CARNE ROSS ~ THE LEADERLESS REVOLUTION ~ 2011

~ ACIAPSC ~ Anyone Can Initiate A Profound Social Change

~ TVCIW-NA-FMOU-PIASS-WO-TD ~ The Vast Crowd Is Watching – Not Acting – For Most Of Us – Politics Is A Spectator Sport – We Observe – They Do

~ TDCBVATR ~ The Deepening Chasm Between Voters And Their Representatives

~ TPSIOMAMNBC-BBBBATW ~ The Political Space Is Occupied More And More Not By Citizens – But By Big Business And The Wealthy

~ WPUTF-AFP-TPTPP ~ Wealthy Philanthropists Use Their Foundations – And Financial Pull – To Promote Their Political Preferences

~ IGCPF-TSSAJAOOCA-WC? ~ If Government Cannot Provide For – The Stability, Safety And Just Arbitration Of Our Common Affairs – Who Can?

~ SOG-IOT-A-RMLT-I-A ~ Self-Organized Government – Is One Term – Another – Rather More Loaded Term – Is – Anarchism

~ TMAOVILLALAAAS ~ The Minimalist Act Of Voting Is Looking Less And Less Adequate As A Solution

~ SUFPDP-AATWSU-PATNT-S ~ Setting Up Fake Pro-Democracy Pages – Arresting All Those Who Showed Up – Power Adapts To New Technology – Swiftly

~ IOED-TW-OMLTFTOAW-ATATOD-‘TDM’ ~ Instead Of Encouraging Debate – The Web – Offers Multiple Locations To Find Those One Agrees With – And To Avoid Those One Doesn’t – “The Daily Me”

~ ‘DD’-MP ~ “Deliberative Democracy” – Meeting People

~ IPATTDSABSWICIA-ATOTDI ~ If People Are Told To Do Something Awful By Someone Who Is Clearly In Authority – All Too Often They Do It

~ WPFNAANRFTA-TCCHC ~ When People Feel No Agency And No Responsibility For Their Actions – They Can Commit Horrific Crimes

~ AIAIUFO-THO-‘G’-WAFOUOLGOPM ~ As In All Institutions Unscrutinized From Outside – The Hold Of – “Groupthink” – Was A Firm One Upon Our Little Group Of Policy Makers

~ TAIO-CIWTCOTA-RTMUT-

~ HCATGOPPKWIBFTCOM? ~ How Can A Tiny Group Of People Possibly Know What Is Best For Their Country Of Millions?

~ TMEOA-‘P’-CTEITSIBD-WIIN ~ The Mere Existence Of A – “Process” – Created The Erroneous Impression That Something Is Being Done – When It Is Not

~ TMDEOTSINTIDW-IITW-IWNIISTF-

~ CTCA-IACHAFGPTCTC-AITOTWW-TGP ~ Contrary To Common Assumptions – Individuals Acting Collectively Have A Far Greater Power To Control Their Circumstances – And Indeed Those Of The Whole World – Than Governments Pretend

~ TMATE ~ The Means Are The Ends

~ PCMRTW-WRIBTA-IFEOT-EWC-CRMWA-

~ LYC-AIDOWYCMA-DNLOTYWTCA-MUYOM ~ Locate Your Convictions – An Individual Discovery Of What You Care Most About – Do Not Let Others Tell You What To Care About – Make Up Your Own Mind

~ AAITMATE-IAH-AIAN ~ Act As If The Means Are The End – It’s All Here – And It’s All Now

~ GCTTNOO-BUWTSATN-NWWTTNA-APWTW ~ Give Consideration To The Needs Of Others – Based Upon What They Say Are Their Needs – Not What We Think Their Needs Are – Ask People What They Want

~ ATSTM-H-YCMTMD ~ Address Those Suffering The Most – Here – You Can Make The Most Difference

~ C&N ~ Consult And Negotiate

~ ‘BP-SD’ ~ “Big Picture – Small Deeds”

~ UN ~ Use Nonviolence

~ DNBSWP-OWR ~ Do Not Be Satisfied With Process – Only With Results

~ IITATBOTPWMH-EITDNKI ~ It Is Those At The Base Of The Pyramid Who Make History – Even If They Do Not Know It

~ EFIBTA ~ Even Failure Is Better Than Acquiescence

ABIGAIL SELLEN + RICHARD HARPER ~ THE MYTH OF THE PAPERLESS OFFICE ~ 2002

~ ISTTMIPRAHAT-TMPNTPI ~ It Seems That The More Information People Receive And Have Access To – The More People Need To Print It

~ SOPIAEBCIFMO ~ Storage Of Paper Is An Even Bigger Cost Issue For Many Organizations

