LAURENCE BRITT ~ 14 CHARACTERISTICS COMMON TO FASCIST REGIMES ~ 2003

~ H/G-M/I-S/P-P/C-S/I ~ Hitler/Germany – Mussolini/Italy – Salazar/Portugal – Pinochet/Chile – Suharto/Indonesia

~ POEP – PPIATNAWHTTF ~ Promotion Of Extreme Patriotism – Promote Pride In All Things National Along With Hostility To Things Foreign

~ DFHR-PCTAVOHRFTMONS ~ Disdain For Human Rights – Persuade Citizens To Accept Violations Of Human Rights For The Maintenance Of National Security

~ CS-FS(OCT)FTPPOS ~ Create Scapegoats – Find Scapegoats (Or Create Them) For The Perceived Problems Of Society

~ SOTM-RFFSPWITFOTMAI‘D’C ~ Supremacy Of The Military – Remove Funding From Social Programs While Increasing The Financing Of The Military And Its “Defence” Contractors

~ RS-PM-DIAETROWAS-CC ~ Rampant Sexism – Promote Male-Dominated Institutions And Encourage The Regarding Of Women As Second-Class Citizens

~ S/CMM-CTMOOC-OTOOI ~ Supportive/Controlled Mass Media – Control The Media Outright Or Co-Opt The Ownership Of It

~ TOWNS-EANSAWOISABTROL ~ Obsession With National Security – Establish A National Security Apparatus Which Operates In Secret And Beyond The Rule Of Law

~ RARL-PTREASDOTF-ATROOI-‘G’E ~ Religion And Regime Linked – Portray The Ruling Elites As Staunch Defenders Of The Faith – And The Righteous Opponents Of Its – “Godless” Enemies

~ PAPOC-LLC(PMC)TOIRFWLTROOC ~ Promotion And Protection Of Corporations – Leave Large Corporations (Particularly Military Contractors) To Operate In Relative Freedom While Limiting The Rights Of Ordinary Citizens

~ IOOL-COSUOTRAIATMBASOOP ~ Intolerance Of Organized Labour – Crush Or Strip Unions Of Their Rights And Influence As They Might Be A Source Of Opposition Power

~ SOIATA-SDIAAFEVTDFTPL ~ Suppression Of Intellectuals And The Arts – Strongly Discourage Intellectuals And Artists From Expressing Views That Deviate From The Party Line

~ OWCAP-OHSOCJ(ABLOP)WGTP(AATTN) ~ Obsession With Crime And Punishment – Operate Harsh Systems Of Criminal Justice (And Build Lots Of Prisons) While Glorifying The Police (And Adding To Their Numbers)

~ RCAC-PLGCTTTSTR ~ Rampant Cronyism And Corruption – Provide Lucrative Government Contracts To Those That Support The Regime

~ FE-CTEM-FAPSAOC-IADOV-DODLV-A-AALR-HERDBAJABABTTR ~ Fraudulent Elections – Control The Election Machinery – Fabricate And Promote Slander Against Opposition Candidates – Intimidate And Disenfranchise Opposition Voters – Destroy Or Disallow Legal Votes – And – As A Last Resort – Have Election Results Decided By A Judiciary Appointed By And Beholden To The Regime

LEWIS LAPHAM ~ MAMMON/ENGLISH DICTIONARY ~ THE AGONY OF MAMMON ~ 01-11-1998

~ A-HAIPOFEFPWCATGTBS-CPEASRFTVOM ~ Austerity: Healthy And Invigorating Program Of Fiscal Exercise For People Who Cannot Afford To Go To Business School – Constant Practice Encourages A Sober Respect For The Value Of Money

~ B-DWBITCMDSOTC-T-A-WRTSEI:ACFPBCBALP-O-B-WRTOOI-AJRBUACE ~ Bailout: Difficult Word Because Its Two Contrary Meanings Depend Solely On The Context – Thus – A – With Reference To Somebody Else’s Investments: A Criminal Fraud Perpetrated By Corrupt Banks And Lying Politicians – Or – B – With Reference To One’s Own Investments – A Just Reward Bestowed Upon A Courageous Entrepreneur

~ B-EOFE-NBKWIMTMAPOTAR ~ Bureaucrats: Enemies Of Free Enterprise – No Bureaucrat Knows What It Means To Meet A Payroll Or Take A Risk

~ CS-PEO-JB – Campaign Slogans: Political Equivalents Of – Junk Bonds

~ CEO-COTP-HOOT-TCOMATTS-SW-WAMQOH ~ CEOs: Champions Of The People – Heroes Of Our Time – Their Clarity Of Mind Allows Them To Subtract – Superfluous Workers – Without A Moment’s Qualm Or Hesitation

~ CL-FGT-M/C/R/ATUP-EE ~ Civil Liberties: Favors Granted To – Minorities / Criminals / Radicals / And The Undeserving Poor – Extremely Expensive

~ C(T)-L-T-CI-CT-TMC-O-TLOAR-BIEITROPAICGBTIOP ~ Corporation (Transnational): Late-Twentieth-Century Institution – Comparable To – The Medieval Church – Or – The Legions Of Ancient Rome – Because It Exists In The Realm Of Pure Abstraction It Can Give Birth To Its Own Parents

~ C-SOAMS-TPOOAABTTLOC ~ Corruption: Sign Of A Mature Society – The Practice Of Offering And Accepting Bribes Teaches The Lesson Of Civility

~ C-FNFTCWBSOPH ~ Culture: Fancy Name For Traditional Customs Worn By Schoolchildren On Public Holidays

~ D-OSOGUTTCOTT-FC ~ Democracy: Outworn System Of Government Unequal To The Challenges Of The Twenty-First Century

~ D-TKTOM-OETDWTEL ~ Dictators: They Know Their Own Minds – Often Easier To Deal With Than Elected Legislatures

~ ES-ETC-NG-TWPSATPOTWM ~ Economic Sovereignty: Entrusted To Corporations – Not Governments – The World’s Parliaments Serve At The Pleasure Of The World’s Markets

~ E-NH ~ Ethics: Native Handicrafts

~ F-AMHAMESOGTIGS ~ Fascism: A Much Happier And More Efficient System Of Government Than Is Generally Supposed

~ FM-TFPWSQIOBTWRS ~ Free Market: The Few People Who Still Question Its Omniscience Belong To Weird Religious Sects

~ GE-WOM-EBWF-TGTHOM-IRTPOIIOC ~ Global Economy: Wonderfully Ornate Mechanism – Engineered By Wise Financiers – To Guarantee The Happiness Of Mankind – It Requires The Participation Of Investors Instead Of Citizens

~ GR-STSOV-ISTSOI ~ Government Regulation: Similar To Serpents Or Vines – It Strangles The Sinews Of Industry

~ I:DS-ILSTLARTOLT-ICII-WBTAPRO-V ~ Idealism: Dangerous Substance – If Left Standing Too Long At Room Temperature On A Library Table – Idealism Congeals Into Ideology – Which Breeds Totalitarianism And Puritanical Reigns Of – Virtue

~ MCP:TUWAGSISTACOB ~ Minimum Consensus Program: Terms Under Which A Government Surrenders Its Sovereignty To A Consortium Of Banks

