ANDREW KEEN ~ THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER ~ 2015

~ TQ ~ The Question

~ TI-WBPBIME-ITA-IDTGADTB-TS-TCAMOAEW-A-‘RDF’-AVTIABT ~ The Internet – We’ve Been Promised By Its Many Evangelists – Is The Answer – It Democratizes The Good And Disrupts The Bad – They Say – Thereby Creating A More Open And Egalitarian World – A – “Reality Distortion Field” – A Vision That Is Anything But Truthful

~ IOA-W-W-TI-I-IF-MAT-ANFLIWWNUAIVRTB ~ Instead Of A – Win-Win – The Internet – Is – In Fact – More Akin To – A Negative Feedback Loop In Which We Network Users Are Its Victims Rather Than Beneficiaries

~ RT-TA-TI-IA-TCQ-AOCT-FCW ~ Rather Than – The Answer – The Internet – Is Actually – The Central Question – About Our Connected Twenty-First-Century World

~ TMWUTCDN-TLEVIIBTU-RTP-EF-IIACRFTGGB-RAP-A-THOOTMC

~ The More We Use The Contemporary Digital Network – The Less Economic Value It Is Bringing To Us – Rather Than Promoting – Economic Fairness – It Is A Central Reason For The Growing Gulf Between – Rich And Poor – And – The Hollowing Out Of The Middle Class

~ TNNE-I-MMOUP-RT-GMJ-T-DD-IAPCOO-SUC-RTCMC-IHCIPNM-I-CR-AEC-APOI-GAS-RTCMD-IIE-TROTM ~ The New Networked Economy – Is – Making Most Of Us Poorer – Rather Than – Generating More Jobs – This – Digital Disruption – Is A Principal Cause Of Our – Structural Unemployment Crisis – Rather Than Creating More Competition – It Has Created Immensely Powerful New Monopolists – It’s – Cultural Ramifications – Are Equally Chilling – A Panopticon Of Information-Gathering And Surveillance – Rather Than Creating More Democracy – It Is Empowering – The Rule Of The Mob

~ OC-TI-INAB-IHDATAOGFSAFI-PITO-C-F-F-A-WC-ATW ~ Of Course – The Internet – Is Not All Bad – It Has Done A Tremendous Amount Of Good For Society And For Individuals – Particularity In Terms Of – Connecting – Families – Friends – And – Work Colleagues – Around The World

~ IC-KUPW-EMI-STB-TWKO ~ Internet Companies – Know Us Particularly Well – Even More Intimately – So They Boast – Than We Know Ourselves

~ AWASIT-BNDW-OCITSONTBTSU ~ As We All Step Into This – Brave New Digital World – Our Challenge Is To Shape Our Networking Tools Before They Shape Us

~ NS ~ Networked Society

~ ETCBCIBC-A-TAODBPOIM-B ~ Everything That Can Be Connected Is Being Connected – And – The Amount Of Data Being Produced Online Is Mind-Boggling

~ RTPMJOP-TI-IDBW-T-AC ~ Rather Than Producing More Jobs Or Prosperity – The Internet – Is Dominated By Winner-Take-All Companies

~ T-NF-IAAF-SASTATBC-I-IR-Q-S-SICBSIAS-O-E-ASW ~ The – Narrative Fallacy – Is Actually A Fallacy – Sometimes A Story That Appears To Be Complex – Is – In Reality – Quite – Simple – Sometimes It Can Be Summarized In A Sentence – Or – Even – A Single Word

~ DF ~ Data Factories

~ TCOTS ~ The Cult Of The Social

~ T-O-LOH-IT-TAAL-H-I-U-U-A-U ~ The – Only – Law Of History – Is That – There Aren’t Any Laws – History – Is – Unknowing – Unexpected – And – Unintentional

~ TI-HG-FC-F-BAFOC-T-TAE-EOP-IPA ~ The Internet – Has Gone – Full Circle – From – Banning All Forms Of Commerce – To – Transforming Absolutely Everything – Especially Our Privacy – Into Profitable Activity

~ B-TIOE-A-A-IOE-W-FBOW-BI ~ Both – The Internet Of Everything – And An – Internet Of Everyone – Will – For Better Or Worse – Become Inevitable

~ TBC ~ The Broken Center

~ RTFO-W’-O-NAA-IRAAI-TL-TPWWLTJ-TF ~ Rather Than Focusing On – “Winning” – Our – Networked Automation Anxiety – Is Really All About Identifying – The Losers – The People Who Will Lose Their Jobs – The Failures

~ TPATBFSBCO-TI-W-OC-BA-H-IE-ANC-TGSC-IS ~ To Pin All The Blame For Society’s Broken Center On – The Internet – Would – Of Course – Be Absurd – However – Internet Economics – Are Now Compounding – The Growing Silicon Chasm – In Society

~ NIJFL ~ Nostalgia Isn’t Just For Luddites

~ FTDUITWAC-Y-I-TI-W-T-AE-ARAMOS ~ Free Tools Delude Us Into Thinking We Are Celebrities – Yet – In – The Internet’s – Winner-Take-All Economy – Attention Remains A Monopoly Of Superstars

~ 11MF-A-FNAA ~ 11 Million Followers – And – Followed Nobody At All

~ HTIU-TPR-ICMUMPAU ~ Hello This Is Us – The Personal Revolution – Is Certainly Making Us More Parochial And Unworldly

~ S-C ~ Selfi-Centric

~ TRMIT-WACAA-TT-OC-IT-WAMJTTO-OT-S’S’N ~ The Real Myth Is That – We Are Communicating At All – The Truth – Of Course – Is That – We Are Mostly Just Talking To Ourselves – On These – Supposedly “Social” Networks

~ TMDFITDFE:’F’-IABF ~ The Most Disturbing Flaw In The Data Factory Economy: “Free” – Is Anything But Free

