“A system of unequal classes is actually reinforced by the ideas of equality and charity formulated in the past. The idea of potential equality of power has been given a form peculiarly fitted to a competitive society where inequality of power is the rule and expectation. If all men start on some basis of equal potential ability, then the inequalities they experience in their lives are not arbitrary, they are the logical consequence of different personal drives to use those powers - in other words, social differences can now appear as questions of character, of moral resolve, will, and competence.”—Richard Sennett & Jonathan Cobb - The Hidden Injuries of Class
with no life experiences
and boys who
call themselves punk
are on my radio
how much pain they’ve endured
and how hard
their lives are”—Damien Echols, from prison before being released on Friday. (via eric-z)
“If CISPA were to become law, firms that collect lots of information on individuals (eg, internet service providers, phone companies, tech firms and online retailers) would quickly find themselves being coerced into helping the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others, to ferret out members of the public with anti-social tendencies. Given CISPA’s ability to exempt companies from prosecution, they would be pressed to hand over customers’ e-mails, web-postings and even social-media musings without the latter’s knowledge or consent, nor with any justifiable cause for believing them to be a danger to society.”—Cyber-security: Difference Engine: Swamped with data | The Economist
“newspapers are no longer just competing with other newspapers, or even with other traditional media — they are competing with things that don’t even look like journalism. In effect, they are competing with the entire internet. Is it better to try and adapt and meet that competition head-on, or to retreat behind a wall of sandbags and try to compel the waves to stop rising, King Canute-style?”—My personal take: 3 reasons I don’t like newspaper paywalls — Tech News and Analysis
“Maybe it’s trying a number of small things, as Ken Doctor wrote recently — like e-books drawn from the archives, or live events that cater to a specific crowd, or partnerships with online retailers for affiliate sales. Or maybe it’s the kind of “reverse paywall” that Jeff Jarvis and former Washington Post managing editor Raju Narisetti have talked about, where members get perks based on their interaction with a paper, rather than getting penalized for their loyalty by having to pay. In other words, a velvet rope instead of a wall.”—My personal take: 3 reasons I don’t like newspaper paywalls — Tech News and Analysis
“Wearing badges of ability to earn love or friendship is self-defeating, because love cannot be earned. To get a reward you have to show you have ability, but rewards come for mysterious reasons that transcend any consideration of what you can do.”—Richard Sennett & Jonathan Cobb - Hidden Injuries of Class
By the beginning of the eighteenth century, there were said to be more Dutch types in England than in Holland. Dutch types weren’t merely prized for their visual or metallurgical qualities, they filled a vacuum in the marketplace: a Star Chamber decree of the previous century had placed such oppressive restrictions on domestic typefounding as to virtually forbid its practice in England.
Although these prohibitions were lifted by royal decree in 1637, their effects were felt well into the next century. One of the first to recognize England’s overwhelming reliance on foreign sources was Bishop John Fell, who was charged in 1667 with accumulating a comprehensive set of types for the Oxford University Press. Rather than continuing to import Dutch types, Fell chose to import a Dutch typefounder, Peter de Walpergen, who cut for the press a collection of fonts included in the assortment known today as “The Fell Types.” Among these was a handsome and practical set of book types cut before 1693, in the “great primer” size (roughly 14pt), which are revived here. These faces were among the first ‘Old Styles’ cast in England, and as such are an essential link between the seventeenth century Dutch Old Styles of Kis, Van Dijck and Voskens, and the eighteenth century English Old Styles of William Caslon.
These faces are reproduced from Notes on a Century of Typography at the University Press Oxford, 1693-1794, by Horace Hart, reproduced in facsimile with notes by Harry Carter (The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970.) All of the original characters have been preserved intact, except the lowercase and small cap j which have been lightened, and an italic ff ligature, which has been derived from the ffi. Characters that postdate the original Fell Types, such as the Euro and at-symbol (@), have been fabricated in a sympathetic style.
The Oxford Printing house holds the oldest punches and matrices surviving in England, material not only treasured but used; types cast therefrom being employed for the composition of books and other printed matter.
The search for trustworthiness metrics goes in two directions. One is reputation, the other behavior. Reputation is relatively easy to assess; unfortunately, it’s also easy to game, and can easily be confused with notoriety.
The behavioral route has the advantage of being much harder to game: to fake behavioral dependability, I would have to establish a track record of dependable behavior – which is, after all, the point. It can be faked, of course, but such an elaborate con requires a level of effort quite out of proportion to the benefit, not to mention out of character.
“In lap dancing your sole purpose, however many friends you think you have made or however well you get along with the management, is to make money. Dancers do not receive an hourly wage; all of your income is dependent on performing private dancers for individual customers. The product you are selling is yourself. If you can’t make money, it feels like no one wants to see you with your clothes off, or that you are not as attractive as the other girls. As the amount of money being spent in the lap dancing clubs decreased so did the validations of this industry. It is extremely difficult to feel empowered when you are begging men to take you for a dance. Also as the customers recognised this power, instead of treating women like queens they would often play their upper hand and criticise the dancers on a personal level – “You are too fat”, “Your tits aren’t big enough”—Consuming Women