Morphing into and from different forms, legibility is a force of nature that has flown under the radar for most of human history. What is legibility? Has its consequences brought out more bad than good? From the Enlightenment to High Modernism to Dataism, I explore the harm that this decoding and recoding force inflicts on the human condition.
Is it bad to forget culture? Is there a point to endlessly accumulate or remember cultural information? Is there more to forgetting that we are missing out on? The implications for cultural erasure and forgetting are damning. On an international stage, however, perhaps there could be generative and restorative value in forgetting.
Alexey Navalny has drummed up support from a sizable amount of Russians and has recently been crowned a media darling of the Global North. Some of his actions have, however, been the subject of scrutiny and controversy. Do such claims hold water? Is such adoration and support justified?
As China and the United States grapple for hegemony and duke it out on the world stage by means of economic might and soft power, who will eventually emerge as the winner? What then, is the way forward?
Are protest-resignations meaningful? From Mahathir to Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom, across the globe, this political move has seen widespread usage with mostly dismal results. Why do politicians continue to do this? Are there instances where this can work? How so?