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October 11 2019

12:12
Fašizmus by Jakub Drábik Pavol wants to read Fašizmus by Jakub Drábik

October 09 2019

20:41
Spoločnosť strachu by Heinz Bude Pavol wants to read Spoločnosť strachu by Heinz Bude

October 08 2019

21:33
Political Correctness Gone Mad? by Stephen Fry Pavol gave 1 star to Political Correctness Gone Mad? (Mass Market Paperback) by Stephen Fry
bookshelves: fantasy, dystopia, humor, non-fiction, politics, reactionary, culture
Christ, what a shit show and a waste of time.

This is a transcript of a debate; a for/against the notion that 'PC' is basically 'progress' - with Peterson & Fry arguing against - but since that would probably sell fewer copies, they went with "PC Gone Mad?" as the title of the book.

Unless you want to study ideological production in action, this is best avoided.

Peterson, ever the intellectual equivalent of a marzipan dildo, rambles incoherently about the 'Left' and postmodern marxism, at one point even explicitly denies power is implied in hierarchies (he thinks power is only present when hierarchies go 'corrupt' and become tyrannies) and generally provides vicarious embarrassment to anyone with a modicum of historical or philosophical education. Fry will break your heart with his inability to grasp how utterly clueless and preachy he has become because people were mean to him on Twitter. He fears shaming for saying something inadvertently stupid, he fears having to learn not to say it, he fears having to apologize. His younger self would have mocked him mercilessly. Dyson makes many a good point only to undermine himself by some grandstanding self-regarding hokum, that always looks even worse on paper. Goldberg turned out as the most sensible of the bunch, but, unsurprisingly, no-one quite listened to her.

That PC is not defined throughout, that it becomes a stand-in for whatever is liked/disliked, is not a bug, it's a feature; for how could an ideological tool from the arsenal of the reactionary right, a whole-cloth invention of the ideological wars from the 90s, come to be defined and debated as if it was a real thing? Dyson and Goldberg came tantalizingly close to actually naming this, but never got as far to be explicit about it, for they too seemed to be treating PC as a real phenomenon and not a bad-faith rhetorical device of the craven and the naive.

October 07 2019

21:01
The Myth of Political Correctness by John K. Wilson Pavol Hardos is on page 115 of 224 of <a href="/book/show/732257.The_Myth_of_Political_Correctness">The Myth of Political Correctness</a>.

October 06 2019

10:06
Šeptuchy by Alena Sabuchová Pavol wants to read Šeptuchy by Alena Sabuchová

October 05 2019

13:38
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
"Does "freedom of speech" include the right to exploit individuals and to distort evidence to serve a populist paper's financial profit as well as its wealthy, ultra-conservative, bigoted patrons' agenda?

I first read Katharina Blum's story in school, and my memory of it was vague, concerned mostly with the question whether or not it was understandable that she fell in love with a criminal, helped him escape and then committed a murder after being the victim of atrociously untruthful and sensationalist press coverage in a news outlet quite similar to Daily Mail or Fox News.

Rereading the short novel today, labelled a "pamphlet" by the author himself, I have a different, more nuanced impression. What I conceived as a cold, detached narrative now seems a perfectly valid method to show what an objective report of a string of incidents might look like, - avoiding expletives, sexual voyeurism, random interpretation, misquoting and speculation. It is a direct response, stylistically speaking, to the press coverage that destroyed Katharina's life, just because IT COULD.

It contains an open political message, a warning. Without justifying violence in any way, it highlights the hatred which erupts out of frustration and despair when a person is exposed to public shaming. It shows the danger of corrupt people in powerful positions colluding with newspapers under their control to deliberately plant false information in the public consciousness.

The most powerful scene in the story shows Katharina paralysed by the evil lies about herself in the populist paper she is reading. A kind friend collects several articles in objective, fair newspapers to show her the contrast to the big front pages and photographs that torture her. Katharina shrugs off those truthful articles.

