The Arcadian Cantos: a poem without an author

Note on content: This work contains content of a violent and sexual nature though nothing terribly graphic. It also contains reproductions of hate material for the purposes of critique/parody. Introduction [Feel free to skip the intro and go straight to the poem, if you would like] GPT-3 is a powerful neural network that has been … Continue reading The Arcadian Cantos: a poem without an author

The growing tide of support for government intervention by generation

I've just been looking at some Pew Research figures regarding generational attitudes towards the size of government. It would seem - on the basis of very preliminary evidence- that the electorate is going to get more supportive of big government over time. Each generation believes there is a greater scope for government intervention more than … Continue reading The growing tide of support for government intervention by generation

Conversations with Aleksandr Andreas Wansbrough on censorship in a digital age

Aleksandr Wansbrough is a cultural critic, social philosopher and has just published "Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen: Myths and Allegories in the Digital Age". I was recently privileged to have not one, but two multi-hour conversations with him about censorship online in our times. One of the recurring themes of our conversations was that regulation … Continue reading Conversations with Aleksandr Andreas Wansbrough on censorship in a digital age

Reflections occasioned by reading Michael Sandel’s “The Tyranny of Merit”, Part 2.

(Part 2 is occasioned by chapter 4 and onwards. You can read part 1 here.) A reader asked of the last post "what exactly do you and Sandel mean by this "meritocracy" you are critiquing? You've said you're not opposed to the idea that the best person for the job should generally get that job, … Continue reading Reflections occasioned by reading Michael Sandel’s “The Tyranny of Merit”, Part 2.

On Klutzes

On Chapo the other day Amber A'Lee Frost raised an interesting point. Regarding the novels of John Steinback, she suggested that he was feeding into a national conversation happening at the time he was writing about what to do about people who just aren't very good at things, but in a way not generally recognised … Continue reading On Klutzes