~ TRIFO-H-INTGROPFIOS-BTHSMTUTOWP-ATWIWPPAR ~ The Real Issue For Organizations – However – Is Not To Get Rid Of Paper For Its Own Sake – But – To Have Sufficient Motivation To Understand Their Own Work Processes – And The Ways In Which Paper Plays A Role

~ PE ~ Paper Everywhere

~ KWRSAFPDORBTTITDK-R-IITPOTNTIIIHTTCAOTT ~ Knowledge Workers Rarely Store And File Paper Documents Or Refer Back To The Information They Do Keep – Rather – It Is The Process Of Taking Notes That Is Important In Helping Them To Construct And Organize Their Thoughts

~ DOAPD-AWO-’MSIGT’ ~ Delivery Of A Paper Document – A Way Of – “Making Sure It Gets There”

~ RFP ~ Reading From Paper

~ WTOMPWGT-PWP-TMITMOD-TMPOP-O-DCTFAW ~ Wherever Two Or More People Were Gathered Together – Paper Was Present – The More Intensive The Meeting Or Discussion – The More Bits Of Paper – On – Desks, Coffee Tables, Floors, And Walls

~ TROPIMMCADIWWPTMA ~ The Role Of Paper Is Much More Complex And Deeply Interwoven With Work Practice Than Might Appear

~ TIALTBGIONLLAPAAPIOL-IOCTIUAAIOAWOLAHTMBDD ~ There Is A Lot To Be Gained If One No Longer Looks At Paper As A Problem In Organizational Life – Instead One Can Treat Its Use As An Indication Or A Way Of Learning About How Things Might Be Done Differently

~ PCABUAAFBOWAFPTAMHTF ~ Paper Can Also Be Used As A Fall-Back Or Work-Around For Problems That Are Much Harder To Fix

~ HMPWTBITOOTF? ~ How Much Paper Will There Be In The Office Of The Future?

~ PAWPHCOTY-A-CTLSWP-WESTACI-ID ~ Paper And Work Practices Have Coevolved Over The Years – And – Changing These Long-Standing Work Patterns – Within Existing Social, Technological, And Cultural Infrastructures – Is Difficult

~ MDATPAIDFTTAH ~ Many Digital Alternatives To Paper Are Inadequately Designed For The Tasks At Hand

~ PHPATMITBCFSTAH-A-TWLCTMITPMFCWTITFF ~ Paper Has Particular Affordances That Make It The Best Choice For Some Tasks At Hand – And – That Will Likely Continue To Make It The Preferred Medium For Certain Work Tasks In The Foreseeable Future

~ GROPOAASRIOL-OTCGITWOUTRUPTME ~ Getting Rid Of Paper Often Assumes A Symbolic Role In Office Life – One That Can Get In The Way Of Understanding The Real Underlying Problems That May Exist

~ TROPIOLNTBUAHCWWPATABHTDAA ~ The Role Of Paper In Office Life Needs To Be Understood As Having Coevolved With Work Practices And Thus As Being Hard To Disentangle And Alter

~ DTM-TITTAABTGPIOSM-TNTBCCRFMC-BOAGUOTE-SPATIAIP ~ Dispel The Myths – The Idea That There Are Always Benefits To Going Paperless Is One Such Myth – There Need To Be Clear-Cut Reasons For Making Changes – Based On A Good Understanding Of The Existing – Social, Physical, And Technological Infrastructures Already In Place

~ CFTSOCIHP-GPFTSO-’OWTO-IWTN’-IDTEIF ~ Change For The Sake Of Change Is Hugely Problematic – Going Paperless For The Sake Of – “Out With The Old – In With The New” – Is Destined To End In Failure

~ TNTBBRTOEANJAOANT-OERAPATWPSIAAKH-OAE-OTIAFTRTIOLATBP ~ There Needs To Be Better Recognition That Office Environments Are Not Just About Old And New Technologies – Office Environments Revolve Around People And The Ways People Share Informational Artifacts And Know-How – Offices Are Ecologies – Often There Is A Failure To Recognize The Importance Of Looking At This Broader Picture

~ COP-IHNOIEAC-TPOCTTCSANACISTAPCOFDOWR ~ Communities of Practice – Informal Human Networks Of Information Exchange And Collaboration – The Patterns Of Collaboration That These Communities Support Are Not Adequately Captured In Such Things As Process Charts Or Formal Descriptions Of Work Responsibilities

~ NTWUSTROPRTRI-TNWNRTOBWC-W-IWEOIDW ~ New Technologies Will Usually Shift The Role Of Paper Rather Than Replace It – The New Will Not Replace The Old But Will Coexist – Will – Interact With Each Other In Different Ways

