many other countries, it's been the beginnings of an authoritarian rule. And that's the larger threat hanging over us now…I find that the threat is growing."
- “Wasn’t I a Great Candidate?”: Inside Mar-a-Lago, Trump Burns as Mueller Brings More Charges | Vanity Fair – Reading the sequence and timing of Trump's tweets: This is what kairos can tell you. – (trump erhetoric )
- Top U.S. officials tell the world to ignore Trump’s tweets – The Washington Post – Dateline Munich + foreign policy + trump means pay attention.
> One diplomat, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid provoking Trump, asked whether policymakers like McMaster who adhere largely to traditional U.S. foreign policy positions were falling into the same trap as Germany’s elite during Hitler’s rise, when they continued to serve in government in the name of protecting their nation. – (trump politics fascism )
- #engageMOOC – The Schedule – Antigonish 2.0 – – (engageMOOC #en3177 )
- Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It – A. Checklists are always a sign of non-education. B. Engagement is required. C. Heuristics and material practice count. – (fakenews openeducation mooc #en3177 education infoliteracy )
- Donald Trump’s Words Are Reshaping American Politics – The Atlantic – > Politics is downstream from persuasion, and law is downstream from language. Trump has failed to perform the role of a diligent executive, reserving much of his day for television, personal calls, and cultural encyclicals on Twitter. – (trump politics rhetoric )
- Fake news has a long history. Beware the state being keeper of ‘the truth’ | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian – The fear isn’t Trump’s proclamation but the government’s endorsement. I blame the coffee houses. – (history socialmedia freespeech )
- Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers • The Register – My nostalgia. When singles fought back at prog rock, and we taped the whole thing. In low fi. C30 C60 C90. – (music )
- Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here’s who won our exclusive Reg merch… – The Reg goes socio-culinary. – (food )
- Psychogeography – Geography – Oxford Bibliographies – A bibliographic entry – (psychogeography situationalism )
- What is Psychogeography? — Steemit – > "Psychogeography is the study of the effects of geographical settings, consciously managed or not, acting directly on the mood and behaviour of the individual”.
> Détournment is a dialectical tool. It is an "insurrectional style" by which a past form is used to show its own inherent untruth– an untruth masked by ideology. It can be applied to billboards, written texts, films, cartoons, blog posts, etc., as well as to city spaces. – (psychogeography dialectic )
- Psychogeography – From a cartographer
>- diverse activities that raise awareness of the natural and cultural environment around you
– attentive to senses and emotions as they relate to place and environment
– often political and critical of the status quo
- Psychogeography – With a turn towards the revolutionary. China
> Psychogeography is the effect of place upon the psyche and the importance of the psyche within the landscape. The term was first discussed in the early 1950s by Guy Debord of the Situationist International, who attributed its coining to “an illiterate Kabyle.” The concept itself is simple, ancient, and foundational to an animist view of the world. – (psychogeography dialectic )