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  • seandodson 1:03 pm on April 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , charing cross road, DIY cities, , Eric Hobsbawm, ian tomlinson, John Geraci, , , save charing cross road   

    Bookmarks for April 13 

    charing-crossSimon Callow laments the “bibliocide” of Charing Cross Road, London’s celebrated book village. Fastly becoming an extension of Chinatown or an annexe of Oxford Street. Regular readers of the blog will recall that we like a good bookshop at the Northern Light and we regret the street’s passing too.

    + The Guardian went to town with its analysis of the G20 riots, noting that the rise of the “citizen cameraman” is changing the relationship between protestor and police. Ian Jack offers some awesome analysis on how powerful the photograph has become, but warns that at best they only offer a half truth. Elsewhere, Paul Walker reports on how the shock of Ian Tomlinson’s death was felt around the world; while Martin Preston , a press photographer, gives a vivid account of what it feels like to be at the business end of a police baton.

    + The great Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm admits that socialism has failed and that capitalism is bankcrupt. He asks, what’s next?

    + Not a Neverland built on the never-never. Johann Hari on the dark side of Dubai: “a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing into history”.

    + If Dubai’s vision of the future is now obsolete, what comes next? John Geraci, founder of DIY Cities thinks that open source applications could lead the way to a new kind of urban planning. “The conversation about the future of our cities should involve the people living in those cities … it should be about how to reinvent these services as modern, efficient things, how to make them work at a fraction of their current cost, and, while we’re at it, how to make them better than they are now.” My vote would be to work out a way that hisoric quarters selling, say, books, shouldn’t be left to fade away.

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  • seandodson 7:00 pm on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: civil liberties, , david blunkett, e-book, Eric Hobsbawm, , joni mitchell, , miners strike   

    Bookmarks for March 02 


    I don’t think I’ve ever linked to the Daily Mail before, I almost feel like promising never to do so again. But credit where credit’s due. Suzanne Moore citing the wonderful Joni Mitchell (above) in her reasoned defence of our civil liberties was so incredibly well put that I couldn’t stop myself. .

    + MI5 deny Eric Hobsbawm the right to see his file, even though the erudite Marxist-historian is 91.

    + David Blunkett’s back and warning against a surveillance society. Hark at pot, as they say up North, but he’s a welcome convert to the libertarian cause.

    + The New York Times is launches on the Kindle e-book reader. The “future of journalism” looks like it has the graphic power and functionality of a CD-Rom from 1992.

    + Whatever happened to … the protagonists in the Miner’s Strike most, ahem, arresting image.

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