~ M:TLOTWATMOH ~ Money: The Light Of The World And The Mandate Of Heaven

~ M:GMOHI-TSOAOB ~ Monopoly – Glorious Manifestation Of Human Ingenuity – The Source Of All Our Blessings

~ M:TDSUIBTTU ~ Multiculturalism – The Department Stores Understand It Better Than The Universities

~ N:LROSAICWADTT-IOTCABM-TOSRARL ~ Nationalism: Last Refuge Of Small And Impoverished Countries Without A Well-Developed Tourist Trade – Instead Of Tennis Courts And Boat Marinas – They Offer Street Riots And Recreational Looting

~ PTIB-POTGE-TPANS:RPMFPTCES ~ Poor The – Inspirational By-Products Of The Global Economy – They Perform A Necessary Service: Reminding People More Fortunately Placed That Civilization Entails Sacrifice

~ P:NIOO ~ Profits: Never Indecent Or Obscene

~ TTFS-FPCITTGE ~ Titanic The – Famous Ship – Foolish People Compare It To The Global Economy

~ T:WIWIG ~ Transparency: Worth Its Weight In Gold

~ U:NCOI ~ Unemployment: Necessary Check On Inflation

PETER KROPOTKIN ~ MUTUAL AID ~ 1902

~ WATF:TWACAWWEO-O-TWSOA? ~ Who Are The Fittest: Those Who Are Continually At War With Each Other – Or – Those Who Support One Another?

~ TWOEAA-INTLON ~ The War Of Each Against All – Is Not The Law Of Nature

~ MA-IAMALONA-MS ~ Mutual Aid – Is As Much A Law Of Nature As – Mutual Struggle

~ LISINEITAW;IITR ~ Life In Societies Is No Exception In The Animal World; It Is The Rule

~ IIETLISWBUIWACDOSF-A-E-OACCSOJGTBAH-IEIWCAIPAWTOIIFOTW-NS-LWBP ~ It Is Evident That Life In Societies Would Be Utterly Impossible Without A Corresponding Development Of Social Feelings – And – Especially – Of A Certain Collective Sense Of Justice Growing To Become A Habit – If Every Individual Were Constantly Abusing Its Personal Advantages Without The Others Interfering In Favour Of The Wronged – No Society-Life Would Be Possible

~ TWEDCREWEAS?-UWITAB? ~ To What Extent Does Competition Really Exist Within Each Animal Species? – Upon What Is The Assumption Based?

~ FTGPFAIOLWTLWOE-NSCSOTWPFACAMAP ~ For The Greatest Possible Fullness And Intensity Of Life With The Least Waste Of Energy – Natural Selection Continually Seeks Out The Ways Precisely For Avoiding Competition As Much As Possible

~ FFBAPFOO-TFIAVLP-S/B/T-N-F-WTPFOOOM ~ Far From Being A Primitive Form Of Organization – The Family Is A Very Late Product – Societies / Bands / Tribes – Not Families – Were – The Primitive Form Of Organization Of Mankind

~ TVPOTCOSHUFIITRPMAADAOI-WOOTIP-A-TAOTPFACAAOROTS ~ The Very Persistence Of The Clan Organization Shows How Utterly False It Is To Represent Primitive Mankind As A Disorderly Agglomeration Of Individuals – Who Only Obey Their Individual Passions – And Take Advantage Of Their Personal Force And Cunningness Against All Other Representatives Of The Species

~ UIIAMG-BIINCOPM ~ Unbridled Individualism Is A Modern Growth – But It Is Not Characteristic Of Primitive Mankind

~ PFSMCEOAAATA-DUTA-TTETTCRFEOA-TWBIRBAISOUROPWATFOTCEATWIGOB-TI-BOH-FTOT ~ Primitive Folk So Much Consider Every One’s Acts As A Tribal Affair – Dependent Upon Tribal Approval – That They Easily Think The Clan Responsible For Every One’s Acts – Their Whole Behaviour Is Regulated By An Infinite Series Of Unwritten Rules Of Propriety Which Are The Fruit Of Their Common Experience As To What Is Good Or Bad – That Is – Beneficial Or Harmful – For Their Own Tribe

~ S-RAS-S-ITIOTC ~ Self-Restriction And Self-Sacrifice – In The Interest Of The Clan

~ WDNKOSHROOSNWHNHIPO-VC-IWAUP-ANOOTCO ~ We Do Not Know One Single Human Race Or One Single Nation Which Has Not Had Its Period Of – Village Communities – It Was A Universal Phase – A Natural Outcome Of The Clan Organization

~ PP-O-P‘FE’-W-I-WTVPATRCO-TVC ~ Private Property – Or – Possession “For Ever” – Was – Incompatible – With The Very Principles And The Religious Conceptions Of – The Village Community

~ TVCWNOAUFG-S-ITCL-BAAU-F-CC-MSIAPF-PFV-A-DO:K/NB/MC ~ The Village Community Was Not Only A Union For Guaranteeing – Share – In The Common Land – But Also A Union – For – Common Culture – Mutual Support In All Possible Forms – Protection From Violence – And – Development Of Knowledge: / National Bonds / Moral Conception

~ EC-IT-J/M/E/EM-HTBDATF-O-TV-TT-O-TC ~ Every Change – In The – Judicial / Military / Educational / Economical Manners – Had To Be Decided At The Folkmotes Of – The Village – The Tribe – Or – The Confederation

~ TRB-WL-OTC-UAWSOI-IWCATWMBUONT-TOC-A-TIWPHDFGTG-IVAS-IPOT-ISAI ~ The Real Barbarian – Was Living – On The Contrary – Under A Wide Series Of Institutions – Imbued With Considerations As To What May Be Useful Or Noxious To – Tribe Or Confederation – And – These Institutions Were Piously Handed Down From Generation To Generation – In Verses And Songs – In Proverbs Or Triads – In Sentences And Instructions

~ TFVRATLC-DIF-AIN-A-FDI-TMS-IETOTSOE-ILTAHY-FC-HBCIE-E-TBTTFG-ATA-ATI-OWOPC-WAIAAPFTF-IOAFD ~ The Fortified Village Rose Against The Lord’s Castle – Defied It First – Attacked It Next – And – Finally Destroyed It – The Movement Spread – Involving Every Town On The Surface Of Europe – In Less Than A Hundred Years – Free Cities – Had Been Called Into Existence – Everywhere – They Bequeathed To The Following Generations – All The Arts – All The Industries – Of Which Our Present Civilization – With All Its Achievements And Promises For The Future – Is Only A Further Development

~ AGMBAOEFFTVWSWAC-TOFCWTBBTEOTVC-ANLOFBTDWTFE-TMCWB ~ A General Movement Began All Over Europe For Fortifying The Villages With Stone Walls And Citadels – Thousands Of Fortified Centres Were Then Built By The Energies Of The Village Communities – A New Life Of Freedom Began To Develop Within The Fortified Enclosures – The Mediaeval City Was Born

