Monday, January 15, 2018

Karl Ove Knausgaard Answers the Proust Questionnaire | Vanity Fair

Reading this piece only makes me want to read his works more than I do now. This was the first:

Which living person do you most admire? I found Barack Obama’s dignity as a president remarkable, and even more so when I think about it these days.

With more responses that I so identified with, and then maybe not, but, still...

Source:Karl Ove Knausgaard Answers the Proust Questionnaire | Vanity Fair

The Patriarchs Are Falling. The Patriarchy Is Stronger Than Ever. - The New York Times

The US, as a traditional work-oriented culture, is unlikely to every move forward easily on social welfare and equality. It's a long, uphill battle, and for every two steps forward, there will another step back.

The culture is the problem, not women. In gender-equal countries, life is focused on quality of life for both men and women, while in masculine countries, as per Hofstede's cultural dimensions, life is work and success-oriented but focuses on male success and as such discriminates against women.

My spouse and I often consider moving to a country where we would better fit, either Sweden or the Netherlands, and not suffer living in such a moronic and backward country. The fight for equality is only going to be much harder in a traditional country, that's all. I think the fight is a worthy one, but in the words of Prince, "If you like to fight, you're a double-drag fool, I'm goin' to another life, how 'bout you?"

The Patriarchs Are Falling. The Patriarchy Is Stronger Than Ever. - The New York Times

Some Thoughts on Social Media Is Making Us Dumber

I don't think social media is making anyone dumber, but mass hysteria and fringe ideas seem to be more prevalent, even if we are only more aware of them than before. Anyway, it's a good piece, focused on a very nuanced speech, that was turned into something simplistic.

The article: Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A. - The New York Times

A Journey — if You Dare — Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

My responses in a NY Times comment section for the book, Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson ...