Taking the long view on
technology, religion, ethics, and art.
Why is the site black right now?
The United States of America is confronting—again—the reality of both systemic
racism and police brutality, which is disproportionately directed at people of
Along with many other sites, we have turned this site black to point to the
importance of black lives, and to express our solidarity with the people of
color in this country, who have continually experienced racism in forms both
subtle and overt for many centuries.
We know that this kind of visual gesture is often just performative, and that
too often it stands in for actually doing something. We make this
small change as a visual symbol of our stance—but we’re also working in our
own ways in our own communities to make things better, pursuing justice and
peace. In our podcast, we will be discussing a book by a black feminist in
July—a decision we made well before this latest moment of horrific injustice.
Racism is a problem with deep and structural roots in American society, and we
could not reasonably talk about the ethics and epistemology of technology
without technology’s effects on racism and racism’s effects on
technology in America and beyond.
Stuffy, Boring, Old, Lame
Positive / Visible / Social (Organized):
orchestras and the question of “public goods”
We talk about orchestras, ask whether financial viability is a guide to the health or importance of particular institutions (hint: Betteridge’s Law), and look at how orchestras and other such institutions can be real markers of cultural health even for the people they don’t directly affect.
An article in The New York Times, in 1903, referenced in The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras, by Robert J. Flanagan:
The permanent orchestra season has, as usual, been financially a bad one all over the country. With the end of April… come the bills for those who pay the piper…. There is always a deficit, which public-spirited guarantors are called upon to pay year after year. A permanent orchestra, it seems pretty welle stablished by American experience, is not at present a paying institution, and is not likely immediately to become so…. [Neverthless,] the prevailing note of the guarantors of the America Orchestras is one of hopefulness. Things are coming on; the public is being educated; it will support the orchestras in larger and larger numbers till they are finally… self-supporting.
Stephen’s top three Dutch minimalist recommendations:
- “Canto Ostinato” by Simeon Ten Holt
- Joep Franssens, whose best known work is “Music of the Spheres”
- Jeroen van Veen
Prog rock Chris likes:
Other music mentioned on the show:
A few of Chris’ composed works
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Stephen Carradini is a
digital media scholar and professor,
songwriter. He lives with his family in Arizona.
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