~ G-AFDIMT-P-AIPITEOTC-M/C/H/P/P/P/T/B/E/LW-AOOTSDPO-S-JAMS-AAOMSIACAIAAOLAIWAOFMJ ~ Guilds – A Formidable Development In Mediaeval Times – Played – An Important Part In The Emancipation Of The Cities – Merchants / Craftsmen / Hunters / Peasants / Priests / Painters / Teachers / Beggars / Executioners / Lost Women – All Organized On The Same Double Principle Of – Self-Jurisdiction And Mutual Support – An Association Of Mutual Support In All Circumstances And In All Accidents Of Life And It Was An Organization For Maintaining Justice

~ HOCIWTCITLHRU-ATAOT-NTIVOD-WDUTMOLGFOE-TSLIR-TCOIAAFOBSVCAG ~ Hundreds Of Charters In Which The Cities Inscribed Their Liberation Have Reached Us – And Through All Of Them – Notwithstanding The Infinite Variety Of Details – Which Depended Upon The More Or Less Greater Fulness Of Emancipation – The Same Leading Ideas Run – The City Organized Itself As A Federation Of Both Small Village Communities And Guilds

~ TG-L-S-A-A-P-WTCAOTMC-A-L-CG-WICF-AIO-‘J’-TTC-O-‘R’-TBPAC-WWSSEN-PPAE ~ To Guarantee – Liberty – Self-Administration – And – Peace – Was The Chief Aim Of The Mediaeval City – And – Labour – Craft Guilds – Was Its Chief Foundation – An Idea Of – “Justice” – To The Community – Of – “Right” – Towards Both Producer And Consumer – Which Would Seem So Extravagant Now – Penetrated Production And Exchange

~ TIOPRIAAU-TMGS-ITBPTTSWNHTII ~ The Immensity Of Progress Realized In All Arts Under – The Mediaeval Guild System – Is The Best Proof That The System Was No Hindrance To Individual Initiative

~ IR-TMC-WAFO-AACPIFS-AIHTMRFIBTFOIA-TWATC ~ In Reality – The Mediaeval City – Was A Fortified Oasis – Amidst A Country Plunged Into Feudal Submission – And It Had To Make Room For Itself By The Force Of Its Arms – The War Against The Castles

~ TC-NTE-WTRMOTNU ~ The Cities – Not The Emperors – Were The Real Makers Of The National Unity

~ TTITNDTVCDOIOA;E-OTC-ITTRCSCOP-BNASE-TAIATCTCL ~ The Truth Is That Nowhere Did The Village Community Disappear Of Its Own Accord; Everywhere – On The Contrary – It Took The Ruling Classes Several Centuries Of Persistent – But Not Always Successful Efforts – To Abolish It And To Confiscate The Communal Lands

~ TCLCTBPU-ATPWDRTL-BIWESTMOTEC-T-I-E-AEE-IBPOASPTSWOATOCO-TLOTVCWTBTL-ATAWSBP ~ The Communal Lands Continued To Be Preyed Upon – And The Peasants Were Driven From The Land – But It Was Especially Since The Middle Of The Eighteenth Century – That – In – England – As Everywhere Else – It Became Part Of A Systematic Policy To Simply Weed Out All Traces Of Communal Ownership – The Land Of The Village Community Was Taken By The Lords – And The Appropriation Was Sanctioned By Parliament

~ IS-TSPTNDO-TVC-IVO-EL-IAGAJATSP-TNDOSSOAB ~ In Short – To Speak Of The Natural Death Of – The Village Communities – In Virtue Of – Economic Laws – Is As Grim A Joke As To Speak Of – The Natural Death Of Soldiers Slaughtered On A Battlefield

~ TVCHLFOATY;AWTPWNRBWAE-TSITMOC ~ The Village Communities Had Lived For Over A Thousand Years; And Where And When The Peasants Were Not Ruined By Wars And Exactions – They Steadily Improved Their Methods Of Culture

~ CWM-FWC-TWP-AMWD-B-TVC-FTI-ATSCS ~ Canals Were Maintained – Forests Were Cleared – Trees Were Planted – And Marshes Were Drained – By – The Village Communities – From Time Immoral – And The Same Continues Still

~ EUTSORIWNP-TAMPMTM-SI ~ Even Under The System Of Reckless Individualism Which Now Prevails – The Agricultural Masses Piously Maintain Their Mutual-Support Inheritance

~ ASATSRTILBMOWTHBAB-TBAAOR-NTD-P/E/S-WAM-A-ISFABATTMR ~ As Soon As The States Relax The Iron Laws By Means Of Which They Have Broken All Bonds – These Bonds Are At Once Reconstituted – Notwithstanding The Difficulties – Political / Economical / Social – Which Are Many – And – In Such Forms As Best Answer To The Modem Requirements

~ TPWI-BO-TM-AT-TTGD-WATPO-TGPI-A-I-A-S ~ The Periods When Institutions Based On – The Mutual-Aid Tendency – Took Their Greatest Development – Were Also The Periods Of – The Greatest Progress In – Arts – Industry – And – Science

~ MAITRFOOEC ~ Mutual Aid Is The Real Foundation Of Our Ethical Conceptions

TIM WU ~ THE MASTER SWITCH ~ 2010

~ TKE-TEUBADCTCIPSITI ~ The Kronos Effect ~ The Efforts Undertaken By A Dominant Company To Consume Its Potential Successors In Their Infancy

~ ATYWB-TFOTCS-WBTCT-AN-TA-F-TCOAR ~ As The Years Went By – The Founders Of The Commercial System – Would Begin To Credit Themselves – And Not – The Amateurs – For – The Creation Of American Radio

~ MWSTTAOW-GRICAPITI-B-TSR-WS-CCT-TPOI-T-CE-O-SI ~ Most Who Study These Topics Are Obsessed With – Government’s Role In Censorship And Providing Incentives To Innovate – But – The State’s Role – While Significant – Cannot Compare To – The Power Of Industry – To – Censor Expression – Or – Squelch Invention

~ TEMCOPADP ~ The Enlightened Monopolist Can Occasionally Prove A Delusional Paranoid

~ SOFTM:FO/MT/DSL/FM/SP-TLGOAO ~ Suppress Or Fail To Market: Fiber Optics / Mobile Telephones / Digital Subscriber Lines / Facsimile Machines / SpeakerPhones – The List Goes On And On

~ T-PP-ITITFSOANI-AST-‘EA’-PTTACOI ~ The – Primitive Prototype – Is Typical In The Founding Stage Of A New Industry – As Are The – “Early Adopters” – Prepared To Take A Chance On It

~ W-TV-RCATW-IW-AP-ARORIAR-TPWSBA-MOTSSAOERP ~ When – TV – Reached Consumers After The War – It Was – As Prophesied – A Replica Of Radio In All Respects – The Programming Was Sponsored By Advertisers – Most Of The Shows Simply Adaptations Of Existing Radio Programs

~ TBOTS-IOE-HBCTET-C-IE ~ The Blessing Of The State – Implicit Or Explicit – Has Been Crucial To Every Twentieth-Century Information Empire

~ YAWHSTATA-OGRIITNGUD ~ Yet As We Have Seen Time And Time Again – One Generation’s Radical Innovation Is The Next Generation’s Unyielding Dinosaur