~ TEO-OPI-ITEO-T-‘BD’E-TKUSI-PUU-A-WOC-SUBTA ~ The Exploitation Of – Our Personal Information – Is The Engine Of – The – “Big Data” Economy – To Know Us So Intimately – Package Us Up – And – Without Our Consent – Sell Us Back To Advertisers

~ WHBTSTIBPISET ~ We Have Become The Show That Is Being Played In Somebody Else’s Theater

~ NFATWWWOATF ~ Nostalgic For A Time When We Were Optimistic About The Future

~ TCOA ~ The Catastrophe Of Abundance

~ TNS ~ The Narrow Stump

~ IWAGE-AF-A-NE ~ It Was A Gift Economy – All Gift – And – No Economics

~ TOPE ~ The One Percent Economy

~ AAOS ~ An Abundance Of Stupidity

~ LMR-THATA-TEOTP-WBTCWTPF ~ Like Most Revolutionaries – They Had Appointed Themselves As – The Emancipators Of The People – Without Bothering To Check With The People First

~ IOTQ-TI-WATA ~ Irrespective Of The Question – The Internet – Was Always The Answer

~ TOPR-IMAGEWTOPABMBATGOIMIC ~ The One Percent Rule – It’s Mostly A Gift Economy Where The Only Profits Are Being Made By A Tiny Group Of Increasingly Monopolistic Internet Companies

~ TETSQOSMI-A-W-J-CIAFDS-WAMPTSORWSTOH ~ The Emotion That Spreads Most Quickly On Social Media Is – Anger – With – Joy – Coming In A Very Distant Second – We Are More Prone To Share Our Rage With Strangers Than Our Happiness

~ HIUOTI ~ Hatred Is Ubiquitous On The Internet

~ B-IWGIAAEIOCOB ~ But – Information Without Gatekeepers Is Almost Always Either Inaccurate Or Corrupt Or Both

~ W2.0-CO-TAO-I-FI-TWOTC-HIS-OBCBAE ~ Web 2.0’s Cult Of – Transparency And Openness – Its – Faith In – The Wisdom Of The Crowd – Has Ironically Spawned – Opaque Bureaucracies Controlled By Anonymous Elites

~ F3.0-TNGD-ATEVOFLIIIP ~ Fashion 3.0 – The Next Great Disruption – All The Economic Value Of Fashion Lies In Its Intellectual Property

~ ‘S’-IAUF-T ~ “Sharing” – Is A Euphemism For – Theft

~ TINSISQTEIOTOS ~ There Is No Shame In Sometimes Questioning The Economic Impact Of Technology On Society

~ TMOS ~ The Ministry Of Surveillance

~ U-H-INAE/OQ-ITNW-WSFB-TG-A-PBD ~ Unfortunately – However – It’s Not An Either/Or Question – In Today’s Networked World – We Should Fear Both – The Government – And – Private Big Data

~ WITFOPIAIOEAE? ~ What Is The Fate Of Privacy In An Internet Of Everything And Everyone?

~ TRF-TDUI-E-F-F ~ The Real Failure – The Digital Upheaval Itself – Epic – Fucking – Fail

~ ATFOI-TI-MGOTAS-AA-U-AFTAOTL-HBTSJF-SVD ~ And This Fantasy Of Imagining – The Internet – Magically Floating Outside Time And Space – As An – Unplace – Away From The Authority Of Traditional Laws – Has Become The Standard Justification For – Silicon Valley Disruption

~ NFTF(OL)TIH-BAUDLL-FTFTIH-TTARTIRN ~ Not For The First (Or Last) Time In History – Believers Are Using Dramatic Language Like – For The First Time In History – To Tout A Revolution That Isn’t Really New

~ B-WATTMB-N-IHTTROEPOWITW ~ But – While All This Technology Might Be – Novel – It Hasn’t Transformed The Role Of Either Power Or Wealth In The World

~ B-UL-W-SO-B-CBAW-CB-A-NN-WA-NO ~ Billionaire UberLibertarians – With – Staffs Of – Black-Clad Blondes And White-Coated Butlers – A – New Nobility – Without Any – Noblesse Oblige

~ E/I/P/P/J/C-AABTB-NS ~ Employment / Identity / Privacy / Prosperity / Justice / Civility – Are All Being Transformed By – Networked Society

~ TIMN(Y)BTA-B-INR-TCQ-OTFQOTT-FC ~ The Internet – May Not (Yet) Be The Answer – But – It Nonetheless Remains – The Central Question – Of The First Quarter Of The Twenty-First Century

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~ FTM ~ Finding The Meaning ~ Amanda Lang ~ The Beauty Of Discomfort ~ 2017

~ WWW ~ World Wide Web ~ Tim Berners-Lee ~ 1989

~ AOD ~ Acres Of Diamonds ~ Russell Conway ~ 1869

~ IO ~ InternetOlatry

~ IWOWABILSOT-WBC; IWOFFQTFQ-QBUSM ~ If We Operate With A Belief In Long Sweeps Of Time – We Build Cathedrals; If We Operate From Fiscal Quarter To Fiscal Quarter – We Build Ugly Shopping Malls ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch ~ Free Play ~ 1990

~ RN-ATIHI-ISH-O-IST-O-IDACOT ~ Right Now – All That Is Happening Is – I’m Sitting Here – Or – I’m Standing There – Or – I’m Drinking A Cup Of Tea ~ Andy Puddicombe ~ Amanda Lang ~ The Beauty Of Discomfort ~ 2017

~ IHOBT-WWAMOOF-TWCMOLIAFWP-IHSWAOASIKLA-IFTIOMSTTAOMBAE-N-H-ILTTPTRITWINWTROE ~ I Had Once Believed That – We Were All Masters Of Our Fate – That We Could Mould Our Lives Into Any Form We Pleased – I Had Spoken With Assurance On A Subject I Knew Little About – I Forgot That I Owed My Success To The Advantages Of My Birth And Environment – Now – However – I Learned That The Power To Rise In The World Is Not Within The Reach Of Everyone ~ Helen Keller ~ Midstream ~ 1968

