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Astra Taylor, Misogyny and the Cult of Internet Openness

Posted on April 11th, 2014 at 17:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a science-fiction novel, because my region is so afflicted with people who stare at the tiny screens in their hands on trains, in restaurants, while crossing the street, and too often while driving. San Francisco is, after all, where director Phil Kaufman set the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the movie wherein a ferny spore-spouting form of alien life colonizes human beings so that they become zombie-like figures.

In the movies, such colonization took place secretly, or by force, or both: it was a war, and (once upon a time) an allegory for the Cold War and a possible communist takeover. Today, however — Hypercapitalism Invades! — we not only choose to carry around those mobile devices, but pay corporations hefty monthly fees to do so. In return, we get to voluntarily join the great hive of people being in touch all the time, so much so that human nature seems in the process of being remade, with the young immersed in a kind of contact that makes solitude seem like polar ice, something that’s melting away.

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  1. Interesting article. It is often underestimated how hateful and stupid people can be especially when showing off to one another.

    The “women-are-raising-children-and-doing-all-the-housework*-so-they-don’t-have-time-to-participate” argument is not credible where the average family is two children and there are automatic washing machines etc. Even less so for the large number of childfree people.

    How people spend their leisure time is very varied although there are gender differences. Go back 60 years, many women were reading, gardening or doing handicrafts when men were gardening, tinkering with cars, motorbikes or doing whatever radio amateurs do**.

    Now everyone watches screens addictively and claim they have no time. Corporatism is winning.

    * News to these martyrs (if they exist): you will not die from an untidy house. You are suffering from OCD.

    ** I actually know the answer to this – talking about the weather and the size of their “antennas”.

  2. Time to move to France, where a daily 11 hour break in remote access to the workplace (i.e. email) is being mandated.

Biologists Confirm God Evolved From Chimpanzee Deity

Posted on April 11th, 2014 at 12:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


Challenging long-held views on the origins of divinity, biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, presented findings Thursday that confirm God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, evolved from an ancient chimpanzee deity.

The recently discovered sacred ancestor, a divine chimp species scientists have named Pan sanctorum, reportedly gave rise over millions of years to the Lord Our God, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

“Although perhaps not obvious at first glance, there are actually overwhelming similarities between the Supreme Being of today and this early primate deity who preceded Him,” said Dr. Richard Kamen, a leading biologist who also heads Berkeley’s paleotheology department. “The holy chimp moved around on all fours, but its descendants eventually began walking upright to expend less energy while foraging across the infinite reaches of the universe. This of course led to the bipedalism of modern-day God.”

“In fact, you can see a distinct likeness to God in the chimpanzee deity’s skeletal structures, not to mention its prototypical expressions of vengeance and wrath,” Kamen continued. “The great-ape god was, however, considerably smaller in stature, having not yet developed the capacity to occupy all space and time simultaneously.”

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Colbert Will Host ‘Late Show,’ Playing Himself for a Change

Posted on April 11th, 2014 at 8:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


CBS made its choice, quickly and definitively: Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of its late-night franchise, which Mr. Letterman created when he came to the network in 1993.

The network made the announcement on Thursday, exactly one week after Mr. Letterman said that he would be leaving the “Late Show With David Letterman” after one more year on the air.

Mr. Colbert, the star of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” will be — in one way — an all-new talent for CBS because he will drop the broadly satirical blowhard conservative character he has played for nine years, and instead perform as himself.

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