Got time on your hands? Why not spend it on reading these informative and interesting articles that are real conversation pieces/starters:
“The Masked Avengers”, written by David Kushner, is a peek into Anonymous through one individual associated with it known as “Commander X”, an activist to become a hacktivist. Anonymous alludes definitions, but the Masked Avengers manages to shine some light on its inner workings and motivations, if there is an “it”.
The piece reads like a spy novel with government agencies following Commander X, and him eventually crossing borders to Canada to avoid possible imprisonment. Just a little snippet from an intriguing piece.
This article touches upon several of the same points the documentary “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” brought up in 2012, an extremely interesting watch as well. I feel this article and the documentary compliment each other well.
“Science says: Revolt!”, written by Naomi Klein, describes the connection between climate change and capitalism, which the piece describes as a failed economic system fueling impending troubles ahead. And after reading this article, I’m inclined to feel a little more paranoid over the recent warm (freak) weather in Finland:
“–the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.”
The subject has been a hot topic for years, and I personally have been going back and forth the two camps of “we should be extremely worried” to “well it can’t be that bad”. Naomi Klein certainly knows how to phrase arguments to get the “awe man …do I really have to do something now”- emotional response in a person.
She is known for her books “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine”, analyzing and criticizing the current economic paradigm based on eternal growth. Her new book is titled “This Changes Everything. Capitalism VS the Climate”, coming out this month, which I will check out and probably end up scaring the crap out of my little heart.
If you feel like learning about… anything basically, check out openculture.com, the site has a good thing going on for themselves: the best free cultural & educational media on the web. And that’s straight from the horses’s mouth. I think I might believe them after seeing their repertoire:
Audio books, e-books, movies, online courses and articles on varying subjects. The online lessons for example are taught by professionals associated with names that would make anyone salivate: Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford… (Yes, copy pasted from their site).
Openculture.com is a collection of high quality resources from around the web, so it saves the hassle of finding the source materials for yourself, and time for the busy individual out there.
I’m going to either watch a video from the aforementioned website, do the dishes… or draw. Probably gonna end up sighing over the dishes the whole day while planning on drawing as I watch TV till it’s midnight. That’s how it usually goes.