It’s interesting (to me, anyway) that this copy is marked as being from the Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, which is between Los Alamos and the Trinity nuclear device test site near San Antonio. I also took note of the little spur to London on the ARPANET map.
This is why I find the current media storm around Britpop’s anniversary so troubling. It’s a celebration of the very conservative, a backward glance to something that was already backwards-looking. It’s not twee, exactly, but it is very Keep Calm And Carry On, it is very cosy, it is very mod, parochial, flag-wavy - “Yanks go home” mag covers, and so on. Indeed, a Google image search of the term ‘Britpop’ occupies the overlapping point of the Venn diagram between Oasis’ fanbase, UKIP’s youth wing, and a crap London souvenir stall.The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Modern Life Isn’t Rubbish: The Trouble With Britpop Nostalgia
The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century - Vox
The ratio of wealth to income is rising in all developed countries.
Absent extraordinary interventions, we should expect that trend to continue.
If it continues, the future will look like the 19th century, where economic elites have predominantly inherited their wealth rather than working for it.
The best solution would be a globally coordinated effort to tax wealth.
Abstract Cities – Les cartes stylisées des grandes villes | Ufunk.net (via @woodrowhill)
W1A: fear, jargon and the art of going forward | Media | The Observer
Of course management consultancy is a large field covering widely varying sectors, and much of it has nothing to do with the sort of jargon-swamp in which W1A’s characters are mired. And there are also many types of consultants – brand consultants, digital consultants, networking consultants and, no doubt, consulting consultants.
All of them, in one way or another, are selling the same thing: modernity. Or its deceitful twin: novelty. Institutions tend to fall into reassuring habits and can become hidebound by the shared conviction that “that’s how we’ve always done it”. That’s where consultants come in: with new ideas, innovative thinking, radical solutions.
While reorganising the office furniture may seem about as productive as rearranging the Titanic’s deckchairs, we are told that behind such decisions lie the latest findings in evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and human resources. That last term is also testament to a more insidious problem – the belief that new ideas, or even old ideas, require a new language. They don’t. But bad ideas do thrive in conditions of maximum claptrap.
Stop forcing veg down our throats | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian
It is easier to conceptualise the world as a fair place, in which individuals get their just deserts, than to accept that there are systemic problems, games rigged in which some win big and others will never win. In boom times, this individualism is visible in a febrile therapy culture, in which, Manhattan-style, everyone is involved in a talking cure. In a bust, as the Midlands Psychology Group points out, “The quasi-religious belief in the power of the individual to overcome their own problems, embedded deeply in Anglo-American culture, and within much of psychotherapy itself, has long been used by the powerful as a justification for disciplining the poor.”
So, what, if not a mere knowledge deficit and discipline failure among the poor, does cause obesity? The anthropologist Elizabeth Throop points to a culture in deep conflict – idealising thinness on one hand while characterising anorexia as the result of “low self-esteem”; depicting, in films, diets that will definitely make you fat (or “obesogenic behaviours”) while the characters eating them simultaneously deride obesity and are, themselves, very thin. An obesity systems influence diagram depicts the interplay between social psychology, individual psychology, physiology, food consumption, food production and the activity environment; it’s too dense to summarise. Some of it I don’t even believe (suspecting strongly that it came from self-reported calorie intake). And yet we’re mad to fixate on the losers in this obesogenic world. We should be fascinated by the people who create it, protect its methods; the handful who win from the processes that create obesity. What makes them tick? Why can’t a manufacturer make a pro-social decision every once in a while? Why is processed food so bad for us? Who gains from that?
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