Moreover, Prinz argues, empathy often leads people astray. It influences people to care more about cute victims than ugly victims. It leads to nepotism. It subverts justice; juries give lighter sentences to defendants that show sadness. It leads us to react to shocking incidents, like a hurricane, but not longstanding conditions, like global hunger or preventable diseases. Nobody is against...
tumblr spellcheck doesn’t recognize ‘subjectivities.’ this is enjoyable not only for the fact of social networking sites’ infrastructures encouraging self-obsession but for how much they actually sculpt subjectivities. thinking in statuses, experiencing through photos, proximity of the internet & its machines to our bodies, etc. “i see you on the internet lookin...
Sometimes the question of what queer theory teaches us about x is not about...– Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner, 1995
intifada: books on books on books on books
the clouds in miami look like croissants hoy
‘manufacturers can’t keep up with demands’ predator drones on Talk of the Nation | npr sept 26
true blood episode 1
(sassy) I jus quit my job.
I can't work for assholes.
Beyond the ridiculous rhetoric and the falsehoods regarding job prospects, there...– Starting Over, with a Bad Attitude | Chronicle of Higher Education
Who used the mysterious September 11 incident as a pretext to attack Afghanistan...– U.S. and others walk out on Ahmadinejad Speech at United Nations
i listened to tupac all day today
More recently, I’ve been obsessed with the image of a girl, a dark-skinned girl...– Bhanu Kapil by Katherine Saunders / BOMB
First you didn’t give a fuck, but you’re learnin now If you don’t respect the town then we’ll burn it down God damn it’s a motherfuckin riot Black people only hate police so don’t try it… …It ain’t right but it’s long overdue We can’t have peace til the niggaz get a piece too… ….Here on Earth, tell me what’s a...
This is the mood outside Jackson Prison at 7:48... →
"More troops come marching in, they got they Billy... →
live video from Big Boi in Jackson, GA
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MORATORIUM ON STATE CAPITOL AS VENUE OPTION FOR AFFECTING ANYTHING AT ALL! Must actually interlock/interface with bodies + methods of powermaking. Unless you bring portable stove + bedtime stories and plan to do coercive sleepover inside capitol (aka the altar of the heterosexist state), let us devise other methods.
Curating Performance: Re/activation Strategies
Description: In 1968 Argentine artist Graciela Carnevale staged “El Encierro” (The Confinement) locking her audience into a gallery until they were forced to break through the front window in order to exit. In a related action from 1979, Chile’s Colectivo Acción de Arte (or CADA) censored the Bellas Artes Museum by covering the entrance with a white sheet and parking a row of delivery trucks in...
Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About... →
Distressed Nation Turns To Poet Laureate For... →
Facebook is fine, says Pope Benedict, but real... →
“Entering cyberspace can be a sign of an authentic search for personal encounters with others, provided that attention is paid to avoiding dangers such as enclosing oneself in a sort of parallel existence, or excessive exposure to the virtual world,” he added. “entering cyberspace” I actually love the pope for this one
Noam Chomsky: 2012 GOP Candidates Views are “Off the International Spectrum of Sane Behavior”
even the pope says to grant Davis clemency, and have you heard the stuff that guy has said?
O that’s cool u wanna meet up but Ima keep tryna get a state– Mahmoud Abbas In its latest bid to prevent a United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, Israel’s attempting to set up a meeting in New York this week between Palestinian authority Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Abbas earlier said he was willing to meet...
Parole board denies clemency for Troy Davis |... →
but think of poetry readings' possibilities
went to a poetry reading tonight. the way people read their poems sucks. like the poem’s a never-ending nuisance. as if they’re embarrassed to be speaking it out loud, so they just string it out and they’re even tired of it—like “when’s this going to be done?” a never-ending christmas tree tinsel made of fruit loops or dry noodles. no punctuation, which i...
Troy Davis Action Update
Friends: Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people have voiced their opposition to the execution of Troy Davis. There were demonstrations, vigils and other forms of protest in some 300 locations on Sept. 16. 4000 people came out in Atlanta on Friday, the International Day of Solidarity with Troy Davis, overflowing the sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church and filling the outside space. ...
"Are jobs obsolete?" →
And so the president goes on television telling us that the big issue of our time is jobs, jobs, jobs — as if the reason to build high-speed rails and fix bridges is to put people back to work. But it seems to me there’s something backwards in that logic. I find myself wondering if we may be accepting a premise that deserves to be questioned. I am afraid to even ask this, but...
To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to...– Thomas Merton - Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (via smoothspace)
just because you say all subjectivity is bad, doesn’t mean your whole thing...– “tiqqun sux” (via Ballerinas Dance with Machine Guns)
Everything Makes Them Sick - Interactive Feature -... →
want to move to number fifteen.
Georgia profs offer course to [undocumented]... →
curate: “The five University of Georgia professors have started a program they’re calling Freedom University. They’re offering to teach a rigorous seminar course once a week meant to mirror courses taught at the most competitive schools and aimed at students who have graduated from high school but can’t go to one of those top schools because of the new policy or because of cuts to state...
According to Deleuze and Guattari (1987), all becomings begin with and pass through becoming-woman. Claire Colebrook explains that this is the consequence of patriarchal societal structures in which “man is the subject: the point of view or ground from which all other beings or becomings are supposedly determined” (Colebrook 2002, 139). Women, who have been denied ...
Q: Besides being a wife now, you’re also a mother. How do you define motherhood, exactly? For you, what makes a good mother? Lidia Yuknavitch: […] I’m often bumping into something about Miles and his becoming that doesn’t follow the cultural script of a supposedly good “mother” or supposedly turning out right “son.” At those points I nearly always just abandon the cultural script, because...
Belladonna*: Bellephemera* Found Intros →
writeaction: I will say this now: introductions are a community document of great importance. They are a textual representation of a complex moment where a person (introducing) interacts simultaneously with the physical presence of the artist about to read, the work of that artist and the momentary micro-community present at the reading. Imagine if, in social situations, we introduced each...