~ WOIGHTMP-ISIGPTBIRTPTWBSAAW ~ When One Interest Group Holds Too Much Power – It Succeeds In Getting Policies That Benefit Itself – Rather Than Policies That Would Benefit Society As A Whole ~ Joseph Stiglitz ~ The Price Of Inequality ~ 2012

~ TMPSORIFTSTTP-I-FSTS-FOTI-A-FTIMCTTRUR ~ The Most Pernicious Sort Of Redistribution Isn’t From The Successful To The Poor – It’s – From Saver To Speculators – From Outsiders To Insiders – And – From The Industrious Middle Class To The Reckless Unproductive Rich ~ Ross Douthat ~ New York Times ~ 11-07-2010

~ MAMDAMEIGWWTABBSGI-MAS-A-C-N-S ~ Markets Are Most Developed And Most Effective In Generating Wealth When They Are Backed By Solid Governmental Institutions – Markets And States – Are – Complementary – Not – Substitutes ~ Dani Rodrik ~ The Globalization Paradox ~ 2011

~ NOESTYCWH-HETYETP-ASFYSEDIP ~ No One Ever Said That You Could Work Hard – Harder Even Than You Ever Thought Possible – And Still Find Yourself Sinking Ever Deeper Into Poverty ~ Barbara Ehrenreich ~ Nickel And Dimed ~ 2001

~ TN-MWTPWMTCP-NDTATTMATL ~ They Neither – Mingled With The People Who Made Their Company Products – Nor Did They Appear To Think Much About Their Lives ~ David Cay Johnston ~ Perfectly Legal ~ 2003

~ H-DIWP-CBU-A-IFWC-NNBLA ~ History – Despite Its Wrenching Pain – Cannot Be Unlived – And – If Faced With Courage – Need Not Be Lived Again ~ Maya Angelou ~ On The Pulse Of The Morning ~ 20-01-1993

~ W-IWPBTTP-I-SWBTIP-TP-SBIOTOA-DOTWMT-A-E-IODTOD ~ When – Information Which Properly Belongs To The Public – Is – Systematically Withheld By Those In Power – The People – Soon Become Ignorant Of Their Own Affairs – Distrustful Of Those Who Manage Them – And – Eventually – Incapable Of Determining Their Own Destinies ~ Richard Nixon ~ Freedom Of Information Act ~ 1972

~ ICCTWOTWFMAGTAIP ~ I Could Conquer The Whole Of Them With Fifty Men And Govern Them As I Pleased ~ Christopher Columbus ~ Logbook ~ [Copied By Bartolome De Las Casas] ~ 1492

~ I-MOTE-CTTT-TPWHJAE-IWBHTPTTYOTO-I-MODG-CTTT-TDITOF-T-TWBNN-TUFOV-TKTITP ~ If – Members Of The Elite – Come To Think That – Their Privilege Was Historically Justified And Earned – It Will Be Hard To Persuade Them To Yield Opportunity To Others – If – Members Of Deprived Groups – Come To Think That – Their Deprivation Is Their Own Fault – Then – There Will Be No Need – To Use Force Or Violence – To Keep Them In Their Places ~ James Lowen ~ Lies My Teacher Told Me ~ The New Press ~ 1995

~ I-KIP-ICBB ~ If – Knowledge Is Power – Ignorance Cannot Be Bliss ~ James Lowen ~ Lies My Teacher Told Me ~ The New Press ~ 1995

~ C-IA-ATNC-O-AOTAOO ~ Change – Is About – Adapting To New Circumstances – Or – Adapting Our Thinking About Old Ones ~ Amanda Lang ~ The Beauty Of Discomfort ~ 2017

~ TS-S-MHULHT-AQAOSAIH-A-HTFOAFO ~ To Succeed – Schools – Must Help Us Learn How To – Ask Questions About Our Society And Its History – And – How To Figure Out Answers For Ourselves ~ James Lowen ~ Lies My Teacher Told Me ~ The New Press ~ 1995

~ EDCBAW-UC-WCA-BC-A-FWL-EWOLB ~ Even Death Can Be A Wake-Up Call – We Can Awaken – Be Conscious – And – Filled With Love – Even With Our Last Breath ~ M Laura Nasi ~ Cancer As A Wake-Up Call ~ 2018

KURT ANDERSEN ~ FANTASYLAND ~ 2017

~ WHPTTLGADTRH ~ We Have Passed Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole

~ BI-AAA-CFTOFFWSTB-WCO-F-A-‘F’-TBTU ~ Believers In – Anything And Everything – Can Find Thousands Of Fellow Fantasists Who Share Their Beliefs – With Collages Of – Facts – And – “Facts” – To Back Them Up

~ BTI-C-WMI-A-SHAHTRCOTAR-N-TDBOAAOTAATW-JLAN ~ Before The Internet – Crackpots – Were Mostly Isolated – And – Surely Had A Harder Time Remaining Convinced Of Their Alternate Realities – Now – Their Devoutly Believed Opinions Are All Over The Airwaves And The Web

~ NATFLR-RAF-A-WAD-BAC ~ Now All The Fantasies Look Real – Reality And Fantasy – Are – Weirdly And Dangerously – Blurred And Commingled

~ CE-S-GSEATAOMOETPAW ~ Conspiracies Exist – Sometimes – Groups Secretly Execute Agendas To Achieve Or Maintain Or Expand Their Power And Wealth

~ CEOTW-TT-CASOD-RAI-DLTIIADAPE-ITGGPO-RAH ~ Conspiratorial Explanations Of The World – Tend To – Connect All Sort Of Dots – Real And Imaginary – Drawing Lines To Impute Intention And Design And Purpose Everywhere – Ignoring The Generally Greater Power Of – Randomness And Happenstance

