Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category
Clay Shirky makes an interesting analogy between Gin and Television, and their relationship to social and cognitive surplus. Couldn’t help thinking about Hogarth.
|Beer Street and Gin Lane are two prints issued in 1751 by English artist William Hogarth in support of what would become the Gin Act. Designed to be viewed alongside each other, they depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer.
… On the simplest level, Hogarth portrays the inhabitants of Beer Street as happy and healthy, nourished by the native English ale, and those who live in Gin Lane as destroyed by their addiction to the foreign spirit of gin;
…Gin Lane shows shocking scenes of infanticide, starvation, madness, decay and suicide, while Beer Street depicts industry, health, bonhomie and thriving commerce, but there are contrasts and subtle details that allude to the prosperity of Beer Street as the cause of the misery found in Gin Lane.
Nowadays you can get any form of trash on the TV, yet governments from US to China are trying to control the ‘net. Looks like the man has sided with the Gin makers this time.
Kinda gives a new dimension to “free as in beer”..
Perhaps as expression of its solidarity with Burmese bloggers, British Airways is blocking Boing Boing
Boing Boing, in turn, says British Airways is probably using one of the censorware companies like SmartFilter, who also supply the censorship technology model regimes like Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
See, that’s the trouble with censorship. Once you start, its hard to draw the line.
15;00 in burma time
they’re using fire engines
and hitting people
and dragging them onto E2000 trucks
and most of them are girls
and people are shouting
Don’t let them march alone.
Laury Haytayan reflects on last summer’s war:
It started with no name…Was it a war or not? Was it the summer war? Was it the war of the bridges? Was it the war of the Katyushas? Was it the Lebanon war? Was it the Merkava versus the Katyusha war?
Whose war was it? Hezbollah or Israel? Iran or The US?
Which side won the war? Each side claiming victory…
Really a strange war…
However, the strangest of them all is the hero of this war…The nominations were diverse
And the winner was………………….
(You have to read it on her blog)