25 January 2010

Joanna Klink, I Would Remain by Night with You

I would remain by night with you
who, having held me once, wrapped everything I knew
into my sleeping body's hold and held fast and stayed.
You shuttled in sleep against me and away, not sleeping,
beached and exhausted by wine and rushes from
another life whose body my body meant to alter.
But I am wayfaring and recently wrecked;
I understand the cost of pulling free from what once loved you.
I would remain by night with you, if the night is clear enough
to see by, and the wind light enough to draw the stars
in the skin's skies open, and the waves you sensed
through the dress in the wind are real, and only mine.

Boston Review
January / February 2009

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20 January 2010

Cum functioneaza cenzura in China si cum se raspandeste la noi

Rebecca MacKinnon, Are China's demands for Internet 'self-discipline' spreading to the West?
In China, all Internet and mobile companies are held responsible for everything their users post, transmit, or search for. The Chinese call it "self-discipline." In Anglo-American legal parlance, it's "intermediary liability," which in China is taken to its logical extreme with no public accountability or due process. "Intermediary liability" means that the intermediary, a service that acts as "intermediate" conduit for the transmission or publication of information, is held liable or legally responsible for everything its users do. ...

Intermediary liability enables the Chinese authorities to minimize the number of people they need to put in jail in order to stay in power and to maximize their control over what the Chinese people know and don't know. ...

Meanwhile in the Western democratic world, the idea of strengthening intermediary liability is becoming increasingly popular in government agencies and parliaments. From France to Italy to the United Kingdom, the idea of holding carriers and services liable for what their customers do is seen as the cheapest and easiest solution to the law enforcement and social problems that have gotten tougher in the digital age — from child porn to copyright protection to cyber-bullying and libel.

I'm not equating Western democracy with Chinese authoritarianism — that would be ludicrous. However, I am concerned about the direction we're taking without considering the full global context of free expression and censorship. ...

I'm not saying that we shouldn't fight crime or enforce the law. Of course we should, assuming that the laws reflect the consent of the governed. But let's make sure that we don't throw the baby of democracy and free speech out with the bathwater, as we do the necessary work of adjusting legal systems and economies to the Internet age.

14 January 2010

Edward Cornish despre timp

Edward Cornish in 'The study of the future' (p. 97-8):

Most people are almost totally preoccupied with their immediate concerns. Thinking about what might happen five or 10 years from now seems to them merely idle speculation. But the fact is that the problems of today did not appear suddenly out of thin air; they have been building up, often for many years, and might have been dealt with fairly easily if they had been tackled earlier. The crisis we face today is generally the minor problem we neglected yesterday.

In addition to discounting the future, most people tend not to recognize gradual change. For example, a 2% increase per year in air pollution might attract little notice, yet it means that air pollution will double in 34 years! The doubling of the population of a city over the course of a generation means a drastic transformation of the life of that city for better or worse. Futurists generally want to identify such gradual changes, so that they can be monitored and timely action taken to avoid painful crises.

When a problem reaches the crisis stage – that is, when the pain of the situation has become unbearable – it generally gets attention. But at that point it can be solved only with fantastic expenditures of time and money, and in many cases it simply cannot be solved at all. The damage has been done, and people just have to live with it. On the other hand, a small change that is wisely introduced today can result in major improvements in the years ahead. Such a change may be likened to a seed that is planted in good soil and grows, almost by itself, into a great tree. Thus, time is a crucial element that can make things easy to accomplish – or impossible.

06 January 2010

de ce nu functioneaza iubirea asa cum trebuie

celor carora nu le place de ei insisi
le e frica sa lase pe altii sa-i cunoasca
dar o viata in spatele unei masti
inseamna a trai in minciuna si singuratate

cei care se judeca pe ei insisi
o fac prin raportare la iluzia unui ideal exterior
dar binele e orice iti sustine viata
si judecate trebuie sa fie doar idealurile insele

vietile celor care traiesc in spatele mastilor
sunt rezultatul unei confuzii conformiste
iar claritatea cu care aud ei vocea celorlati in mintile lor
e iluzia ce-i impiedica sa afle ce se vrea cu adevarat de la ei