MachineMachine /stream - tagged with history en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Seeing Our Own Reflection in the Birth of the Self-Portrait - The New York Times]]>

Who are you, and what are you doing here? You, there in the mirror, there in the lens of your phone: What do you see? In the eyes of us poor moderns, it seems self-evident that a picture can capture who you are.

Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:13:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]>

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]>

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The Black Curriculum]]>

The Black Curriculum is a project that aims to teach Black history all year round in the school year, to 11 to 16-year-olds.

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:59:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Black Revolutionaries in the United States | communists in situ]]>

Communist Interventions  Vol. 2  (2016) Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all.

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:59:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Probably the Only List of Artist Films You’ll Ever Need - ELEPHANT]]>

We’ll be honest. The initial plan was to write a critical gaze over art docs. Not the schlocky biopics, or dewy-eyed reminisces of certain “scenes”, eras or places, but more straightforward (if beautiful) documentaries.

Thu, 23 Apr 2020 09:34:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Probably the Only List of Artist Films You’ll Ever Need - ELEPHANT]]>

We’ll be honest. The initial plan was to write a critical gaze over art docs. Not the schlocky biopics, or dewy-eyed reminisces of certain “scenes”, eras or places, but more straightforward (if beautiful) documentaries.

Thu, 23 Apr 2020 02:34:34 -0700
<![CDATA[The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think | Psychology Today]]>

Ask yourself the following: Would you feel confident taking an over-the-counter medication if you were 98 percent sure it would work safely? Would you dare to gamble all your savings in a one-off scheme in which you had a 98 percent chance of losing it all? The coronavirus is a similar no-brainer.

Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:17:23 -0800
<![CDATA[Survivorship bias - Wikipedia]]>

Survivorship bias or survival bias is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways.

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 12:37:24 -0800
<![CDATA[BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti on Making the World a Meme]]>

As the decade began, there were rea­sons to be optimistic: America had elected its first black president, and despite a global recession just two years earlier, the world hadn’t cascaded into total financial collapse.

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 06:16:25 -0800
<![CDATA[History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | Technology | The Guardian]]>

Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By In its first issue of 2010, the scientific journal Nature looked forward to a dazzling decade of progress.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:17:16 -0800
<![CDATA[Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history]]>

Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction – including by partisan politicians raising moral concerns. Blaming video games for social or moral decline might feel like something new.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:31:10 -0700
<![CDATA[History of Computing Timeline]]>

As part of a series of posts that I’ve been calling “Open Source PhD,” I’m posting some of the materials that I prepared as I was studying for my comprehensive exams. You can see the reading lists for those exams here.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:56:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Daddy Issues | Katherine Angel | Granta]]>

In the awful, wearying months in which Harvey Weinstein’s ritualistic mistreatment of women was being recounted daily in the media, I found myself, like so many others, wondering and talking about the men in my life: ex-boyfriends, ex-stalkers, ex-harassers, ex-gropers.

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:44:24 -0700
<![CDATA[The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker]]>

If, on a certain evening about sixty-­six million years ago, you had stood somewhere in North America and looked up at the sky, you would have soon made out what appeared to be a star. If you watched for an hour or two, the star would have seemed to grow in brightness, although it barely moved.

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 06:50:25 -0700
<![CDATA[America colonisation ‘cooled Earth's climate’ - BBC News]]>

Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate. That's the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 18:52:20 -0800
<![CDATA[There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays]]>

In 2003, a team of scientists in China managed to create embryos containing a mix of rabbit and human DNA. Most of the biological matter was human, while the rabbit DNA was present only in the mitochondria, the energy-generators of the cells.

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:08:22 -0800
<![CDATA[Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' - Digg]]>

I logged into "Second Life" in the year 2018 A.D. It still exists, sort of. Residents and businesses began fleeing for more popular social networks long ago. Vast acres of land are abandoned or sparsely populated by the few remaining diehard users.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Colonialism did not just create slavery: it changed geology | Science | The Guardian]]>

It brought riches to Britain and many other European nations; played a major role in enslaving more than 10 million Africans; and created the first global markets in cotton, tobacco and sugar. But now colonialism has been accused of having an even greater influence.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Code, Conservation, and Truth – Ben Fino-Radin – Medium]]>

In a recently posted video, Patrick LeMieux(Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at UC Davis) describes his own material exploration and investigation of Cory Arcangel’s seminal artwork, Super Mario Clouds (2002). LeMieux’s research is spectacular in many ways.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:06:15 -0800