~ DTF ~ Designing The Future

~ MKWMMPC ~ More Knowledge Work Means More Paper Consumed

~ MIMIDFTMOSIOAMSOI-TIODTPOP ~ More Information Means Increased Demand For The Means Of Sorting It Out And Making Sense Of It – This Is Often Done Through Printing On Paper

~ TPO-IAM-NBPFTATG-BBTKTWTTGCBAWP ~ The Paperless Office – Is A Myth – Not Because People Fail To Achieve Their Goals – But Because They Know Too Well That Their Goals Cannot Be Achieved Without Paper

ROBERT FRANK ~ SUCCESS AND LUCK ~ 2016

~ GF&TMOM ~ Good Fortune And The Myth Of Meritocracy

~ SSHDTCEPAMLRIILOTMPOI ~ Social Scientists Have Discovered That Chance Events Play A Much Larger Role In Important Life Outcomes Than Most People Once Imagined

~ TROMHCEN ~ The Rhetoric Of Meritocracy Has Caused Enormous Harm

~ M-CI-1958-AAP-QCOA-AAOP ~ Meritocracy – Coined In – 1958 – As A Pejorative – Quickly Co-Opted As – An Adjective Of Praise

~ STTEMHEABOL-AVOTTTTDRBOT-TTAWTTTA ~ Saying That Top Earners May Have Enjoyed A Bit Of Luck – Apparently Verges On Telling Them That They Don’t Really Belong On Top – That They Aren’t Who They Think They Are

~ TROMATHCTETWSAFOHDOECBAIC ~ The Rhetoric Of Meritocracy Appears To Have Camouflaged The Extent To Which Success And Failure Often Hinge Decisively On Events Completely Beyond Any Individual’s Control

~ SMCEFMMPILTTMPR ~ Seemingly Minor Chance Events Figure Much More Prominently In Life Trajectories Than Most People Realize

~ BWATMTAHPWNAMMS? ~ But What About The Many Talented And Hardworking People Who Never Achieve Much Material Success?

~ IOTTSTSWW1%HTOII1%MTD1PMI-B-TIOCLMLWSSPDTI-TFDIE ~ It’s One Thing To Say That Someone Who Works 1 Percent Harder Than Others Or Is 1 Percent More Talented Deserves 1 Percent More Income – But – The Importance Of Chance Looms Much Larger When Such Small Performance Differences Translate Into – Thousands-Fold Differences In Earnings

~ WTAM-TPRTATAHOWITM-AENOC-ATMCTA-TMLM ~ Winner-Take-All Markets – The Prodigious Rewards That Accrue To A Handful Of Winners In These Markets – Attracts Enormous Numbers Of Contestants – And The More Contestants There Are – The More Luck Matters

~ PWBTSDOOTAA-AHAESOHTTA-MFIETMTKOENFS ~ People Who Believe That Success Depends Only On Talent And Effort – And Have An Exaggerated Sense Of How Talented They Are – May Find It Easier To Muster The Kinds Of Effort Necessary For Success

~ B-UTIOEF-MAEC-IM-FEEPTCIAIWTHNRPOS-IAATMSPMRTUTINTSETSMS ~ But Underestimating The Importance Of External Forces – May Also Entail Significant Costs – It May – For Example Encourage People To Compete In Arenas In Which They Have No Realistic Prospect Of Succeeding – It Also Appears To Make Successful People More Reluctant To Underwrite The Investments Necessary To Sustain Environments That Support Material Success

~ TFRTNSCPWEMFICTAC ~ The Fact Remains That No Society Can Prosper Without Effective Means For Its Citizens To Act Collectively

~ SGIU-ISWTAWTMIB-SSHDMEGTO ~ Since Government Is Unavoidable – It’s Surely Worth Thinking About Ways To Make It Better – Some Societies Have Demonstrably More Effective Governments Than Others

~ ‘HB’-WYTYAKWH-IETIRFWIHTH ~ “Hindsight Bias” – When You Think You Already Know What Happened – It’s Easy To Invent Reasons For Why It Had To Happen

~ HBOWPFWPOUSO ~ Hindsight Bias Operates With Particular Force When People Observe Unusually Successful Outcomes

~ TME ~ The Matthew Effect

~ WTAM-GDTCF-RDLOAPTORP-RTTBHCITHOAFTP ~ Winner-Take-All Markets – Generally Display Two Characteristic Features – Rewards Depend Less On Absolute Performance Than On Relative Performance – Rewards Tend To Be Highly Concentrated In The Hands Of A Few Top Performers