~ T-19502-W-FAF-ATO-WH-W-TV-NAN-HMP-SMT-C-TAA-A-NISA-CQ-HS ~ The – 1950s – Were – Freaky And Fantastic – A Third Of – Waking Hours – Watching – TV – Nowhere And Never – Had More People – Spent More Time – Consuming – Fictions And Advertising – And – Never In Such A – Continuous Quasi-Hypnotic State

~ DU-WBPOT-FT ~ Drug Use – Would Become Part Of The – Fantasyland Transformation

~ I-TAOA-MB-B-B-C ~ In – The Age Of Aquarius – Make-Believe – Became – Blue-Chip

~ NSHBAOI-B-LFO-TEL-A-TPR-HBWDUOTST-TFT-OA-DFT-TA ~ Neither Side Has Been Aware Of It – But – Large Factions Of – The Elite Left – And – The Populist Right – Have Been Wearing Different Uniforms On The Same Team – The Fantasyland Team – Operating As – De Facto Tag-Team Allies

~ S-CFF-P-COF-T-EF ~ Self-Conscious Fan Fiction – Permitted – Consumers Of Fiction – To – Enter Fictions

~ G-DTJT-F-IC-B-O-L ~ Government – Decided To Join The – Fantasy-Industrial Complex – By – Operating – Lotteries

~ TP-EB-1965-W-S-BFLC-ICBL-‘R-A-ML-EF ~ The Pill – Everywhere By 1965 – When – Sex Became Far Less Consequential – It Could Become Less – “Real” – And More Like – Exciting Fiction

~ CS-AN-F-0-PY-KI ~ Cosmetic Surgery – A New – Fantasy – Of – Permanent Youthfulness – Kicked In

~ OIC ~ Our Inner Child

~ R-TITNIAMCOTTAE-BEI-A ~ Relativism – The Idea That Nothing Is Any More Correct Or True Than Anything Else – Became Entrenched In – Academia

~ AT-1960-TWR-A-CBETV-A-ILA-AEWPTBODWTW-TDBOAFWCOMF ~ After The – 1960s – Truth Was Relative – And – Criticizing Became Equal To Victimizing – And – Individual Liberty Absolute – And – Everyone Was Permitted To Believe Or Disbelieve Whatever They Wished – The Distinction Between Opinion And Fact Was Crumbling On Many Fronts

~ TNUI ~ The New UltraIndividualism

~ BI-GSC-T-RFTHITTI-AMF-TCP-T-TM ~ Belief In – Gigantic Secret Conspiracies – Thrived – Ranging From The Highly Improbable To The Impossible – And – Moved From – The Crackpot Periphery – To – The Mainstream

~ CWSU ~ Casinos Were Suddenly Ubiquitous

~ C-ONMS ~ Celebrity-Obsessed News Media Sprawled

~ FTVEC-MMRLMFP-RTCAITNOT-STWP-B-MWPWWABOF ~ Feeding This Vastly Expanded Celebrity-Media Maw Required Lots More Famous People – Reality Television Came Along In The Nick Of Time – Sometimes There Were Prizes – But – Mainly What People Won Was A Bit Of Fame

~ RT-H-R-ITN-B-FTB-RSCO-H-CS-CC-AINSS-A-D-P ~ Reality Television – Has – Reality – In The Name – But – From The Beginning – Reality Shows Consisted Of – High-Concept Stunts – Carefully Cast – Authored If Not Strictly Scripted – And – Definitely – Performed

~ T-O-MT-P-I-C-BA-TG-ATA-IS-CEIOSCTUT-TB-CABUA-SB ~ Transforming – Ordinary – Mostly Talentless – People – Into – Celebrities – Became A – Television Genre – And Then An – Industrial Sector – Canny Executives In Other Sectors Came To Understand That – Their Businesses – Could Also Be Understood As – Show Businesses

~ LARP-TO-APTBCAOSITRW-SFDAAT ~ Live Action Role-Playing – Took Off – Allowing People To Become Characters Acting Out Stories In The Real World – Sometimes For Days At A Time

~ FY:K’R’US ~ Forever Young: Kids “R” Us Syndrome

~ PHOT;IWA-TV-S ~ Politics Happened On Television; It Was A – TV – Series

~ ATI ~ And The Internet

~ BTW-CIAOF-CNSNAFOW-SIWMEF-RAR-TP ~ Before The Web – Cockamamie Ideas And Outright Falsehoods – Could Not Spread Nearly As Fast Or Widely – So It Was Much Easier For – Reason And Reasonableness – To Prevail

~ ITDA-ETAFAPARO-F-SHAUWT-IARUAMB-ATRM ~ In The Digital Age – Every Tribe And Fiefdom And Principality And Region Of – Fantasyland – Suddenly Had An Unprecedented Way To – Instruct And Rile Up And Mobilize Believers – And To Recruit More

~ OTI-TPGTA-FAOBOT-DEOTPOBOIS-ECOAL-IEAVPTVOTTTTTOTP ~ On The Internet – The Prominence Granted To Any – Factual Assertion Or Belief Or Theory – Depends Entirely On The Preferences Of Billions Of Individual Searchers – Each Click On A Link – Is Effectively A Vote Pushing That Version Of The Truth Toward The Top Of The Pile

~ BIOYOFTTLTBIO ~ Believing In One Type Of Fantasy Tends To Lead To Believing In Others

~ BTW-IRWETFOSA-FOCITWCPIOAT ~ Before The Web – It Really Wasn’t Easy To Find Or Stumble Across – False Or Crazy Information That Was Convincingly Passing Itself Off As True

~ P-IIS-IW-AAC-WDMB-EOODD-H-TFAA-I-C-BS-S-A-B-B-T-GAG-AMT-K-TWH-OOOM ~ Pre-Internet Information Systems – In Which – Accuracy And Credibility – Were Determined Mainly By – Experts Or Otherwise Designated Deciders – Had – Terrible Flaws And Annoyances – Including – Complacency– Blind Spots – Snobbishness – And – Bigotry – But – Those – Gates And Gatekeepers – Also Managed To – Keep – The Worst Hogwash – Out Of Our Mainstream

