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Occupy WWW Street (NL)

2015-11-30T00:00:00+01:00

Internetactivisme en Media in het Socialerechtvaardigheidstijdperk English - Français - Nederlands "Ik heb geen toegang tot ongewone onderzoeksmethodes en de speciale kennis die ik heb van taal is niet van toepassing op sociale en politieke kwesties. […] Om ideologie te analyseren […] heb je algemeen gezien enkel een beetje open wereldsopvatting, gewone intelligentie en gezond skepticisme nodig." - NC 't Is weer tijd voor mijn serieus lettertype. Helaas is het moeilijk om over courante zaken te spreken zonder meteen een kilo context erbij te kappen. In plaats daarvan ga ik weer in onze recente geschiedenis duiken. Denk er aan: de boodschapper neerschieten is onbeleefd, en ketterij is middeleeuws. The Only Working Class Man In The Village Het is september 2011, Amerikaans links staat in vlam. De boodschap is kordaat en mikt op grote doelen: het 99% publiek wilt dat die 1% gierige vrekken er nu eens mee ophouden met hun giga-ondernemingen als knuppel te gebruiken. Zuccotti Park in New York vult zich met kamperende activisten, daar om hun boodschap mondig te verspreiden. Zo ook Jesse LaGreca. Met zijn typisch Amerikaanse "Joe Average" look verrast hij velen, vooral de Fox News verslaggever die hem aanspreekt. In het impromptu interview, nooit op Fox uitgezonden, deelt LaGreca forse kletsen uit, met vonken erbij. De suggestieve vragen worden meteen aangeduid, en hij merkt op dat als er nu iets is waarover het nieuws—"de propagandamachine in de media"—niet wilt spreken, dan is het wel zichzelf. Dat het misschien tijd is voor wat participatieve democratie die "niet met nieuwscamera's gefinancierd wordt." Een journalist duikt op om de wereld te verklaren maar ontdekt dat dit verhaal deels over hemzelf gaat. Hij ontkent het meteen: "We zijn hier om je een kans te geven […] om eender wat je wilt uit te zenden, met eerlijke berichtgeving. […] Dus is er een uitzondering in dit geval, want je zou je boodschap niet zonder ons kunnen verspreiden." Hij kaatst terug: "Zeker. Neem bijvoorbeeld toen Glenn Beck […] de president beschreef als iemand die blanke mensen en blanke cultuur haat. Dat was een laag moment in de Amerikaanse geschiedenis en jullie hebben daar eigelijk wel een grote rol in gespeeld. Dus 't is tof te zien dat jullie mening aan't veranderen is en dat je wat meer aandacht aan de [rest van het land] besteedt, in plaats van een extreem rechtse marge die de middenstand liever compleet zou vernielen. […] De mensen zouden liever wat economische rechtvaardigheid of sociale rechtvaardigheid zien, je weet wel, Jesusdingen, zoals de armen voeden of voor de zieken zorgen, maar ze kunnen maar niet vatten dat een systeem van winstjagende gezondheidsdiensten niet werkt. […] Ik vind het echt grappig dat de mensen met de grondwet zitten wapperen terwijl ze naar homo-soldaten schreeuwen. […] Als we willen dat de president meer doet, laat ons op een functioneel niveau spreken in plaats van om zijn geboortecertificaat te vragen, […]" Shots fired, critical hit, no chance of recovery. 't Is begrijpelijk dat de clip "vergeten" werd, en begrijpelijk dat het tot groot faam zou uitlekken als zijnde too extreme for Fox news. Voorspelbare koppen vroegen ons of hij de Slimste Mens op Wall Street was, en legden uit hoe Jesse LaGreca de Vooroordelen van de Media Over Occupy Wall Street Blijft Vernielen. Allemaal verslaggevers die gretig wilden tonen hoe graag zij wel niet iedereen een stem wilden geven. LaGreca raakte hier zelf aan op TV: "De realiteit is dat ik de enige mens van de arbeidersklasse ben die je op het journaal op zondag gaat zien… of politiek nieuws… misschien ooit. En ik denk dat dat zeer indicatief is voor de mislukkingen van onze media om over de belangrijkste zaken bericht te geven…" De gastheer onderbreekt meteen: "We doen ons best toch, Jesse." Komt de vraag echter of er een politieke eis is die Occupy zou kunnen samenvatten, iets om "het over te doen gaan," neemt hij een vreemde bocht: "Ik denk dat de hele beweging over economische rechtvaardighe[...]



