Laurie Taylor explores the decline in civic life in both the USA and the UK.
We have special guest Jeremy Keith from ClearLeft to discuss Service Workers: what they are, how users can benefit from them, and how we implement them. Jeremy authored the book “Going Offline” which goes into glorious detail on the subject, so he’s well positioned to discuss the topic.
We talk about how using a Service Worker can beneficially impact the user experience by allowing your website to still function despite spotty or no Internet connection at all. We also delve into many practical applications of the technology.
We discuss how in-browser technologies like Service Workers allow websites to act more like “apps”, how Service Workers are installed, and how they are like a virus, a toolbox, and a duckbilled platypus at once.
Alissa McCulloch, perhaps better known by her twitter handle @lissertations, is the most passionate and enthusiastic cataloguer you’ve ever met. She’s a new librarian with big dreams about the future of library metadata, and how it might be used to help people feel welcomed, supported and empowered by libraries. Alissa works to decolonise the GLAM sector and support the labour of library workers in times of austerity. Outside of libraries, Alissa can be found creating zines, cataloguing beer cans, and taking trams to nowhere. She blogs at lissertations.net.
( Alexander R. Galloway) I’m posting the audio for my two recent seminars at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
The Concept of the Digital (May 14th) — at the start I was relying on this sequence of images.
The Concept of the Analog (May 15th) — at around the 1h12m mark I showed a short clip from Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s 1987 film "The Way Things Go."
As you’ll hear the sessions oscillate between formal presentation and informal discussion, and there are frequent exchanges with the seminar participants. I’d like to thank all the faculty and students at Dundee who participated, and in particular acknowledge Sarah Cook, Tina Rock, and Dominic Smith, who were very generous with their time during my visit.
When we think about the relationship between capitalism and the environment, it’s all too easy to see them as separate spheres bouncing into one another — capitalism devouring nature, like when a forest is razed for development, or nature threatening capitalist progress, like when a natural disaster later wipes out that development. Raj Patel and Jason Moore see the relationship as much more complicated, while also arguing that the environmental crises we face today are the inherent products of the way that capitalism operates. They trace the relationship between capital and the environment through seven cheap things: nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives.
The Documentary Podcast
In the US, the National Park Service is leading a project to bring a little hush back to the wild. Cathy FitzGerald hears more on a hike with soundscape specialist, Davyd Betchkal, in Denali National Park, Alaska – a 6,000,000 acre wilderness bisected by a single road. Davyd is part of the Natural Sounds Division, a special team within the National Park Service, tasked with preserving the soundscapes of natural habitats.
Two major big data experiments have gone largely unheeded. One in democratic Canada and one in authoritarian China. Their impact on the future could be huge.
In Canada, Google is set to re-develop and manage a large area of downtown Toronto. To supporters it’s the realisation of the “smart city” ideal. But critics warn it risks becoming a civic nightmare.
In China, the Communist Party government has been running trials on a “Social Credit System” - a personal rating scheme for all Chinese citizens based on data accrued by the government and Chinese technology companies. Beijing says it’s about building trust, but critics denounce it as mass data surveillance.