August 19th, 2003

Cults that destroy kids

I updated my LJ profile to include "cryonics" as one of my interests, and then clicked on it to see who else had listed it also (a great feature of both LJ and Friendster — must steal it for VV). davekrieger came up; i was amused to see him here (but then the experience of discovering an acquaintance on LJ or Friendster is getting uncannily common these days). So i hopped on over to his journal and it took me to one of the most shocking and upsetting articles i've read in recent memory. It's not fiction. This place is real. I mean, i know the war in Iraq is a worse thing than this, but reading about it really makes me want to go to Jamaica with a crack rescue team and blow the place apart.

There is plenty more disturbing material at the parent organization's website and in their monthly propaganda magazine. But brace yourself.
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Blogs are the new Crit

Curious about whether "Brightism" was a term that people were adopting — it's a reasonable derivative of "Bright" though i never saw it mentioned on the website of the Brights movement — i searched for "Brightism" on Google and came across a variety of blog postings discussing the movement. Here are some of the articles that are participating in the discussion. There's a particularly heated argument going on between Pejman Yousefzadeh and Max Power.

These postings are all responding to Daniel Dennett's op-ed in the New York Times. I know i'm probably way behind the curve on this, but i just discovered Technorati's Link Cosmos — it indexes links to articles, so you can get a list of all the blog postings that comment on Dennett's article, for example.

It's nothing short of amazing. It's what we wanted Xanadu (ten+ years ago) and Crit (five years ago) to do: create a forum for lively discussion and criticism of the news, to give a voice to dissenting opinions and encourage dialogue. But it's happened through the introduction of a mechanism that makes it easier for people to write, not a new link architecture or really any new interesting technology at all. It's almost entirely a social phenomenon.
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