Occupy WWW Street (FR)

2015-11-30T00:00:00+01:00

L'Activisme en Ligne et les Médias à l'Époque de la Justice Sociale English - Français - Nederlands "Je n'ai pas accès aux méthodes d'analyse inhabituelles, et la connaissance particulière que je possède de langue n'a aucune incidence sur les questions sociales ou politiques. […] Pour l'analyse des idéologies […] un peu d'ouverture d'esprit, de l'intelligence normale, et du scepticisme sain suffisent généralement." – NC Je m'apporte encore ma police sérieuse. C'est difficile de parler de l'actualité sans inviter des tonnes de contexte, donc je voudrais revenir sur l'histoire récente. Rappel, personne n'aime le messager porteur de mauvaises nouvelles, et l'hérésie appartient au Moyen Âge. Le Seul Col Bleu dans le Village Septembre 2011, la gauche américaine se trouve dynamisée. Le message est direct et vise les grands objectifs: le 99% de la population demande aux 1% avares de tirer sa révérence et d'arrêter de se servir des entreprises comme des matraques. Parc Zuccotti à New York se remplit des activistes qui campent; ils discutent et partagent leur message. Là aussi Jesse LaGreca. Avec son look caractéristique American Joe Average, il surprend la plupart des gens, certainement le journaliste de Fox News qui l'approche. Dans son interview spontané, jamais diffusée par Fox, LaGreca instruit le pauvre homme et d'y va pleins gaz sans s'arrêter. Il souligne les questions suggestives tout de suite, et remarque que s'il y a une chose sur laquelle les nouvelles—"la machine de propagande dans les médias"—ne veulent pas faire rapport, ce sont eux-mêmes. Que peut-être il est temps pour la démocratie participative qui "n'est pas financée par des caméras de reportage." Un journaliste se présente à expliquer le monde et découvre que cette histoire s'agit de lui-même, du moins en partie. Le refus suit rapidement: "Nous sommes ici pour vous donner la possibilité […] de diffuser tout ce que vous voulez, pour vous offrir de la couverture équitable […] Alors, il y a une exception dans le cas, parce que vous ne pourriez pas partager votre message sans nous." Il riposte: "Certainement. Vous vous souvenez quand Glenn Beck […] a décrit le président comme une personne qui déteste les blancs et la culture blanche. C'était un moment faible dans l'histoire des américains et en quelque sorte vous avez joué un grand rôle dans cette affaire. Donc je suis heureux de voir votre change d'avis en faisant attention à [la reste du pays], plutôt que la marge extrême droite qui préfère totalement détruire la classe moyenne. […] On voudrait voir un petit peu plus de la justice économique, ou de la justice sociale, vous savez, des trucs Jésus-Christ, comme nourrir les pauvres, les soins de santé pour les malades. […] Je m'amuse beaucoup que les gens tiennent la constitution quand ils crient aux soldats homosexuels, mais ils ne peuvent pas comprendre qu'un système de santé à la recherche du profit ne marche pas. […] Si nous voulons que le président fait plus, parlons sur un niveau qui fonctionne en lieu de lui demander pour son certificat de naissance, […]" Shots fired, critical hit, no chance of recovery. Aucune surprise cet entretien a été "oublié," et aucune surprise quelqu'un l'a dévoilé comme trop extrême pour Fox news. Les manchettes prévisibles nous ont demandé s'il était L'Homme Le Plus Intelligent De Wall Street et nous expliquaient que Jesse LaGreca Continue à Détruire La Partialité Des Médias de Occupy Wall Street. Tous des journalistes pressés de montrer qu'ils offriraient une voix à n'importe qui. LaGreca lui-même l'a évoqué en passant à l'antenne: "La réalité c'est que je suis le seul col blue que vous verrez dans le journal du dimanche… les nouvelles politiques… peut-être jamais. Et je pense que c'est très indicatif des échecs des médias à rapporter les nouvelles les plus importantes…" Il est interrompu immédiatement, "Nous essayons de faire de notre mie[...]



