PRIYA PARKER ~ THE ART OF GATHERING ~ 2018

~ TWWGM ~ The Way We Gather Matters

~ ID-TFTAIOOTFRGTEI-ICDIA-OOTFTTGITRTA ~ In Democracies – The Freedom To Assemble Is One Of The Foundational Rights Granted To Every Individual – In Countries Descending Into Authoritarianism – One Of The First Things To Go Is The Right To Assemble

~ WSPLG ~ We Spend Our Lives Gathering

~ II-TW-AGIG-TDWHIIAHSII ~ It Is – The Way – A Group Is Gathered – That Determines What Happens In It And How Successful It Is

~ DWYRG ~ Decide Why You’re Really Gathering

~ ACINAP ~ A Category Is Not A Purpose

~ R-TGEO-MG ~ Routine – That Great Enemy Of – Meaningful Gathering

~ CT-AGAS-S–TMFAPAGI-TMNIFIATMPIA-U-IAI-HITM-U-? ~ Commit To – A Gathering About Something – Specificity – The More Focused And Particular A Gathering Is – The More Narrowly It Frames Itself And The More Passion It Arouses – Uniqueness – Is Another Ingredient – How Is This Meeting – Unique – ?

~ Y-P-MF-T-W-T-T-W ~ Your – Purpose – Move From – The – What – To – The – Why

~ A-W-YDI-ETYGT-A-D-R-AWA-KAWUYH-A-BOV ~ Ask – Why – You’re Doing It – Every Time You Get To – Another – Deeper – Reason – Ask Why Again – Keep Asking Why Until You Hit – A – Belief Or Value

~ FOYDOBFTAM-A-IAPTMBCAWTNTBT-E-WAMIN ~ Figuring Out Your Desired Outcome Brings Focus To A Meeting – And – It Allows People To Make Better Choices About Whether They Need To Be There – Even – Whether A Meeting Is Necessary

~ YAPTCPMPR:T-MTETCHYW-YG-A-Y-TBABTE-IWYOPAAGSOTR ~ You Are Proposing To Consume People’s Most Precious Resource: Time – Making The Effort To Consider How You Want – Your Guests – And – Yourself – To Be Altered By The Experience – Is What You Owe People As A Good Steward Of That Resource

~ HAP-YW-FIETMATDTAGR ~ Having A Purpose – You Will – Find It Easier To Make All The Decisions That A Gathering Requires

~ PIYB ~ Purpose Is Your Bouncer

~ VECWBETMW-YKWYG ~ Virtually Every Choice Will Be Easier To Make When – You Know Why You’re Gathering

~ TP-DL ~ The Purpose-Driven List

~ IPIE-EPCBH ~ Inviting People Is Easy – Excluding People Can Be Hard

~ S-W-O-I-B-WDWTDWTCOECP-ETGAMAS ~ Sometimes – We – Over-Include – Because – We Don’t Want To Deal With The Consequences Of Excluding Certain People – Especially Those Gifted At Making A Stink

~ AVOAN ~ A Venue Is A Nudge

~ TCOPIOMAT-ECBP-TC-D-TV-O-C-O-T ~ The Choice Of Place Is Often Made According To – Every Consideration But Purpose – The Cost – Determines – The Venue – Or – Convenience – Or – Traffic

~ WYCAVF-LR-YALTLO-YP-WIFTSBWFI ~ When You Choose A Venue For – Logistical Reasons – You Are Letting Those Logistics Override – Your Purpose – When In Fact They Should Be Working For It

~ E-SAST-E-TRFYC-WALI ~ Embodiment – Seek A Setting That – Embodies – The Reason For Your Convening – When A Location Inspires

~ WMHDRIT-TCOVIOOYMPLOYGB ~ What Many Hosts Don’t Realize Is That – The Choice Of Venue Is One Of Your Most Powerful Levers Over Your Guests’ Behavior

~ PAABTE-A-YSHYGIAPACTSYP ~ People Are Affected By Their Environment – And – You Should Host Your Gathering In A Place And Context That Serves Your Purpose

~ A-CS-FAGAPTR-A-IHCT-AW-TAGC-AIB-A ~ A – Contained Space – For A Gathering Allows People To Relax – And – It Helps Create The – Alternative World – That A Gathering Can – At Its Best – Achieve

~ DBACH-‘C’-ISDAK ~ Don’t Be A Chill Host – “Chill” – Is Selfishness Disguised As Kindness

