Links for 14th January 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The Americanization of Mental Illness

    "For more than a generation now, we in the West have aggressively spread our modern knowledge of mental illness around the world. We have done this in the name of science, believing that our approaches reveal the biological basis of psychic suffering and dispel prescientific myths and harmful stigma. There is now good evidence to suggest that in the process of teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we’ve been exporting our Western “symptom repertoire” as well. That is, we’ve been changing not only the treatments but also the expression of mental illness in other cultures. Indeed, a handful of mental-health disorders — depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anorexia among them — now appear to be spreading across cultures with the speed of contagious diseases. These symptom clusters are becoming the lingua franca of human suffering, replacing indigenous forms of mental illness."

    Tagged with: mentalhealthdiagnosisexportanxietyUSpsychiatryhegemonyculturemind

  2. 12 Trends to Watch in 2010 | Electronic Frontier Foundation

    "From our perch on the frontier of electronic civil liberties, EFF has collected a list of a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we think will play a significant role in shaping online rights in 2010." Speculation fuel.

    Tagged with: technologycryptographycopyrightprivacysecurityEFF2010trendsinternetpiracycensorship

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