Perhaps interesting because as a society we pay a shocking lot for measures we are told are to do with dealing crime blows. We pay, more than for universities, towards keeping other humans locked as they are dangerous, pay for police and judicial systems, we pay for politicians to help keep us poor lot safe from one another (..and poorer..), we pay for the resulting hierarchies, and pay for paying by considering a numerical economic systems essential – which kind of helps some people consider transgressing despite then becoming, err, criminals..?
It seems like from rt’s pov the report goes in-line with it’s attempt to portray “the west” as being in some sort of “decline”. An on-going theme on the website, at least. Or at least in my reading..
From a uk pov though, please bare, the lords’ report is a way to distance from eu’s actions – by the establishment, ie freaking Lords – and possibly position the british policies slightly differently in relation to russia and the ukraine.
Am thinking that because the report shows the uk’s appreciation ability of the other – be it russia – and a sort of willingness to engage based on what the establishment terms “legitimate” concerns.
However, the report has something else, more curious in my view, and rather innate in critique of this kind. It places the british establishment, a picture of its culture, as an open and self critical – if not even honest for some minds. It definitely is in contrast to the kremlin’s culture of critique, openness and honesty.
In this way, in a sense, the process itself, of producing the report, offers in the mind of self-critical, openness seeking and honestly honest attempting people – many of whom getting into positions of cultural power – developing a certain admiration to british culture. A very western west culture..
In this sense, I think its ironic the rt reporting and highlighting the report.. In a sense it couldn’t not to..(?)
This reminds me a few years back, a good friend, an established author and a self professed supporter of palestine, told me that despite his decades long ill feelings, thoughts and general negative associations towards the oppressive, criminal, and deadly occupying forces of palestine – he can not stop himself having a sense of some admiration towards the zionist’s ability to be slef critical and indeed put into account figures high in their political scale. (this includes the critique of sabra and shatila – which lead to a defence minister being barred from being such a minister – but not from being a prime minister..)
The other element re authoritarianistic approaches that seems evident here is the need to put one’s self on the shoulder while pretending the activity is not awkward. eg, If indeed bombing in general and england in particular (they meant Britain, but that’s aside..) – is so cool. Or chinese censorship is such a fab operation everyone wants to have one in bed – the self evidence of this fantastic ideas, practices and activities would render the need to declare their cleverness – a void.
…Unless ofcourse its an exercise in instruction – not even education.. Like a sesame street song about the wonders of abc, etc..? But then, why the bombasticness?
Am wondering though, why the link (association?) with Turing? Can it be anything todo with computing?
However it clearly links between Turing’s cracked codes and decisions in the brain. Now given the fact that there is a link that was done by some sort of a brain, I think its safe to claim that unlike the possible underlined suggestion – perhaps my missreading – the brain’s operations are a little bit more dynamic than a reducability to decisions, no?
Has the brain decided to link with Turing, or linked to stuff and then decided keep it with Turing?
Or maybe its a problem when a conversion to function is imperative – axiomatic perhaps? – in mind?
Whichever, I think its interesting to, at least, note that indeed before the automation process, no disrespect, there is a search that folds into the algorithm. Its a sequence.
However culturally and socially – def artistically – I think the search part of the sequence, and its set, should be noted as the algorithm – no?
However the combination of the geo local focus and the idea, in their words, of “freedom from”, seems to have highlighted for me what seems like a common fallacy about freedom – in my mind.
Freedom from is a suggestion – perhaps am reading this wrongly – of a movement from one state/situation to another. Once we got rid of the prison we are in – we’ll Be free. As if Freedom is a sort of outside of us, an outside – if not even an outside Other – that we can just go in if we were to be permitted/unshackled.
This is a physicalisation, a geo-graphication, ironically – a gardenification – of a process, of a practice, in my mind.
From an artistic and rhythmical perception, it seems like to be free, as a person or as a group, whether the laws happen to restrict or not – we are talking about cultivation a rhythmic practice rather than a place to go to. In that sense, legislation is an enabler, disabler, suggestion of expression rather than the definer of freedom.
The fact that, for example, terrorist legislation in the uk affects people’s perception of their freedoms. Affects how self restrictive to be in activities, how “careful” to be Not to get caught in the terror of the states’ violent assault on social, economic and cultural freedom. An assault by praying cameras, talk of keeping safe and indeed false dichotomies – freedom vs safety “balance”. Assault on speech and thoughts via social media, to protect (keep “safe”) society, as well as economic campaign to keep people on the short beat of survival sequences via 0 hours, precarious jobs and indeed – work that is done not for need but for the power and arbitrariness of economically well endowed people only.
Well.. Here’s an early sunday morning rant over and done with.. 😉
Measuring Brainwaves to Make a New Kind of Bike Map for NYC is a title of a wired article that talks about an attempt to use measurements for indicating qualities of bike ride paths.
I think its kind of curious or even telling that the ability to produce numbers in relation to a given activity via an automated – algorithmic process, is given a certain extra kudos.
Say someone just walked in an area – or indeed cycled – and indicated their feelings along the way. I think, with bit of justification it would be taken as some sort of possible idiosyncratic map, with a possible interest depending upon the individual’s intelligence and insight.
However, an algorithmic production seems somehow to have a rather more social wide appeal instantaneously – be it without a significant insight nor creative cultural critique.
It is seen as a useful indication of where to go and feel yes/no relaxed – for example.
Apart from being an interpretation of numbers, the numerical data in itself, from its own perspective can be biased by elements like whether, time of day, the cyclists’ last conversations, music that might be around, etc..
In that sense, I think sure its a novel map, however if we made a map of the numbers that came up every time we through a plastic calculator – it would be novel as well..
Am not sure why the kudos given to the process. Perhaps am wrong, however, the fact in the article there is a certain critique – be it academic – and the title is about the measure-ability and its consequences, am thinking that perhaps there is a wider cultural sequence here.
A sort of preference for one Expression over another based on a non acknowledged imagination that one is true – or more sort of correct – than another..
Perhaps I should check if there are other similar expressions.. (Mind, am a bit disturbed recently by expressions as a way to communicate.. But that is for some other post perhaps..)