Tag Archives: general semantics

No really, the map is not the territory, people.

Disputes between nations over territory is nothing new. It’s the stuff of ancient wars, tribal conflicts, and modern diplomatic headaches. Kashmir is a high profile example, as is the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, to say nothing of Israel/Palestine. Part … Continue reading

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Bullshit and the Art of Crap Detection (Neil Postman)

This has been posted elsewhere in the Internet wilderness, but I think it’s substantially more important than most of the other bullshit out there that I’m reproducing it in full, rather than simply linking to it. Enjoy. “Bullshit and the … Continue reading

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40% Ethanol, 60% Water, 100% Irony

“Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.” -Marshall McLuhan McLuhan’s earliest book publication was The Mechanical Bride, which was the culmination of years of collection and note-taking on print ads. He’d torn out or clipped ads from … Continue reading

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#stormporn

CUNY journalism prof and author of “What would Google Do,” Jeff Jarvis, has become quite the maestro of Twitter hashtags. During the peak of the Washington “debt-crisis” debacle he tweaked the discourse with the trending hashtag #fuckyouwashington and has struck … Continue reading

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Google: The Internet’s Cheshire Cat

Lewis Carroll anticipates the Internet and Google…or at least one might play a McLuhanesque game based on the premise. The Matrix certainly makes the explicit link between Through the Looking Glass and the virtual world, but why stop there? The … Continue reading

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Neil Postman – ‘The TV Guy’

Let me be blunt. Neil Postman is the reason I chose the path I’ve taken in my post-20s life. Period. At a point in my life when I was most deeply questioning my career in marketing and promotions, when I … Continue reading

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The Music of the New (Fuller) Life

[A hypertext-enhanced post based on a paper I wrote a short while back] Buckminster Fuller was known especially for his viewpoint of the human condition, rooted in the sustainable and ecological, and certainly alternative to the more linear mode of … Continue reading

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