Presented without comment #16

On the floor laughing: traders are having a new kind of fun‘ by James Somers at The Atlantic.

The more I watch, the more I think I understand the peculiar grip this place has on him — and, for that matter, the peculiar grip it seems to have on me. From the minute I walked in here I’ve been sort of dazzled. I’ve felt almost exactly like I did when I was first invited as a nine or ten year-old into the cockpit of a commercial airliner. There is just something undeniably cool and complicated and a little bit spectacular about both places, each in its own way the frenetic nexus of an intricate machine. It looks fun, basically — in the one case because you get to fly a plane, and in the other because people take you seriously and pay you lots of money and yet what you do all day is qualitatively equivalent to playing a video game.

The world needs a new Marx, but it keeps creating Malcolm Gladwells‘ by John Harris at The Guardian.

Every week, in fact, brings another lecture or book about the political uses of neuroscience, or what Twitter is doing to human consciousness – everything, it seems, apart from what’s actually most important. The world arguably needs a new Marx, but it keeps creating Malcolm Gladwells, pirouhetting around their flipcharts and ignoring the real problems.

Soylent Media‘ by Lawson Fletcher at Sounds of Ruin.

@jeanburgess @ABillionSuns [Social Media] should all have the same tagline: ‘Made Out of People’. #soylentgreen

Which is devastating insofar as it manages to crystallise a whole (now consolidated) research paradigm that at least since Tzinia Terranova in 2000 has identified the factory-like conditions of new media cultures, which suck the free labour – energies, identities, bank accounts and data – out of the prosuming masses in order to turn massive profits in false democratic spaces of ‘interaction’, or as it might be rendered now, ‘conversation’.