“Above all, clear and unequivocal solidarity with all those confronted by totalitarian or authoritarian regimes wherever they are in the world. And economic or other particular interests should not hinder such solidarity. Even a minor, discreet and well-intentioned compromise can have fatal consequences– even if only in the long term, or indirectly.”—Václav Havel : discours européen du 11 novembre 2009
“The point is that totalitarian or authoritarian forms of government tend to have very inconspicuous beginnings and employ very ingenious means of controlling society. Only now, in hindsight, do many of us realise how deviously they were entangled in the totalitarian web. That all obliges us to be particularly circumspect. It should be the way we can help guarantee that what we endured will never be repeated.”—Václav Havel : Discours européen du 11 novembre 2009
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
So far, I haven’t seen anything from the Obama administration that comes anywhere close to my most modest, conservative expectations for policy change.
Sure, Obama has only been in office for about a year and he still has a lot of Bush’s mess to clean up. But I don’t even see that happening particularly effectively.
Instead, I see a lot of unnecessary “compromise” with Republicans and right-wing nutjobs. (“Compromise” is not an effective word to describe a situation in which every concession comes from the more-powerful side and the less-powerful side is irrational and crazy.) I see a lot of policy decisions not being made and a lot of action not being taken. I see the government playing softball with big business, even when it goes against stated policy goals. I see nearly every harmful Bush-administration policy untouched or strengthened. And I see an increasing disconnect between the priorities of the administration and the opinions of actual voters.
What part of this is the “change” Obama spoke of? What part should give us the “hope” that we were promised?
1) je passe ma commande
2) je reçois mon kit ADN
3) mon profil ADN est réalisé
4) je reçois mon tableau ADN
C-t-y pas beau, ça ! ah oui j’oubliais…
5) j’enrichis gratuitement les banques de données
6) je participe à la constitution d’un stock de données pour un marketing d’un genre nouveau
7) j’invente les usages qui seront faits demain de mes données personnelles
8) Et vous ?
Un nouveau pas viens d’être franchi sur le long chemin de l’abrutissement des masses. Le Munistre de la (dé-)éducation Nationale veut supprimer l’enseignement obligatoire de l’Histoire et de la Géographie pour près de 50% des élèves de terminale. Désormais connaître et comprendre le monde qui nous entoure ne sert visiblement plus à rien…
L’Institute of Network Cultures d’Amsterdam, fondé par le théoricien des médias Geert Lovink, invité il y a quelques jours chercheurs et artistes à interroger “la societé de la requête”. Comptes rendus, slides et vidéos sur le blog de l’événement.
What makes Facebook interesting these days? Basically the same things that made AOL a star a decade earlier.
private messaging without an external email client: just like AOL!
live chat: just like AOL!
integrated games and shopping: just like AOL!
every company feels a need to be there: just like AOL!
And here we are again, with consumers converging on a single site and companies clamoring to capture their attention.
AOL was eventually done in by a lack of openness and charging for options that were free elsewhere. So far, Facebook has avoided those mistakes. It will be interesting to see what social and economic forces drive its future—and whether it ultimately becomes something other than The Next AOL.