No Place For Democracy

November 23, 2007

“There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.”
Thomas A. Edison
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Environmental Influences

June 27, 2007

Over the course of the last few years I have unintentionally ran into a number of sources proclaiming the power of the situation and how strongly our environment impacts us. I have already posted about one of these sources, the Metal Gear Solid series (notably the 2nd game), and the excellent discussion about it here (Gene and Meme), which is definitely worth a read and even more so to those familiar with the material it covers.

Another excellent source of information on the reasons why the situation must be considered when analyzing a problem is the book The Lucifer Effect, which reads as a case study on the power of the situation. It is an excellent read, showing that although the situation does not provide an excuse for the actions of individuals, its effect must be taken into account.
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Information Control

August 25, 2006

The question of when it is permissable to control the flow of information has been on my mind for quite some time now. It first came to be relevant when I played Metal Gear Solid 2 for the second time and getting to the end of the game, where this is said:

Rose: You’re being silly! What we propose to do is not to control content, but to create context. [1]

It is this line specifically that irks me, although I will quote others as I investigate the connections between content and context as well as whether it is permissable to create and regulate context. Specifically, I plan to argue that it is permissable to regulate context given certain conditions.
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