Reddit discussion about the similarities and differences between the Irish Potato Famine and Holodomor (the Ukraine famine in the 1930s). Also discusses the economic writings of Amartya Sen.
Some research into copyright and fair use. 2 legal experts comment on how fair use should be used in modern society. Very perceptive article. They also wrote a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.
Here’s a profound discussion about news media, social media, censorship and propaganda. Lots of good insights and references. This discussion was posted two days ago, and very current. They reference a new book by Yochai Benkler which is here.
NEW TERM: CONTEXT COLLAPSE: “the flattening of multiple audiences into a single context; i.e., ” “trying to comfortably chat with your mother, bar buddy, work colleague, and ex-boyfriend at the same time.”
Nardwuar interviews raunchy comic Whitney Cummings. Nardwuar is a great interviewer, but Cummings truly had no idea what was going to happen.
Outrageous! One peculiar thing about Texas government is that there’s something called Texas Railroad Commission which regulates (or rather, fails to regulate) the entire oil and gas industry in Texas. Apparently the TRC Commissioner Christi Craddick (who was elected by the people) owns a considerable amount of O&G assets and yet doesn’t recuse herself from the multitude of decisions relating to oversight of those companies. Here’s the PDF of the whole report.