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Fascism

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This past winter, Real Life collected some of our essays on fascism for a special issue. We are republishing it again today. Please click the image below for a pdf.


With the rise of fascist leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s natural to want to investigate the degree to which new communication technologies have facilitated it. Much as Horkheimer and Adorno indicted the incipient mass media and the “culture industry” for mid–20th century fascism, we might look at 21st–century social media in the same light. Online platforms have become instruments for meting out brutality, suppressing freedom of thought, reinforcing marginalization and social exclusion, and enforcing orthodoxy. But it makes sense also to think of fascism itself as a political technology, an approach to social control that relies on negating the truth, sowing confusion, destabilizing 
shared values, and setting unmoored bureaucracies against the population and one another. We face an unprecedented combination of seemingly opposed ideologies that have come to reinforce each other: Big Data positivism generates an endless stream of uninterpretable information that post-truth demagoguery can triumphantly push aside. —Rob Horning

Featuring:

“Apocalypse Whatever,” by Tara Isabella Burton

“Chaos of Facts,” by Nathan Jurgenson

“What Was the Nerd” by Willie Osterweil

“Broken Windows, Broken Code,” by R . Joshua Scannell

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tante
5 days ago
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This Reallife collection of essays of current fascism is well worth reading.
Oldenburg/Germany
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Philosophy Infomercial

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tante
16 days ago
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Very good summary of what philosophy does to a mind.
Oldenburg/Germany
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freeAgent
20 days ago
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This is...oddly parallel to real-life experiences I had with philosophy.
Los Angeles, CA

The Capital Letter Lie

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My friend's boyfriend said he was out, but we knew he was lying. The first letter of his incoming iMessages weren't capitalized—a clear giveaway that he was typing from a computer.

By default, both iPhones and most Android devices capitalize the first word in a sentence, no matter what app you're using. You can easily turn the feature off, but most people don't. On a desktop, chat apps like Slack and Skype don't capitalize messages automatically. iMessage does, but many people have turned the feature off, maybe because the subtle difference has become codified.

As a result, two subtle styles of communicating have emerged—one in which all sentences are capitalized, and one in which they're not. The first indicates someone is on their phone, and the second that they're typing from a desktop. For people you communicate with frequently—like significant others, close friends and family— your capitalized letters are a way for them to know what you're up to, before you even tell them.

A conversation clearly had between two people on computers. Image: Screenshot

When I ask a coworker a question, and her delayed response reads "Yes" rather than "yes," I know she's away from her desk, before she tells me. If the friend I'm meeting up with suddenly writes "Haha" rather than "haha," I know he's left work, and is on his way.

Sometimes though, the capitalized letter trick doesn't work.

For example, when a new crush's text reads "let's hang out," rather than "Let's hang out," it could actually mean one of two things. It could indicate they're on a computer, or that they revised their message, removing the capitalized letter in the process. If you're sure your texting partner is on a phone and you receive a message without a capitalized first letter, it's fairly safe to bet they redrafted their text.

I've also carefully lowercased letters on my phone in messages to coworkers, in an effort to disguise the fact that I'm mobile. Several other Motherboard staffers admitted to doing the same.

That we notice the difference between 'a' and 'A' in the first place is evidence that maybe we spend too much time communicating behind screens. More interestingly, it's a tiny example of the strange and subtle ways our phones and computers change the information encapsulated in a message.

You thought you were merely saying "sorry I can't make it," but your lowercase S also revealed that you're probably watching Netflix on your laptop instead.



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tante
23 days ago
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Automatic capitalization communicates your device context.
Oldenburg/Germany
duerig
23 days ago
I suppose this also only works for people who (1) use the same app on their computer and phone and (2) are acculturated into the 'textspeak' conventions. When my wife and I text back and forth, we use an app that isn't installed on our computers at all. And both of us use capitalization, complete sentences, and full punctuation. I wonder how much communication is evolving vs. simply fragmenting with different generations and communities using different technologies which have unique subtleties like this.
Nunnsey
23 days ago
Except this assumes people have stopped using their shift key. For those who type regularly for work, this would be a terrible habit to practice. Plus, the computer/phone dynamic is pretty exclusive to having both an iPhone and a Mac. (Typed from my computer, not my phone)
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Russell's Teapot

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Unfortunately, NASA regulations state that Bertrand Russell-related payloads can only be launched within launch vehicles which do not launch themselves.
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tante
30 days ago
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Engineers "fixing" philosophical problems
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Covarr
30 days ago
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I'm crowdfunding a project to launch two slices of bread into orbit around the earth on opposite sides, so the whole world can be a sandwich.
Moses Lake, WA
vanbcguy
29 days ago
I'd kick in $5 for that...
benzado
28 days ago
The Earth became a sandwich over ten years ago, thanks to the hard work of volunteers! http://scourist.com/2006/06/09/0009-earth-sandwich/
CaffieneKitty
27 days ago
The most complete idiot sandwich ever. :-)
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30 days ago
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Unfortunately, NASA regulations state that Bertrand Russell-related payloads can only be launched within launch vehicles which do not launch themselves.

Verdacht auf Abgasbetrug: Schwere Vorwürfe gegen Daimler

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Die betroffenen Motoren sind in vielen Mercedes-Klassen eingebaut | Bildquelle: dpa

Daimler hat in der Abgasaffäre bei Diesel-Autos möglicherweise noch massiver manipuliert als bisher bekannt. Das geht nach Recherchen von WDR, NDR und "SZ" aus einem Durchsuchungsbeschluss hervor. Mehr als eine Million Fahrzeuge könnten betroffen sein. Von Lena Kampf. [mehr]

Meldung bei www.tagesschau.de lesen

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tante
39 days ago
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Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist in etwa so vertrauenswürdig wie Donald Trump.
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Boris Palmer zu Umgang mit Flüchtlingen: Verpflichtende DNA-Tests

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Tübingens grüner Oberbürgermeister fordert erneut strengere Regeln für Geflüchtete. Diesmal geht es um Speichelproben in bestimmten Fällen. mehr...
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tante
40 days ago
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Die Grünen kriegen ihren tübinger Rassisten nicht in den Griff.
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