Is reality disappearing? Are YouTube & the Web real? Is "reality" disappearing?
I'm not a great fan of Postmodernism in general, but I find myself wondering if this passage from Jean Baudrillard concerning the collapse of distinction between simulation and reality isn't more true today of YouTube and the Internet then it was of TV and advertising, his subjects for this passage from America (1988):
Everything is destined to reappear as simulation. Landscape as photography, women as the sexual scenario, thoughts as writing, terrorism as fashion and the media. Things seem only to exist by virtue of this strange destiny. You wonder whether the world itself isn't just here as advertising copy in some other world.
Are we creating all encompassing pseudo-realities which are ultimately based on the most superficial forms of commercialism and popularity? And what effects will these creations have long-term on the texture of "Reality" ?
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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