~ AW-TBRIT1910-TOOCTAO-BIWTWOA-AW-TFTITFYOTTC-CWAD-I-T-BFAWWAW ~ As With – The Broadcast Radio In The 1910s – The Origins Of Cable Television Are Obscure – Because It Was The Work Of Amateurs – As With – The Farmer’s Telephone In The First Years Of The Twentieth Century – Cable Was A Do-It-Yourself Business For Anyone With Will And Wires

~ TIAUETAAMDWIHBPTD-WSW-OMDNDSW-H-IITSO-CD-TRIAUMPAV ~ There Is An Undeniable Efficiency That Attends A Monopoly’s Doing What It Has Been Perfected To Do – What Such Well-Oiled Machines Do Not Do So Well – However – Is Initiate The Sort Of – Creative Destruction – That Revolutionizes Industries And Ultimately Multiplies Productivity And Value

~ TSATOOCEWALOTTIORMIAWWFHBCE ~ The Shape And Tenor Of Our Current Entertainment World Are Largely Owing To The Imperatives Of Risk Management In A World Where Failure Had Become Catastrophically Expensive

~ WLTCWCWYCEI? ~ Why Learn To Cope With Competition When You Can Eliminate It?

~ IAAMRTEOTM-TMCTPOIAC-TEIIFGTIITTP-BB ~ In An Age More Reliant Than Ever On Telecommunications Media – The More Concentrated The Power Over Information And Communications – The Easier It Is For Government To Indulge Its Temptation To Play – Big Brother

~ ITIRD?-EOIOIKHHIPOO-OTBTBOYAIE-WIG:TROTIOTIOTC? ~ Is The Internet Really Different? – Every Other Invention Of Its Kind Has Had Its Period Of Openness – Only To Become The Basis Of Yet Another Information Empire – Which Is Mightier: The Radicalism Of The Internet Or The Inevitability Of The Cycle?

~ WHBFTRIBOSIAPC ~ We Have Been Freed To Retreat Into Bubbles Of Selective Information And Parochial Concern

~ WAOM-OHDOFOC-AWI-DAGAIAARTEOR ~ With An Open Medium – One Has Diversity Or Fragmentation Of Content – And With It – Differences Among Groups And Individuals Are Accentuated Rather Than Elided Or Repressed

~ C-FIB-TMWAARCATBV ~ Cable – From Its Birth – The Medium Was Always As Relentlessly Commercial As The Broadcast Variant

~ NHAOTMCR-CFTCTROPPM(IV)~ No Honest Account Of The Media Conglomerate’s Rise – Could Fail To Concede The Role Of Purely Personal Motivations (Indeed Vanities)

~ IPD ~ Intellectual Property Development

~ MF ~ Mine Festivals

~ TM-TA:LALS-TA:DACC-ADWAETUFWLR ~ The Monopolist’s – Tools Are: Lawyers And Local Statues – Tactics Are: Delays And Court Challenges – All Deployed With An Eye Toward Unraveling Firms With Lesser Resources

~ BTTOCWSEAAC ~ Blow The Trumpet Of Competition While Simultaneously Eliminating All Actual Competitors

~ TCCOTMS ~ The Current Custodian Of The Master Switch

~ HMGTTIHTO-S/IR/RO-IHMIYCGTT ~ However Many Good Things The Internet Has To Offer – Service / Information Resources / Retail Outlets – It Hardly Matters If You Can’t Get To Them

~ NNITT-FCVOCC ~ Net Neutrality Is The Twenty-First Century’s Version Of Common Carriage

~ WLTBTOSACPPWUPUFTCOAEP-BTHABS ~ We Like To Believe That Our Safeguards Against Concentrated Political Power Will Ultimately Protect Us From The Consequences Of Accumulated Economic Power – But This Hasn’t Always Been So

~ GOPRIAACOPP-NAAATI ~ Government’s Only Proper Role Is As A Check On Private Power – Never As An Aid To It

~ MABF-YNSATBTSW-BEIFC ~ Markets Are Born Free – Yet No Sooner Are They Born Than Some Would-Be Emperor Is Forging Chains

~ TIISN-TIEP-TIIPITB-BR-AAPE-T-CBWOB ~ The Internet Is Simply Not – The Infinitely Elastic Phantasm – That It Is Popularly Imagined To Be – But Rather – An Actual Physical Entity – That – Can Be Warped Or Broken

~ IWDNTTMT-SO-S-OTCTOIAHAUTE-WCRB-I-LOTWAFTETBTIFUIAMHHF ~ If We Do Not Take This Moment To – Secure Our – Sovereignty – Over The Choices That Our Information Age Has Allowed Us To Enjoy – We Cannot Reasonably Blame – Its – Loss – On Those Who Are Free To Enrich Themselves By Taking It From Us In A Manner History Has Foretold

THOMAS MORE ~ UTOPIA ~ 1516 ~ [1901 TRANSLATION]

~ RH ~ Raphael Hythloday

~ IIPAO-TII-AAOICTTC-T-ATAAMSBEP ~ It Is Plain And Obvious – That It Is – Absurd And Of Ill Consequence To The Commonwealth – That – A Thief And A Murderer Should Be Equally Punished

~ WTTDO-WSHALH ~ Who Throws The Dice Often – Will Sometimes Have A Lucky Hit

~ IAKSFUSCOETHCNKHSITDBBOAIU-A-BTTPAM-IWCBFHTQHKTTRIBSM ~ If A King Should Fall Under Such Contempt Or Envy That He Could Not Keep His Subjects In Their Duty But By Oppression And Ill Usage – And – By Rendering Them Poor And Miserable – It Were Certainly Better For Him To Quit His Kingdom Than To Retain It By Such Methods

~ [S]H-IAUP-TCCOD-WCHPIA ~ [S]He – Is An Unskillful Physician That Cannot Cure One Disease Without Casting His[Her] Patient Into Another

~ TNSWM ~ They Never Sup Without Music

~ WTAATSBPASAFOASW ~ While They Are At Table Some Burn Perfumes And Sprinkle About Fragrant Ointments And Sweet Waters

~ TOASPOATGTBFGTTPOTCTWTST ~ They Order A Seventh Part Of All These Goods To Be Freely Given To The Poor Of The Countries To Which They Send Them

~ TEADOOVO-EOG-WTMTCPAC-SO-G&S-OTSMTLM-CAFFTS ~ They Eat And Drink Out Of Vessels Of – Earth Or Glass – While They Make Their Chamber Pots And Close-Stools Of – Gold And Silver – Of The Same Metals They Likewise Make – Chains And Fetters For Their Slaves

~ P/D/C-NBCUSB ~ Pearls / Diamonds / Carbuncles – None But Children Use Such Baubles

~ SID-AGIABOI ~ Silk Is Despised – And Gold Is A Badge Of Infamy

~ TATDVTBLATN-STITNPAPOTSAPATEOATD ~ Thus As They Define Virtue To Be Living According To Nature – So They Imagine That Nature Prompts All People On To Seek After Pleasure As The End Of All They Do

~ TAOTIOTOSTPOL-NIUTEI-S ~ They Also Observe That In Order To Our Supporting The Pleasures Of Life – Nature Inclines Us To Enter Into – Society

