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  1. Feb 2021
    1. The Internet is a huge boon to free speech -over 2 billion webpages are out there, showing people's thoughts, dreams and stories. Whatever you go looking for, you will find. The Web is Caliban's mirror - when I go there I find a community of intelligent discourse, wry jokes, technological assistance and the greatest works of human history, lovingly transcribed by those who care about them. Oddly, when Jack Valenti looks there, all he finds are thieves, hucksters and crooks.

      Another reference to Caliban's mirror courtesy of Kevin Marks.

    1. In his preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), Irish humorist Oscar Wilde defines two kinds of literature by the hostile reactions of readers: “The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. / The nineteenth century dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.” Professor John Hunt comments: “Wilde’s meaning seems clear enough: the self-absorbed bourgeois are like Caliban, the anti-hero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest— resistant to all civilizing influences. When realistic art accurately imitates the bourgeois, they are outraged to see themselves represented so unflatteringly. But when romantic art offers an alternative, expressing the avant-garde genius of the artist, the bourgeois howl in protest at not seeing anything like themselves.” (Ulysses Project)

      An interesting literary view of Caliban's mirror with relation to Kevin Marks' use of the phrase.

    2. By focusing on the condition of the looking glass, Joyce suggests the artist does not start his work with a clean slate. Rather there is considerable baggage he or she must overcome. This baggage might include colonial conditions or biased assumptions. Form and context influence content.

      This seems a bit analogous to Peggy McIntosh's Backpack of White Privilege I was looking at yesterday.

      cf. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack' and 'Some Notes for Facilitators' | National SEED Project

    1. This is the Caliban's mirror effect again. I find intelligent dicourse on the web. Chernin finds pornography and worthless content. All human life is there. What you find is what you look for.

      I like the phrasing of Caliban's mirror to describe this phenomenon

  2. Oct 2020
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  5. May 2018
    1. China’s ‘social credit system’ monitors citizen behavior and punishes them with travel bans, bans from four and five star hotels, preventing them from sending children to expensive schools, and throttling internet speeds.

      This is so Black Mirror.

  6. Feb 2018
    1. An episode in the third season of the TV show “Black Mirror” portrays a world in which people spend nearly all their time using their phones to rate virtually everyone else on a five-star scale.

      Black Mirror made me think about rating systems. Similar to the book The Circle and user surveys.

  7. Apr 2017
  8. Oct 2016
    1. n a study cited by the Swiss group last month, researchers found Twitter data alone a more reliable predictor of heart disease than all standard health and socioeconomic measures combined.



  9. Jan 2016
    1. People rightly tend to be mean to those they are sure are assholes, so continued interaction between them will probably only serve to reinforce their beliefs the other is acting in bad faith.

      This reminds me of the situation of a parrot in front of a mirror. Will he fall in love with the other, or will he start hating him, ignoring the fact that he is only seeing his reflection? Once he starts acting on one of the affections, positive feedback kicks in.