~ AG-UIPMPOBML ~ Anything Goes – Unless It Picks My Pocket Or Breaks My Leg

~ T-SMOON-A-SSMLTN-IDU-RI-MAM-ILOW-T-H-ST-POPABOL ~ That – So Many Of Our Neighbors – Are – Saying So Many Loony Things Now – Is Doing Us – Real Injury – More And More – In Lots Of Ways – Fantasyland – Has – Started To – Pick Our Pockets And Break Our Legs

~ ANOC ~ A Natural OmniConspiracist

~ T-S-S-EO-AC-MIT-I-TEADT-RRO-AT-FN-O-T-OS ~ The – Sudden – Shocking – Exposure Of – Actual Conspiracies – Make It Harder – Ironically – To Expose And Dismantle The – Rare Real Ones – All The – Fantastical Noise – Obscures – The – Occasional Signal

~ IF-IHFPTK-WAWTDLOIL ~ In Fantasyland – It’s Hard For People To Know – Where And When To Draw Lines Or Impose Limits

~ T-GD-HCP-B-TWT-WW-RAHTBI-FAE-F-A-WDT-MG-A-C-ASMF-WSMTYRWOL-T-SP-D-OR-DA-OUVOMITETRHF ~ The – Great Depression – Had Chastened People – But – That Was Then – We Were – Ready And Hungry To Believe In – Financial And Economic – Fantasies – Again – We Decided That – Mardi Gras – And – Christmas – Are So Much Fun – We Should Make Them Year-Round Ways Of Life – The – Smart People – Decided – Old Rules – Didn’t Apply – One Undeniable Virtue Of Markets Is That Eventually They Reflect Hard Facts

~ UR-MOUWUOT-N-GCITKCAPFNS-EOTB-C-S-A-V ~ Until Recently – Most Of Us Were Unaware Of The – New – Global Cottage Industry That Knowingly Concocts And Publishes False News Stories – Each Optimized To Be – Clicked – Shared – And – Viralized

~ A-S-E-A ~ A – Stupendous – Exhibit – A

~ WNTA-AGP-YETYOOAYOF-B-NYOF-E-IYFFHP ~ We Need To Adopt – A Guiding Principle – You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinions And Your Own Fantasies – But – Not Your Own Facts – Especially – If Your Fantastical Facts Hurt People

~ PF-WCH ~ Peak Fantasyland – We Can Hope

RENE GIRARD ~ GREAT HERO – COMMON CHRONOLOGY ~ THE SCAPEGOAT ~ 1989

~ O-T-R-H-P-J-A-D-A-Z-J-M-S-A-RH ~ Oedipus – Theseus – Romulus – Hercules – Perseus – Jason – Asclepius – Dionysus – Apollo – Zeus – Joseph – Moses – Sigurd – Arthur – Robin Hood

~ MIRV ~ Mother Is Royal Virgin

~ FIAK(OANROTM) ~ Father Is A King (Often A Near Relative Of The Mother)

~ COCAU ~ Circumstances Of Conception Are Unusual

~ RTBTSOAG ~ Reputed To Be The Son Of A God

~ AMTKHAB(UBTFOTOOTR) ~ Attempt Made To Kill Him At Birth (Usually By The Father Or The Overlord Of The Realm)

~ SFDBB ~ Saved From Death By Benefactor

~ BUBFP(UIAFC) ~ Brought Up By Foster-Parents (Usually In A Far Country)

~ NM(ON)IKOC ~ Not Much (Or Nothing) Is Know Of Childhood

~ ORMHROGTHFK ~ On Reaching Manhood He Returns Or Goes To His Future Kingdom

~ AAVOAK(A/OAGOM)~ Achieves A Victory Over A King (And/Or A Giant Or Monster)

~ MAP(OTDOHP) ~ Marries A Princess (Often The Daughter Of His Predecessor)

~ BK ~ Becomes King

~ ABUR ~ A Brief Uneventful Reign

~ LFWTGA/OHS ~ Loses Favour With The Gods And/Or His Subjects

~ DFTT ~ Driven From The Throne

~ MWAMD(OATTOAH) ~ Meets With A Mysterious Death (Often At The Top Of A Hill)

~ HC(IA)DNSH ~ His Children (If Any) Do Not Succeed Him

~ HBINB ~ His Body Is Not Buried

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~ SM ~ Shopping Malls ~ James Rouse ~ 1958

~ FC ~ Food Courts ~ James Rouse ~ 1958

~ WLLA-PHP ~ What Looks Like A – Permanently High Plateau ~ Irving Fisher ~ New York Times ~ 06-09-1929

~ APT ~ Advanced Persistent Threat ~ 2006

~ PII ~ Personally Identifiable Information

~ CRM ~ Customer Relations Management

~ HDYKN-IE-H-U-EAV? ~ How Do You Know When – Irrational Exuberance – Has – Unduly – Escalated Asset Values? ~ Alan Greenspan ~ 05-12-1996

~ ONW ~ Omit Needless Words ~ The Elements Of Style ~ William Strunk ~ 1918

~ TWPTRIWS-B-IHBGFFYOM-WVCE-TIWWEW ~ That Was Precisely The Reason I Was Shocked – Because – I Had Been Going For Forty Years Or More – With Very Considerable Evidence – That It Was Working Exceptionally Well ~ Alan Greensapn ~ 23-10-2008

~ TWEEC-ITSOLY ~ The Whole Intellectual Edifice Collapsed – In The Summer Of Last Year ~ Alan Greensapn ~ 23-10-2008

~ LARP ~ Live Action Role-Playing ~ 197?