~ B-EP-ASMC-WWAWEBETAH-B-TWRB-TMTAH-ITCP ~ Because – Enormous Prizes – Attract So Many Contestants – Winners Will Almost Without Exception Be Enormously Talented And Hardworking – But – They Will Rarely Be – The Most Talented And Hardworking – In The Contestant Pool

~ E-HUTH-IAGM-TMMYST-TMLTB-AIYSTEM-ABI ~ Events – Highly Unlikely To Happen – In Any Given Moment – The More Moments You String Together – The More Likely They Become – And If You String Together Enough Moments – All But Inevitable

~ METAHPFTAASMOMS-MOTASLLTTW ~ Many Extremely Talented And Hardworking People Fail To Achieve Any Significant Measure Of Material Success – Many Of Them Are Simply Less Lucky Than The Winners

~ TITSASTMWWOBTAL-IHCA-MWNHEBRCHTNBB-EAAH ~ This Isn’t The Same As Saying That Most Winners Win Only Because They Are Lucky – In Highly Competitive Arenas – Most Would Not Have Even Been Realistic Contenders Had They Not Been Both – Extremely Able And Hardworking

~ TWAOPTATFTBLMBUTTKOFNTIFP ~ Those Who Are Overly Prone To Attribute Their Failures To Bad Luck May Be Unreceptive To The Kinds Of Feedback Needed To Improve Future Performance

~ TBOFB ~ The Burden Of False Beliefs

~ TIODOPLTTAO-THBBIAHDC-TLBOCOIIBTWCBU ~ There Is One Dimension Of Personal Luck That Transcends All Others – To Have Been Born In A Highly Developed Country – The Lucky Beneficiaries Of Centuries Of Intensive Investment By Those Who Came Before Us

~ IBBIAGEIOOTLTTCHTA-FTALIHMSPMRTPTTRTSTINTMAGE ~ If Being Born In A Good Environment Is One Of The Luckiest Things That Can Happen To Anyone – Failure To Appreciate Luck’s Importance Has Made Successful People More Reluctant To Pay The Taxes Required To Support The Investments Necessary To Maintain A Good Environment

~ TFTAADTBCEP-ORTARWP-STOCBBCARIFFO ~ The Fact That Americans Are Driving The Best Cars Ever Produced – On Roads That Are Riddled With Potholes – Suggests That Our Current Balance Between Cars And Roads Is Far From Optimal

~ PWFMHTAALTTWTAAGOTSA ~ People Will Fight Much Harder To Avoid A Loss Than They Would To Achieve A Gain Of The Same Amount

~ OCPOPAPSHBDC-NJFPAMIF-BAFTWT ~ Our Current Patterns Of Private And Public Spending Have Been Deeply Counterproductive – Not Just For Poor And Middle-Income Families – But Also For The Wealthy Themselves

~ EPIWAEPFTEPOTVSTP ~ Extensive Public Investment Was An Essential Precondition For The Economic Prosperity Of Those Very Same Tax Protesters

~ POSOCAAT ~ Public Opinion Shifts One Conversation At A Time

~ TRSBFTALPRISHMIHTSTPINTSTSOLATFG ~ Tax Resistance Spawned By Failure To Appreciate Luck’s Pivotal Role In Success Has Made It Harder To Sustain The Public Investment Needed To Support The Stock Of Luck Available To Future Generations

~ ATPIT-IFOAPCT-WPABOFAE ~ Abandoning The Progressive Income Tax – In Favor Of A Progressive Consumption Tax – Would Produce A Better Outcome For Almost Everyone

~ PWETAAAOTP-ANJHBOTF-TAMLTP-TIPBMOTBSSATE ~ People Who Enjoy The Admiration And Affection Of Their Peers – Are Not Just Happier Because Of That Fact – They’re Also More Likely To Prosper – That’s In Part Because Most Of The Biggest Economic Success Stories Are Team Efforts

~ IMBIYITALRIYS-IOBPWTBOYFHDS-ESTTWMYFH-TMFTOTBOYMAMYMLTPIPMT ~ It May Be In Your Interest To Acknowledge Luck’s Role In Your Success – If Only Because People Will Think Better Of You For Having Done So – Evidence Suggests That This Will Make You Feel Happier – The Mere Fact That Others Think Better Of You May Also Make You More Likely To Prosper In Purely Material Terms

~ TWHT-TASTSAEAFTBL-MBPAISC-BOB-IIOITEMRA ~ The Widespread Human Tendency – To Attribute Success To Skill And Effort And Failure To Bad Luck – May Be Psychologically Adaptive In Some Cases – But On Balance – It’s In Our Interest To Embrace More Realistic Attributions

~ CTPB-PWINOFMPTGW-BAFETC ~ Contrary To Popular Belief – Private Waste Is Not Only Far More Pervasive Than Government Waste – But Also Far Easier To Curtail