~ AIAOC-IIE-JT-SAP-D-A-GR-ATTRE-A-IYDEF-OWSIAETO-P-D-A-GR ~ Authority Is An Ongoing Commitment – It Isn’t Enough – Just To – Set A Purpose – Direction – And – Ground Rules – All These Things Require Enforcement – And – If You Don’t Enforce Them – Others Will Step In And Enforce Their Own – Purposes – Directions – And – Ground Rules

~ GA-INAP-INTAOP-IIUPTAOTAG-TAFO-TAIJBTG

~ Generous Authenticity – Is Not A Pose – It’s Not The Appearance Of Power – It Is Using Power To Achieve Outcomes That Are Generous – That Are For Others – The Authority Is Justified By The Generosity

~ PYG ~ Protect Your Guests

~ TF-A-P-MIUOYA-I-TPOYG-FOA-FB-O-FTATTLIOP-VA ~ The First – And – Perhaps – Most Important Use Of Your Authority – Is – The Protection Of Your Guests – From One Another – From Boredom – Or – From The Additive Technologies That Lurk In Our Pockets – Vibrating Away

~ BBH-IYJAH-K-G-B-F-TWIO ~ Bad Behavior Happens – It’s Your Job As A Host – Kindly – Graciously – But – Firmly – To Ward It Off

~ PYG-I-IS-AETRTAGCEAARTRTE-A-IG-B-YDIFYG-ST-TDHT ~ Protecting Your Guests – Is – In Short – About Elevating The Right To A Great Collective Experience Above Anyone’s Right To Ruin That Experience – And – It’s Generous – Because – You’re Doing It For Your Guests – So That – They Don’t Have To

~ EYG ~ Equalize Your Guests

~ THMLTSTUAITOWFLC-IIITOWKHEWPOTWOMTGP ~ The Host Most Likely To Succumb To Ungenerous Authority Is The One Who Fears Losing Control – It Is In The Obsession With Knowing How Events Will Play Out That We Often Make Them Go Poorly

~ R-CCA-I-T-W-TIAMPTYEG-B-ERT-TRAT-AIT-WTOT ~ Rules – Can Create An – Imaginary – Transient – World – That Is Actually More Playful Than Your Everyday Gathering – Because – Everyone Realizes That – The Rules Are Temporary – And Is Therefore – Willing To Obey Them

~ S-AR-IUWAGWPTCIAWTNSNWD ~ Sometimes – A Rule – Is Useful When A Gatherer Wants People To Connect In A Way That Normal Social Norms Would Discourage

~ NSAFWL ~ Never Start A Funeral With Logistics

~ P-BYES-IHB-T-P-SSIGASBYWTBRATO ~ Priming – Before Your Event Starts – It Has Begun – The – Pregame – Should Sow In Guests Any Special Behaviors You Want To Blossom Right At The Outset

~ AGTCTAGAOTCTPOI ~ Asking Guest To Contribute To A Gathering Ahead Of Time Changes Their Perception Of It

~ AW-P-IIOT-CAD-T-UAAAGSCRT ~ As With – Purpose – It Is Often Through – Conflict And Disgruntlement – That – Underlying Assumptions About A Gathering’s Social Contract Reveal Themselves

~ NAP-T-NAG-ATWPPI-TNSWTPOTEI-A-IAPPFTRALOEP

~ Naming As Priming – To – Name A Gathering – Affects The Way People Perceive It – The Name Signals What The Purpose Of The Event Is – And – It Also Prepares People For Their Role And Level Of Expected Participation

~ TIIJTB-TAMCATWTROTYGACTP ~ The Invitation Is Just The Beginning – There Are Many Chances Along The Way To Reach Out To Your Guests And Continue The Priming

~ TAMTWYC-CAT-AP-B-YAYGCTSLT-APTTOTPRACPAAI-TFTBTGAATO ~ There Are Many Tiny Ways You Can – Create A Threshold – A Pause – Before – You And Your Guests Cross The Starting Line Together – A Passageway That Tunes Out The Prior Reality And Captures Peoples’ Attention And Imagination – The Final Transition Between The Guests’ Arrival And The Opening

~ HAAYG ~ Honor And Awe Your Guests

~ Y-O-NTBAKO-PST-IS-GP-IMPITTPFOBTWADGTBT-TTE-WTO-TVRTYFMTBAGOHBT-TTMYGPFITFM ~ Your – Opening – Needs To Be A Kind Of – Pleasant Shock Therapy – It Should – Grab People – It Must Plant In Them The Paradoxical Feeling Of Being Totally Welcomed And Deeply Grateful To Be There – Try To Embody – With That Opening – The Very Reason That You Felt Moved To Bring A Group Of Human Beings Together – Try To Make Your Gathering’s Purpose Felt In Those First Moments

