Saturday Linkages: We Are All Liars

Rather than links today, I thought I’d post a quote from a book everyone should read, Richard Seymour’s The Twittering Machine:

On the social media platforms, the incentive is to constantly produce more information: a perpetual motion machine, harnessed to passions of which the machine knows nothing. This production is not for the purpose of making meaning. It is for the purpose of producing effects on users that keep us hooked. It is for the purpose of making users the conduits of the machine’s power, keeping its effects in circulation. Faked celebrity deaths, trolling, porn clickbait, advertisements, flurries of food and animal pictures, thirst traps, the endless ticker tape of messages mean less than they perform. The increase of information corresponds to a decrease in meaning . . . The result could be the most elaborate Skinner Box in history. What seems like a device for adventure and freedom could become ‘the creepiest behavior-modification device’ invented thus far.

Saturday Linkages: Throwing Off the Shackles

Image: ©Dhiru Thadani via Strongtowns

Driver Killing Koreatown 4-Year-Old Sparks Protest Push For Vision Zero

Fire season continues with dry conditions persisting. Plus: Davis tornado, power shut-offs, and a new earthquake warning system

This TINY HOUSE will probably kill you

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Recyclable Materials Good for Home Decoration

Invisible Handcuffs It’s time for workers to throw off the shackles of big tech

Saturday Linkages: Move On Up

The news has been bleak. In times like these I always recommend a listen to Curtis Mayfield’s song Move On Up. Turn up the volume and listen to those lyrics.

Huntress a short film about the world of female bike couriers

Exclusive: carmakers among key opponents of climate action

‘Collapse OS’ Is an Open Source Operating System for the Post-Apocalypse

Climate Beer: “Take turns expressing how your knowledge and experience of climate breakdown makes you feel.”

Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future

In its insatiable pursuit of power, Silicon Valley is fuelling the climate crisis

Hey Mayor Garcetti, where’s my bus lane?

Right Here Right Now

Making messy look good

The Mindfulness Racket: The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda

Arthur Boon’s ‘Make Do’ Chairs

Saturday Linkages: Agitated

Engraving from the Kelmscott Chaucer.

The Baffler serves up some Fresh Hell

Kentucky politician with a demented hatred of trains

Dreaming octopus changes color

I ‘stormed’ Area 51 and it was even weirder than I imagined

Handsy old goon supports fossil fuels

If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them

M.I.T. Media Lab’s crackpot plant computer

What if America Took Amtrak Seriously?