~ APBMRAOWRFCPOT-TCCFWSSOGABTFTF-A-TACSOOCAAT ~ Although Popular Beliefs May Remain At Odds With Reality For Considerable Periods Of Time –The Consensus Can Flip With Surprising Speed Once Good Arguments Begin To Find Their Footing – And – Those Arguments Can Spread Only One Conversation At At Time

HAL NIEDZVIECKI ~ THE PEEP DIARIES ~ 2009

~ PC ~ Peep Culture

~ WAPOPC-WALTLWOAON ~ We’re All Part Of Peep Culture – We’re All Learning To Love Watching Ourselves And Our Neighbors

~ IP-LILOCR-B-YNKWYGTWTBATRS-

~ TIUNC ~ The Increasingly Ubiquitous Nanny Cam

~ P-E-ALIP-FOIAODTATMOC-

~ TMWETRO-TMWBUTBOCAP-ITITWOP ~ The More We’re Encouraged To Reveal Ourselves – The More We’re Becoming Used To Being Observed Constantly And Perpetually

~ AWTSOTP?~ Increasingly Tangled In The Web Of Peep – Are We The Spiders Or Their Prey?

~ PCII ~ Peep Culture Is Infectious

~ S-ATOSAP-FRCTAOC-TTLMOLI-

~ PACOS-IAA-HS-AINLWIOW ~ Put A Camera On Something – Introduce An Audience – However Small – And It’s No Longer What It Once Was

~ TAPDATWPOTTFTSPOHITRHOP ~ There’s A Profound Discomfort About The Whole Process Of Trying To Fit The Square Peg Of Humanity Into The Round Hole Of Product

~ T-MTE-WWTBTS-AWTT-Y-WC-AS-

~ M-WALTBTOPIISW-‘ATS’-WHPOAR-

~ TYLIAEPGYTPTIANP-TPYTYSB-

~ MWDPCFTTISASOOT-

~ PWCTEHAC-EWIFOGIF ~ Peep Will Continue To Engender Horror And Confusion – Even While It Fixes Our Gaze In Fascination

~ ISHBBAMF-A-MI-HIFAT-I-

~ FTR ~ Faking The Real

~ AMOPCAM ~ All Manifestations Of Peep Culture Are Mediated

~ WWW-NMWWW-WASTSO ~ What We Watch – No Matter What We Watch – We Always Seem To See Ourselves

~ TSMSC-ATVIOHASISTFO-

~ NAOUWOSR-NAOUWTOUOLTAGMOPG-

~ WTBMPWSTUOPLASATSFTFPF?-OCTW ~ Will There Be More People Who Seek To Use Other People’s Lives And Secrets As The Source For Their For-Profit Feed? – Of Course There Will

~ SDWVWA-OSACHC ~ Shaming Doesn’t Work Very Well Anymore – Our Societies And Communities Have Changed

~ WASLFRFTT-B-

~ CG ~ Cyber-Groom

~ ITAOP-WS-RSAG-LM-PAT-

~ WS-TWBNP-TAOPITGAOS ~ Without Surveillance – There Would Be No Peep – The Age Of Peep Is The Golden Age Of Surveillance

~ NITNTWABWMPTITW ~ Nowhere Is The Need To Watch And Be Watched More Prevalent Than In The Workplace

~ TMWUTBWITW-TMWLTISTIODL ~ The More We’re Used To Being Watched In The Workplace – The More We’re Likely To Incorporate Similar Techniques Into Our Domestic Lives

~ SINJTCBMROWWO-IAOTI-THF-

~ PCLAPAMAC ~ People Care Less About Privacy And More About Connection

~ PIBMAMCTMAA-TMYH-TMPYDTH ~ Privacy Is Becoming More And More Connected To Money And Acquisition – The More You Have – The More Privacy You Deserve To Have

~ OEOPIAAHODAA ~ Our Enclaves Of Private Individualism Are Also Havens Of Depression And Anxiety

~ TIGFOLP-ISTANOGC-AEGA ~ The Information Generated From Our Loyalty Programs – Is Sold To Any Number Of Gigantic Companies – And Even Government Agencies

~ ITEOP-YNKWPSIGTSTONF ~ In The Era Of Peep – You Never Know What Past Silliness Is Going To Stick To Our Name Forever

~ M&M-TWHNICOWEBMP-AUAU-ACTTF ~ More And More – Things We Had No Idea Could Or Would Ever Be Made Public – And Used Against Us – Are Coming To The Fore

~ ESD-WETSEAA-BVCAICE-W-ATST-

~ U-TALOMTBMOOP-BAASOSAA-A-

~ FP ~ Future Peep

~ FTLHOSY-PC-HRPHIATPTFAS ~ For The Last Hundred Or So Years – Pop Culture – Has Relentlessly Peddled Hyper- Individualism As The Path To Fulfilment And Success

~ ATTTO-KLEAR-AC-WAIFTDWWW-B-

~ TAPOT-WAAJUIOO-PPSUAB? ~ There Are People Out There – Who Are Actually Judging Us On Our – Profile Pages, Status Updates, And Blogs?