~ CGC ~ Cause Good Controversy

~ LO-C-AA-MOPAMF-EW-IACWTCTFAIYWYGTTWT-RYP-RPOWWINEWIITFP ~ Like Openings – Closings – Are A – Moment Of Power And Memory Formation – Ending Well – Is A Crucial Way To Cement The Feelings And Ideas You Want Your Guests To Take With Them – Recall Your Purpose – Remind People Of Why What Is Now Ending Was Initiated In The First Place

JAMES KUNSTLER ~ TOO MUCH MAGIC ~ 2012

~ OSCATASBFTEROTF ~ Our Smaller Cities And Towns Are Scaled Better For The Energy Realities Of The Future

~ OGCAPOTCEA ~ Our Giant Cities Are Products Of The Cheap Energy Age

~ LCCWCAD-ATOD-A-ATW-ITALTHT ~ Large Complex Cities Will Contract And Densify – Around Their Old Center – And – Around Their Waterfronts – If They Are Lucky To Have Them

~ TWTRT-T-T-TMBOKAE ~ The Wish To Resort To – Technomagic – Trumps– Time-Tested Methods Based On Knowledge And Experience

~ AFPWRALMHL ~ All Food Production Will Require A Lot More Human Labor

~ G-I-IE-DNWWWSOVRANP ~ Giant – Integrated – Industrial Economies – Do Not Work Well When Supplies Of Vital Resources Are Not Predictable

~ TM-I-C-E-O-CC-FP-I-FS ~ The Most – Immediate – Critical – Effect – Of – Climate Change – For People – Is – Food Scarcity

~ T-I-INATBAPFOHL-IWNLVFITF-TME ~ The – Internet – Is Now Assumed To Be A Permanent Fixture Of Human Life – It Will Not Last Very Far Into The Future – Too Much Electricity

~ GWSCITP-FDATTWDN-A-ITRL-TWWAUAWWDTTWAWWTWWD ~ Generations Will Soon Come Into Their Power – Feeling Differently About Themselves Than We Do Now – And – In Their Reenchanted Lives – They Will Wonder About Us And What We Did To Their World And What We Thought We Were Doing

29-02-2020

~ IYC ~ Inverted Yield Curve ~ Campbell Harvey ~ Dissertation ~ 1986

~ NDA ~ Non-Disclosure Agreement

~ CA ~ Confidentiality Agreement

~ CDA ~ Confidential Disclosure Agreement

~ PIA ~ Proprietary Information Agreement

~ SA ~ Secrecy Agreement

~ FRB121102 ~ Fast Radio Burst 121102

~ COVID-19 ~ Coronavirus Disease 2019

~ IWTBR ~ Information Wants To Be Reduced ~ Nassim Taleb ~ The Black Swan ~ 2017

~ TL-TM ~ Twitter Less – Think More ~ George Lois ~ Damn Good Advice ~ 2012

~ BWIYTSCMFHL? ~ But What If Your Trade Secret Costs My Father His Life? ~ Devra Davis ~ The Secret History Of The War On Cancer ~ 2007

~ TGLLSNTM-TAED-TLCCLO-A-STMAP ~ The Golf Links Lie So Near The Mill – That Almost Every Day – The Laboring Children Can Look Out – And – See The Men At Play ~ Sarah Cleghorn ~ The Golf Links ~ 1917

~ TBTJHISEF ~ This Bad Thing Just Happened Is Someone Else’s Fault ~ Matt Taibbi ~ Hate Inc. ~ 2019

~ MN-TOOTA-SBNTNP ~ Magic Numbers – Taken Out Of Thin Air – Supported By Neither Theory Nor Practice ~ Mariana Mazzucato ~ The Value Of Everything ~ 2018

~ IPTTAE-B-TTP-N-A ~ I Prefer To Talk About Events – Before – They Take Place – Not – After ~ Nassim Taleb ~ The Black Swan ~ 2010

~ WAWOCOSI? ~ Why Are Worshippers Of Competence Often So Incompetent? ~ Thomas Frank ~ Rendezvous With Oblivion ~ 2018

~ FIPOC ~ Financially Incentivized Proliferation Of Chatter ~ Jenny Odell ~ How To Do Nothing ~ 2019