~ OCIBT-TTWHUAUMOW-NFAUTIITBT-BMTPTWTCOI-EATPII?-TDTFIOAFSOJ ~ Or Can It Be Thought – That They Who Heap Up A Useless Mass Of Wealth – Not For Any Use That It Is To Bring Them – But Merely To Please Themselves With The Contemplation Of It – Enjoy Any True Pleasure In It? – The Delighted They Find Is Only A False Shadow Of Joy

~ TAHTCPTBTTB;FTTT-TPOEAD-AATODOS-AOSFDATGOMH ~ They Account Health The Chief Pleasure That Belongs To The Body; For They Think That – The Pleasure Of Eating And Drinking – And All The Other Delights Of Sense – Are Only So Far Desirable As They Give Or Maintain Health

~ Y-IAPW-TTCT-ALJDNHAG-A-TPMNBP-WTTAFDP ~ Yet – In All Pleasures Whatsoever – They Take Care That – A Lesser Joy Does Not Hinder A Greater – And – That – Pleasure May Never Breed Pain – Which They Think Always Follows Dishonest Pleasures

~ IASTWMBSOTN-TINITWWEABPOAHG ~ I Am Sure That Whatever May Be Said Of Their Notions – There Is Not In The Whole World Either A Better People Or A Happier Government

~ IHTCAGMBWT-IGTAMB ~ I Happened To Carry A Great Many Books With Me – I Gave Them All My Books

~ TA ~ Thricius Apinatus

~ TSATAOSAACTTSOL-FCOSC-O-WIMC-SATMFCTDITPTWTT-WTSRALR-AIOPHTFN ~ The Slaves Among Them Are Only Such As Are Condemned To That State Of Life – For The Commission Of Some Crime – Or – Which Is More Common – Such As Their Merchants Find Condemned To Die In Those Parts To Which They Trade – Whom They Sometimes Redeem At Low Rates – And In Other Places Have Them For Nothing

~ TTGPIF-AAIITABBAUTTUTI-STDNTIAFPTDTWTF-TRBAFS ~ They Take Great Pleasure In Fools – And As It Is Thought A Base And Unbecoming Thing To Use Them Ill – So They Do Not Think It Amiss For People To Divert Themselves With Their Folly – Their Ridiculous Behaviour And Foolish Sayings

~ IA-SRAF-BMOII-B-IWBASIHTHUAWW[S]HDCNH ~ If Any – Should Reproach Another For – Being Misshaped Or Imperfect In – Body – It Would Be Accounted Scandalous In Him[/Her] That Had Upbraided Another With What [S]He Could Not Help

~ THNLAT-EOTISITL-IIAVSS-TPMOWWACIATSOTL ~ They Have No Lawyers Among Them – Everyone Of Them Is Skilled In Their Law – It Is A Very Short Study – The Plainest Meaning Of Which Words Are Capable Is Always The Sense Of Their Laws

~ IICT-WPJAS-EBAOPA-TMFADO-J-TCSOS ~ It Is Certain That – When Public Judicatories Are Swayed – Either By Avarice Or Partial Affections – There Must Follow A Dissolution Of – Justice – The Chief Sinew Of Society

~ TDWAAVBT-AW-T-IOTTSOAAON-TTTINMITTGTIGBW ~ They Detest War As A Very Brutal Thing – And Which – They – In Opposition To The Sentiments Of Almost All Other Nations – Think That There Is Nothing More Inglorious Than That Glory That Is Gained By War

~ TDALAA-ATOVASWOD ~ They Despise And Laugh At Auguries – And The Other Vain And Superstitious Ways Of Divination

~ ICHNONOATOGTISOK-TTTAACOTR-W-OPOMTP-OPTPE ~ I Can Have No Other Notion Of All The Other Governments That I See Or Know – Than That They Are A Conspiracy Of The Rich – Who – On Pretence Of Managing The Public – Only Pursue Their Private Ends

FRANKLIN FOER ~ WORLD WITHOUT MIND ~ 2017

~ WWM ~ World Without Mind

~ TETOBT ~ The Existential Threat Of Big Tech

~ TBTC-A-AOT-TMPGTWHEK ~ The Biggest Tech Companies – Are – Among Other Things – The Most Powerful Gatekeepers The World Has Ever Known

~ TS-MC-LTOTV-IPOC-IPON-HES-THPDS-THHAOPAC-ODBFAFHE-WMSV ~ To Survive – Media Companies – Lost Track Of Their Values – In Pursuit Of Clicks – Important Purveyors Of News – Have Embraced Sensationalism – They Have Published Dubious Stories – They Have Heaped Attention On Propagandists And Conspiracists – Old Boundaries Between Fact And Falsehood Have Eroded – Where Misinformation Spreads Virally

~ WHO-OS-TBSOSAMBC-WWNTARITWNJ-MWM-B-WTCTRTM ~ We’ve Handed Over – Our Secrets – To Be Stored On Servers And Mined By Computers – What We Need To Always Remember Is That We’re Not Just – Merging With Machines – But – With The Companies That Run The Machines

~ IIAIFOTHTTOOSFWTNEOB-P-A-C ~ It Is An Important Fact Of Technological History That The Outskirts Of San Francisco Were The National Epicenter Of Both – Psychedelics – And – Computing

~ AEC-TOFTABQATHI ~ An Engineering Challenge – That Often Fails To Ask Basic Questions About The Human Implications

~ TS-WAIBA-P-WCACODABOC-SI ~ The Singularity – When Artificial Intelligence Becomes All-Powerful – When Computers Are Capable Of Designing And Building Other Computers – SuperIntelligence

~ A-SU-AT-UTALRIIBE ~ Always – Surveilling Users – Auditing Them – Using Them As Lab Rats In Its Behavioral Experiments

~ TTLORIADIITSOC ~ Taken The Language Of Radical Individualism And Deployed It In The Service Of Conformism

~ ‘RT’ ~ “Radical Transparency”

~ ‘UT’ ~ “Ultimate Transparency”

~ TPTEMTCTHAN-A-TTCTTR-ASOPSTCBFM ~ Those Procedures That Enable Mechanical Thinking Came To Have A Name – Algorithms – The Textbooks Compare Them To Recipes – A Series Of Precise Steps That Can Be Followed Mindlessly

~ TAISTBDO:B/I/E/F ~ The Algorithm Is Supposed To Be Devoid Of: Bias / Intuition / Emotion / Forgiveness

~ TTATTDUIC-YTMCUI-D-LVOT-TIIWIWTH ~ They Talk About Torturing The Data Until It Confesses – Yet This Metaphor Contains Unexamined Implicitness – Data – Like Victims Of Torture – Tells Its Interrogator What It Wants To Hear

~ TPITWWOTTM-WAROTTTOTRTM ~ The Problem Is That When We Outsource Thinking To Machines – We Are Really Outsourcing Thinking To The Organizations That Run The Machines

~ TCGWIWAD ~ The Crowd Gets What It Wants And Deserves

~ TWEITMHBP-TATB-WMTETM-AAMTEFW-TRHOTBOC-TNTITRD ~ The Whole Effort Is To Make Human Beings – Predictable – To Anticipate Their Behavior – Which Makes Them Easier To Manipulate – Algorithms Are Meant To Erode Free Will – To Relive Humans Of The Burden Of Choosing – To Nudge Them In The Right Direction