VIKTOR FRANKL ~ MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING

~ TLITS-TSITFMITS ~ To Live Is To Suffer – To Survive Is To Find Meaning In The Suffering

~ [S]HWHA-‘W’TLCBWAA-’H’ ~ [S]He Who Has A – “Why” – To Live Can Bear With Almost Any – “How”

~ SWFYPBYHFTTAI ~ Success Will Follow You Precisely Because You Had Forgotten To Think About It

~ NSRIAESCFADR ~ No Situation Repeats Itself And Each Situation Calls For A Different Response

~ NPOECTFYWYHE ~ No Power On Earth Can Take From You What You Have Experienced

~ AOTSIPOAAROTOTS ~ Actualization Of The Self Is Possible Only As A Result Of Transcendence Of The Self

~ TMOLACBINCTB ~ The Meaning Of Life Always Changes But It Never Ceases To Be

~ ACTLTIOMPTOP ~ A Challenge To Live Thoughts Instead Of Merely Putting Them On Paper

~ LAI-YWLFTST-AHAAWTFTAYAATAN ~ Live As If – You Were Living For The Second Time – And Had Acted As Wrongly The First Time As You Are About To Act Now

HAL NIEDZVIECKI ~ HELLO, I’M SPECIAL ~ 2004

~ MOO-‘N’-COTWWHTNTFOSSAT ~ Millions Of Otherwise – “Normal” – Citizens Of The Western World Harbour The Notion That Fame Of Some Sort Awaits Them

~ TOAOS-D-TECCLAC ~ The Outward Appearance Of Specialness – Despite – Their Essentially Conformist, Conservative Lives And Convictions

~ ITIASCITEOIATNC-IITUPOC ~ If There Is A Single Constant In The Emergence Of Individuality As The New Conformity – It Is The Ubiquitous Presence Of Celebrity

~ NODWHMCTE-B-NCOCSTBCE ~ Not Only Do We Have More Celebrities Than Ever – But – New Categories Of Celebrities Seem To Be Constantly Emerging

~ MASFWTJTPPOS ~ Millions Are Searching For Ways To Join The Permanent Party Of Special

~ TNAOTNC ~ The New Age Of The New Conformity

~ CWHASOTWTT-TNCIWET ~ Can We Have A Sense Of Tradition Without Traditional Tradition? – The New Conforming Individualists Want Exactly That

~ NWCMBF ~ Now We Crave More Better Faster

~ TSRF ~ The Self-Reliance Fantasy

~ TL-TW-R-I-R ~ Tradition-Lite – Tradition Without – Responsibility – Involvement – Requirement

~ S-TITNLAPSAMIEFUQ-HB-SFFDR-UTY ~ Suddenly – The Institution That Not Long Ago Provided Stability And Meaning In Exchange For Unquestioning Acceptance – Has Become – Subjective, Flexible, Flawed, Debatable, Relative – Up To You

~ EPCNTUS-DO-YTCB-SSNDS ~ Every Pop-Culture Narrative Tells Us That – Despite Ordinariness – You Too Can Be – Special, Super, Noticed, Discovered, Successful

~ TMOPCIATOTTOTOP-W-ITPOFHOHH-BTSABTE-ALTL-BSCR-ICHTYH ~ The Message Of Pop Culture Is Always That Of The Triumph Of The Ordinary Person – Who – In The Process Of Following His Or Her Heart – Bucks The System And Becomes The Exception – A Larger-Than-Life – But Still Completely Regular – It-Could-Happen-To-You Hero

~ TIATW ~ Trapped In A Theme World

~ BPCDSWAUIAATS-NDPTUHTGNUSCOOR ~ But Pop Culture Doesn’t Specify What About Us Is Actually All That Special – Nor Does Pop Tell Us How To Garner Notice Upon Successful Completion Of Our Reinvention

~ FOULOATAMDFPC ~ Few Of Us Lack Opinions And Thoughts And Memories Derived From Pop Culture

~ CWS-CWHETROIMF ~ Celebrity Worship Syndrome – Celebrity Worship Has Entered The Realm Of Identifiable Mental Diseases

~ TMTAPSW-TV-TMMTPS ~ The More Time A Person Spends Watching – TV – The More Money That Person Spends