Occupy WWW Street (FI)

2015-11-30T00:00:00+01:00

Internet Activism and Media in the Age of Social Justice English - Français - Nederlands "I don't have access to any unusual methods of analysis and what special knowledge I have concerning language has no bearing on social and political issues. […] For the analysis of ideology […] a bit of open-mindedness, normal intelligence, and healthy skepticism will generally suffice." – NC I'm bringing out my serious font again. It's difficult to talk about current affairs without inviting in heaps of context, so I'd like to delve into some recent history. Reminder, shooting the messenger is poor form, and heresy is medieval. (🇫🇮   Links have been unarchived) The Only Working Class Man In The Village It's September 2011, the American left has been galvanized. The message is straightforward and aimed at big targets: the 99% of the public is telling the 1% scrooges to stop being greedy and not use corporations as a club. Zuccotti Park in New York fills with activists camping out, discussing and spreading their message. Cue Jesse LaGreca. With his quintessential American Joe Average look, he takes most folks by surprise, most certainly the Fox News reporter who approaches him. In the impromptu interview, unaired by Fox, LaGreca schools the man and powers through, knocking it out of the park. He calls out the leading questions right away, and notes that if there's one thing the news—"the propaganda machine in the media"—doesn't wish to report on, it's itself. That maybe it's time to have some participatory democracy that "isn't funded by news cameras." A reporter shows up expecting to report on the world and discovers this story is, at least in part, about themselves. The denial is quick: "We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put any message you want out there, to give you fair coverage […] So, there is an exception in the case, because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us." He snaps back: "Certainly. Take for instance when Glenn Beck […] called the president a person who hates white people and white culture. That was a low moment in Americans' history and you guys kind of had a big part in it. So I'm glad you're coming around and kind of paying attention to the [rest of the country] as opposed to the far right fringe who would just prefer to destroy the middle class entirely. […] People would like to see a little bit more economic justice, or social justice, you know, Jesus stuff, as far as feeding the poor, healthcare for the sick. […] I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the bill of rights up while they're screaming at gay soldiers, but they can't wrap their heads around the fact that a for-profit health care system doesn't work. […] If we want the president to do more, let's talk to him on a level that works instead of asking for his birth certificate, […]" Shots fired, critical hit, no chance of recovery. It's no surprise it was left on the cutting room floor, and no surprise it would leak and shoot to fame as being too extreme for Fox news. Predictable headlines asked if he was the The Smartest Man on Wall Street and explained that Jesse LaGreca Continues to Destroy Media Bias of Occupy Wall Street. All reporters eagerly falling over themselves to demonstrate how they were willing to give anyone a voice. This was an angle LaGreca himself brought up on air: "The reality is that I’m the only working class person you’re going to see on Sunday news… political news… maybe ever. And I think that is very indicative of the failures of our media to report on the news that matter most importantly…" The host immediately cuts in, "We are trying our best, Jesse." However when asked if there was a political demand that could sum up Occupy, something to "make this about," he takes a curious turn: "I think the entire movement is about economic justice. I mean to me – and I’m not speaking on behalf of Occupy Wall Street,[...]



Occupy WWW Street (EN)

2015-11-30T00:00:00+01:00

Internet Activism and Media in the Age of Social Justice English - Français - Nederlands "I don't have access to any unusual methods of analysis and what special knowledge I have concerning language has no bearing on social and political issues. […] For the analysis of ideology […] a bit of open-mindedness, normal intelligence, and healthy skepticism will generally suffice." – NC I'm bringing out my serious font again. It's difficult to talk about current affairs without inviting in heaps of context, so I'd like to delve into some recent history. Reminder, shooting the messenger is poor form, and heresy is medieval. (🇫🇮   Finnish readers: unarchived links) The Only Working Class Man In The Village It's September 2011, the American left has been galvanized. The message is straightforward and aimed at big targets: the 99% of the public is telling the 1% scrooges to stop being greedy and not use corporations as a club. Zuccotti Park in New York fills with activists camping out, discussing and spreading their message. Cue Jesse LaGreca. With his quintessential American Joe Average look, he takes most folks by surprise, most certainly the Fox News reporter who approaches him. In the impromptu interview, unaired by Fox, LaGreca schools the man and powers through, knocking it out of the park. He calls out the leading questions right away, and notes that if there's one thing the news—"the propaganda machine in the media"—doesn't wish to report on, it's itself. That maybe it's time to have some participatory democracy that "isn't funded by news cameras." A reporter shows up expecting to report on the world and discovers this story is, at least in part, about themselves. The denial is quick: "We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put any message you want out there, to give you fair coverage […] So, there is an exception in the case, because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us." He snaps back: "Certainly. Take for instance when Glenn Beck […] called the president a person who hates white people and white culture. That was a low moment in Americans' history and you guys kind of had a big part in it. So I'm glad you're coming around and kind of paying attention to the [rest of the country] as opposed to the far right fringe who would just prefer to destroy the middle class entirely. […] People would like to see a little bit more economic justice, or social justice, you know, Jesus stuff, as far as feeding the poor, healthcare for the sick. […] I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the bill of rights up while they're screaming at gay soldiers, but they can't wrap their heads around the fact that a for-profit health care system doesn't work. […] If we want the president to do more, let's talk to him on a level that works instead of asking for his birth certificate, […]" Shots fired, critical hit, no chance of recovery. It's no surprise it was left on the cutting room floor, and no surprise it would leak and shoot to fame as being too extreme for Fox news. Predictable headlines asked if he was the The Smartest Man on Wall Street and explained that Jesse LaGreca Continues to Destroy Media Bias of Occupy Wall Street. All reporters eagerly falling over themselves to demonstrate how they were willing to give anyone a voice. This was an angle LaGreca himself brought up on air: "The reality is that I’m the only working class person you’re going to see on Sunday news… political news… maybe ever. And I think that is very indicative of the failures of our media to report on the news that matter most importantly…" The host immediately cuts in, "We are trying our best, Jesse." However when asked if there was a political demand that could sum up Occupy, something to "make this about," he takes a curious turn: "I think the entire movement is about economic justice. I mean to me – and I’m not speakin[...]