~ C-SP-AT-C-S-COE-HTSRFOPUAR-TI-ATCOO-TA-WAEAFABVOTE ~ Cliches – Stock Phrases – Adherence To – Conventional – Standardized – Codes Of Expression – Have The Socially Recognized Function Of Protecting Us Against Reality – That Is – Against The Claim On Our – Thinking Attention – Which All Events And Facts Arouse By Virtue Of Their Existence ~ Hannah Arendt ~ Social Research ~ 1971

~ HF ~ Hedged Fund ~ Alfred Winslow Jones ~ 1949

~ D-Z-T-B ~ Debt-Zombies-To-Be ~ Steve Keen ~ Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? ~ 2017

~ SID ~ Stability Is Destabilising ~ Hyman Minsky ~ Financial Instability Revisited ~ 1972

~ TTT-TDW-IASIB-I-TBI-IACE ~ The Tendency To – Transform Doing Well – Into A Speculative Investment Boom – Is – The Basic Instability – In A Capitalist Economy ~ Hyman Minsky ~ The Financial Instability Hypothesis ~ 1977

~ DIAECOACE ~ Debt Is An Essential Characteristic Of A Capitalist Economy ~ Hyman Minsky ~ The Financial Instability Hypothesis ~ 1977

~ MID ~ More Is Different ~ Philip Anderson ~ More Is Different ~ 1972

~ TATRETSFL-DNITAT-SFTLARTU ~ The Ability To Reduce Everything To Simple Fundamental Laws – Does Not Imply The Ability To – Start From Those Laws And Reconstruct The Universe ~ Philip Anderson ~ More Is Different ~ 1972

~ AELOC-ENPA-A-TUO-TNB-RR-AFIINAAO ~ At Each Level Of Complexity – Entirely New Properties Appear – And – The Understanding Of – The New Behaviors – Requires Research – As Fundamental In Its Nature As Any Other ~ Philip Anderson ~ More Is Different ~ 1972

~ WHPTTLGADTRH ~ We Have Passed Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole ~ Kurt Andersen ~ Fantasyland ~ 2017

~ TITS ~ Tanks In The Streets ~ Jon Stewart

~ PWEPIAIWTCWIIS-TILAWTDWTCAITD ~ People Who Exercise Power Inevitably Abuse It When They Can Wield It In Secret – They Inevitably Lie About What They Do When They Can Act In The Dark ~ Glen Greenwald ~ 11-04-2013 ~ Guardian

~ WDOD ~ Walking Dead Of Debt ~ Steve Keen ~ Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? ~ 2017

~ EFACB ~ Eating From A Common Bowl ~ The Great Peace of Montreal ~ 1701

~ RSVP ~ Rapid Sequential Visual Presentation

~ FF ~ Filter Failure ~ Clay Shirky ~ 19-09-2008

~ WTSHTF ~ Norman Mailer ~ The Naked And The Dead ~ 1944

~ SHTF ~ Shit Hits The Fan

~ RDF ~ Reality Distortion Field ~ Bud Tribble ~ 1981

~ MOM ~ Missions Operations Manager

~ NDD ~ Nature Deficit Disorder ~ Richard Louv ~ Last Child In The Woods ~ 2005

~ FB ~ Forest Bathing

~ SOTF ~ Survival Of The Fittest ~ Herbert Spencer ~ The Principles Of Biology ~ 1864

~ FRB ~ Fast Radio Burst ~ Duncan Lorimer + David Narkevic ~ 2007

~ HJ ~ Hebbie Jeebies ~ Billy DeBreck ~ 26-10-1923

~ T-TEC-SBAR-F-F-TTL-IT-PIAGOC ~ Totalitarianism – The Essential Conviction – Share By All Ranks – From Fellow-Traveler To Leader – Is That – Politics Is A Game Of Cheating ~ Hannah Arendt ~ The Origins Of Totalitarianism ~ 1951

~ GFC ~ Global Financial Crisis ~ Steve Keen ~ Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? ~ 2017

~ BICTCDIOCWT-TITOBOAGC ~ But In Changing The City’s Desires Instead Of Complying With Them – That Is The Only Business Of A Good Citizen ~ Plato ~ Gorgias ~ 517 BCE

~ ATI ~ And The Internet ~ Kurt Andersen ~ Fantasyland ~ 2017

~ TIO-EAPP-BWTARAWTAW-AMPTICU-I-TWIRBLE ~ The Ideas Of – Economists And Political Philosophers – Both When They Are Right And When They Are Wrong – Are More Powerful Than Is Commonly Understood – Indeed – The World Is Ruled By Little Else ~ John Maynard Keynes ~ The General Theory Of Employment, Interest And Money ~ 1936

~ BIOYOFTTLTBIO ~ Believing In One Type Of Fantasy Tends To Lead To Believing In Others ~ Kurt Andersen ~ Fantasyland ~ 2017

~ HAG/HFBG ~ Hints And Guesses / Hints Followed By Guesses ~ T. S. Eliot ~ Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages ~ 1969

~ MP-DTIAWRAAT-TBTW-NMHA-A-DNPOTBDBIHESTBALA ~ Mass Propaganda – Discovered That Its Audience Was Ready At All Times – To Believe The Worst – No Matter How Absurd – And – Did Not Particularity Object To Being Deceived Because It Held Every Statement To Be A Lie Anyhow ~ Hannah Arendt ~ The Origins Of Totalitarianism ~ 1951

~ TIYLYKYAAOBE-WYLTW-A-WYLTR ~ Twice In Your Life You Know You Are Approved Of By Everyone – When You Learn To Walk – And – When You Learn To Read ~ Penelope Fitzgerald ~ Why I Write ~ A House Of Air ~ 2009

ECKHART TOLLE ~ A NEW EARTH ~ 2005

~ UYKTBMBTWO-TE-YWRI-IWTYIIWI-AAA ~ Unless You Know The Basic Mechanics Behind The Workings Of – The Ego – You Won’t Recognize It – And – It Will Trick You Into Identifying With It – Again And Again

