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The Tyranny of Technological Replication

I’m never sure how I can defend a critique against technology–it seems as though we have gained so much. And whenever I rant against drones or iPads (or the very device upon which I’m pecking) someone will pipe up, “I s’pose you’d prefer we didn’t have penicillin either!” Maybe. I’m really not sure. By which […]

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It Plays You: Mingus on Electric Instruments

Selections from a Charles Mingus interview from February 1972, in Mingus Speaks, by John F. Goodman. I think it’s time that good musicians get rid of electric instruments, because a good musician can’t play an electronic instrument; it plays you. For instance, if you want to bend a note, you’ve got to push a button […]

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…and ride Mankind

What boots thy zeal, O glowing friend, That would indignant rend The northland from the south? Wherefore? To what good end? Boston Bay and Bunker Hill Would serve things still: Things are of the snake. The horseman serves the horse, The neat-herd serves the neat, The merchant serves the purse, The eater serves his meat; […]

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Lord of the Level Loadstone

Thou Vain Toy, Part II [ PDF Link ] How can we be done perspectivizing?  Yesterday I offered a load of underlinings from an essay by Morse Peckham.  As a kind of “proof” text I suggested Ahab’s smashing of his Quadrant as a stance against the “sight” heavenward rather than keeping one’s eyes “level” with the horizon […]

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The Binary Whole?

The militarization of life requires a binary mind, one prepared by ignorance for fascism. Black and white. Good and Evil. Us and Them. Terrorism and Patriotism Mine (Not Yours). This is the mind grown thoughtless via the Image. This is devotion. This is technology.* This is nations. This is possession. Possession is 9/10 of the […]

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Minecraft, Or The Play’s the (Latest and Last) Thing

UPDATE: A Literary Addendum I know a boy who plays Minecraft somewhat as if it were his quest to reach the nirvana state that comes of internalizing the Jesus Prayer.  I suppose he  substitutes “Steve” for Jesus. I argue with him instead of taking away the laptop where he lives within this frame.  However, you […]

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Put Away Childish Things

I’m sure many of us know at least one line out of the Christian Bible (KJV) and I’m fairly sure it’s this one from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.  I’d also guess many are not aware it is a biblical apothegm.  It’s chapter 13, verse 11: “When I was a child, I spoke as […]

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Common Core: Drones and Derivatives

Derivatives and Drones–are they distinguishable? Anti-Empathy Education focused on screened presence. CEO and CIA: Barker and Huckster at home and abroad. Institutions of Debt Creation insulate consequences from those who make them happen.  Absolution by distance. Look, a keystroke destroys communities in Jefferson County, Alabama and Shabwa Province, Yemen. More similar than distinct: Moguls of […]

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Tech is Production is Revenue is Education Reform

Tech is Production is Revenue is Education Reform

Western Mind is dominated by the Visual.  Tech is Visual. Current School Reform is Technological. Educational Technology is Visual. Educational Technology is a Product. The product is digital electronic. It is a capital production. It has production and consumption as motivation. Learning is irrelevant but that students learn production and consumption of the digital-technological-visual. Production […]

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Against the Eye of Self

This is a huge topic in my own mind, and if you read this blog or the previous blog (Nemesis) this is no revelation (ah, damn, a visual term).  I think it is an enormous calamity: we are dominated by the visual sense.  Almost entirely excluding all other senses.  (Robert Harrison, in a recent podcast […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]