Posts Tagged ‘ technology ’

Sea Shepherd says it will abandon pursuit of Japanese whalers | Environment | The Guardian

Captain Paul Watson accuses ‘hostile governments’ in the US, Australia and New Zealand of being in league with Tokyo

Source: Sea Shepherd says it will abandon pursuit of Japanese whalers | Environment | The Guardian

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A “No to” Poem — The Message — Medium

A “No to” Poem — The Message — Medium.

“We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards | parker higgins dot net

Ursula K. Le Guin

Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship. (Thank you, brave applauders.)

[ . . . ]

Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words.

– Ursula K. Le Guin

“We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards | parker higgins dot net.

O Anti O Antiphons | The American Poetry Review

HEIDI LYNN STAPLES

O Anti O Antiphons

O man-made machine who fakes man as Thing and Foresaker, the rope

           shipped around our neck  of the woods, Come to enslave us

            to our owned hours, O body become Bot.

O Smart Phone, who flames from the mouth if a screen, waiting in the

            pockets, lights in the  mall’s smallest darkness, Come, recognize

            our vices.

O keyboard O Facebook, and Social Media and WWW, whose ever-

           widening “Buyer!” has been  let loose and pawned the words:

           Come, and bring forth “Friend”, let us bow together  before your                    

            Cyclops.

O keyboard and clicker of the Digital Age, who can recognize my face

           from among the masses  and hunt me down and destroy me from

           any remote location: Come, come and watch  over us.

O biotech implant, over become lover, O biotech Virus of Neural

           Plaquing, how skull no longer  offers isolation.

O Predator Drone, O Hummingbird Drone, O Bee Drone Swarm how

            hovers: Come, and, let us  watch a man-made machine unmake a

            man unto forsaken thing, Come into the  classrooms of our youth

            and hear how we laugh.

O robotic nurse, who can sing, who can dance, who stands ready with

           outstretched metal rubber-  encased arms and movement-tracking

           tearless eyes before our bodily suffering she shall  not waver:

          Come and deliver into their beds our soft bodies, pliable babies, into your  arms,

          into your arms, into your arms, forever more

          and more…

O Anti O Antiphons | The American Poetry Review.

Panic and the city: I thought I was dying two or three times a week | openDemocracy

 

London’s Kilburn station resembled something like a technologically sufficient military bunker. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Panic and the city: I thought I was dying two or three times a week | openDemocracy.

M X T by Sina Queyras | The Rumpus.net

M X T By Sina Queyras – The Rumpus.net.

Google’s Nest acquisition will speed along the smart grid – Quartz

Google’s Nest acquisition will speed along the smart grid – Quartz.