A comment responding to an earlier blog entry asked, "What in our current society leaves you the most dissatisfied?" I responded, "The quality of discourse/debate." i will expand on that response in this blog entry.

I am: male, white, Irish/German heritage, imbued with Christian/Protestant values from childhood, 72 years of age. These are incontrovertible primary facts of my identity.

I am: heterosexual, agnostic, citizen of the USA, widower, retired, challenged by some medical conditions. These are secondary facts of my identity derived at least in part from the primary facts.

PoMo Study notes 2

The slog continues. Often I wonder why I submit myself to this drudgery. But each time, I suit up, grab a lance and head into the public square to meet Don Quixote in search for another windmill.

A simple search "defense of post modernism" belched forth much. I have waded into one youtube video:

Also offers a written defense.

PoMo Study notes 1

PoMo = Postmodernism - the Hip Slang version

So I have started to wade into the question: "what is postmodernism" and "how does postmodernist thought impact democratic institutions". Wanted to start by testing the water with only my big toe and was immediately sucked in over my head. But thus begins the first lesson - - - - -

Republican Like Me

Just heard of a new book by a former CEO of NPR who left the Washington DC bubble to mix, interact and debate issues with individuals in middle America. Based on reviews this seems like an interesting contribution to the polarization strangling policy debate. Again, this contribution speaks more to symptoms than causes but it provides relevant insight.

Moral outrage in the digital age

Moral outrage is an ancient emotion that is now widespread on digital media and online social networks. How might these new technologies change the expression of moral outrage and its social consequences?
But online platforms have profoundly changed the incentives of information sharing. Because they compete for our attention to generate advertising revenue, their algorithms promote content that is most likely to be shared, regardless of whether it benefits those who share it — or is even true.
Outrage-inducing content appears to be more prevalent and potent online than offline. Future studies should investigate the extent to which digital media platforms intensify moral emotions, promote habit formation, suppress productive social discourse, and change the nature of moral outrage itself. There are vast troves of data that are directly pertinent to these questions, but not all of it is publicly available. These data can and should be used to understand how new technologies might transform ancient social emotions from a force for collective good into a tool for collective self-destruction.

Swing It!

Spice Girls - Who Do You Think You Are?

Fragonard, Jean-Honoré. Les Hasards heureux de L'Escarpolette. 1767, oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London, UK.


Sophists: "I have good intentions. Stalin had good intentions. Pol Pot had good intentions. Hitler had good intentions. Everybody has good intentions. Politicians who make up lies to kill innocent people in the Middle East have good intentions."

Also sophists: "Good intentions and altruism are completely unnecessary."

Post Poetry

What Twigs We held by —
Oh the View
When Life's swift River striven through
We pause before a further plunge
To take Momentum —
As the Fringe

Upon a former Garment shows
The Garment cast,
Our Props disclose
So scant, so eminently small
Of Might to help, so pitiful
To sink, if We had labored, fond
The diligence were not more blind

How scant, by everlasting Light
The Discs that satisfied Our Sight —
How dimmer than a Saturn's Bar
The Things esteemed, for Things that are!

[Satirical News] Every easy-rock station in the world to play "It Must Have Been Love" simultaneously

On Friday, August 25, 2017, at precisely 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), every easy-rock radio station on the planet will simultaneously play "It Must Have Been Love" by the Swedish pop duo Roxette to pay tribute to the easy-rock classic.

Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

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