Author: christo

These are two different ways of bidding for the confidence of the users. In the old way, one says: “I don’t have a horse in this race. I don’t have a view of the world that I’m defending. I’m just telling you the way it is, and you should accept it because I’ve done the work and I don’t have a stake in the outcome…” In the newer way, the logic is different. “Look, I’m not going to pretend that I have no view. Instead, I am going to level with you about where I’m coming from on this. So factor that in when you evaluate my report. Because I’ve done the work and this is what I’ve concluded…”

Source: The View from Nowhere: Questions and Answers – PressThink – Jay Rosen

Sociality is not an active reaching out to others; it is mutual awareness instead of action together. Sociality thus contrasts to solidarity. [there two different kinds of solidarity: unity and inclusion] P 39

The good listener detects common ground more in what is another person assumes than says. (P.19, Richard Sennett’s Together)

rincon georgia map boundary

rincon georgia map boundary

According to the city’s FAQ, Rincon Georgia is aggressively annexing surrounding land to “protect the county from the future advancing of the city limits of Savannah and Port Wentworth, into Effingham County.” So for a brief period, behold the wonderfully incidental form produced by municipal land acquisition.

“Lord rebuke you for giving you that power and you abusing it.” I don’t know what happened before or after this, but the arrest-resist or police-resist video is a genre and the words exchanged in them are tense, immediate with implications for police accountability and bound to influence public opinion. The invocation of God is one of several strong appeals made to the officers in this video. The appeal to personal sacrifice (his service to military), appeal to patriotism (his nationality as an american), and an appeal to humanity (“you’re a man behind that badge”), these all assign agency to the officers. The appeal to God, however, disavows the officers’ agency, a kind of curse. I’m not sure where to go with this idea yet, but the presence of religious discourse in a video-recorded and in the heat of the moment challenge to power seems like something new or unique. It doesn’t justify violence in producing security – this isn’t militant radicalism. Rather – and it will be helpful to collect more of these kinds of videos – it appears to aim for justification in the recorded medium.