Linked List: May 2014

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Moon: Make a Drawing to Reach Out and Be Touched  #

The instant a touch is made, things are set in motion. Make a drawing to reach out and be touched.

The Internet With A Human Face  #

Maciej Cegłowski on the advertising-industrial-government complex that constitutes the increasingly more centralized internet:

The offline world works like it always has. I saw many of you talking yesterday between sessions; I bet none of you has a verbatim transcript of those conversations. If you do, then I bet the people you were talking to would find that extremely creepy.

I saw people taking pictures, but there’s a nice set of gestures and conventions in place for that. You lift your camera or phone when you want to record, and people around you can see that. All in all, it works pretty smoothly.

The online world is very different. Online, everything is recorded by default, and you may not know where or by whom. If you’ve ever wondered why Facebook is such a joyless place, even though we’ve theoretically surrounded ourselves with friends and loved ones, it’s because of this need to constantly be wearing our public face. Facebook is about as much fun as a zoning board hearing.

The presentation also helpfully contains lovely pictures of lovely animals.

Planetary Collective Continuum  #

The planet is in crisis. The root of the environmental and social crises facing humanity is the misperception that we are separate – from each other, the planet, and the cosmos as a whole. The solution to this crisis can be found in an emerging worldview that points to our interdependence.

Borderland  #

But the women I met there are not Mexican. They’re not even from Latin America. They are asylum seekers from Ethiopia.

Their stories start with a brutal reality: If you don’t have a U.S. visa, you can’t just board a plane to New York City. You need to find another route.

Country after country let her through. Then, finally, she walked across a bridge into Brownsville, Texas.

Her youngest sister did not make that walk — she drowned taking a different route to the U.S.

Her husband did make it, but he is still being detained by immigration authorities, as asylum seekers often are.