~ DYKWIA? ~ Do You Know Who I Am? ~ Thomas Frank ~ Rendezvous With Oblivion ~ 2018

~ TCOS-IP ~ The Club Of Single-Idea People ~ Matt Taibbi ~ Hate Inc. ~ 2019

~ A-BS-F-TT-INA-BS-F-TB ~ A – Black Swan – For – The Turkey – Is Not A – Black Swan – For – The Butcher ~ Nassim Taleb ~ The Black Swan ~ 2010

~ TEOTACHBDATSPOSAMD-SWUAAAUPOAPMOLMWD;MAAADOIAOSPAPIISAG ~ The Essence Of The Authoritarian Character Has Been Described As The Simultaneous Presence Of Sadistic And Masochistic Drives – Sadism Was Understood As Aiming At Unrestricted Power Over Another Person More Or Less Mixed With Destructiveness; Masochism As Aiming At Dissolving Oneself In An Overwhelmingly Strong Power And Participating In Its Strength And Glory ~ Erich Fromm ~ Escape From Freedom ~ 1941

~ DASBTPPWATDITBBOTV? ~ Does Anyone Seriously Believe That Powerful People Would Allow Truly Dangerous Ideas To Be Broadcast On TV? ~ Matt Taibbi ~ Hate Inc. ~ 2019

~ TMYFDATEYA-TMYPYWWOFF-E-MH ~ The More You Fear Death And The Emptier You Are – The More You People Your World With Omnipotent Father-Figures – Extra-Magical Helpers ~ Ernest Becker ~ The Denial Of Death ~ 1970

~ CG-M-GSOTMLACW ~ Cheap Grace – Means – Grace Sold On The Market Like A Cheapjack’s Wares ~ Dietrch Bonhoeffer ~ The Cost Of Discipleship ~ 1943

~ NOMO ~ The Necessity Of Missing Out ~ Jenny Odell ~ How To Do Nothing ~ 2019

~ AA-TALOEW-P-B-G-AAL-S-F-A-L;TRDSECAIE ~ After All – There’s A Lot Of Experience With – Privatization – By – Governments – At All Levels – State – Federal – And – Local; That Record Doesn’t Support Extravagant Claims About Improved Efficiency ~ Paul Krugman ~ New York Times ~ 19-11-2002

~ TDM ~ The Daily Me ~ Nicholas Negroponte ~ Being Digital ~ 1995

~ GEE-ABAS ~ Given Enough Eyeballs – All Bugs Are Shallow ~ Eric Raymond ~ The Cathedral And The Bazaar ~ 2001

~ FAOCW ~ Falsehoods Are Often Conventional Wisdom ~ Cass Sunstein ~ Infotopia ~ 2006

~ IAWMCB ~ It’s Amazing What Money Can Buy ~ Paul Krugman ~ The New York Times ~ 29-10-2002

~ AGFTBI ~ Always Go For The Big Idea ~ George Lois ~ Damn Good Advice ~ 2012

~ A-IS-ISTAOT-TPATB ~ Accountability – It Seems – Is Something That Applies Only To – The People At The Bottom ~ Thomas Frank ~ Rendezvous With Oblivion ~ 2018

~ WPSSS? ~ Whose Purposes Should Science Serve? ~ Devra Davis ~ The Secret History Of The War On Cancer ~ 2007

~ TTOBEI-I-TOTGHOSI-IBNITPPTAT ~ The Tragedy Of Bad Economic Ideas – Is – That Once They Grab Hold Of Society’s Imagination – It Becomes Nearly Impossible To Persuade People To Abandon Them ~ Thomas Palley ~ From Financial Crisis To Stagnation ~ 2012

~ SITAGTSTBO ~ Sometimes It Takes A Genius To See The Blindingly Obvious ~ Alison Gopnik ~ The Philosophical Baby ~ 2009

~ WEBOESWE ~ We’re Experts Because Other Experts Say We’re Experts ~ Thomas Frank ~ Rendezvous With Oblivion ~ 2018

~ AFO-A-NFOP-S-IEAOTW-THB-TVMOTMOM ~ All For Ourselves – And – Nothing For Other People – Seems – In Every Age Of The World – To Have Been – The Vile Maxim Of The Masters Of Mankind ~ Adam Smith ~ Wealth Of Nations ~ 1776

~ INJAE-I-AI-AWOO-AF ~ I’m Not Just An Entertainer – I’m – An Influencer – A Wielder Of Opinion – A Force ~ Dusty Rhodes ~ A Face In The Crowd ~ 1957

