Watched Revolt (2017)


‚Ä™Futurism: Dan Robitzski: Scientists Create Material With “Artificial Metabolism”

This discovery is both fascinating and scary. It could be a blessing that is used to clean up pollution. It could be a curse, some kind of self replicating nonobot, that reproduces itself until there’s nothing left on the planet but a grey goo. Alternatively it could be the beginning of the Tyrell Corporation, destined to build androids we call replicants?

Go into the Story: Scott Myers: How They Write A Script: Paul Schrader

This is an interesting insight into Schrader’s process. I like that he knows while he’s writing how far or behind he is. Very interesting.

Another insight into the watchers in the tower: Business Insider: Rob Price: Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million people’s email contacts without their consent

Yet more news of Facebook wrongdoing. They “unintentionally” harvested millions of peoples contact emails. Interestingly Mr Price’s report exposes a contradiction from Facebook. He writers “Facebook disclosed to Business Insider that 1.5 million people’s contacts were collected.” This was apparently unintentional, a hangover from another protocol, that automatically uploaded new users email contacts. These contacts were “fed into Facebook’s systems, where they were used to improve Facebook’s ad targeting, build Facebook’s web of social connections, and recommend friends to add.” If that’s true, what’s the point of Facebook assurances that “these contacts were not shared with anyone and we’re deleting them.” The contacts have already been fed into Facebook’s system. Deleting them makes no difference. The damage is already done.

Possibly the most explosive TED talk I’ve seen: TED2019: Carole Cadwalladr: Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy

Ms Cadwalladr and her investigations may be the most important of a generation. Her work has exposed the workings of the machine that seeks to manipulate democracy, the tower at centre of the panopticon we all live in. A panopticon is a circular prison with cells that have glass walls. Prisoners can be watched from a central tower. Compliance is teased from its tenants because they never know when they’re being watched. Michel Foucault used it as a metaphor to highlight the way power, since the destruction of absolute monarchies, has sought to hide itself from view. If there is no focus for our anger, it’s impossible to remove the cause of our pain. If we are all tenants in the panopticon, Facebook have made themselves the watchers, stressing us into compliance. My question is, who pays the watcher? Because who pays the watcher calls the shots. The biggest obstacle to finding that, is what we see when we look inwards; a looming black tower, and our own reflection in the glass. We need to find ways to get a light into that tower. Ms Cadwalladr has gone some way to doing that. With the help of whistleblower Christopher Wylie, she was able to expose a small part of the towers mechanism, how the various platforms, stairs, landings, and corridors link. There are still questions to be answered. Where do the corridors lead, and who is behind the various doors of the labyrinthine maze? I have theories. I’m sure Ms Cadwalladr does. I just hope she keeps looking. We all need her answers. When she does, we as tenants of the panopticon, have to decide what we do with her revelations. Keeping in mind that the structure is designed to keep us staring like Narcissus at our own reflection. Do we have the will to see past our own image, through the structure of the tower, to what is hidden within? It will take great effort to see the tower. It will take even more to see what is within. Do we have the will to see it all? I think we have to.

Channel 4 News: Fatima Manji: Revealed; how Leave.EU faked migrant footage

I struggle to find something to say that makes any sense of what Leave.EU have been able to get away with. I keep coming back to the idea that the logic of what has been done cannot be unpicked. You can do as Ms Manji has done, and dismantle the lie. Prove the footage has been faked. That the story being told is a fiction. It makes no difference. The perpetrators deny the accusation by throwing back another accusation, belittling the question with the gall of a playground bully. They know that you can expose their lie. Offer as much proof as you like. You can never shake the resolve of the faithful. These are not confrontations between two logics, it’s a war between empiricism and faith, and faith will always win.