[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Does not apply.
Arcade Fire / Just a Reflektor – Interactive video.
Drone’s eye view of Burning Man 2013 – "Some daytime scenes from around the playa at Burning Man 2013. "
No, Naomi Klein And Salon, ‘Denialism’ By Enviros Has Not Been ‘More Damaging Than The Right-Wing Denialism’ – "Whatever you’re trying to accomplish, your main impediment is not other people trying to accomplish the same thing in different ways."
Police to pay for Sony DADC fire after insurers read the riot act – "The High Court has ruled that the London Mayor’s Office For Policing And Crime should be liable for the losses caused by the fire at the Sony DADC centre in North London, which was destroyed during the riots of August 2011."
The Obscure Cult Game That’s Secretly Inspiring Everything – "Ico was the starting point and proof that emotions can exist in games, kind of a wake-up call for designers. Thankfully, we are [now] seeing many games trying and succeeding in doing the same thing."
Hawaii molasses spill killing thousands of fish & aquatic life, impact could last years. – "On Monday, a molasses pipeline (yes, that’s a thing!) leaked 1,400 tons — 233,000 gallons — of molasses into Hawaii’s Honolulu Harbor and it has turned into a killer mess with no quick solution."
The end of kindness: weev and the cult of the angry young man – "The internet experience is being degraded by those bent on settling scores, intimidating enemies, or simply silencing those with whom they disagree. The social networks say they’re powerless to stop it. Police say they’re overwhelmed. For these reasons, many people find the web a hostile and dangerous environment."
Epic Privacy Browser – is this safe?
Link without pagerank – Do not link . com – "link to fraudulent sites you need to talk about but don’t want to help out."
Sir David Attenborough warns against large families and predicts things will only get worse
"People should be persuaded against having large families, says the broadcaster and naturalist"
Clever cities: The multiplexed metropolis – "Enthusiasts think that data services can change cities in this century as much as electricity did in the last one. They are a long way from proving their case"
The First World Is Destroying the Third World Through Climate Change – "To put it bluntly, we’re reaching peak everything. We’ve blown through our one-time inheritance of natural capital (fossil fuels, topsoil, groundwater, biodiversity) like the crazy, hairless apes we are."
From Total Recall to Digital Dementia – Ars Electronica 2013 – "Ars Electronica manages to discuss the Evolution of Memory in an utterly de-politicised manner, and that only months after Edward Snowden exposed the existence of the NSA´s gigantic surveillance program that exceeds anything that we have known before. Even the film Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger presents a more critical stance, at least there we have a proper uprising."
From open source to open government: A critique of open politics – "In short, Popper’s argument against totalitarian knowledge – replicated faithfully by his close friend and intellectual ally Hayek to defend free markets and private property over centralised planning – is compatible with and even constitutive of neo-liberal capitalism."
Why ‘open’ isn’t progressive anymore – "In a nutshell, the essay lays bare the ambiguity of openness by investigating its links to neoliberal forces. [...] Open can be used as a false mask, and is useful to shield certain interests. It certainly has become a campaign strategy."
Zwischennutzung: Business im Brachland – "In den 1980er Jahren waren es Besetzer, die leerstehende Räume in Beschlag nahmen. Heute dienen Zwischennutzungen der Aufwertung von Quartieren und werden immer mehr zum Geschäftsmodell."