Saturday, November 25, 2017

Calliope and Euterpe clear their throats in a meaningful way


In a 2015 TED talk, Chris Milk, founder and CEO of the VR company Within, called virtual reality the “ultimate empathy machine.” (Milk likely borrowed the phrase “empathy machine” from the late Roger Ebert, who had called cinema “the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts.” Television and the novel arguably have greater claims on that title, but that’s a debate for another time.)

These things that pass for knowledge I don't understand.....


  1. Well, now I know what I should have been doing with my Saturday instead of brawling online.

    It is incredible what suckers these, I assume, college credentialed people will themselves into being. TED certainly is another symptom of that, 20 minute commercials for mostly nonsense as a replacement for knowledge, for understanding, for caring, for doing.

    Computer nerds seem to be ever more likely to both produce and fall for this kind of nonsense, you get the idea they've either never read much or ever actually talked to many people.

  2. Yeah, I think of people crowding the lectures Foucault gave in France, and our American equivalent is TED.

    It's depressing....