~ BCF-TEFTBF ~ Beliefs Come First – The Explanations For The Beliefs Follow ~ Michael Shermer ~ The Believing Brain ~ 2011

~ ILMAAA-IMTRTTPWTDNWTH ~ If Liberty Means Anything At All – It Means The Right To Tell People What They Do Not Want To Hear ~ George Orwell ~ Animal Farm ~ 1945

~ I-I-TUSA-K-TDE ~ Ignorance – Is – The Undead’s Strongest Ally – Knowledge – Their Deadliest Enemy ~ Max Brooks ~ The Zombie Survival Guide ~ 2003

~ TSA-E-SS-R-SFAPOHSS-TTPA ~ There’s Something About – Ear-Splitting Self-Righteousness – Shouted From A Position Of High Social Status – That Turns People Away ~ Thomas Frank ~ Rendezvous With Oblivion ~ 2018

~ TDTOMSHABMBEAPF-TDWGTK-W-W-AW ~ The Democratic Tendencies Of Modern Science Have Always Been Muted By Economic And Political Forces – That Determine Who Gets To Know – What – Where – And – When ~ Devra Davis ~ The Secret History Of The War On Cancer

~ TOKEMTBBBI ~ They Only Knew Enough Math To Be Blinded By It ~ Nassim Taleb ~ The Black Swan ~ 2017

~ RTNILS ~ Reading The News Is Like Smoking ~ Matt Taibbi ~ Hate Inc. ~ 2019

~ NOSMO ~ The Necessity Of Sometime ~ Jenny Odell ~ How To Do Nothing ~ 2019

~ RIOTS ~ Repetitive Injury Of The Spirit ~ Barbara Ehrenreich ~ Nickel And Dimed ~ 2001

~ WACWT:CAPYTS ~ What A Clever Way To Make Money: Creating A Problem You Then Solve ~ Erin Anderson ~ Globe And Mail ~ 29-03-2014

~ TS-CHBVAASC ~ The Self – Can Hardly Be Viewed As A Scientific Concept ~ Alfred Tauber ~ The Immune Self ~ 1994

~ DIU-U-YCGBT-‘I’ ~ Death Is Unbearable – Unless – You Can Get Beyond The – “I” ~ Susan Sontag ~ David Rieff ~ Swimming In A Sea Of Death ~ 2008

~ MFD ~ Manufactured Fake Dissent ~ Matt Taibbi ~ Hate Inc. ~ 2019

DAVID OGILVY ~ THE UNPUBLISHED DAVID OGILVY ~ 1986

~ SHRBBOF-PDNBFC ~ Success Has Rarely Been Built On Frivolity – People Do Not Buy From Clowns

~ IG-STMOYCADTEO ~ In General – Study The Methods Of Your Competitors And Do The Exact Opposite

~ DYOEWYY-TW-WYGO-PWTYGG ~ Develop Your Eccentricities While You’re Young – That Way – When You Get Old – People Won’t Think You’re Going Gaga

~ GPAYWMYFYW ~ Get People Alongside You Who Make You For Your Weaknesses

~ DCYOWBEPIKPWHTSW ~ Don’t Compound Your Own Weaknesses By Employing People In Key Postilions Who Have The Same Weakness

~ IMIU-YA-PL-IAGAL-SSU ~ I Made It Up – Years Ago – Poetic License – It Always Gets A Laugh – So Shut Up

~ YCBPIBYP ~ You Cannot Bore People Into Buying Your Product

~ TGTSBP-TLPRPIBS ~ The Greater The Similarity Between Products – The Less Part Reason Plays In Brand Selection

~ KIU-UYKHTCI ~ Knowledge Is Useless – Unless You Know How To Communicate It – In Writing

~ WPAHF-TSPGW ~ When People Aren’t Having Fun – They Seldom Produce Good Work

~ AWDTMTAMT-SOF-A-NET-EOB? ~ Are We Devoting Too Much Time And Money To – Salvaging Our Flops – And – Not Enough To – Exploiting Our Breakthroughs?