~ AFASOO-TCBTOBCBA-WOEBAOTHGU-IASD-TABADOTEMS-AIMBIRIBISABTDAMPSW-WATSARITGD ~ Algorithms Fuel A Sense Of Omnipotence – The Condescending Belief That Our Behavior Can Be Altered – Without Our Even Being Aware Of The Hand Guiding Us – In A Superior Direction – That’s Always Been A Danger Of The Engineering Mind-Set – As It Moves Beyond Its Roots In Building Inanimate Stuff And Begins To Design A More Perfect Social World – We Are The Screws And Rivets In The Grand Design

~ TITSEOTNKM-TDAPK;TJSAOI ~ This Is The Strange Essence Of The New Knowledge Monopolies – They Don’t Actually Produce Knowledge; They Just Sift And Organize It

~ KITITRTEPOACOI-WK-TFAMBOPO-TM-OTLR-DTCFAE ~ Knowledge Is Too Important To Remain The Eternal Possession Of Any Company Or Individual – We Know – That Future Achievement Must Build On Past Ones – That Monopolies – Over The Long Run – Drain The Creativity From An Economy

~ OAUAP-TBOIPBAABP ~ Once An Underground, Amateur Pastime – The Bootlegging Of Intellectual Property Became An Accepted Business Practice

~ SVRTCAEG-WIOCARMIGIHH ~ Silicon Valley Routinely Trashes Cultural And Economic Gatekeepers – While Its Own Companies Are The Most Imposing Gatekeepers In Human History

~ TPOIOSALMED ~ The Population Of Informational Oligarchs Shrinks A Little More Every Day

~ DASVSABAMTW-TISATTOTO ~ Despite All Silicon Valley’s Sloganeering About Building A More Transparent World – Their Ideals Stop At The Threshold Of Their Offices

~ EF-MC-WWACOP-ACTCTFOWAI-B-TPHBSBAITP-BTDPATN-S-D-P ~ Even Free-Market Conservatives – Will Worry About Concentrations Of Power – Among Companies That Control The Flow Of Words And Ideas – Because – That Power Has Been So Blatantly Abused In The Past – Both The Distant Past And The Not-So-Distant Past

~ IAFOMI-TWROTITTCEST ~ It’s A Failure Of Moral Imagination – That Writers Respond Only To Injustices That They Can Envision Suffering Themselves

~ BVOTS-TFTTDMOTMFDI-CTOSLASG ~ By Virtue Of Their Size – The Fact That They Dominate Much Of The Market For Disseminating Ideas – Criticizing Them Often Seems Like A Suicidal Gesture

~ TITATCWFACIHN-WDNTATWATTCTFTCTSV ~ The Idea That A Tech Company Would Favor A Candidate Is Hardly Novel – We Don’t Need To Assume The Worst About The Tech Companies To Fear Their Capacity To Swing Votes

~ TTTCPLV-TCATMIAC-WCWURITCODB-CTAITDHAAURII ~ Though The Tech Companies Preach Liberal Values – They Crave Access To Markets In Authoritarian Countries – Where Compromise With Ugly Regimes Is The Cost Of Doing Business – Companies That Are Indifferent To Democracy Have Acquired An Outsized Role In It

~ DOTBTCIITPOTWATE ~ Dependence On The Big Tech Companies Is Increasingly The Plight Of The Worker And The Entrepreneur

~ AATMROOT-WLIAWOUBTPTBFEGEAP-IOWLFTN ~ Analytics Are The Managerial Revolution Of Our Time – We Live In A World Of Ubiquitous Data That Provide The Basis For Ever Greater Efficiency And Productivity – If Only We Learn From The Numbers

~ TETOTMEI:‘T’~ The Essential Term Of This Media Era Is: “Trending”

~ OEIDBP-WIGTHNG ~ Our Era Is Defined By Polarization – Warring Ideological Gangs That Yield No Ground

~ TBTM ~ Take Back The Mind

~ DITNO ~ Data Is The New Oil

~ TDFATOTHATMCPOU-TABE-AICOT ~ The Dominant Firms Are The Ones That Have Amassed The Most Complete Portraits Of Us – This Advantage Becomes Everything – And It Compounds Over Time

~ TTTPATCMANOATS ~ The Threats To Privacy And The Competitive Marketplace Are Now One And The Same

~ R-SWLRFTIPWGTS ~ Rent-Seekers With Little Regard For The Independent Producers Whose Goods They Sell

~ TOTDTI-BAT-TA ~ They Owe Their Dominance To Innovation – But Also To – Tax Avoidance

~ TASU-TF-TPHTTI-BTWLFE ~ They Aggressively Surveil Users – Thus Far – The Pubic Has Tolerated These Invasions – But That Won’t Last For Ever

~ H-ACTSC-ACBTT-EHTTAAFODL-AMPTPFIW ~ Hackers – Are Constantly Testing Security Cordons – And Constantly Bursting Through Them – Everybody Has Tolerated This As A Fact Of Digital Life – A Minor Price To Pay For Its Wonders

~ TBO-TIM-H-TWRSTIC-IMBAECOII-IMDOFS-OIMTAAE ~ The Big One – The Inevitable Mega-Hack – That Will Rumble Society To Its Core – It Might Be An Exposed Cache Of Intimate Information – It Might Disrupt Our Financial System – Or It Might Trigger And Actual Explosion

~ DPA ~ Data Protection Authority

~ TPITPTCOEOD-WAN-H-AC-AWCBCAWCBE-CSHTRTPDTSOS ~ The Point Isn’t To Prevent The Collection Or Exploitation Of Data – What Are Needed – However – Are Constraints – About What Can Be Collected And What Can Be Exploited – Citizens Should Have The Right To Purge Data That Sits On Servers

~ IA-B-I-R-WOE:C-NTCTSTT-SOTOD-TLSDTTCTTDWTGC-BIDBTT-PODIAHRTMCWEO ~ It’s A – Basic – Intuitive – Right – Worthy Of Enshrinement: Citizens – Not The Corporations That Stealthily Track Them – Should Own Their Own Data – The Law Should Demand That These Companies Treat This Data With The Greatest Care – Because It Doesn’t Belong To Them – Possessing Our Data Is A Heavy Responsibility That Must Come With Ethical Obligations

~ TIIA-BWSTI-AIIEOH-O-IEFOMS-EWTSANLTTFOIATFOD ~ The Internet Is Amazing – But We Shouldn’t Treat It – As If It Exists Outside History – Or – Is Exempt From Our Moral Structures – Especially When The Stakes Are Nothing Less Than The Fate Of Individuality And The Fitness Of Democracy

~ CATMAQOFHBASOSS-WRTQ-WCCF-B/E/J-ATSC? ~ Caring About The Morality And Quality Of Food Has Become A Symbol Of Social Status – Which Raises The Question – Why Can’t Concern For – Books / Essays /Journalism – Acquire The Same Cachet?

