Many of us cannot help looking because of what Susan Sontag has called “the perennial seductiveness of war.” It is a kind of rubbernecking, staring at the bloody aftermath of something that is not an act of God but of man. The effect, as Ms. Sontag pointed out in an essay in The New Yorker in 2002, is anything but certain.

“Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to ‘care’ more,” she wrote. “It also invites them to feel that the sufferings and misfortunes are too vast, too irrevocable, too epic to be much changed by any local, political intervention.”

So now that war comes to us in real time, do we feel helpless or empowered? Do we care more, or will the ubiquity of images and information desensitize us to the point where human suffering loses meaning when it is part of a scroll that includes a video of your niece twerking? Oh, we say as our index finger navigates to the next item, another one of those.

As war becomes a more remote, mechanized activity, posts and images from the target area have significant value. When a trigger gets pulled or bombs explode, real people are often on the wrong end of it. And bearing witness to the consequences gives meaning to what we see.


At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time - NYTimes.com (via new-aesthetic)

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Adam Curtis: NO FUTURE


Scientists from MIT Developed a Trillion frames per second slow motion camera that can show light moving through a bottle. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography - For comparison, the imaging of a bullet captured at this many frames per second would last a year as explained in thepresentation by Professor Ramesh Raskar of MIT.
^ what you have witnessed above is light travelling in slow motion.

ShotAttention Span News- Tom Tomorrow

Enki Bilal - Star Wars Visions

Christina Riley




i’m feeling sick

no no no no


Am I the only one who finds this kinda cool?

Titan aka the Mermaid Moon

Eltingville Club #2: Back Issue Hard Sell
"While I was at Facebook, there was no institutional review board that scrutinized the decision to run an experiment for internal purposes

The fundamental purpose of most people at Facebook working on data is to influence and alter people’s moods and behaviour

all of this hubbub over 700k users like it is a large number of people is a bit strange coming from the inside where that is a very tiny fraction of the user base

the only thing I see changing from this is not whether similar experiments will be run, but rather will they be published"

10 ways Facebook is actually the devil (via nathanjurgenson)

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"1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them."

Kurt Vonnegut (via thedragoninmygarage)