The further a society
drifts from truth, the
more it will hate those
that speak it.
[Apple] holds itself above the fray. It seems to believe that such discussions of meanings and consequences do not matter, because it is in the design business, and so its primary relationship is with the user, not with the society. This may be what some parochial designers thought about themselves until the 1970s—but today the advent of design that is critical, value-sensitive, and participatory has exposed the great moral void of the rigid functionalist paradigm. But Apple, alas, remains stuck in the most conservative, outdated, and bizarre interpretation of the Bauhaus, which was, ironically, a movement that flaunted its commitment to social reform and utopian socialism.
Evgeny Morozov for the New Republic:
Pop art: only possible in an affluent society, where one can be free to enjoy ironic consumption.
I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.
Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.
The foundation of a free society is free press, and some of the newspapers are in real trouble. I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers. I’m all for anything that can help newspapers with new ways of expressing themselves and getting paid. We need editorial oversight now more than ever.
The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of the social landscape.
In a society in which individualism is becoming rampant, people more and more believe that they are the center of the world. Such a belief system makes individual failure almost inconsolable.
Every film is the result of the society that produced it. That’s why the American cinema is so bad now. It reflects an unhealthy society.
A systematic review cites an average global prevalence of 0.4%, and median rate of 0.7%, but this varies significantly - higher prevalence is found in developed vs.developing countries, and migrant vs. native populations - again suggesting that there is something about modern societies/cultures and being a stranger in them that increases a person’s risk for schizophrenia.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
We live in a society where there’s this idea that you’re either in a long-term relationship or taking steps to get there. But if you read diaries, what you find is, that’s not what a lot of people are doing.