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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Halt Arrtay » 4 April 2020, 05:59

Due Diligence. it is a good book. Also the book series Compass, the first book is Alpha in the Sheets.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Choicespecs » 4 April 2020, 15:37

I am reading 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin translated by Hugh Aplin.

Its a bit complicated but quite an interesting story :)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby theone » 20 April 2020, 15:46

I'm currently reading 'Decision Points' by George W. Bush. It's really good...but a long read.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Halt Arrtay » 21 April 2020, 14:21

I suggest Sacrati a lot. It is an extremely good book.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 23 April 2020, 20:16

Player's Handbook for the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 24 April 2020, 21:57

This Is Not Propaganda, by Peter Pomerantsev. It details cases of recent large scale, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns. The argument is, essentially, that where once we were hindered by information scarcity and government censorship, we are now hindered by information overabundance and deliberate disinformation. So, where once governments could simply censor unwanted information and keep information scarce, or devise an alternative state line against the truth, that is no longer really possible in an era of information abundance where everybody can publish text and video, and have it disseminated across the world instantly. Instead, state actors (and others) have adapted and now pursue a kind of multi-faceted disinformation, whereby they disseminate several different strands of competing narratives in order to muddy the waters around any particular event.

So, it's no longer a matter of denying a particular narrative and promoting another, but rather promoting several competing narratives that act to stop coalescence and fragment opposition. The old way says "that's not the truth, this is the truth", whilst the new ways say "who are you to say what is the truth"?

Remember that war in Ukraine that's currently ongoing? Reminds me of Baudrillard's take on the Gulf War in The Gulf War Did Not Take Place, in which he claims that the media coverage of the war was so skewed that it merely presented a kind of simulation to the public, far removed from the actual course of events. In the Ukraine's case, there was a categorical denial of Russian troops operating in the Donbas region from the Russian government, whilst an invasion was clearly taking place. Everybody knew it, Putin knew everybody knew it, but he continued to deny it. The truth of the matter became irrelevant. There is a state of war between Russia and Ukraine de facto, but not de jure. All very postmodern and weird.

On to Between Man and Man, by Martin Buber, next. Not gay erotica. :P It's about his "philosophy of dialogue" which he outlined in I and Thou. Might go back and read it again first, actually. It's borderline mystical, and really needs to be felt rather than just understood. I've found it illuminating in an era of mutual incomprehension and mistrust. Also hits on a few criticisms of orthodox Marxism that I share, but couldn't really articulate.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 24 April 2020, 23:12

I recently finished reading The Germans and Europe: A Personal Frontline History by Peter Millar and I really enjoyed it. It kind of shifted my overarching opinion of Germany and Germans to be more favourable than it had been.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Sullivan » 28 April 2020, 04:17

Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World by Janet Polasky. It's quite bad, and I'm stuck reading the ebook since the libraries are closed, and I need to write a review essay on it so fuck me.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby azureflame » 28 April 2020, 13:01

I'm reading Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda again cause I promised a friend I'd translate it to spanish for him. Can't complain though, as I have a soft spot for cute, cheesy and simple love stories.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 28 April 2020, 13:10

azureflame wrote:I'm reading Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda again cause I promised a friend I'd translate it to spanish for him. Can't complain though, as I have a soft spot for cute, cheesy and simple love stories.

God I love that book.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby betonhaus » 7 May 2020, 08:54

I'm looking forward to reading The Fall by may Archer. The reviews make it sound like the Love in O'Leary books are really awesome.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07HNBXP3C/
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