Auto Anomie noun, Sociology. 1. a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.
There is a sound in this city, a soft, constant tattoo of hundreds of thousands of fingertips on keyboards. Ragged bitten grimy short Vietnamese precision manicured false brittle not enough calcium in the diet not enough vitamin D pitted nicotine marked. A global army beating its retreat from some unbearable now. Also, wires, fans, battery […]
I’m trying to remember when I first heard the phrase ‘the ethics of algorithms’ (TEoA) and why it bothers me. It sounded like something from a branding exercise triumph.TEoA has dogged me; it has been the intellectual equivalent of an adorable little puppy that snaps at your ankles in encouragement to play, and then opens […]
On Friday, October 30th, I presented my new doctoral work to a small group of scholars and engaged political people who came together for an evening event around CIHR’s Fellows’ Day. This post is a summary of some of the ideas discussed there. * Every time someone says “but what about the ethics of…” they’re […]
Poem #3 in my selection for Berlin liest, this one representing Tibet. Verdict by Tenzin Dickyi Ladies and gentlemen, These trace fossils belong to our dearly departed Tyrannosaurus Rex. I say this with surety because his foot prints lead to his open coffin. These Oviraptors, maligned raiders of Protoceratopsian nests, are cleared on all counts […]
Destitute by Manohari I am a three – day refugee successful in saving my life; a poem wells within it. Those who saw my house say its nose is broken I understand that the flower plants I nurtured have been eaten by cows Here I own no sky Even the air I breathe belongs to […]
In 1971 Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan; independence came with the price that most armed conflicts extract: the rape of women as a ‘tactic’. Over the course of the almost-year long conflict, the Pakistani military raped or made sex slaves of between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women. More contextual reading and links at the end […]
Every year Berlin’s International Literature Festival has a public reading event. This year’s focus is the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers from Europe and around the world. I’m going to focus on South Asia. I’m creating a list of poems on themes of loss, journeying, return, home, by poets from Kashmir, Bangladesh/Bengal, Sri Lanka/Tamil […]
There is a conference on ‘intelligent assistants’ that will take place in New York in October. Here are some others: “almost human-like” “Hi, I’m Nina, your virtual assistant. Please ask me your questions about our product, Nuance” “Amy” “Smarter than Siri” Of course all personal assistants are women, always eager to help you.
I’m standing at the Eberswalderstrasse U-bahn intersection and looking up at the early evening light gliding over the cornices of buildings and spy two young women on a balcony looking down at us, smoking, laughing and drinking- someone is always drinking something in Berlin, it’s a city for a beverage-lovers – when I begin to […]