Yak Shading

2015-09-27T00:00:00+02:00

A tale of numbers that like to turn "Take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet," Death waved a hand, "And yet you act as if there is some ideal order in the world, as if there is some… some rightness in the universe by which it may be judged." – The Hogfather, Discworld, Terry Pratchett class="mathbox" src="/files/fold-a-julia/mb-0-teaser.html?22e389c1" height="600"> Mathematics has a dirty little secret. Okay, so maybe it's not so dirty. But neither is it little. It goes as follows: Everything in mathematics is a choice. You'd think otherwise, going through the modern day mathematics curriculum. Each theorem and proof is provided, each formula bundled with convenient exercises to apply it to. A long ladder of subjects is set out before you, and you're told to climb, climb, climb, with the promise of a payoff at the end. "You'll need this stuff in real life!", they say, oblivious to the enormity of this lie, to the fact that most of the educated population walks around with "vague memories of math class and clear memories of hating it." Rarely is it made obvious that all of these things are entirely optional—that mathematics is the art of making choices so you can discover what the consequences are. That algebra, calculus, geometry are just words we invented to group the most interesting choices together, to identify the most useful tools that came out of them. The act of mathematics is to play around, to put together ideas and see whether they go well together. Unfortunately that exploration is mostly absent from math class and we are fed pre-packaged, pre-digested math pulp instead. And so it also goes with the numbers. We learn about the natural numbers, the integers, the fractions and eventually the real numbers. At each step, we feel hoodwinked: we were only shown a part of the puzzle! As it turned out, there was a 'better' set of numbers waiting to be discovered, more comprehensive than the last. Along the way, we feel like our intuition is mostly preserved. Negative numbers help us settle debts, fractions help us divide pies fairly, and real numbers help us measure diagonals and draw circles. But then there's a break. If you manage to get far enough, you'll learn about something called the imaginary numbers, where it seems sanity is thrown out the window in a variety of ways. Negative numbers can have square roots, you can no longer say whether one number is bigger than the other, and the whole thing starts to look like a pointless exercise for people with far too much time on their hands. I blame it on the name. It's misleading for one very simple reason: all numbers are imaginary. You cannot point to anything in the world and say, "This is a 3, and that is a 5." You can point to three apples, five trees, or chalk symbols that represent 3 and 5, but the concepts of 3 and 5, the numbers themselves, exist only in our heads. It's only because we are taught them at such a young age that we rarely notice. $$ 3 - 5 = \,? $$ $$ 4\;/\; 6 = \,? $$ $$ \sqrt{50} = \,? $$ $$ \sqrt{-4} = \,? $$ Questions that required us to invent new numbers in order to answer them consistently. So when mathematicians finally encountered numbers that acted just a little bit different, they couldn't help but call them fictitious and imaginary, setting the wrong tone for generations to follow. Expectations got in the way of seeing what was truly there, and it took decades before the results were properly understood. Now, this is not some esoteric point about a mathematical curiosity. These imaginary numbers—called complex numbers when combined with our ordinary real numbers—are essential to quantum physics, electromagnetism, and many more fields. They are naturally suited to describe anything that turns, waves, ripples, combin[...]