~ TFOTOPTISHBAUF-EITU ~ The Fantasy Of The Ordinary Person Turned International Success Has Become A Universal Fantasy – Encoded In The Unconscious

~ OEAR-BTWWLI-TWWM!-IUTFWOOPCPU ~ Our Expectations Are Raised – But The World We Live In – The World We Made! – Is Unable To Fulfill What Our Own Pop Culture Promises Us

~ ITNC-WTTSFGADNSOI-I-WBWT-IMBPTETS-AT-AOESBDTFOWTSW-STWCFTN ~ In The New Conformity – We Take The System For Granted And Do Not Seriously Oppose It – Instead – We Believe Wholeheartedly That – It May Be Possible To Enter The System – And That – All Our Energies Should Be Directed Toward Figuring Out What The System Wants – So That We Can Fulfill That Need

~ TFITAFTS-AHIW-AABATI-YJDTHE ~ The Focus Is Turned Away From The System – And How It Works – And Aimed Back At The Individual – You Just Didn’t Try Hard Enough

~ TSEIPTEO-Y-B-DAEOTOSIWWLOL ~ The Self-Esteem Industry Places The Emphasis On – You – But – Discourages Any Examination Of The Overall System In Which We Live Our Lives

~ BFTPAERLARPOTCOPS-SEM-TUTIFAL-CUTALODAR-WBTWAATSOOF ~ By Failing To Present Anything Even Remotely Like A Realistic Picture Of The Chances Of Pop Success – Self-Esteem Mythology – Teaches Us To Internalize Failures And Limitations – Conditions Us To Accept Lives Of Disappointment And Regret – We Believe That We Are Always The Source Of Our Failures

~ TOLAIAPCPTCRBR-WFOITBWWSOSOA-OF-OF ~ Though Our Lives Are Steeped In A Pop-Culture Promise That Can Rarely Be Realized – We Feel Our Inability To Become Whatever We’ve Set Our Sights On As – Our Fault – Our Failure

~ WWSTMWITROC-TWCH ~ What We Seem To Most Want Is To Replicate Our Celebrities – This We Cannot Have

~ TNC-TSFTWI ~ The New Conformity – The Search For The Way In

~ SABTTSWLI-ASCWPIAWTCOIBAR-TINCWTMOTS-BEWKITS ~ Subjected And Bound To The Systems We Live In – Any Surface Change We Perform Is Always Within The Confines Of Intense Bureaucracy And Regulation – There Is No Clear Way To Move Outside The System – Because Everything We Know Is The System

~ EFTTP ~ Escape From The Theme Park

~ TLB-CD-A-UOSAPTETPWAFAISA-IATO ~ The Line Between – Chronicling Dissent – And – Using One’s Status As Protester To Enter The Pop World And Further An I’m Special Agenda – Is A Thin One

~ WLIACW-EIP-EIC-EIAOITQFS-ETTTAATL(BRCN) ~ We Live In A Culture Where – Everything Is Permissible – Everything Is Celebrated – Everything Is An Option In The Quest For Special – Even Those Things That Are Against The Law (But Relentlessly Celebrated Nevertheless)

~ ACIWIINLPTAGDIADC ~ A Culture In Which It Is No Longer Possible To Author Genuine Dissent Is A Dying Culture

~ RAUTNCOSIAHSTMF ~ Recognizing And Understanding The New Conformity Of Special Is A Huge Step Toward Moving Forward

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~ TBPWIID ~ Truth Becomes Political When It Is Denied ~ A

~ WUTWWHEEASM-N-TMIMBPWNBAS ~ What Used To Work Was Hard Effort, Education, And Saving Money – Now – The Money Is Made By People Who Never Break A Sweat ~ Bill Bonner ~ Hormegeddon

~ JWOBOCFSANBSABFPOCC ~ Jobs We Once Blamed Other Countries For Stealing Are Now Being Snatched Away By Faceless Piles Of Computer Code ~ Christopher Steiner ~ Automate This

~ MD ~ Medial Diagnostics

~ TU ~ Technological Unemployment ~ John Maynard Keynes

~ TATWTBF-OITBWIT-TOITRTBWIT ~ There Are Two Ways To Be Fooled – One Is To Believe What Isn’t True – The Other Is To Refuse To Believe What Is True – Soren Kierkegard

~ AAAE-IITYBTYWDCFEYA-AAHB-IIFYTKTN ~ As An Ambiguous Executive, It’s Important That You Believe That You Will Deserve Credit For Everything You Achieve – As A Human Being – It’s Important For You To Know That’s Nonsense ~ David Brooks ~ 2012

