Lemming bait

December 7, 2007

In a longish article on APML, “Attention Profiling”, MasterNewMedia writes:

“We have reached the point of information hyper-saturation. It can become quite a chore to find relevant content online, when there is so much other information competing for your attention. But by implementing attention profiling, it becomes possible to have the services and websites you visit begin to make suggestions for content that you might be interested in.”

I can’t feel comforted by the thought that darkly secret algorithms are going to steer the masses’ information grazing.


Jean Baudrillard, dead March 7th.

March 26, 2007

*thanks to Jahsonic for the heads up; it’s news to me. see his site: “Truth“*
Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007 (obituary at Guardian); Remember Baudrillard (profile at InsideHigherEd.com)

“Yes, hyper-scepticism. Intellectuals must stop legitimizing the notion that there is some “ultimate truth” behind appearances. Then, maybe, the masses will turn their backs on the media and public opinion management will collapse.” –Baudrillard

We tell one another false storie, in order to get away with stuff, in order to manipulate others, in order to get something we don’t rightly believe … lots of reasons.

“Truth”, quite aside from what the great powers will tell you, is based on the stories we tell one another. Truth is what we say it is.

Yes of course rocks are hard, not soft … and cielings are up, not down … those are matters of fact. But the truths we care about … those are the product of us as people, living our lives, truth is what we make of our experiences.

There’s lots of falseness around and that will always be, until we cleanse ourselves entirely of pathology, which ain’t likely. But I suspect that what poxes us more gravely is a shortage a mere simple truth. And that’s up to us.


Gooooooooood morning, world!

March 14, 2007

The point here will be to agglomerate Gnodal (LiveJournal), “Participatory Deliberation“, and MozDawg on DAV and Docs (blogspot).