14 May '11, 11pm

What could we lose if #SOPA was passed? Well . . . Freeness, openness . . . Like this

What could we lose if #SOPA was passed? Well . . . Freeness, openness . . . Like this

The conclusion (that cultural participation is going to overtake consumption) is a plausible one, but it's based on really shaky historical premises. All the stories about gin are true, but the assumption that when gin was eradicated as a social ill it was replaced by virtuous sobriety is bunk. Laudunum and its sister drug opium quickly penetrated deeper still into society; while gin was almost always the recourse of the poor, laudunum was enthusiastically consumed by the highest echelons. It wasn't until we already achieved the gains of urbanisations (cultural institutions, wider suffrage etc.) that temperance and morality movements sprang up - so the historical causality seems to be the reverse of what is being suggested. It's even more unfounded to claim that we are living through a period of unprecedented social surplus which is being masked by culture. Ethnographic re...

Full article: http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/008009.html

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Particpation and power are being deriven apart. Separating government from the people they represent.

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worldchanging.com 14 May '11, 5pm

We [as Americans] got this really well in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. Whether it was for Obama or for McCain, we ...