~ EI-CIOL-SODK ~ Encourage Innovation – Change Is Our Lifeblood – Stagnation Our Death Knell

~ WMPOWAGC ~ We Must Pull Our Weight As Good Citizens

20-08-2019

~ TITWOP:O-EWG-FWT-A-HWL ~ This Is The Way Of Peace: Overcome – Evil With Good – Falsehood With Truth – And – Hatred With Love ~ Peace Pilgrim ~ Steps Toward Inner Peace ~ 1981

~ TEPITWTPOPPIDTTPOEPOW-WTNOPBLOS-TI-O ~ The Essential Point Is That Where The Possession Of Political Power Is Due To The Possession Of Economic Power Or Wealth – Whether The Number Of Persons Be Large Or Small – That Is – Oligarchy ~ Aristole ~ 3?? BCE

~ EIS ~ Endless Inegalitarian Spiral ~ Thomas Piketty ~ Capital In The Twenty-First Century ~ 2014

~ TMQCUTINRA-CIT21C-IIA-DIT21C ~ The Main Question Confronting Us Today Is Not Really About – Capitalism In The 21st Century – It Is About – Democracy In The 21st Century ~ Joseph Stiglitz ~ The Great Divide ~ 2015

~ STEWTBWITBCYAR ~ Sometimes The Easiest Way To Be Wrong Is To Be Certain You Are Right ~ Steven Johnson ~ Farsighted ~ 2018

~ LIASWTEOAJASSV-WHTRTSED-IRAPOIAWDT ~ Law Is A Story We Tell Each Other About Justice And Shared Social Values – We Have To Retell This Story Every Day – It Replicates And Persists Only Insofar As We Do That ~ David Johnson ~ The Life Of The Law Online ~ 2007

~ T-BQFH-I-‘WITMOL?’-B-R-“HDWSS?’-TRTITWIS ~ The – Big Question Facing Humans – Isn’t – “What Is The Meaning Of Life?” – But – Rather – “How Do We Stop Suffering?” – The Realest Thing In The World Is Suffering ~ Yuval Noah Harari ~ 21 Lessons For The 21st Century ~ 2018

~ FTPOELAOPWBITCBYABTS ~ For The Power Of Enclosing Land And Owning Property Was Brought Into The Creation By Your Ancestors By The Sword ~ Gerrard Winstanley ~ 1659

~ ACD ~ Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

~ MMS-FEI ~ Mystical Market Solutions – For Every Ill

~ RI ~ Regressive Incrementalism

~ SBAWG-AGBSG-EEIC ~ Selfishness Beats Altruism Within Groups – Altruistic Groups Beat Selfish Groups – Everything Else Is Commentary ~ Edward Wilson + David Sloan Wilson ~ Rethinking The Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology ~ 2006

~ FAE ~ Fundamental Attribution Error ~ Lee Ross ~ The Intuitive Psychologist And His Shortcomings ~ 1977

~ ALWTIE-AAG-LICFO ~ At Least Where There Is Enough – And As Good – Left In Common For Others ~ John Locke ~ Second Treatise Of Civil Government ~ 1689

~ WITIO-D-IAIMG-THU-D-AAS-WOLSB ~ We Invented The Institution Of – Democracy – In All Its Many Guises – To Help Us – Decide – As A Society – What Our Laws Should Be ~ Steven Johnson ~ Farsighted ~ 2018

~ CCLUTATP-ODTTWSEP ~ Cancer Can Lead Us To A Transformative Path – One Difficult To Travel Without Such Extreme Prodding ~ M Laura Nasi ~ Cancer As A Wake-Up Call ~ 2018

~ DTNOLSOBHPWAWANTTR? ~ Do The Names Of Local Streets Or Buildings Honor People Whose Acts We Are Now Trying To Rectify? ~ James Lowen ~ Lies My Teacher Told Me ~ The New Press ~ 1995

~ DNTTSYVBTAGMT-APC-IIETOP;DNOT ~ Do Not Try To Satisfy Your Vanity By Teaching A Great Many Things – Awaken People’s Curiosity – It Is Enough To Open Minds; Do Not Overload Them ~ Anatole France ~ Freeman Tilden ~ Interpreting Our Heritage ~ 1967

~ WATHFODE ~ Warnings Appear To Have Fallen On Deaf Ears ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

~ TBWTFOWWRNITGROWWD ~ The Best Way To Find Out What We Really Need Is To Get Rid Of What We Don’t ~ Marie Kondo ~ The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up ~ 2014

~ WITOVAAPLF-AA-Y-TOTTAUTSTITOAALDACSFT ~ We Insist That Our Values Are A Precious Legacy From – Ancient Ancestors – Yet – The Only Thing That Allows Us To Say This Is That Our Ancestors Are Long Dead And Cannot Speak For Themselves ~ Yuval Noah Harari ~ 21 Lessons For The 21st Century ~ 2018

~ BWIDGWOOC ~ Bad Writing Is Driving Good Writing Out Of Circulation ~ Naomi Baron ~ Always On ~ 2008

~ TEOA ~ The End Of Anticipation ~ Naomi Baron ~ Always On ~ 2008

~ WL ~ Web Log ~ Jorn Barger ~ 1997

~ C-MC ~ Computer-Mediated Communication ~ 198?

