Book recommendation: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

An essential read for the digital age.

With a level of certainty and clarity of a masterpiece, this book takes aim at the omnipresent surveillance capitalist that boldly claims our daily lives and liberty in pursuit of unlimited power and profits. Based on impressive theoretical groundwork, this book shows the philosophical urgency and practical ways of resisting this new breed of exploitative capitalist.

Thoughts and prayers #1

  1. Today in neoliberalism: Knife crime is rising for the fourth straight year in Britain — there were 43K last year. Analysts claim austerity cuts to social services, like youth centers and interventions for children who are expelled from school, are the main reason behind this.

  2. I am quite fearful of the day I finish Adventure Land - what would I have to hold on to in this life?

  3. Pre-ramen excitement is a real thing!

  4. Tears of joy: Reaching 1400+ points in Rapid on lichess

  5. A profitable corporation that paid zero dollars in federal taxes last year is not a good neighbor for a city with underfunded public schools and a transit system in dire need of fixing. Jacobin

A Question

A question to ask someone whom you want to know better:

What did you do after watching the final scene of Twin Peaks?

My answer? I brushed my teeth

Uncertainty

Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.

(Bertrand Russell, The History of Western Philosophy, 1945)

The Writer's Process

Hmm, what’s my process?Funny, I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me that before. I don’t really have a “process,” per se, just a simple routine that I meticulously follow every day like a disciplined genius robot.

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On etiquette

From the October 8th, 2018 issue of the New Yorker: (accents are mine)

The question of how we ought to comport ourselves in the public sphere has preoccupied philosophers for millennia. Confucius’ teachings address etiquette, as, arguably, do Plato’s, in “Laws,” when he catalogues how various types of guests from abroad should be treated. And if Jesus walks through our world in disguise, rudeness is un-Christian. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,” the New Testament warns. Various theories of etiquette’s purpose have been posited over the centuries. Erasmus had a magnanimous conception when he wrote, in 1530, of the rustic’s duty to “compensate for the malignity of fate with the elegance of good manners,” whereas the Victorians saw the role of etiquette as something closer to a behavioral amulet capable of protecting one from the polluting forces of vulgarity and vice. The social anthropologist, classicist, and etiquette historian Margaret Visser wrote, in her canonical 1991 book, “The Rituals of Dinner,” that manners “do not constitute virtue, but they do set out to imitate virtue’s outward appearance.”

Saat Kaç?

Saat Kaç, John Berger ve Selçuk Demirel (2018, YKY):

4.1. Beşeri zamanın nasıl geçtiğinin farkında olması gerekir bir odanın. Aksi takdirde ruhunu kaybetme riski vardır. Daha doğrusu sessizliğinin ruhsuzlaşma tehlikesi doğar. 
4.2. Mevsimler arasında olduğu gibi geceyle gündüz, güneşle yağmur arasındaki farklar da hayatidir. Zamanın akışı anafordur. Bu anafor hayat süresini - hem gerçekten hem de öznel olarak- kısaltır. Süre kısadır. Hiçbir şey baki değildir. Bu bir temenni olduğu kadar bir yakarıştır da.

Can freelance workers unite?

As the traditional unions are void of the means to organise “freelance workers”, people working under these conditions lack any kind of social security, and with the lack of regularity, they have to rely on personal connections for their work.

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Aging

How to tell if you have gotten older? If your favorite new tracks from when you were in high school are now in Classics of Metal playlists

Şemsiye

Hep, olmamız gerektiğini düşündüğümüz kendimiz ile 

-hep biraz 'şaşarak'- olmakta olduğumuzu gördüğümüz

kendimiz arasındaki

aykırılık, sanki,

orası burası delik birer şemsiyeyle

sağanak altına çıkmışız gibi

bir etki bırakır üzerimizde.

Oruç Aruoba, yürüme, Metis Yayınları 

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