Douglas Adams Contributes …

… we are still thinking this through, but have an idea to drop great quotes on top of our header images, branded with our logo … and see how far it travels. We still aren’t sure that this is the right ‘look’ – but I think we like the idea.

How about you?

Towards a More Manageable Dystopia

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

… Allen Ginsberg, ‘Howl’

Graham is struck by …

.. an odd phenomenon. That is, the urge to create fictional dystopias in the face of a real one.

Other dystopian eras gave rise to distinctively original work. Film makers in Soviet-era Eastern Europe, for example, created fantasy masterpieces such as “The Saragossa Manuscript” —

Cinema poster for “Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders” — Jaromil Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1970.

and  ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders.’ Not forgetting either that Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’, quoted above, was written against the background of the conformist,  “Father Knows Best” socio culture of 1950s USA, a dystopia all its own.

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An Immigrant Story

Graham muses…

Perhaps it’s coincidence. Perhaps it really just is a good story. But briefly, we put aside our reservations about the nature of — whatever it is Anheuser-Busch manufactures, and consider their SuperBowl ad, which was just previewed.

Probably just a coincidence, jah?

Facebook Doesn’t Have An Ethics Problem. It Has A Morality Problem

Graham is concerned …

… that Facebook, which he uses a lot, has lost its way. Worse still, it is identifying the wrong problems, and imposing stale solutions even to those.

From Zuckerberg’s embarrassing efforts at “stewardship for the long term” in Hawaii — which came across as a plantation-owner-style land grab and seem to have led to a very public walkback (and which we have discussed on this very blog) — to allegations of racially-based censorship, wink-wink toleration of (very profitable) fake news, and disingenuous responses to these and many other criticisms, it seems sometimes like a brand outrunning itself.

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