Links for 14th March 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. What the price of oil will teach us: analogue is expensive, digital is cheap

    "Is your journey really necessary? It'll become a key question. By contrast, getting that one-off upgrade to your home digital connection, taking you up to a 100Mbps system, will seem like a really good idea. Certainly a better one than an expensive car that will only burn up money anyway.

    If you need a shorthand for thinking about the future, then, it's this: analogue will be increasingly expensive; digital will be increasingly cheap. Getting in a car or on a train or a plane? Analogue. Expensive. Non-renewable. By contrast, downloading an album, watching a webcast concert, watching TV: digital. Endlessly replicable, virtually instantly transmitted, cheap."

    Tagged with: technologyfuturismeconomicstraveloilpricevirtualdigitaltelecommuting

  2. Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part I

    "I learned (or re-learned, because sometimes this is an ongoing process and you need reminders) some things about race, privilege, writing, teaching, and about getting it wrong and being called out on it. That’s what I want to talk about now. These basic ideas about racism and privilege may all be very familiar to you, or they may be entirely new. Regardless, I think it’s helpful to think about these issues in the context of the SF/F community and its literature."

    Tagged with: racefail09sfwritingliteraturecultureidentityracefandomracismprivilege

  3. I Didn’t Dream of Dragons

    "Asking an author to write the Other with respect and assuming it to be sufficient, is like telling a person that being polite to everyone is sufficient in their goal of being an anti-racist ally. This is crap. Your definition of individuality, just like your definition of politeness is culture-specific. And just like I do not want to see yet another Indian princess or lascar stereotype, I do not want to see a White American with brown skin and kohl and an elephant sidekick."

    Tagged with: racefail09sfwritingliteraturepoliticsculturefandomracismprivilegecolonialism

  4. I Didn’t Dream of Dragons

    "Asking an author to write the Other with respect and assuming it to be sufficient, is like telling a person that being polite to everyone is sufficient in their goal of being an anti-racist ally. This is crap. Your definition of individuality, just like your definition of politeness is culture-specific. And just like I do not want to see yet another Indian princess or lascar stereotype, I do not want to see a White American with brown skin and kohl and an elephant sidekick."

    Tagged with: racefail09sfwritingliteraturepoliticsculturefandomracismprivilegecolonialism

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