Modern visual and auditory electronic propaganda techniques utilizing black box AI (not artificial but advertising intelligence) algorithms to exploit consumers across a spectrum of digital devices (smart phones, laptops, notebooks, etc.) has given rise to what Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration (emerita) Shoshana Zuboff identifies as surveillance capitalism, and defines: “1. A new … More Transnational Corporations Are Driven Solely by Profit-Maximization.
Here begins the first of seven elementary points about America’s current situation Money is not the way to improve the lot of humankind, society, or the nation-state; much less do God’s will on earth. Capital—currencies—money is not the way, certainly not “the preeminent way to do God’s will on earth;” and it is not the … More Money is Impotent to Effect Meaningful Change
(For Daniel C. Hall) This is an evocative poem about the complicated relationship between artist and audience. It uses images of marriage, Elizabethan bear-baiting, human mortality, New Testament parables of vineyards and the true vine. There is also an allusive reference to an image that must have made a deep impression on me as a … More Three Tears for the Viner
1 I like it I lack it I lick it I’ve got a sticky wicket Do you have a pocket? I think I’d like to pick it. 2 Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 (moby-thesaurus) Moby Thesaurus words for “sticky wicket”: bind, clutch, complication, crunch, embarrassing position, embarrassment, fine how-do-you-do, hell to pay, hobble, … More SONG OF THE TRUMP (for Bertolt Brecht
I haven’t posted since October 2 (designing my Patreon “Capture! The Nearsighted Seer” page and learning to use MailChimp has gobbled up my time). But in the meantime: Ali Spagnola’s video response to internet trolls deserves everyone’s attention. (It was Ali’s musical talent that turned me on to Patreon!) Enjoy!
Vol. 1 The Axis of History Vol. 2 Teachable Moments Vol. 3 The Challenge: Redefining Work, Equality & Authority Dennis Weiser takes the reader on a thoughtful journey through American literature, the American psyche, political history, and ecological history, showing how the Puritans’ obsession with civilizing nature has led us to build an economy that … More SINISTER DYNAMIC: Global Governance and the Reconstruction of Nature