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Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 09:29 am
Racist robots

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)

I wouldn't mind a Jewish world conspiracy as long as it was the right Jews. Am I allowed to handpick which ones are in on it? Do they have to be living, or can they conspire from the grave? What about Serge Gainsbourg, Franz Kafka, Leonard Cohen, Freud and Marx, Adorno and Benjamin, Woody Allen and Ben Jacobs aka Max Tundra?

I think there's plenty of Yet/Also in my final paragraph, which says that good things will continue to come from the US, whatever they try to foist on us. When you use words like "liberating" (a word George Bush has used to mean "invading") and "progressive" (a word the neocons probably understand in their own hideous way) of the current US, though, it has to be remembered that many people around the world would see it as much more useful to be liberated from America rather than by it. If we agree with Noam Chomsky's idea that "there are now two superpowers in the world -- the US and world opinion", it seems clear that any idea that world opinion would find "liberating" would probably undo most of the things we're seeing the US do at the moment, whether it's getting fatter, persecuting drag queens like Michael Jackson, invading and threatening countries, or appointing hawks with no development experience to head the World Bank.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)

Brand new: Mix and Match Conspiracy Kit!

It's part of the neo-con revolution to try to capture words like "liberating" and "progressive", but that shouldn't stop one from using them. I meant things like "teh interweb", social computing, the new york review of books, etc. And there is a reason why these things come from the US.

Btw., Chomsky is giving a lecture here in Berlin on Wednesday, in case you didn't know.


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)

Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm informed that the interweb was 'invented' by an Englishman. I'm not sure exactly how a single person invents such a thing, so this is more an enquiry than a statement.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Mar. 20th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)

The internet was developed by the US military, but the way hypertext forms the "world wide web" was invented by an Englishman working in Switzerland, Tim Berners-Lee, in 1981.


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Sun, Mar. 20th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)

Thank you. At least I know I'm not entirely misinformed.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Mar. 20th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)

jeez. I see your Tim Berners Lee and I raise you a Vannevar Bush. And a netscape (without which the web would still be ASCII). Etc. But it's not the people inventing the things, it's where they are taken up and and are developed, where there's a climate of experimentation. That may be decreasing in the US, but it's not yet dead.


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