~ AYSODCAWBUAYIATA-TP ~ Anything You Say Or Do Can And Will Be Used Against You In A Targeted Advertisement – Think Privacy ~ Seoul Media Art Biennale ~ 06-09-2018

~ OYHLHTAQ-RAAAS-Q-YHLHTL-A-NOCKYFLWYWONTK ~ Once You Have Learned How To Ask Questions – Relevant And Appropriate And Substantial – Questions – You Have Learned How To Learn – And – No Once Can Keep You From Learning Whatever You Want Or Need To Know ~ Neil Postman + Charles Weingartner ~ Teaching As A Subversive Activity ~ 1969

~ IIEFUTACIWHANFWIH-IOW-IWITCWM ~ It Is Easier For Us To Accept Change If We Have A Narrative For Why It’s Happening – In Other Words – If We Invest The Change With Meaning ~ Amanda Lang ~ The Beauty Of Discomfort ~ 2017

~ WY-PTP-OTP ~ When Ye – Proffer The Pigge – Open The Poke ~ Richard Hill ~ Common-Place Book ~ 1530

~ RIAPOMH ~ Reality Is A Plague On Many Houses ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

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~ AGT-RPTPP-CADOTSO-P ~ A Government That – Robs Peter To Pay Paul – Can Always Depend On The Support Of – Paul ~ George Bernard Shaw ~ Everybody’s Political What’s What ~ 1944

~ MCBOMIR? ~ Might Cancer Be Our Modern Initiation Rite? ~ M Laura Nasi ~ Cancer As A Wake-Up Call ~ 2018

~ FYB ~ Follow Your Bliss ~ Joseph Campbell ~ The Power Of Myth ~ 1991

~ GPL ~ General Public License

~ B-AAAP-A-AHB ~ Banking – Is All About Politics – And – Always Has Been ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

~ IIPTE-A-[S/]H-ILRFTTWBN-T-[S]H-WBWIW ~ Ignorance Is Preferable To Error – And – [S/]He – Is Less Remote From The Truth Who Believes Nothing – Than – [S/]He – Who Believes What Is Wrong ~ Thomas Jefferson ~ Notes On The State Of Virginia ~ 1781-82

~ QYCA-AUFBFY-T-AYCQ ~ Questions You Cannot Answer – Are Usually Far Better For You – Than – Answers You Cannot Question ~ Yuval Noah Harari ~ 21 Lessons For The 21st Century ~ 2018

~ BCP ~ Biocultural Community Protocols

~ TB ~ Time Banking

~ ST ~ Stakeholder Trust

~ TLOTI ~ The Loneliness Of The Interconnected ~ Charles Seife ~ Virtual Unreality ~ 2014

~ TSITBP-TP ~ Today’s Selfie Is Tomorrow’s Biometric Profile – Think Privacy ~ Seoul Media Art Biennale ~ 06-09-2018

~ TQOWYWTOIATQOHYWTLYL ~ The Question Of What You Want To Own Is Actually The Question Of How You Want To Live Your Life ~ Marie Kondo ~ The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up ~ 2014

~ BTB&RTA ~ Buy The Books & Reward The Authors

~ RMBOV ~ Resistance Must Become Our Vocation ~ Chris Hedges ~ America, The Farewell Tour ~ 2018

~ AFOANFOP-S-IEAOTW-THB-TVMOTMOM ~ All For Ourselves And Nothing For Other People – Seems – In Every Age Of The World – To Have Been – The Vile Maxim Of The Masters Of Mankind ~ Adam Smith ~ The Wealth Of Nations ~ 1765

~ QS ~ Quantified Self ~ Gary Wolf + Kevin Kelly ~ Quantified Self Blog ~ 2007

~ LTEC ~ Let Them Eat Credit ~ Raghuram Rajan ~ Fault Lines ~ 2010

~ YAI-TKOAHOAM-TE-EL-O-TTA ~ You Are In – The Kind Of A Hell Of A Mess – That Either – Ends Lives – Or – Turns Them Around ~ David Foster Wallace ~ Infinite Jest ~ 1996

