It’s made out of… powder?
If you’re like me, you are instinctively creeped out by this new fad “food” with the dystopian name: Soylent. But I have to admit Adam Ozimek’s assessment of it in Forbes is pretty sober. This bizarre product is certainly not ushering in 1984. But I’m at the same time sad for Ozimek, who doesn’t seem to understand what it’s like to appreciate the quality of every meal. Throw out your microwave and slow the hell down; it will change your life.
Fascism returns to Europe?
A lot is being made on the Left of the influence of supposed neo-Nazis operating within the new interim Ukrainian government, as well as on the ground, inside the newly formed National Guard security units. Even after reading innumerable articles on the matter, I honestly cannot verify the extent to which these claims are true, and I suspect opinionmakers on the Left are once again spinning reality somewhat to fit their preferred narrative, just as Russia very obviously is doing. Honestly, I care less about the minutia of Ukrainian politics than the big picture, and I think this New Replublic portrayal of Russia’s fascistic policies and ties to ultra-Right in Western Europe should be eye-opening. It relates to my thesis from last month’s commentary here about Russia’s economy looking an awful lot like 20th Century fascism.
Cities: made for sharing
I haven’t looked very far into the particular notion of the commons offered by On the Commons, which calls itself a “commons movement strategy center”, but this very short excerpt from The Sharing Revolution by Jay Walljasper is pretty cool. It offers a brief history of the atomized suburban dwelling, as well as hopeful remarks about returning to a reduced-consumption state of affairs offered by new technologies and intentional human proximity. I’m adding On the Commons to my resource links list to make sure I investigate further soon.
Having one foot firmly planted in the technology startup world, I read/hear the words “disrupt” and “disruptive” used in a fairly asinine way several times daily. It honestly drives me nuts, driveled as it is by greed-addled “serial entrepreneurs” out to “change the world” while getting rich. Someday I’ll write about it myself, but I’m pleased to be able to point you to this thrashing of the fetish concept/term as employed by thoroughly system-reinforcing, for-profit, status-quo enterprise founders and fans today.