~ ACIWIINLPTAGDIADC ~ A Culture In Which It Is No Longer Possible To Author Genuine Dissent Is A Dying Culture ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ TRWWNGITB ~ The Real War Will Never Get In The Books ~ Walt Whitman

~ BOE ~ Banality Of Evil ~ HANNAH ARENDT ~ EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM ~ 1963

~ RAUTNCOSIAHSTMF ~ Recognizing And Understanding The New Conformity Of Special Is A Huge Step Toward Moving Forward ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ TIINSCABWTPASWLTB ~ The Internet Is Not So Complete A Break With The Past As Some Would Like To Believe ~ Tom Slee ~ What’s Yours Is Mine

~ AWHTPTMYBA-HTPTMYCI ~ Anyone Who Has The Power To Make You Believe Absurdities – Has The Power To Make You Commit Injustices ~ Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) ~ 1765

~ SIIAIIAKOS ~ Society Is Imitation And Imitation Is A Kind Of Somnambulism ~ Gustave Le Bon ~ The Crowd ~ 1895

~ GTS ~ Gaming The System ~ Christopher Steiner ~ Automate This

~ TCM ~ Total Cuck Move ~ Stephen Colbert ~ 06-04-2017

~ MASFWTJTPPOS ~ Millions Are Searching For Ways To Join The Permanent Party Of Special ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ AF ~ Alternative Facts ~ Kellyanne Conway ~ 22-01-2017

~ CUT ~ Coordinated Universal Time

~ GMT ~ Greenwich Mean Time

~ FIV-PAA-RTW-OOTEATIC ~ Fame Is Vapor – Popularity An Accident – Riches Take Wings – Only One Thing Endures And That Is Character ~ Fred Shero

~ IAGDFH ~ It’s A Great Day For Hockey ~ Bob Johnson

~ NAMCT ~ Now A Man Can Think ~ Alexander Graham Bell ~ [after wrapping a towel around his phone]

~ TNAOTNC ~ The New Age Of The New Conformity ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ ITFWDT-PWBO ~ If The Government Was Doing This – People Would Be Outraged

~ ISTTMIPRAHAT-TMPNTPI ~ It Seems That The More Information People Receive And Have Access To – The More People Need To Print It ~ Abigail Sellen + Richard Harper ~ The Myth Of The Paperless Office ~ 2002

~ M-I-S ~ Metadata – IS – Surveillance ~ Bruce Schneier

~ IMS-ETTMTP-NSBGW-BABDTMI-

~ AG ~ Anticipatory Governance

~ WITNMTTS? ~ Why Is There No Monument To The Slaves? ~ Afua Cooper ~ The Hanging Of Angelique

~ RFS ~ Radical Fence-Sitter ~ Eric Peterson ~ Because News

~ WMIPOYI-IHTM ~ When Misogyny Is Part Of Your Ideology – It’s Hard To Muzzle ~ Jessica Valenti

~ TSRF ~ The Self-Reliance Fantasy ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ FTF ~ Fumbled The Future

~ ITTBYCD? ~ Is That The Best You Can Do?

~ TDOTT ~ Total Disregard Of The Truth

~ TL-TW-R-I-R ~ Tradition-Lite – Tradition Without – Responsibility – Involvement – Requirement ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ ICHTYT ~ It-Could-Happen-To-You ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ BW ~ Back Whispperer

~ RT ~ Raw Take

~ LUBFR ~ Lives Unfettered By Financial Restraint

~ WIP-IP ~ What Is Past – Is Prologue ~ William Shakespeare

~ TWWOCEDNNIIEOH ~ The Woolly World Of Consciousness Expansion Does Not Necessarily Include Integrity, Empathy Or Honesty ~ Robert Monroe

~ TIATW ~ Trapped In A Theme World ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ MIMIDFTMOSIOAMSOI-TIODTPOP ~ More Information Means Increased Demand For The Means Of Sorting It Out And Making Sense Of It – This Is Often Done Through Printing On Paper ~ Abigail Sellen + Richard Harper ~ The Myth Of The Paperless Office ~ 2002

~ FOULOATAMDFPC ~ Few Of Us Lack Opinions And Thoughts And Memories Derived From Pop Culture ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ Hello. I’m Special

~ CTPB ~ Contrary To Popular Belief

~ PC ~ Peep Culture ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ The Peep Diaries

~ TOTVWCHIP ~ The Only True Victory We Can Have Is Peace ~ Freyja ~ 04-05-0217

~ RBI ~ Rationing By Income ~ Uwe Reinhardt

~ FNU-LNU ~ First Name Unknown ~ Last Name Unknown

~ TIUNC ~ The Increasingly Ubiquitous Nanny Cam ~ Hal Niedzviecki ~ The Peep Diaries