~ L-AI-EMN-COAS-CP-A-REFSII-IFT-AMEAADSOG-S-E-FNCABCABQEFT ~ Letting – Any Industry – Exalted Missions Notwithstanding – Climb On A Self-Constructed Pedestal – And – Remain Exempt From Serious Independent Inquiry – Is Foreign To – A Market Economy And A Democratic System Of Government – Such – Exemptions – From Normal Checks And Balances Can Also Be Quite Expensive For Taxpayers ~ Ralph Nader ~ 2001

~ E-WWAIIP-INFA-E-B-A-AN-O-E-AD ~ Evil – When We Are In Its Power – Is Not Felt As – Evil – But – As – A Necessity – Or – Even – A Duty ~ Simone Weil ~ Gravity And Grace ~ 1952

~ IAW-TSO-E-IICWHN-AH-TPTE ~ In A Word – The State Of – Egoism – Is In Contradiction With Human Nature – And Hence – Too Precarious To Endure ~ Durkheim ~ On Suicide ~ 2006

~ TIO-EI-I-FS-HB-P-TATA-AOTW ~ The Importance Of – Emotional Intelligence – In – Future Success – Has Been – Proven – Time And Time Again – All Over The World ~ Michele Borba ~ Unselfie ~ 2016

~ CCBAW-UC-ACTATWWRA-TWWCITWTDATB? ~ Can Cancer Be A Wake-Up Call – A Call To Awaken To Who We Really Are – To What We’ve Come Into The World To Do And To Be?

~ HG-T-TCTDTQ ~ Homogeneous Groups – Tend – To Come To Decisions Too Quickly ~ Steven Johnson ~ Farsighted ~ 2018

~ RCT ~ Randomized Controlled Trial ~ Austin Bradford Hill ~ Streptomycin Treatment Of Pulmonary Tuberculosis ~ 1948

~ COU ~ Cone Of Uncertainty

~ WIYPM?-IYDHO-MOU ~ What Is Your Personal Mantra? – If You Don’t Have One – Make One Up ~ Stacey Abrams ~ Lead From Outside ~ 2018

~ TEC ~ The Expanding Circle ~ Peter Singer ~ The Expanding Circle ~ 1981

~ WPBNP ~ Weather Prediction By Numerical Process ~ Lewis Fry Richardson ~ Weather Prediction By Numerical Process ~ 1923

~ CGP ~ Continuous Gaming Productivity

~ SDAMOT ~ Sweetner Dreams Are Made Of These

~ SMBABMS ~ States Made Banks And Banks Made States ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

~ IO-TTOS-WSI ~ It’s Okay – To Think Of Something – Without Saying It ~ Steve Smith [Red Green] ~ How To Do Everything ~ 2010

~ YOLOBYDIF-TP ~ You Only Live Once But Your Data Is Forever – Think Privacy ~ Seoul Media Art Biennale ~ 06-09-2018

~ BOATS ~ Based On A True Story

~ ACAPUTC ~ As Canadian As Possible Under The Circumstances

~ RFPP ~ Rebuilding Freedoms Previously Presumed ~ Lawrence Lessig ~ Free Culture ~ 2004

~ MWM ~ Mistakes Were Made

~ RTT ~ Right To Tinker ~ Ed Felten ~ 2000

~ IWMBGBTWTBCTF-TTSCRHBR ~ If We Must Be Governed By Those Whom The Billionaires Choose To Fund – Then The Social Contract Really Has Been Ruptured ~ Charles Fried ~ New York Times ~ [letter] ~ 04-04-2014

~ IATPPIADBP-GTIBMU-NO-EOWGATL-BO-EWSTWTTHB ~ If Access To Political Power In A Democracy Becomes Purchasable – Governments Turn Into Bazaars Made Up – Not Of – Elected Officials Who Govern According To Law – But Of – Entrepreneurs Who Sell Their Wares To The Highest Bidder ~ David Corssland ~ Berliner Zeitung ~ 2010

~ APG-WPI-OTMOAI-IBAPTAFOAT-OPB ~ A Popular Government – Without Popular Information – Or The Means Of Acquiring It – Is But A Prologue To A Farce Or A Tragedy – Or Perhaps Both ~ James Madison ~ [letter] ~ 04-08-1822

~ TPKG ~ The Power Which Knowledge Gives ~ James Madison ~ [letter] ~ 04-08-1822

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

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

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