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10 Truth and Consequences: Lessons Learned

Bernard Lietaer Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In dreams begin responsibility. 1

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS,
20th-century Irish poet and playwright

It was hard to contain the emotions that were surprisingly welling up inside while I was standing on the bridge in the small Tyrolean village of Wörgl. The bridge was so different from how it had been described in various books and articles. It seemed in real life more diminutive, plainer, and definitely shorter, yet its impact was unexpectedly overwhelming. Back in the dreary days of the 1930s Great Depression, this nondescript yet iconic overpass symbolized the dreams of full employment and a decent standard of living for all. Scholars, government officials, and thousands of others traveled to this Austrian community to personally witness and learn from the miracle of Wörgl. Today, the town has little significance, noted mostly for its railway junction connecting the line from Innsbruck to Munich with the inner-Austrian line to Salzburg. A small museum run by volunteers bears homage to Wörgl’s short-lived chapter in monetary history.

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part three

Andy Hertzfeld O'Reilly Media ePub

The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.

William Gibson

April 1982

Bob has written many lines of code

We interviewed quite a few candidates to replace Bud Tribble as the software manager before encountering Bob Belleville, who was one of the main hardware designers of the Xerox Star, the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface. He was intelligent, soft-spoken, and dryly skeptical about human nature. One of his many aphorisms was “The Law of Conservation of Misery,” which said no matter what course of action is taken, the total human misery in any given situation is maintained. It seemed particularly applicable to large computer companies.

It looked as though Bob’s background was stronger in hardware, so we were somewhat skeptical about his software expertise, but he claimed to be equally adept at both. His latest project was a rebellious, skunk works effort to make a low-cost version of the Star called “Cub,” which used an ordinary Intel microprocessor (the 8086). This was heresy to the PARC orthodoxy that felt you needed custom, bit-slice processors to get sufficient performance for a Star-type machine. Bob had written much of the software for Cub himself.

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Les Intentions préraphaélites

Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International ePub

 

 

À quoi donc tend un art si singulier ? À évidemment autre chose qu’à réjouir les yeux. « L’art, dont la fin est seulement le plaisir », dit Ruskin, « est surtout l’apanage des nations sauvages (sic) et cruelles (ornementations des maures, des arabes, des indiens), tandis que l’art spécialement consacré à mettre en lumière des faits (comme celui des Primitifs) indique toujours un charme spécial, une particulière tendresse d’esprit ». « Le plus grand art réalise la beauté, mais n’en fait pas sa fin principale », ajoute M. Collingwood.

La Roue de la fortune

Edward Burne-Jones, 1875-1883

Huile sur toile, 200   x   100   cm

Musée d ’ Orsay, Paris

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"L" Words: Praxis I Intermediate Vocabulary

Ace Academics Ace Academics ePub
Medium 9780861966608

Chapter 7 Xinhua News Agency and Globalization: Negotiating Between the Global, the Local and the National

Boyd-Barrett, Oliver John Libbey Publishing ePub

This chapter sketches a view of the relationship between the global, the local and the national, and its implications in the field of media and communication. It explores the reconstruction of national media through negotiations with global and local forces. It explains how the negotiating process itself facilitates the formation of the global/national/local triad, in which nation-states remain powerful. In this process, national media continue to play a pivotal role.

We define national media as actors who operate nationwide, mainly within the territory of a nation-state. They are state-based media, which can be owned publicly, privately, or by the nation-state. National media in general, and news agencies in particular, are the major contributors to “national consolidation” or “national identification” (Boyd-Barrett, 1997; Boyd-Barrett & Rantanen, 1998; Curran, 2002).

National media are today increasingly marginalized. Scholars draw attention more to the global and the local, and the interrelations between them. The “national” is invisible in the “global/local nexus” (Wilson and Dissanayake, 1996, p. 2). National media seem to be redundant, replaced by a hybrid of global and local formations (Morris & Waisbord, 2001; Dirlik, 1996). Some forms, particularly television, are no longer considered as a medium of “national political integration” (Katz, 1996, p. 23) because of the tendencies of “atomisation” and “globalization”, which “overlook and thereby threaten the nation-state” (Katz, 1996, p. 26).

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