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The vital and viral stories of the people and places you follow with the meaning of the facts ……

 ‘How do I best inform the creative class of people around the world of the things they should know.’



We live in the era of content overload where “getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant”

 We keep the valuable content and toss away the rest.   The  role of the  publisher/editor  helping us tame the content jungle and navigate content shock

with a moral obligation to look for the deeper strands of thinking. 




Credibility Trap: Fatal Web of Lies

From “Bill Moyers World of Ideas” 1994 Interview with ethicist Sissela Bok:

“As a philosopher, Sissela Bok grapples with hard truths – and with hard untruths, as well. Her writings explore the psychology of lying, the consequences of deception, and the perils of keeping secrets. With advanced degrees in both psychology and philosophy, she has taught ethics at Harvard’s Medical School, the Kennedy School of Government, and philosophy at Brandeis University. Her books include Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life and A Strategy for Peace.” 

Moyers: Can a republic die of too many lies?

Sissela Bok: I think a republic definitely could—especially if the lies are also covered up by various methods of secrecy. If you combine lying and secrecy, and if you also bring in violence so that secrecy covers up for schemes of lying and violence, then I think a republic can die. 

I don’t think it’s possible for citizens to have very much of an effect if they literally don’t know what’s going on.

A credibility trap is a condition in which the financial, political and informational functions of a society have been compromised by corruption and fraud. The leadership cannot effectively reform, or even honestly address, the problems of that system without impairing and implicating, at least incidentally, a broad swath of the power structure, including themselves.

The influential status quo tolerates the corruption and the fraud because they have profited at least indirectly from it, and would like to continue to do so. Even the impulse to reform within the power structure is susceptible to various forms of soft blackmail and coercion by the system that maintains and rewards them.

And so a failed policy and its support system become self-sustaining, long after it can be seen by objective observers to have failed. In its failure it is counterproductive, and an impediment to recovery in the real economy. Admitting failure is not an option for the thought leaders who receive their power from that system.

The continuity of the structural hierarchy must therefore be maintained at all costs, even to the point of becoming a painfully obvious, organized hypocrisy.”




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“Freedom Graffiti,” by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, features Klimt’s “The Kiss” superimposed over a destroyed Syrian building.

Becoming a powerful symbol of the country’s devastation from civil war

Photo: "Freedom Graffiti," by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, features Klimt's "The Kiss" superimposed over a destroyed Syrian building.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p> Becoming a powerful symbol of the country's devastation from civil war....Azzam's image has gone viral since it was put online last week, attracting more than 35,000 "likes" and 25,000 "shares" on Facebook since Friday.....

  • An image of Klimt’s “The Kiss” superimposed over a destroyed Syrian building has gone viral
  • The image was created digitally by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, who now lives in Dubai
  • He hopes to return to his homeland and create a physical version of the artwork one day





How High Is the City,  How Deep Is Our Love


The right to the city continues as an intense global-urban theme as we progress this decade. Artistic critique and its history of emphasizing the creative possibilities of everyone’s life has a lot to say about the transformation of cities today. The deployment of affect in urban governance is itself embedded within the new spirit of capitalism’s appropriation of artistic and social critique’s force. But artistic critique is both discursive and material as well as affective and public. Perhaps through it we can then ask the city to love us, and to love equity and justice….


 Redrawing the Economic Way

 Two types of jobs are growing in size and salary: creative class jobs and routine service jobs. The geographic sorting of people based on ability and educational attainment is the highest ever. Cities with cosmopolitan bases such as AustinBoston, and San Francisco are seeing large increases in population, with a heavy concentration of creative people. Former industrial cities such as Buffalo or Akron are falling behind by both measures.

  Communities prosper because of their ability to attract and maintain members of the creative class.


  OLD SCHOOL CRITICS  argue  the size and potential impact of the creative class, neglecting many economic and social realities. They also argue and ignore many factors that people consider when they are choosing a place to live.












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