Saturday, November 30, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - November 30, 2019

Baker-White, Emily. "Police Attitudes in Plain View." Criminal Injustice #106 (September 3, 2019) ["Many people make their social media posts public. Everyone can see them, like a signed billboard visible anywhere in the world. So, what should we think when we learn that *some* police officers, in some departments, have been posting racist messages or memes endorsing violence, visible to anyone on the Internet? "]

Benton, Michael.
The Future of Another TimelineThe Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Daughters of Harriet (after anti-slavery abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman) are time-traveling scholars who are engaged in an edit-war (in which small edits in the timeline can change the direction of the future) with the reactionary, misogynistic Comstockers (after the odious, self-righteous, anti-vice activist Anthony Comstock) who seek the total subjugation or erasure of that which is different. A rip-roaring, fun read that literally spans the history of multiple timelines that is sure to provoke reflection on the nature of history, the importance of what we think & do as individuals, the power of collective action (and thought), and the reverberations of seemingly minor events.

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Estes, Nick. "Our History Is the Future: Lakota Historian Nick Estes on Thanksgiving & Indigenous Resistance." Democracy Now (November 28, 2019)

Harris, David A. "The Attack on Elected District Attorneys." Criminal Injustice (September 7, 2019) ["As reform-minded elected prosecutors gain power across the U.S., they’re increasingly coming under fire from their federal counterparts — most recently, an anti-democratic tirade by U.S. Attorney Bill Barr, who attacked progressive district attorneys for doing what voters elected them to do."]

---. "Progressive Prosecutors Slapped Again." Criminal Injustice (September 24, 2019) ["A crime summit held recently in St. Louis was a virtual who's-who of high ranking city and state government officials. Conspicuously absent from the gathering were the progressive, African American district attorneys of St. Louis and Kansas City, who were excluded despite having been elected to the top law enforcement post in Missouri's two largest cities. We look at the latest in a trend of anti-democratic attacks on reformist elected prosecutors."]

West, Stephen. "John Dewey and Walter Lippman on Democracy." Philosophize This #130 (May 23, 2019)

Zha, Carl, et al. "Hong Kong Protests (Where Colonialism meets Neoliberalism)." Best of the Left #1314 (October 25, 2019) ["Today we take a look at the complicated range of forces driving the protests in Hong Kong that span the ideological spectrum."]

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