"Doesn't matter what the other papers write, everybody reads this one", she says, displaying the paradox of human nature, claiming to want information while actually asking for voyeuristic entertainment that endangers truth rather than uncovering it.

Katharina Blum's story is almost more relevant today, when objective news outlets are openly threatened by extreme populists in powerful positions around the world, and when unethical, power hungry politicians shout "fake news" whenever a journalist reports evidence that goes against their personal agenda. They act like wolves dressed up as sheep, pointing at the sheepish crowds and yelling "Wolf!" at them, thus deflecting attention from the true predators.

In the end, nobody knows whom to trust, anything is possible, and journalism is discredited and irrevocably damaged. And that in turn puts both democracy and individual human rights in danger.

We need to learn again the difference between journalistic bullying with a biased political agenda and independent reporting of facts.

We need to discover again that the flashiest headlines and most compromising pictures and scandalous details are not the most valid information.

We need to respect the privacy of individuals and separate abuse from reportage.

We need to think about the long term effects of journalism without ethical rules - for its own sake.

When female sexuality is exploited and demonised to cover up assault and abuse of power, individual human lives are destroyed. That is the message of the story, not whether or not Katharina was justified to commit murder. She wasn't. She never thought she was. But she was driven to the point of not caring about that anymore.

Our shared human responsibility is not to deliver a platform for vile defamation, not to encourage bullying and threatening behaviour, and to support press coverage that remains objective, fair, fact-based and truthful - and relevant.

I hope they still read Katharina Blum in schools nowadays."

October 04 2019

22:50

October 03 2019

12:07
12:06
The People Vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett Pavol gave 3 stars to The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It) by Jamie Bartlett
A nice encapsulation of what is becoming by now a recieved wisdom. The parts where I felt I knew enough felt superficial, sometimes glib and reliant on too few sources to be made so strongly.

Nevertheless a useful overview of the thinking and challenges that tech poses to democracy today.

September 29 2019

13:48
The People Vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett Pavol Hardos is 68% done with <a href="/book/show/39403470-the-people-vs-tech">The People Vs Tech</a>.

September 20 2019

21:02
Political Correctness Gone Mad? by Stephen Fry Pavol Hardos is on page 84 of 128 of <a href="/book/show/42509393-political-correctness-gone-mad">Political Correctness Gone Mad?</a>.
Pavol wrote: Christ, what a shit show.

Peterson ever the intellectual equivalent of a marzipan dildo rambles incoherently about the Left and postmodern marxism, while Fry will break your heart with his inability to grasp how utterly clueless and preachy he has become because people were mean to him on Twitter. His younger self would have mocked him mercilessly.
20:43
Political Correctness Gone Mad? by Stephen Fry Pavol is currently reading Political Correctness Gone Mad? by Stephen Fry
20:43
Populocracy by Catherine Fieschi Pavol Hardos is on page 137 of 192 of <a href="/book/show/46824121-populocracy">Populocracy</a>.
17:43
Approximately Nowhere by Michael Hofmann Pavol wants to read Approximately Nowhere by Michael Hofmann

September 15 2019

21:28
melanchólia neviem by Erik Jakub Groch Pavol gave 1 star to melanchólia neviem (Paperback) by Erik Jakub Groch
bookshelves: poetry
Ešte raz nech mi niekto odporučí Grocha.

Poetika falošných štartov. Plynie ako dvojtaktný motor.

Vety ako zo slovenského filmu; dojem tamže.

A keď už je "sneh ... habituálny" a tvarom stromov "chýba haptická odozva", ďakujete snehu, že je toho len 20 strán.

September 12 2019

09:04
The Myth of Political Correctness by John K. Wilson Pavol Hardos is on page 90 of 224 of <a href="/book/show/732257.The_Myth_of_Political_Correctness">The Myth of Political Correctness</a>.

September 10 2019

11:02
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