You probably already knew that Islam was having a scientific golden age during Europe’s middle ages, and making tons of scientific and medical discoveries. (Which is why we use words like “algebra.”) But you might not know that some of the earliest proto-science fiction came from the Islamic world.
Ah! So now, in spite of knowing a few people, and being capable of going out, I am feeling somewhat lonely and homesick. Walking through the campus during a coffee break I felt overcome by my loneliness and was almost moved to tears. It was nice receiving a phone call from my friend Ginevra. I miss certain friends in spite of chatting with them frequently. This is mirroring a lot of my friends moving to new cities, which is cool because they all turned out fine :-) I love them.
Our president is on a really insane tip. It seems like we don’t know what we don’t know.
I started a bank account
Successfully explained to someone that I am
Wrote some stuff about reading,
Set up my library
Did not fart
Was totally followed home!
Got help with Indexhibit,
Vaska doesn’t seem friendly…
Reconciling with things like “wanting to be a fuckboy” and thinking to myself on multiple occasions “the thinking-man’s pussy.” What does it all mean? What is this sharp object poking me in the ass when I sit? My debit card or a penny. I ask myself “is it too early for OK Cupid in a new city?” Most of these sentiments I actually feel alien to, and yet they flood my unconscious. There’s probably another way to deal with intimacy and sexuality that doesn’t seem vulgar or systematized.
I used to love this Gundam Wing fan fiction called “Western Wing” where the characters were all spaghetti western and got so much ass. I learned about sex from fan fictions it’s taking a lot of time to unlearn.
“Peter the Great was the Tsar of Russia from 1682 until 1725. Under his rule, his nation became a major empire. He also led a cultural revolution that brought modern European-style ideas and influences to Russia. But for our purposes right now, I want to call attention to one of his other accomplishments: The All-Joking, All-Drunken Council of Fools and Jesters. It was a club he organized with his allies to ensure there would always be an abundance of parties for him to enjoy. I don’t think you need alcohol as an essential part of your own efforts to sustain maximum revelry in the coming weeks, Scorpio. But I do suggest you convene a similar brain trust.”—The scorpio moment continues!
Nathan Jurgenson, a digital sociologist, agreed with York that the shift was limited to the media. “Overall, [Nick Bilton’s tweet] represents the majority -vast majority- opinion,” writes Jurgenson by email. “This only comes from looking at search terms and replies to celebs tweets, but from what I can tell ‘don’t take nudes’ has been the overwhelming response.”
Jurgenson did agree that the media reaction has changed dramatically. “The critique of victim blaming has gone more mainstream, and I’m excited for that,” he writes. “For many more people sexuality comes standard with sexting, so advising people not to sext is like advising people not to be sexual. Stories about sexting are increasingly written by, and for, people who participate. I really do think we’re finally reaching the point where being constantly outraged and scandalized by sexting is coming to be seen, and felt, as counterproductive. If we maintain that having a nude out there will ruin your life, then it will ruin lives, those of our friends, children, people we’d like to be president, etc. By chilling out and instead focusing on the fuckers who violate women for sport, we’re making out lives collectively easier, better, more fair. Here’s hoping this shift in media message spreads more widely.”
NM:You witnessed a moment that was a throwback to the ’60s, to the ultimately failed attempt to create a social utopia. And you witnessed that less than a decade ago. That’s pretty amazing, and it seems to have a lot to do with what you’re doing now.
PC:The philosopher Alain Badiou just wrote a book on Saint Paul, trying to redescribe Christianity as a radical and secular philosophical project that commits itself to an event that changes you, an event that you can neither control nor predict. And the idea of truth is how faithful you are to this initial event. One of his examples is love. You can never control or predict who you fall in love with, but once you’re there, the job of love is to be faithful to the initial encounter. Not to fetishize it, but to create a path from which you, over time, leave this event behind without ever forgetting it, using it as a way to gauge a whole host of things. Another example for him was May ’68. It was a watershed moment that didn’t change the world but changed him. Your ethical and philosophical path as you leave that initial event is called truth, he says. Not axiomatic, not Aristotelian; you can’t write it down. It’s a process of transformation, which sounds reductively like a self-help tape, but this frees up a lot of things about what it means to be truthful. I’m sure I don’t understand it fully. In any case, it’s thrilling and sad how history washes over us. No one lives like Thoreau now—except Ted Kaczynski, and he went insane. To be human is to be awash in history, I suppose.
She’s the woman that went from reality TV star to bona fide media sensation
Coincidentally this was also on my cultural radar today so… also hey remember when she had that sex tape with Ray Jay? Remember how Reality TV coincided with the writers strikes, suddenly catalyzing the power of voyeurs and paparazzi in 2007-2008? Kinda sorta like the same culture that produces nude photo leaks?
These women have have lives. Have bodies. Have sex. Take pictures. Trust people. I am sorry their privacy was violated, but I am not surprised that under their clothes and professional demeanors, they’re simply human beings who like to have sex as mu…
Yeah, but I’d also add that this isn’t really new so much as it is now a prevalent form of slut shaming. Nude leaks have always been bad, our society is just outwardly aware of it now (so it seems)? I also wonder where the genre of dead-ringer/impersonator pornography fits into this paradigm. What about all of those pedophile videos of Emma Watson/Miley Cyrus look-alike / cg superimposed heads onto pornographic actresses that circulated 4chan circa 2009?
Something funny about closed circuit television surveillance system - having seen it from both ends: It seems that while being used as a sort of paranoia agent for potential suspect, from the perspective of the surveyor, it becomes a stand in for their own vigilance.
I wonder how it feels when people seriously troll your life.
Why has it become derogatory to call people crazy when they are?
In some respects I would really like to embrace things that considered normative (more a projection on my part). I really want to make a back patch of the NU logo, which just appeared to me as iconic today.