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Wer macht hat Macht.

This question is a practical one that doesn’t even begin to touch on the issue of how effective the consensus-seeking principle actually is as a model for democratic political engagement. The way the form plays out, it perpetuates certain hierarchies by disguising them. The least subtle examples of this are the denial of the existence of unelected/informal leaders, and the impediments to participation for those who don’t have the freedom (to maneuver within their temporary contracts) to put off work for long hours of assembling day after day.

Donya Alinejad: Dear Maagdenhuis, can we please get our shit together?


"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android.

Nicholas Negroponte about leaving children alone with technology


Nu gaat het toch echt mis, want ik zie daar mijn fietstassen naast mijn luchtbed ook al in het water staan. Actie dus, en nu snel.

Hans van Ditmarsch: Tien redenen om niet naar Noordkaap te gaan

Don't Be A.

Wer sind diese hampelmänner mit ihrem leistungsprinzip

Sookee - If I Had A


According to these scientists, competition contributes to strategic game-playing in science, a decline in free and open sharing of information and methods, sabotage of others’ ability to use one’s work, interference with peer-review processes, deformation of relationships, and careless or questionable research conduct. When competition is pervasive, such effects may jeopardize the progress, efficiency and integrity of science.

Melissa S. Anderson, Emily A. Ronning, Raymond De Vries, and Brian C. Martinson: The Perverse Effects of Competition on Scientists’ Work and Relationships