Reggie Watts Is Not Human.
It’s about how we make, use and see photography on a daily basis. And that is something that is still ignored and by ignoring it we have devalued sophisticated photography. Photography is given away for free, it’s used to idealise and mythologise, to elevate and uphold entire industries. Music and fashion and news are powered by images, they couldn’t really exist without photography yet what really do they give back? How do they pay for it? The little bits that we here so much about, but most of it they get for free. I think by examining how the visual mythologies of the world are created and upheld, a more rounded view of photographic history will help explore exactly how photography works. And that will create a larger demand for more sophisticated and powerful photography. And there are people who are very obviously and clearly doing this already. What the comeuppance of a more sophisticated photography is is another question. And the answer to that question might not be good.
A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Li Guixin, a resident of Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, submitted his complaint to a district court, asking the Shijiazhuang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to “perform its duty to control air pollution according to the law,” the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily said.
He is also seeking compensation from the agency for residents for the choking pollution that has engulfed Shijiazhuang, and much of northern China, this winter.
(Photo: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
This guy has balls. It also speaks to the seriousness of the pollution problem in China. Good on you Li Guixin.
As of tomorrow, Clarence Thomas will not have spoken in the Supreme Court for eight years. Jeffrey Toobin explains why Thomas’s “behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing”: http://nyr.kr/1jUZRtF
Photograph by Sidney Davis/Tribune Review/AP.
I’m planning on being at the Court again on Monday, last time I was there he seemed to talk to the other justices, but never actually spoke.
Sailors wearing raingear sit in a sailboat’s cockpit awaiting dawn in the West Indies, October 1966.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic
Spencer Lowell has photographed sites of nearly every form of energy harvesting in the United States, from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Norris Dam to oil refineries in eastern Texas. Take a look at photos from his latest project, “Power Hungry,” which intently scrutinizes how energy production alters landscapes: http://nyr.kr/MwXqiy
Above: Sluice gates control the flow of water inside the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Norris Dam.
This is pretty cool.
Some Americans may want to take a basic science class
A new reports finds that 1 in 4 Americans are unaware that the Earth orbits the sun and that nearly 50 percent don’t know how antibiotics work.
Well, that explains a lot actually.