This video is a bit over-dramatized, but in a nutshell it proves that too much technological connectivity is ruining our lives.
As a manic content farmer, I understand these pitfalls, which is why lately I've been turning off my phone at every social engagement or activity when speaking and undivided attention is a necessary premium. When people give you the time, the least we can do is give others our complete self for that period of connectivity. After all, the stuff on that little screen is more fleeting and, if you think about it, less valuable in the long run than the takeaways you gain face to face.
Kudos to director Eliot Rausch for his efforts.
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We expect paintings to be static. Perhaps a card player is sitting in a chair, frozen. Or layered drips of paint that have become dry puddles. We know that the painter’s hand moved when these were made (how fast, we don’t know, but it’s easy to point at Jackson Pollock as a vigorous counterpoint to Paul Cézanne), but the artists knew that the result would be still.
In the space of a week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina have arguably become the world's most famous political prisoners following their sentencing in a Moscow courtroom last Friday.
by Taylor Hom
On Halloween, the United Nations Population Division reported the world’s population had reached seven billion. But as global population soars, many governments and communities struggle to accommodate rapid urban growth. People flock to cities as refugees of conflict, victims of natural disasters, or seekers of job opportunities. In 2008, for the first time in world history, more people lived in cities than in rural areas, and today, nearly one billion live in urban slums with that number projected to double by 2030.
On September 20, I attended a lecture by former UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown at The New School University. As he paced the stage, Brown outlined the themes of his new book, Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization.
Quite a title! I am sure we could come up with a globalization crisis that precedes the contemporary one he speaks of, but that's not the point of this post.