Intelligence

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”

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Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

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In interviews with BBC and Sky News, WikiLeaks founder explains how Google’s behavior, though legal, is like that of surveillance agencies. Google’s practices are “almost identical” to those of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, Julian Assange has said. The WikiLeaks founder made the charge Thursday in interviews with the BBC and Sky News. He spoke from the Ecuadoran Embassy ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign

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The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »

What’s New About the New Greek Galleries at MFA?

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Do people learn more at art museums when chronology governs a display or when a thematic narrative rules? It’s a perennial question, and traditionally many museums with extensive collections answer it with the former because, with a broad, deep array of art in a particular category, they can. Less well-endowed collections have often gone the thematic route simply because they ... Read More »

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

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When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a fewof those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he ... Read More »

Teaching Children Empathy

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When Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Projectreleased their report, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” many parents and educators — myself included — were surprised to learn that despite all our talk about instilling character and empathy, kids may value academic achievement and individual happiness over caring for others. In the report, the authors explained ... Read More »

Yves Klein: The man who invented a colour

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The Frenchman was an artist, showman and inventor – who created a hue that had never existed before. How did he achieve this? Alastair Sooke reports. One summer’s day in 1947, three young men were sitting on a beach in Nice in the south of France. To pass the time, they decided to play a game and divide up the ... Read More »

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permissible In Court

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Politicians are preparing to scrap decades worth of laws that protect citizens from wholesale spying and guarantee the right to a fair trial—and they haven’t even read the legislation they want passed. A public hearing was held yesterday (Monday 18 August) in a squirrely back room of Parliament on the raft of legislation being hurried through as part of the National ... Read More »

Teaching Is Not a Business

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TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology. Neither strategy ... Read More »