Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Footnote 18 of my paper.....in consideration with Hannah Arendt

On page 244 of “What Psychological States are Not”, Block and Fodor write, “The assumption that organisms are parallel processors will look quite different from the kind we get on the assumption they are serial processors."

Have you heard of Texas' Futile Care Law? The hypocrisy of its consequences and cases like the Schiavo case (mentioned in the article), not to mention broader issues concerning stem cell research and abortion, blows open what a lie it is when Bush makes such claims as "It is wisest always to err on the side of life."

And yet, where is the public outrage? Save for WikiNews, which granted, is my only source of news at the moment (unless you count Slashdot...well, and NPR), I've heard nothing of this. But even though I don't have a television, I hear about the unexciting lives of movie stars and the denial of any guilt in Abu Ghraib and how March is a wonderful month to buy pears. Why isn't the media all over this, and furthermore, why aren't more people?

I'm beginning to think that Noam Chomsky was only partly right about "manufacturing consent." There does exist such a device, but I think it's mostly wielded by the corporate elite on matters of consumerism. In matters of politics, however, the weapon of choice seems to be of manufacturing apathy and ignorance. It's a means to consent, but it's far simpler to carry out than having to actively manipulate the way people think because with this procedure, all you have to do is get people to not think.

What's the difference between ignorance and indifference?
I don't know and I don't care.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Eben Moglen has posted a friend of the court briefing in the MGM vs. Grokster case, currently under review by the US Supreme Court. I've only read the first few pages but having never read a formal legal document, I'm finding it quite interesting.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Torrents of various Noam Chomsky video and audio clips, all pertaining to his political (and not linguistic) ideologies. Most noteworthy is perhaps the complete version of The Corporation at the bottom.