internet reading v 2080709

Generation wealth: how the modern world fell in love with money

Documentary photographer Lauren Greenfield was trying to form trusting relationships with members of a Mayan tribe in Mexico in the early 1990s when she picked up a discarded copy of Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero. Before she’d finished the cult novel – which charts the parties, drug taking and sex lives of rich college kids in Los Angeles – Greenfield had decided to swap photography subjects from the Maya of Chiapas to the rich kids of her home town.

What if people were paid for their data?

“DATA SLAVERY.” Jennifer Lyn Morone, an American artist, thinks this is the state in which most people now live. To get free online services, she laments, they hand over intimate information to technology firms. “Personal data are much more valuable than you think,” she says. To highlight this sorry state of affairs, Ms Morone has resorted to what she calls “extreme capitalism”: she registered herself as a company in Delaware in an effort to exploit her personal data for financial gain. She created dossiers containing different subsets of data, which she displayed in a London gallery in 2016 and offered for sale, starting at £100 ($135). The entire collection, including her health data and social-security number, can be had for £7,000.

 

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internet reading v 20180627 – mental health edition

Things I’ve read over the past week that I found interesting and worth sharing

This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming

Little Panic: A Literary Laboratory Exploring What It Is Like to Live in the Stranglehold of Anxiety and What It Takes to Break Free

For Depression and Anxiety, Running Is a Unique Therapy

Anthony Bourdain’s Mom Is Getting Her First Tattoo In Honor Of The Late Chef

What is this about?

Love, a tiny speck, is my thoughts on being a tiny speck in an infinite universe. It’s a continuous love letter to God and His creation. It’s about being human and our messy relationships with each other and the world around us.

I have so much to say and thoughts on different subjects. Some happy and lighthearted. Some serious and weighty. Does the world really need another blog? Maybe, maybe not. That’s up to you to decide. If you stay and read and share, then the answer is yes. If you don’t, then the answer is no. I just owe it to myself (and I hope you too) to get these things out of my mind and start the discussion.

Dear God, thank you for this amazing sunrise. Love, A tiny speck

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