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The Week In Context: FEBRUARY 25TH, 2017

MUST READS OF THE WEEK

WHY DO SO MANY AMERICANS FEAR MUSLIMS?

“The non-crazy members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment… understand quite well that Islamist terrorism is almost wholly blowback from the foreign policy they’ve designed.” A timely piece that considers successive American governments’ incoherent and untruthful narrative about the Muslim world in order to protect themselves.

ZONES OF SACRIFICE: DRIFTING THROUGH LONDON WITH LAURA OLDFIELD FORD

Robert Barry
The Quietus
Laura Oldfield Ford’s zine, Savage Messiah, through the 2000s reinterpreted the Situationist tradition and Ford’s work, I think, goes further by revealing a deeper connectedness with the people in those places, as she says in this interview, psychogeography “had become this middle-class observation… or, even worse, a sort of colonialism: discovering somewhere”.

 

SHOULD DESIGNERS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ETHIC OF THEIR CLIENTS?

A super opinion article discussing the ethics of designers, given that they contribute to the “polished veneer” of companies that “flout ethics at every turn”. The article includes an interview with the co-founder of design agency, Human After All, which seeks an industry hinged on social good not profit.

 

SUGAR WORLD

Discover – Something by a publisher new to Cureditor this week
Natasha Stallard
Tank Magazine

“Land of Legends is precisely what happens when you mix a Celine Dion Las Vegas show with a military building in the steppes.” Caught in the middle of attempted coups and a political-unstable war-ridden region Turkey opens a waterpark.

HOT TOPIC

PREPARING FOR LATER

The majority of current depictions of ageing is that it is an image of decline, that the body and mind reached its peak at some stage of its life and what's left is incrementally worse. Yet, it's not the only way of looking at growing old, and many perceive it as a kind of blossoming towards a greater understanding of oneself. It's the latter that this week's recommendations centre upon. One of the consequences of a youth-oriented world is that while some of the following selections are a great start to get us thinking, not all cater for the needs or interests of older people. The primacy of digital in journalism and the success of sites who aim for a younger demographic has meant that many publishers have shifted their focus leaving the older population behind.

THE NEW RETIREMENT: HOW AN AGEING POPULATION IS TRANSFORMING BRITAIN

Two thirds through this excellent series by The Guardian, which takes an in-depth look into the dynamics of ageing and how Britain’s (and many other nations) slow adaptation to the consequences of ageing is the only problem – an ageing population in itself is not.

SHOULD WE DIE?

A super, at times jovial, article that engages with some of the Transhumanist thinkers positing a future where we make the decision about when our lives end. They share wild and optimistic expectations for a deathless society, and along the way it also might help us toward some other useful tool.

WOMEN AND DESIRE: THE SIX AGES OF SEX

Fascinating piece that explores many taboos about sex, particularly  as we grow old. The women here talk candidly about desire and libido, about post-natal depression, companionship, pre-sex and post-sex period of their lives. Enlightening.

THESE ELDERLY DIY-ERS CAME TO PEACE WITH DEATH – BY CRAFTING THEIR OWN COFFINS

“I firmly believe that those who have confronted it have a whole different spirit in them that gives them energy.” A great report on a New Zealand town’s ‘Coffin Club’, a non-profit organisation that helps elderly people prepare and come to terms with death by engaging them in the creative process of their casket.

MOST POPULAR

A few of the most popular recommendations on Cureditor this week.

ZONES OF SACRIFICE: DRIFTING THROUGH LONDON WITH LAURA OLDFIELD FORD

Laura Oldfield Ford’s zine, Savage Messiah, through the 2000s reinterpreted the Situationist tradition and Ford’s work, I think, goes further by revealing a deeper connectedness with the people in those places, as she says in this interview, psychogeography “had become this middle-class observation… or, even worse, a sort of colonialism: discovering somewhere”.

 

NEVER LEAVE

An account of Essex and its London borders, simultaneously personal and objective from a writer who has since moved to London, returning there for walks family and friends, finding Brexit voters amongst them. Hard not to enjoy the Jonathan Meades-esque list at the beginning of the penultimate section.


 

SUGAR WORLD

“Land of Legends is precisely what happens when you mix a Celine Dion Las Vegas show with a military building in the steppes.” Caught in the middle of attempted coups and a political-unstable war-ridden region Turkey opens a waterpark.

 

LISTEN: THE EXORGASM

Radio Wolfgang’s documentary series, The Lives of Others has brought the most engaging media from their 18-month-old platform. This year’s first instalment remains true to that with an extraordinary podcast about activists’ attempt to levitate the Pentagon with the backdrop of US involvement in Vietnam.

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