Friday, October 12, 2018

oakland note about constitutional law

A seed—for an oak, let’s say—is to be known through the growth that results. No two oaks look alike because environmental happenstance is different for each. The origin provides for un-templated adaptation. The seed is a potential for generativity whose exact result cannot be predicted by analysis of the genome. Mutation happens and survives because mutation can be adaptive. Genomes that allow for adaptive mutation are superior to genomes that do not.

So, too, for constitutional law. A constitution initiates rules for a game of political evolution that also provides for changing the rules as time requires. There is evolution, and a point in that evolution—an era, let’s say—becomes the basis for understanding the beginning which has evolved.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

identity mirroring compels viral-ity
among filter bubbles

This is § d of “Section 3: Fake views exploit the appeal of valid drama.”

A message (posting, Tweet, Instagram, etc.) “goes viral” by media users who are seeing their earlier choices of source preferred via “Likes,” “Follows,” and clicks that have unwittingly caused a data profile of preferences. News/views feeds imply (or trope) a sphere of source value that altogether (across sources) mirrors one’s online identity or medial personality that has been built through “Likes,” etc. Thereby, duplicitous sources employ their access to data archives to play into “potential pathways of influence, from increasing cynicism and apathy to encouraging extremism“ (source A) inasmuch as identity comfort prevails over interest in validity. Frivolous and casual attention is easier than astute and deliberative attention:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

fake views as narrative mode of fakery throughout markets

This is § c of “Section 3: Fake views exploit the appeal of valid drama.”

The “genre” of fake news tropes a more general issue of fakery in media—”junk media,” it’s called, which is hardly new: Unreliable sourcing (“the more general problem of misinformation” [source A]) is as old as “tabloid” press, now commonly as “low-quality information online” [A]. Media “vehicles” have been serving dramatically hyped content/products for as long as there has been marketing.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

“fake news”

This is § a of “Section 3: Fake views exploit the appeal of valid drama.”

news: “a report of a recent event, new information, fresh tidings” (Merriam-Webster Unabridged online).

But that standard definition doesn’t indicate the most defining aspect of news: the report or the information is allegedly important. Reporting as news implies a claim of urgency. The report is not only confidently evidential, but the act of reporting can be credibly postured as a sharing of importance or urgency about something confidently evidential (not just dramatically appealing). The medium may posture itself as a reliable source of importance, thus being a news medium.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Habermas and the global metropolitan lattice

Today, J├╝rgen Habermas again rightly stresses need for greater German solidarity with the EU Project. Obviously, “the increasing functional interdependence of a more and more integrated world society” causes need for new ways to understand cooperation, coordination, and collaboration.

But he steers away from appeals for more bilateral relations that, in his view, “will drive the European countries even farther apart.” But perhaps arrays of bilateral relations can be coordinated more constructively within the Europe2020 Project than more-centralized coordinations.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

educational leadership for continental union

“…Berlin’s failure to seize a new European initiative of 'real solidarity' and European financial redistribution would, [Habermas] warned, bring down the union. ‘We don’t have much time,’ warned the 87-year-old…”

The elusiveness of international solidarity in the EU has haunted Habermas' conceptual work, as well as haunting prospects for "political integration" (an EU Constitutional Order?). But the heart of the issue is peculiar to each nation: How to understand one's deeply historical ethnicity (linguistic nationality, regionality) as congruent with a euro-based continental region that “should” become a continental community.

What is “being European” apart from a market? A provincial citizen asks: Why be “European” other than supporting a euro-based market?

Continental community cannot be legislated. Scholars of Habermas’s work may tend to forget that his work has always been about the grassroots origin of society through its communicative flourishing.

But reason for high-scale community is only as good as one's sense of scale of one's own belonging. This is a local issue in every locality (then regional issue in every region). It could be that the future of the Union as continental community is a matter of creative educational leadership in all localities and at all social levels. Especially needed is a conception of political leadership (at all levels) that is educational.

This continues my interest in issues of solidarity and global condition of continentalism.

for a humanistic politics of mindful belonging

My early March update turned out to be a two-part sketch (below the line or “Read more”), premised on the coincidence of a theology student’s performance just before I intended to write a note about politics. I don’t mind that a sense of spirituality is thought to background a sense of humanism. That’s fair to a reader not much interested in philosophy or public policy. But it was an improvisation. Presently, I don’t have time to get more insightful or useful; so, I’ve reproduced that two-part thing as two sections of this posting, looking forward to mid-April.