~ WKT-S-CCS-GITFTTTFYTTDW ~ What Keeps The – So-Called Consumer Society – Going Is The Fact That Trying To Find Yourself Through Things Doesn’t Work

~ AAECC ~ Awareness And Ego Cannot Coexist

~ TPEPTYRTMSIO-A-MATI-TTBTSPTAAIY-B-TYAUOUTDWY-ITS-YHMTLFYE ~ The Particular Egoic Patterns That You React To Most Strongly In Others – And – Misperceive As Their Identity – Tend To Be The Same Patterns That Are Also In You – But – That You Are Unable Or Unwilling To Detect Within Yourself – In That Sense – You Have Much To Learn From Your Enemies

~ TEAWSFOPOS-TIAAHA-AASO- ‘NEY’ -O-IAL-TNTBF-IU-PAS-TGWIW-AEWIS-IINSFL ~ The Ego Always Wants Something From Other People Or Situations – There Is Always A Hidden Agenda – Always A Sense Of – “Not Enough Yet” – Of – Insufficiency And Lack – That Needs To Be Filled – It Uses – People And Situations – To Get What It Wants – And Even When It Succeeds – It Is Never Satisfied For Long

~ TPCOUINTSBYTAI ~ The Primary Cause Of Unhappiness Is Never The Situation But Your Thoughts About It

~ RTBY-TAE-B-TABT ~ Rather Than Being Your – Thoughts And Emotions – Be – The Awareness Behind Them

~ TECSASCS ~ The Ego Creates Separation And Separation Creates Suffering

~ NEHITPTCPYFBPN ~ Nothing Ever Happened In The Past That Can Prevent You From Being Present Now

~ VUP-ETOE-TIRIO ~ Very Unconscious People – Experience Their Own Ego – Through Its Reflection In Others

~ WYRT-WYRTIOIAIY(ASOIY)-YBTBAOYOE-ATS-YMART-YWDTOWYTOWDTY ~ When You Realize That – What You React To In Others Is Also In You (And Sometimes Only In You) – You Begin To Become Aware Of Your Own Ego – At That Stage – You May Also Realize That – You Were Doing To Others What You Thought Others Were Doing To You

~ ATGTIAIYLITFFAA-WYTTWIWFY-YAWFTW-YAWIB-DDYTYASATYHNTG-YCRWYDG ~ Acknowledging The Good That Is Already In Your Life Is The Foundation For All Abundance – Whatever You Think The World Is Withholding From You – You Are Withholding From The World – You Are Withholding It Because – Deep Down You Think You Are Small And That You Have Nothing To Give – You Cannot Receive What You Don’t Give

~ TDTMTPMIYFITEOTE ~ The Decision To Make The Present Moment Into Your Friend Is The End Of The Ego

~ TINTYCDA-A-WYDWB-TE-TTA-AOE-TI-AIMPP-ATMIMIAB-IOA-YATCOATYM-OTMIOWAAOEPIL-ATTTLUTTI ~ There Is Nothing That You Can Do About – Awakening – Whatever You Do Will Be – The Ego – Trying To Add – Awakening Or Enlightenment – To Itself – As Its Most Prized Possession – And Thereby Making Itself More Important And Bigger – Instead Of Awakening – You Add The Concept Of Awakening To Your Mind – Or The Mental Image Of What An Awakened Or Enlightened Person Is Like – And Then Try To Live Up To That Image

~ WYM-TPM-IO-PAF-TFPOYL-YATEWYD-AWITQOYL-ID ~ When You Make – The Present Moment – Instead Of – Past And Future – The Focal Point Of Your Life – Your Ability To Enjoy What You Do — And With It The Quality Of Your Life — Increases Dramatically

~ YDHTWFS-‘M’-TCIYL-STYCFEWYD-TIMMI-J-TYWEN ~ You Don’t Have To Wait For Something – “Meaningful” – To Come Into Your Life– So That You Can Finally Enjoy What You Do – There Is More Meaning In – Joy – Than You Will Ever Need

~ J-DNCF-WYD-IFI-WYD-ATITWFDWY ~ Joy – Does Not Come From – What You Do – It Flows Into – What You Do – And Thus Into This World From Deep Within You

~ YWEAAIWYAFP-AATINJ-AMTAE ~ You Will Enjoy Any Activity In Which You Are Fully Present – Any Activity That Is Not Just – A Means To An End

ECKHART TOLLE ~ STILLNESS SPEAKS ~ 2003

~ THC:LIT ~ The Human Condition: Lost In Thought

~ MPSTELIWTCOTOT-TNGBA-N-M-M-PSOS-TICBTP ~ Most People Spend Their Entire Life Imprisoned Within The Confines Of Their Own Thoughts – They Never Go Beyond A – Narrow – Mind-Made – Personalized Sense Of Self – That Is Conditioned By The Past

~ TIADOCFDTT-IITVEOWYA-WMCI-P-A-TUC ~ There Is A Dimension Of Consciousness Far Deeper Than Thought – It Is The Very Essence Of Who You Are – We May Call It – Presence – Awareness – The Unconditioned Consciousness

~ THM-IIDT-K/U/C-MIOAVFTT ~ The Human Mind – In Its Desire To – Know / Understand / Control – Mistakes Its Opinions And Viewpoints For The Truth

~ TTMIAUAPT-B-IIAVLWITOYLC-WYDRTIIOASAOTCTYA ~ The Thinking Mind Is A Useful And Powerful Tool – But – It Is Also Very Limiting When It Takes Over Your Life Completely – When You Don’t Realize That It Is Only A Small Aspect Of The Consciousness That You Are

~ W-INAPOT-TDKTIWATTSAO-GSOSYFA-AIPI-CI ~ Wisdom – Is Not A Product Of Thought – The Deep Knowing That Is Wisdom Arises Through The Simple Act Of – Giving Someone Or Something Your Full Attention – Attention Is Primordial Intelligence – Consciousness Itself

