“We also need to create alternative narratives about what the promise of democracy might be for our children and ourselves. This demands a break from established political parties, the creation of alternative public spheres in which to produce democratic narratives and visions, and a notion of politics that is educative, one that takes seriously how people interpret and mediate the world, how they see themselves in relation to others, and what it might mean to imagine otherwise in order to act otherwise.”—Henry A. Giroux at TruthOut. Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability (via protoslacker)
“Independent commissions now handle the redistricting in every province. Today, most Canadian ridings [districts] are simple and uncontroversial, chunky and geometric, and usually conform to the vague borders of some existing geographic / civic region knowable to the average citizen who lives there.”—US elections are rigged. But Canada knows how to fix them. - Vox
“There is no speech or performance addressed to a public that does not try to specify in advance, in countless highly condensed ways, the lifeworld of its circulation: not just through its discursive claims — of the kind that can be said to be oriented to understanding — but through the pragmatics of its speech genres, idioms, stylistic markers, address, temporality, mise-en-scène, citational field, interlocutory protocols, lexicon, and so on. Its circulatory fate is the realization of that world. Public discourse says not only “Let a public exist” but “Let it have this character, speak this way, see the world in this way.” It then goes in search of confirmation that such a public exists, with greater or lesser success—success being further attempts to cite, circulate, and realize the world understanding it articulates. Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes. Put on a show and see who shows up.”— Michael Warner, “Publics and Counterpublics,” Publics and Counterpublics, p. 114 (via autolykoi)
“Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”—Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
“Mastery requires endurance. Mastery, a word we don’t use often, is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognate — perfectionism — an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us. Mastery is also not the same as success — an event-based victory based on a peak point, a punctuated moment in time. Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved-line, constant pursuit.”—Sarah Lewis (via blackcontemporaryart)
You would think that by now the Internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn’t intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the Internet, that assumption would be dead wrong. That’s because most websites don’t yet support a standard called HSTS—HTTPS Strict Transport Security.
Given that real terrorists, and even wannabe terrorists, don’t seem to photograph anything, why is it such pervasive conventional wisdom that terrorists photograph their targets? Why are our fears so great that we have no choice but to be suspicious of any photographer?
“It must be remembered that Tilda is a military daughter and that she was sent away at a very young age,” says Als. “She doesn’t come from a world where self-expression, let alone the feeling of being seen, are actively encouraged. That she has managed to achieve something in both realms has less to do with her will than her imagination … And so, she fights for the life of her dreams with the ardor of a military person and the drive of a girl who will not be ignored.”—Tilda Swinton Is Not Quite of This World — Vulture (via jomc)
“Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do for yourself. You’re not going to be on top of mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil… What we need to learn is how to learn. I don’t like the word ‘futurist.’ I think we should be now-ists. Focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware and super present.”—Joi Ito (via robertogreco)
“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.”—