~ WMCAFA-TCNTDR ~ While Media Chase A Fake Audience – They Consciously Neglect Their Devoted Readers

~ STPEACVOABE-ETTRRSOR ~ Subscribers To Print Editions Are Considered Vestiges Of A Bygone Era – Even Though They Remain Reliable Sources Of Revenue

~ TTHATLMFTROA ~ The Time Has Arrived To Liberate Media From Their Reliance On Advertising

~ MNTSBTA-TRTTN-TRTLOCA-AMTWY-SE-A-SB ~ Media Need To Scale Back Their Ambitions – To Return To Their Niches – To Reclaim The Loyalty Of Core Audiences – A Move That Will Yield – Superior Editorial – And – Sustainable Businesses

~ TRT-MWNTCR-ARWNTP-CHNIPPFW-SLAPPAPTOT ~ To Rescue Themselves – Media Will Need To Charge Readers – And Readers Will Need To Pay – Consumers Have No Inherent Problem Paying For Words – So Long As Publishers Place A Price Tag On Them

~ TRRITSOP-WWRWOP-WRFT-N/P/AOU-SUAFOT-TPPU-FATIOD-TDFTMTTTOHC ~ Take Regular Refuge In The Sanctuary Of Paper – When We Read Words On Paper – We’re Removed From The – Notifications / Pings / And Other Urgencies – Summoning Us Away From Our Thoughts – The Page Permits Us – For A Time In Our Day – To Decouple From The Machine To Tend To Our Human Core

~ WHDOICMDA-CAE-TA-TTTL ~ We Have Deluded Ourselves Into Caring More Deeply About – Convenience And Efficiency – Than About – The Things That Last

ANDREW KEEN ~ HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE ~ 2018

~ NE-IS-IPPA:DC/BDM/TIOTOC/JSVB/FN/ASN/MTU/DA/TEROSA ~ Now Everyone – It Seems – Is Penning Polemics Against: Surveillance Capitalism / Big Data Monopolists / The Ignorance Of The Online Crowd / Juvenile Silicon Valley Billionaires / Fake News / Antisocial Social Networks / Mass Technological Unemployment / Digital Addiction / The Existential Risk Of Smart Algorithms

~ IOST-I-SHB-AATADTH-A:I/R/E/C-A-AA-A-EC-WAFTTFCF ~ Instead Of Smart Technology – It’s – Smart Human Begins – Acting As They’ve Always Done Throughout History – As: Innovators / Regulators / Educators / Consumers – And – Above All – As – Engaged Citizens – Who Are Fixing The Twenty-First-Century Future

~ ACIBAC(AC)TD ~ A Culture Infected By A Creeping (And Creepy) Technological Determinism

~ OOHA-OTRTSOOS-IEIWATBAHDF ~ Our Own Human Agency – Our Timeless Responsibility To Shape Our Own Societies – Is Essential If We Are To Build A Habitable Digital Future

~ EIGPUE-U-WH-FTMAL-ANS-NS-A-R-NMS-A-TWWBI-1965 ~ Everything Is Getting Perpetually Upgraded Except Us – We Humans – For The Moment At Least – Are No Speedier – No Smarter – And – Really – No More Self-Aware – Than We Were Back In – 1965

~ TD-AEDCB-HASM-A-AB-TCATROH ~ The Duality – An Ever-Deepening Chasm Between – Humans And Smart Machines – And – Also Between – Tech Companies And The Rest Of Humanity

~ THCODRAQBTCIOODS ~ The Human Costs Of The Digital Revolution Are Quickly Becoming The Central Issue Of Our Digital Society

~ ‘MGI’-AIDTPAMAOESAATOT-DU ~ “Minimum Guaranteed Income” – An Idea Designed To Provide A Minimal Amount Of Economic Security At A Time Of Technology-Driven Unemployment

~ TFPMFFTF:R/CI/SR/WACC/E ~ The Five Perennial Methods For Fixing The Future: Regulation / Competitive Innovation / Social Responsibility / Worker And Consumer Choice / Education

~ TFAITUOP ~ The Future Appears In The Unlikeliest Of Places

~ WABIAWO:RA-E-LOA-I-A-I ~ We Are Back In A World Of: Rampant Addiction – Exploitation – Lack Of Accountability – Irresponsibility – And – Inequality

~ TWAALUTBDSOASEIWWAIW ~ Today We Are All Living Under The Big Data Spotlight Of A Surveillance Economy In Which We Are Incessantly Watched

~ TWHSAIOVCIODM-TISANFOAOMTW-RP-LB-A-S ~ Today We Have Such An Infestation Of Violent Content In Our Digital Media – That It Seems Almost Normal For Online Audiences Of Millions To Watch – Revenge Porn – Live Beheadings – And – Suicides

~ TIR-WWSTEU-IIEU ~ The Internet Revolution – Which Was Supposed To Empower Us – Is Increasingly Enslaving Us

~ TWDAHBIC ~ The Web’s Decentralized Architecture Has Become Intensely Centralized

~ WWDTBA-D-E-A-E-R-AKODC-ITOTB-D-C-U-A-C ~ What Was Designed To Be A – Decentralized – Egalitarian – And – Enlightened – Revolution – A Kind Of Digital Commonwealth – Is Turning Out To Be – Disturbingly – Centralized – Unequal – And – Creepy

~ WWSAROSM-IWWWTSAR-NWENSSITSMP-T-ECE-TSC-FB-HCA-HOM-A-‘PT’-ML-DBFNAOFOOP ~ What We See And Read On Social Media – Is What We Want To See And Read – No Wonder Everything Now Seems So Inevitable To So Many People – This – Echo Chamber Effect – The So-Called – Filter Bubble – Has Created A – Hall Of Mirrors – A – “Post-Truth” – Media Landscape – Dominated By Fake News And Other Forms Of Online Propaganda

~ POTPITTEGOSTATDTTROU ~ Part Of The Problem Is That The Economic Gains Of Smart Technology Aren’t Trickling Down To The Rest Of Us

~ T-I-WIAOCA-A-TAOMOIU-HBTIMFOTNTOWAT ~ The – Internet – With Its Absence Of Curatorial Authority – And – The Anonymity Of Many Of Its Users – Has Become The Ideal Medium For Orchestrating This New Type Of War Against Truth

~ DC ~ Digital Communitarianism

~ TIODPSHBCITCIO-‘NN’-TNTGOPCSBR-UL-TTADOTIE ~ The Inviolability Of Digital Public Space Has Become Captured In The Controversial Idea Of – “Network Neutrality” – The Notion That Governments Or Private Companies Should Be Required – Under Law – To Treat All Data On The Internet Equally

~ T-S-TFOTIIASODMWODERACA ~ The – Splinternet – The Fragmentation Of The Internet Into A Series Of Different Markets Working On Different Economic Rules And Cultural Assumptions

~ GDPR ~ General Data Protection Regulation

~ SWSASPWAPTMPTNN ~ Somebody Will Succeed At Some Point With A Product That Makes Privacy The New Norm

~ DAO ~ Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

~ TDE-WITPO-W-T-A-C-IAABFVCAIIFEE ~ Today’s Digital Economy – With Its Tiny Pool Of – Winner-Take-All – Companies – Is Actually As Bad For Venture Capitalists As It Is For Everyone Else

