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What Intellectual Thought In Silicon Valley Looks Like

In an erudite new book, “What Tech Calls Thinking,” Adrian Daub, a professor of comparative literature and German studies at Stanford, investigates the concepts in which Silicon Valley is still staked. He argues that the economic upheavals that start there are “made plausible and made to seem inevitable” by these tightly codified marketing strategies he calls “ideals.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Stanford, Ideas, Silicon Valley, Adrian Daub, 10.13.20

Fun To Think About: Are We Living In A Computer Simulation?

“Some have tried to identify ways in which we can discern if we are simulated beings. Others have attempted to calculate the chance of us being virtual entities. Now a new analysis shows that the odds that we are living in base reality—meaning an existence that is not simulated—are pretty much even. But the study also demonstrates that if humans were to ever develop the ability to simulate conscious beings, the chances would overwhelmingly tilt in favor of us, too, being virtual denizens inside...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.13.20

The AOL Decision That Ruined The Internet, Way Back In 1993

“For nearly 30 years, the internet’s culture has been defined by a corporation’s move that seemed to, without any care about what was left behind, ensure that a sense of order would never again drive the growth of this series of tubes. This phenomenon is, in many ways, the central tension on which the modern internet is built. And it’s a tension that most people aren’t aware of, even though it is an undercurrent secretly framing our online interactions.” – Tedium
Tags: Art, Media, Aol, 10.13.20

Is Earning A Living From The Arts No Longer Possible?

It has always been hard to make a living in the arts; what is new, William Deresiewicz contends, is that even moderately successful artists — who publish, show, or perform frequently — often struggle to lead a middle-class life. – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, William Deresiewicz, 10.13.20

How The NYT’s 1619 Project Ignited An Ideological Fight

At the nation’s most significant moment of racial reckoning since the 1960s, it’s become one of the hottest culture-war battlefields, where the combatants include turf-guarding academics, political ideologues angling for an election-year advantage — and the fearlessly spiky journalism superstar who willed the entire thing into existence. All of this can make it easy to forget what the 1619 Project was — basically, a collection of smart, provocative magazine articles about the ways slavery shape...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Nyt, 10.13.20

Altruism Is Cool. But…

The effective altruism movement, which aims to help others as much as possible as effectively as possible, has a certain undeniable logic. So why hasn’t it caught on? A key reason is that it clashes with basic human morality. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.13.20

Peru Opens Machu Picchu To A Patient Japanese Tourist

The 26-year-old arrived at the site just when it was shutting down seven months ago for the virus. He stayed, waiting, but was running out of money. The Peruvian government decided to let him visit… by himself. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Peru, Issues, 10.13.20

The Art Of Distraction In Learning Things

Remote learning renders presence theoretical, distraction all but inevitable, and eagerness an uphill climb. On Zoom, absolute receptivity is very difficult to achieve. Remote learning asks us, as Mary Cappello does, to reimagine the humanities lecture as a teaching tool that works even, or especially, for the distractible listener. To Cappello, in fact, distraction is the heart of the form. She argues that lectures are a tool for sparking thought, not for imparting information. – The Atlantic ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Cappello, Mary Cappello, 10.13.20

Bollywood Establishment Sues Two Indian News Channels For Defamation

“Monday’s lawsuit saw some of Bollywood’s biggest names, including superstar actors Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, come together against news channels Republic TV and Times Now.” The case concerns the national frenzy of media speculation over the likely suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June. – AP
Tags: Art, Media, Akshay Kumar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Republic TV, 10.13.20, Aamir Khan Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan

Indie Book Stores Launch Campaign To Compete Against Amazon

An ABA survey from this summer found that some 20 per cent of members could go out of business, meaning hundreds of stores face closure, especially as government aid runs out. While the overall market for books has been surprisingly solid in 2020, has apparently fared best as the public increasingly makes purchases online. According to a report issued last week by the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, “Amazon accounts for over half of all print book sales and o...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Aba, House Judiciary Committee, 10.13.20, Compete Against Amazon

How We Think About “Misinformation”

Our disinformation metaphors help us see new possibilities (how might we “clean up” disinformation, or treat “information disorder”?), but obscure others (if disinformation is a pollutant, why is it such a useful political tool? If disinformation is an attack, why does it seem so sociological?). Metaphors shape our discourses, ideologies and histories. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.13.20

What Museums Are Allowed To Do Politically

“Did you know museums are allowed to support or oppose a ballot measure? An institution may understandably want to get behind a budget increase for the cultural sector, for example. But they can’t let their staff volunteer for a candidate or party during work hours. Museums can serve as polling or voter registration sites and host nonpartisan candidate forums, but they can’t allow only certain candidates or parties to rent their space, or offer them discounted rates to do so.” – Hyperallergic ...
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.13.20

Jerry Saltz: When Public Art Goes Wrong

Medusa is typical of the kind of misguided bureaucracies and good managerial intentions that often result in such mediocrities. Don’t even try to figure out why it now stands across the street from the County Criminal Courthouse. This ooh-la-la monstrosity is sure to be a lightning rod for zealots protesting nudity and a co-star in endless selfies. – Curbed
Tags: Art, Visual, Jerry Saltz, 10.13.20

All These Hit Documentary Series — Are They Just Reality TV Gone Highbrow?

