In 2009, Mayer-Schönberger published a book entitled “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.” In it, he asserts that the European postwar, post-Wall concerns about privacy are even more relevant with the advent of the Internet. The Stasi kept its records on paper and film in file cabinets; the material was difficult to locate and retrieve. But digitization and cheap online storage make it easier to remember than to forget, shifting our ‘behavioral default,’ Mayer-Schönberger explained. Storage in the Cloud has made information even more durable and retrievable.
Mayer-Schönberger said that Google, whose market share for Internet searches in Europe is around ninety per cent, does not make sinister use of the information at its disposal. But in “Delete” he describes how, in the nineteen-thirties, the Dutch government maintained a comprehensive population registry, which included the name, address, and religion of every citizen. At the time, he writes, ‘the registry was hailed as facilitating government administration and improving welfare planning.’ But when the Nazis invaded Holland they used the registry to track down Jews and Gypsies. ‘We may feel safe living in democratic republics, but so did the Dutch,’ he said. ‘We do not know what the future holds in store for us, and whether future governments will honor the trust we put in them to protect information privacy rights.’
'Somewhere between sixty and a hundred million people in the United States have criminal records, and that’s just counting actual convictions,' Sharon Dietrich, the litigation director of Community Legal Services, in Philadelphia, told me. 'The consequences of having a criminal record are onerous and getting worse all the time, because of the Web.' Dietrich and others have joined in what has become known as the expungement movement, which calls for many criminal convictions to be sealed or set aside after a given period of time. Around thirty states currently allow some version of expungement. Dietrich and her allies have focussed on trying to cleanse records from the databases maintained by commercial background-check companies. But Google would remain a problem even if the law were changed. 'Back in the day, criminal records kind of faded away over time,' Dietrich said. 'They existed, but you couldn’t find them. Nothing fades away anymore. I have a client who says he has a harder time finding a job now than he did when he got out of jail, thirty years ago.'
“Two years ago my lady and I were driving to the Oregon Diner, and you know how sometimes there are just a lot things happening at the same time? Well, I get a lot of pleasure out of this weird perfect storm of “What the fuck!” moments. So, as we were pulling in, there was the guy outside in a leather Scarface jacket and on the back it had a full airbrushed portrait of Scarface, and said Scarface, and was studded, and had rhinestones. I was just like, “I don’t even know what to do, I love it so much!” And then we went in and sat down, and there was this woman across from us who started to talk to us immediately, and then came over and slid into the booth next to me. The booth was a tiny one person booth and she was in my face saying “I forgot my jersey for the Eagles game” and she had to do all this stuff for the game, blah blah. Our waitress took a while to come over and when she finally did, this woman finally moved back to her own seat. But then, these two women behind us started yelling, “What the fuck, why is it taking so long, it doesn’t take 40 minutes to cook eggs, I can’t believe this.” So the waitress turned around and said, “I’m pregnant, I need someone else to carry the food over,” and they said, “I don’t give a shit if you are pregnant.” So the manager came over and tried to tell them the waitress was pregnant, then one of the women said, “You suck as a manager,” and then the manager said, “Well, you suck as a customer.” It was so ridiculous. The woman across from us was whispering, “It didn’t take 40 minutes why are they saying that?” Then finally our food is served and the woman across from us who forgot her Eagles jersey is still talking. Then the two women in back of us, who are South Philly Italian, get up and they are midgets! And they go up to the register at the same time and [it was] just so surreal. So they are at the register continuing to complain and scream, and then they finally leave. After they leave, we tell the manager, who is this South Philly lady who has real short hair that’s dyed red but is almost purple, that actually our waitress was totally fine. Then she grabbed me in a head-lock and kissed me and said, “Yooz are real nice people!” Then we get up to leave, and there is this guy Skill-Craning outside, which is one of those arcade things you drop a quarter in and try to get a toy with the arm crane, and the guy is spending like two billion dollars on trying to get a toy that is a piece of crap. We walked past him and kept going down the ramp and then the guy starts screaming, “Hey! Hey!” and we turn around the guy is holding fuzzy dice, “I got it!” It was the greatest day ever. How unbelievable was that? I really just didn’t know what to do. It was just a tsunami of unbelievableness. So, we went to Ikea and got frozen yogurt and went right home.”—Zoe Strauss from her interview with Will Steacy in photo-eye (check out the whole interview!)
Hi Patrick! Do you mind if I ask a question about your chemistry? I see you use Xtol as a developer but do you also use a stopper? And if so what is it? Also, what fixer are you running with? Thanks!! Hon
I don’t mind at all. I’ve been using Sprint Record Fix and Stop since I first started developing my own film.
“In fact, the opposite of the conventional tale is the case: those who like any kind of art or media that has not been blessed to receive the bullshit, self-serving mantel of “pop culture” are subject to a never-ending stream of disdain, dismissal, and abuse. To believe that different types of cultural products should exist, and that some of these should create artistic pleasures based on work, ambiguity, or difficulty, is to be immediately and permanently labeled a snob, an empty signifier that exists simply to provide people with a convenient label to apply to those whose artistic tastes are different than their own. If you like any kind of artwork that does not leave its pleasures totally and utterly accessible at all times and to all people with no expectation that consuming art should involve effort, you will be lectured to by the aggrieved. You will get yelled at by the AV Club and Vulture and Slate, by Steve Hyden and Andy Greenwald and the rest of the crew at Bill Simmons’s Geographical Center of the American Middlebrow, in the New York Times and the New Yorker and every other sundry magazine, blog, site, app, Tumblr, Twittr, Tindr, Grindr, newsletter, listerv, forum, message board, image board, room & board, surfboard and broadsheet that humanity produces. They will deny that what you like is good, deny that you really like it, and invent all sorts of nefarious reasons that you say you like the thing you say you like. They will question not just your right to like what you like but undermine the very notion that someone else could have an aesthetic sense that is different from theirs.”—everything that you need to know about pop culture and adulthood | Fredrik deBoer (via photographsonthebrain)
“There is this fantasy that going to a privately managed school would lead to higher test scores, and higher test scores would lead to the end of poverty. All of that would be just great—except none of it is true. I mean, it’s a fact that every test that’s given anywhere in the world shows that family income is a decisive factor: the kids who come from affluent families are at the top, and the kids who come from poverty are at the bottom. That’s simply a fact; it’s not an opinion. It’s true on international tests, it’s true on state tests. You name the test—the ACT, the SAT—poverty is decisive.”—Back to School, Nika Knight interviews Diane Ravitch - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via guernicamag)