~ AVPOTH ~ A Valuable Player On Team Human

~ DLD ~ Digital Life Design

~ SUIAGBM-AITIOTHTU-ITBBMED ~ Surveillance Ultimately Isn’t A Good Business Model – And If There Is One Thing History Teaches Us – It’s That Bad Business Models Eventually Die

~ TUWYF-TAS-TU-I-I-BAFPF-TTC ~ Trust Us With You Future – They Are Saying – Trust Us – Is – Indeed – Becoming A Familiar Promise From – The Tech Community

~ CABCA ~ Civic Algorithm By Civic Algorithm

~ WTF ~ Win The Future

~ DMCA-‘NPOUOAICSSBTATPOSOAIPBACP’-TCC ~ Digital Millennium Copyright Act – “No Provider Or User Of An Interactive Computer Service Shall Be Treated As The Publisher Or Speaker Of Any Information Provided By Another Information Content Provider” – The Controversial Clause

~ HPAWCRTBAFTCPOTN-E-MMF-ORAVVAODIC ~ Hugely Powerful And Wealthy Companies Refusing To Be Accountable For The Content Posted On Their Networks – Essentially – Making Money From – Overtly Racist And Violent Videos And Other Disgustingly Inappropriate Content

~ WTWALOR-TM-DBWAAMTMA-O-TW ~ When Threatened With A Loss Of Revenue – These Multibillion-Dollar Businesses Will Act And Make Themselves More Accountable – Otherwise – They Won’t

~ T-‘P’-AGCOIEF-WSOAL ~ The – “Precariat” – A Growing Class Of Impermanently Employed Folks – Who Scrape Out A Living

~ TINAUTTIO-TU ~ There Is Now An Urgency To The Issue Of – Technological Unemployment

~ UBI-‘AOIWMA’ ~ Universal Basic Income – “An Old Idea With Modern Appeal”

~ WAHGF? ~ What Are Humans Good For?

~ TINIWR ~ There Is No Innovation Without Regulation

~ DACMOTF-RACKOTP-TWTHOTN-CIRISIIHUMSOTEDT-FC ~ Designing A Coherent Map Of The Future – Requires A Coherent Knowledge Of The Past – That’s Why The History Of The Nineteenth-Century Industrial Revolution Is So Investiture In Helping Us Make Sense Of The Early Digital Twentieth-First Century

WILL STORR ~ THE UNPERSUADABLES ~ 2015

~ WAWWD-NMHDWMTTIO ~ We Are What We Do – No Matter How Desperately We Might Try To Insist Otherwise

~ WFFTLOOOB-WWD-IRU-ISILMWANK-DUIFGAWWHD ~ We Fall For The Lies Of Our Own Brain – When We Do – It Rewards Us – It Seals Its Little Mischief With A Neurochemical Kiss – Drugging Us Into Feeling Good About What We Have Done

~ OPAMAITU-TFICAEA-WOBIIIHSOL-WIIBIM-ATTDFV-TAITTCPOOM ~ Our Prejudices And Misbeliefs Are Invisible To Us – They Form In Childhood And Early Adolescence – When Our Brain Is In Its Heightened State Of Learning – When It Is Building Its Models – And Then They Disappear From View – They Are Inaccessible To The Conscious Part Of Our Minds

~ TPOOMCBKOV-WAUI ~ The Power Of Our Many Cognitive Biases Skews Our View – We Attack Unwelcome Information

~ WAN-BSWHAPTBOOT ~ We Are Natural-Born Storytellers Who Have A Propensity To Believe Our Own Tales

~ OOAABCHNBIT-AYWBTU-WAS ~ Our Own Actions And Beliefs Can Have No Basis In Truth – And Yet We Believe Them Utterly – We Are Storytellers

~ TATBALOCOEHMOOCRIC ~ There Appears To Be A Lack Of Consensus On Exactly How Much Of Our Conscious Reasoning Is Confabulation

~ WTTGSTETMO-WWDAB-WCUTJOBWAB-C-IL-DUDTWWNEAOM ~ We Tend To Generate Stories To Explain The Mysteries Of – What We Do And Believe – When Called Upon To Justify Our Beliefs We Automatically Become – Confabulators – Innocent Liars – Defending Unconscious Decisions That We Were Not Even Aware Of Making

~ WDBTBIDTMAMOTWWIIF ~ We Dream Because The Brain Is Designed To Make A Model Of The World Whenever It Is Functioning

~ OBCTWIWWE-TACU-PTGMTTBCITOY-T-‘I’ ~ Our Brains Create The World In Which We Exist – They Also Create Us – Perhaps The Greatest Model That The Brain Creates Is That Of You – The – ‘I’

~ OLSMTWAUOMOTSASAU ~ Our Limited Senses Mean That We Are Unaware Of Most Of The Sounds And Sights Around Us

~ WCSBTMUH-TAHWLATW-TAHWPTF-TPC-TASOPAM-TTUWGTHABTHAWWABTM-TAAOM-TMBWWNOLTADACW ~ We Create Stories Because They Make Us Happy – They Are How We Learn About The World – They Are How We Predict The Future – They Provide Certainty – They’re A Source Of Power And Motivation – They Tell Us Why Good Things Happen And Bad Things Happen And Why We Are Better Than Most – They Are Arks Of Meaning – The Method By Which We Navigate Our Lives Through A Dangerous And Confusing World

~ NODOBMAWFOSTPOI-TACIH-U ~ Not Only Do Our Brains Make A World For Our Story To Play Out In – They Also Create Its Hero – Us

~ UDLEI-WHATTBWWA ~ Unless Dramatic Life Events Intercede – We Have A Tendency To Become What We Are

~ IINIAB ~ Intelligence Is No Inoculation Against Bias

~ WBTWANP-TWHAAOCTARPOOT-OBDTAT-WCST-BTTTPBOE-HMIG-HMIR-HMICSWRODHMOTW? ~ We Believe That We Are Not Prejudiced – That We Have Arrived At Our Conclusions Through A Rational Process Of Objective Thought – Our Biases Disguise Themselves As Truth – We Cannot See Them – Because The Trick Takes Place Behind Our Eyes – How Much Is Genetic – How Much Is Rational – How Much Is Concerned Solely With Reinforcing Our Dearly Held Models Of The World?

~ SWAT-TOWTMOPAD-TSMITTTHHDTBTDOTN ~ Stories Work Against Truth – They Operate With The Machinery Of Prejudice And Distortion – The Scientific Method Is The Tool That Humans Have Developed To Break The Dominion Of The Narrative

~ EIOGTOA-IITROOS ~ Eccentricity Is Our Gift To One Another – It Is The Riches Of Our Species

~ TBMINAS-WIAHR ~ To Be Mistaken Is Not A Sin – Wrongness Is A Human Right

~ MDSC-PFFATLI-MBS-PCTF ~ Minds Do Sometimes Change – People Find Faith And They Lose It – Mystics Become Skeptics – Politicians Cross The Floor

~ IWTTR-T-TARAICSF-TIATCTIAW ~ I Will Try To Remember – Though – That As Right As I Can Sometimes Feel – There Is Always The Chance That I Am Wrong

~ HLIH:IFO-AIFM ~ Happiness Lies In Humility: In Forgiving Others – And In Forgiving Myself