~ WITBD?-IWT ~ What Is This Basic Delusion? – Identification With Thought

~ POAK-I-TYAIW-TTM-IM-YDSTOHBA-BOYOCOTHB-TRTAOAHBTACIAAFOV ~ Prejudice Of Any Kind – Implies – That You Are Identified With – The Thinking Mind – It Means – You Don’t See The Other Human Being Anymore – But Only Your Own Concept Of That Human Being – To Reduce The Aliveness Of Another Human Being To A Concept Is Already A Form Of Violence

~ BAEWTSO-‘NK’-TTYB-M-BTMIATTCAI-IIAO-NK-WYCBAEW-NK-YHAGBTM-ADKTIN-CTAOOTS ~ Become At Ease With The State Of – “Not Knowing” – This Takes You Beyond – Mind – Because The Mind Is Always Trying To Conclude And Interpret – It Is Afraid Of Not Knowing – When You Can Be At Ease With – Not Knowing – You Have Already Gone Beyond The Mind – A Deeper Knowing That Is Non-Conceptual Then Arises Out Of That State

~ T-‘I’-TINSFL-IIA-M-MSOWYA-CBTP-A-STFIFITF ~ The – “I” – That Is Never Satisfied For Long – It Is A – Mind-Made Sense Of Who You Are – Conditioned By The Past – And – Seeking To Find Its Fulfillment In The Future

~ WYLT-TE-YA-RTPMTAMTAE-YLFTF ~ When You Live Through – The Ego – You Always – Reduce The Present Moment To A Means To An End – You Live For The Future

~ WYGMAT-TD-TT-TFR-TYWTATI-YB-TOEC-Y-D-TBNOAGDME-BIM-F-A-J ~ When You Give More Attention To – The Doing – Than To – The Future Result – That You Want To Achieve Through It – You Break – The Old Egoic Conditioning – Your Doing – Then Becomes Not Only A Great Deal More Effective – But Infinitely More – Fulfilling – And – Joyful

~ CAR-A-FMP-TWTESI-FMP-ALPOTM-EACO-CARATOT ~ Complaining And Reactivity – Are – Favorite Mind Patterns – Through Which The Ego Strengthens Itself – For Many People – A Large Part Of Their Mental-Emotional Activity Consists Of – Complaining And Reacting Against This Or That

~ IYDWP-CYDSFOE-SOI-TT?-YALA-TE-WLTC ~ In Your Dealings With People – Can You Detect Subtle Feelings Of Either – Superiority Or Inferiority – Toward Them? – You Are Looking At – The Ego – Which Lives Through Comparison

~ TEIDOCAFOM-IWGAA-IAEF-YCSYFSOSTSYA-MUTBLOMITSE ~ The Ego’s Identity Depends On Comparison And Feeds On More – It Will Grasp At Anything – If All Else Fails – You Can Strengthen Your Fictitious Sense Of Self Through Seeing Yourself As – More Unfairly Treated By Life Or More Ill Than Someone Else

~ BITVSO-TES-IANT-O-R-A-E-TMTSOSOWICSD-STI-‘M’-AT-‘O’-‘U’-A-‘T’~ Built Into The Very Structure Of – The Egoic Self – Is A Need To – Oppose – Resist – And – Exclude – To Maintain The Sense Of Separateness On Which Its Continued Survival Depends – So There Is – “Me” – Against The – “Other” – “Us” – Against – “Them”

~ TE-NTBICW-SOS ~ The Ego – Needs To Be In Conflict With – Something Or Someone

~ TOM-N-ITOTYCNEF-TOCFIYL-NMWH-OTIC:IAN This One Moment – Now – Is The Only Thing You Can Never Escape From – The One Constant Factor In Your Life – No Matter What Happens – One Thing Is Certain: It’s Always Now

~ STINEF-TN-WNWI-BFWI? ~ Since There Is No Escape From – The Now – Why Not Welcome It – Become Friendly With It?

~ DYTTMAIIWAOTBO?-DYFYH-AFMTGT-TIMI? ~ Do You Treat This Moment As If It Were An Obstacle To Be Overcome? – Do You Feel You Have – A Future Moment To Get To – That Is More Important?

~ FTAWYB-TAYI-TN~ Feel The Aliveness Within Your Body – That Anchors You In – The Now

~ T-N-IDT-WHII-IITSIWIH ~ The Now – Is Deeper Than – What Happens In It – It Is The Space In Which It Happens

~ YFP-NB-RTCOYL-B-BRWYAATDL ~ You Find Peace – Not By – Rearranging The Circumstances Of Your Life – But – By Realizing Who You Are At The Deepest Level

~ YCFYITPOF-TOPWYCFYII-TN ~ You Cannot Find Yourself In The Past Or Future – The Only Place Where You Can Find Yourself Is In – The Now

~ ALA-TE-RYL-MOY-T-E-A-A-AF-DAF-IR-YTE-WOFS-FTOP ~ As Long As – The Ego – Runs Your Life – Most Of Your – Thoughts – Emotions – And – Actions – Arise From – Desire And Fear – In Relationships – You Then Either – Want Or Fear Something – From The Other Person

~ WYMTPMTFPOYA-IOUIAAMTAE-YGBTE-A-BTUCTUPA-AMTAE-TEBS-E ~ When You Make The Present Moment The Focal Point Of Your Attention — Instead Of Using It As A Means To An End — You Go Beyond The Ego – And – Beyond The Unconscious Compulsion To Use People As – A Means To An End – The End Being Self-Enhancement

~ L-DNWOF-A ~ Love – Does Not Want Or Fear – Anything

~ U-OC-TIN-O-A-YAAM-Y ~ Ultimately – Of Course –There Is No – Other – And – You Are Always Meeting – Yourself

~ UMPTTCTAESBMTC-BBAOTATH ~ Unconscious Mind Patterns Tend To Come To An End Simply By Making Them Conscious – By Becoming Aware Of Them As They Happen