Throughout the week, we provide readers with a medley of articles and videos from across the internet. There is no real method to our madness; stories and videos are taken from all over, and they pertain to many different subjects. Without further ado, our selections for the day:
HEDGES AND CAREERISTS
In his trenchant piece for Truthdig, entitled “The Careerists,” writer Chris Hedges pulls no punches with his thoughts on bureaucrats. For instance, he writes that careerists “do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality.” The article is laden with references to careerists’ involvement in genocides, such as the Holocaust. Though you might not agree with Hedges’ remarks, this is an article well worth reading, if only to remind you to think divergent thoughts rather than jive with the status quo.
How often do you hear people tell you how ‘busy’ they are? And how often is busyness used as a reason not to go out, and generally not to relax and have fun? Tim Kreider of The New York Times muses on busyness, writing that “Even children are busy now, scheduled down to the half-hour with classes and extracurricular activities.” There is just as much value in doing nothing as there is in scheduling every hour of the day, as Kreider shows us. You can read the full article here.
THNKR: THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA
In one of THNKR TV’s book reviews, several authors and chefs speak to the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which is considered a must-read for foodies.
THE “ME HALF-CENTURY”
In yet another piece from The New York Times, writer Kurt Andersen ponders the pervasiveness of individualism within society. In particular, he argues that society’s emphasis on individualism – a mentality that values uniqueness, standing out from the crowd – is seen in both teenage counter-culture movements and the corporate greed of wealthy businessmen. For instance, Andersen writes, “Going forward, the youthful masses of every age would be permitted as never before to indulge their self-expressive and hedonistic impulses. But capitalists in return would be unshackled as well, free to indulge their own animal spirits with fewer and fewer fetters in the forms of regulation, taxes or social opprobrium.” The piece is concise and worth the five-minute read.
SONG OF THE WEEK
Our music pick for the week! Have a listen:
CYBORG JELLY FISH
This cyborg jelly fish story video has gone viral across the net. Check it out here.