Basically, yes, argues Kathryn VanArendonk, and the docuseries boom we’re seeing now couldn’t have happened without “a television landscape primed by decades of reality TV.” What’s more, the qualities the two genres share “are key to why [a docuseries can be] so delicious.” (Besides, “Anglo-American culture has yet to meet something lowbrow that it didn’t find a way to repackage as classy and valuable.”) – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, Kathryn VanArendonk, 10.13.20


The audiences interact with characters one-on-one through the letters and can possibly alter the arc of the pieces through their correspondences. For a few of the play tracks, audiences can select particular characters to follow and even determine outcomes based on their response letters. “It’s a bespoke adventure—a tailor-made adventure specifically designed for you and your experience.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Snail Mail, 10.13.20

Why Kathryn Morgan Quit Miami City Ballet A Year After Her Triumphant Return To The Stage (It Isn’t Pretty)

Once a very promising young soloist at New York City Ballet, Morgan had to stop performing for years due to hypothyroidism (with its attendant weight gain) and an autoimmune disorder. In 2019, by then a social media star, she was hired by Miami City Ballet in a move that got both dancer and company plenty of positive news coverage. Last week, in a 33-minute video that went viral, she recounted difficulties at the company that culminated in her being humiliatingly cut from a role (she’d be “an e...
Tags: Art, Dance, Miami City Ballet, Kathryn Morgan, 10.13.20, New York City Ballet Morgan

Why Do Certain Artworks Get Stolen Over And Over Again?

Munch’s The Scream has been carted off by thieves twice, there are three Dutch Old Masters paintings that have been stolen three times each in the past 50 years, and the poor old Ghent Altarpiece has been taken an unlucky 13 times. Such works become famous, and thus very hard to fence, so why would they be repeat targets? Because, say two experts, stealing them can get the thieves clout — clout of more than one kind. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Ghent Altarpiece, 10.13.20

AMC Theatres Says It Will Be Out Of Cash By The End Of The Year

Major movie releases that were previously scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter have either been rescheduled for 2021 or slated for streaming releases, “leaving a reduced slate of movie releases for the remainder of the year, and release dates may continue to move.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Amc Theatres, 10.13.20

New York Philharmonic Cancels All Of 2020-21 Season

“It is really fair to say that in the 178-year history of the Philharmonic, this is the single biggest crisis,” said CEO Deborah Borda of the shutdown caused by the COVID pandemic. (A possible silver lining: could the hiatus be used to get started on reconstructing the orchestra’s concert hall?) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Deborah Borda, 10.13.20

2,600-Year-Old Egyptian Sarcophagus Opened For First Time

“The newly unveiled coffin is one of 59 sealed sarcophagi unearthed at the Saqqara necropolis — a sprawling ancient cemetery located south of Cairo — in recent months. Found stacked on top of each other in three burial shafts of differing depths (between 32 and 39 feet each), the coffins date to Egypt’s 26th Dynasty, which spanned 664 to 525 B.C.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Egypt, Cairo, Visual, Saqqara, 10.13.20

How Public Television Can Build Better Citizens

“As a more-than-full-time TV watcher I have a tremendous fondness and respect for the Public Broadcasting Service — and for the public-TV ecosystem that surrounds it — that aren’t based on grumpy butlers or colorful puppets. They’re based on something PBS and its member stations do more thoroughly than anyone else in TV: educate us to be better citizens.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Pbs, Public Broadcasting Service, 10.13.20, Public Television Can Build Better Citizens

The Public Television Pledge Drive Trap

For many stations, the pledge drive has become a brand-identity paradox. To attract the most money to support their mission of quality television, many stations diverge from their usual lineup and resort to pledge programming of more doubtful merit — infomercials, specials that promote pseudoscientific advice, music documentaries that exist just to push you to choose a six-CD set as your “thank you” gift. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 10.13.20, Public Television Pledge Drive Trap

Ben Brantley: The Farewell Essay

“‘Don’t you ever want to just sit back and enjoy it?’ That’s a question I’ve often been asked during my 27 years as a daily theater reviewer for The New York Times. And … the short answer to that question is an undiluted ‘no.’ One of the main reasons I never stopped loving this job is that I can’t sit back and go limp, like a passive slab on a massage table.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, Don, Ben Brantley, 10.13.20

Ben Brantley: The Exit Interview

“During quarantine, when I couldn’t feed that [reviewing] addiction, I found myself chafing at the place-holding journalism that was required. Then in a Zoom meeting with critics, The Times‘s executive editor, Dean Baquet, lingered over the question of whether arts reviewers should stay in their jobs indefinitely. And I thought, ‘That sounds like an exit cue to me.’ After that, it was a surprisingly painless decision.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Times, Ben Brantley, Dean Baquet, 10.13.20