View profile

Productive Procrastination CW 4/2018


Productive Procrastination

January 28 · Issue #32 · View online

This newsletter has moved to

Welcome back,
Ursula K. Le Guin died this week, and after the first sadness, I was overwhelmed with all those fantastic stories about and quotes from her emerging (like here, here, herehere and here). So this issue will be mostly a collection of that. It also makes me happy to know that so many got introduced to her this week and will start reading her books. 
Take care

What I'm reading
  • This article cleans up a lot of the misconceptions about the Luddites and explains how they are deliberately used to silence critical thinking.
  • Erin Kissane uses this
  • There’s no other article that I’ve learned more from this week than this one.
  • Buzzfeed profiles Axios, which is – depending on your perspective – the future or the end of political journalism.
  • Alexis Madrigal about the role of a piece of fiction, commissioned by the US-government: “In a world awash with statistics about global nuclear supremacy, a simple fiction about daily life in a postnuclear world served as an antidote to the bureaucratic magic that had been spun around the possibility of conflict.”
  • In German: Dieses Interview mit Barcelonas Technologie-Beauftragter Francesca Bria zeigt, was mit einer vernünftigen Digitalstrategie möglich ist, wenn man es ernst meint.
What I haven’t read yet
More of the Le Guin goodness that surfaced this week
What I'm listening to
  • Naomi Alderman talks to Ursula Le Guin about her life and work and hears from literary fans including David Mitchell and Neil Gaiman.
  • With a new album from Niels Frahm (Spotify) and a remix album from Hidden Orchestra (Spotify), this could have well been my music week of the year, already.
  • I also went to the 10th anniversary of the record label Erased Tapes here at Funkhaus in Berlin and listened to beautiful sets from the likes of Penguin Cafe (Spotify), Ben Lukas Boysen (Spotify), and Lubomyr Melnyk (Spotify).
What I'm watching
Ursula K. Le Guin: Panel Discussion with Donna Haraway and James Clifford, 5/8/14 on Vimeo
Ursula Le Guin - YouTube
What I'm thinking about
“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society & its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, & even imagine real grounds for hope.” 
– Ursula K. Le Guin
“The Revolution is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere. It is for all, or it is nothing. If it is seen as having any end, it will never truly begin. We can’t stop here. We must go on. We must take the risks.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin
“Fake news” often reads, or looks on video, like weaponized design fiction.
Someone said we are always preparing for the apocalypse we want. [Black Mirror] is a perfect illustration of this.
Lots of familiar themes in this.
We talk about possible, probable and preferable futures in futures research. But unless we include more peculiar futures, we won’t be of much help. (#)
Thank you
Did you enjoy this issue?
In order to unsubscribe, click here.
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
Powered by Revue