Hear My Train A Comin’
Hear My Train A Comin’
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty to “help each and every American fulfill his or her basic hopes”. Photographer Don Getsug had an opportunity to photograph this war, spending two years on rural back roads, capturing Americans in need. To honor this half century of considering the poor, Don has mined his archives and wanted to bring light to images made half a century ago.
Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.
If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exac…
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3D printers can make fantastic shapes, whether someone wants to create an interlocking shape with no seams or even a bacon-textured mobius strip.
As a result, jewelry makers have found it to be a valuable way to manufacture goods. But unless the…
In my latest Locus column, How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance, I tell the story of how I explained the Snowden leaks to my six-year-old, and the surprising interest and comprehension she showed during our talk and afterwards. Kids, it seems, intuitively understand what it’s like to be constantly monitored by unaccountable, self-appointed authority figures!
So I explained to my daughter that there was a man who was a spy, who discovered that the spies he worked for were breaking the law and spying on everyone, capturing all their e-mails and texts and video-chats and web-clicks. My daughter has figured out how to use a laptop, phone, or tablet to peck out a message to her grandparents (autocomplete and spell-check actually make typing into an educational experience for kids, who can choose their words from drop-down lists that get better as they key in letters); she’s also used to videoconferencing with relatives around the world. So when I told her that the spies were spying on everything, she had some context for it.
Right away, we were off to the races. ‘‘How can they listen to everyone at once?’’ ‘‘How can they read all those messages?’’ ‘‘How many spies are there?’’ I told her about submarine fiber-optic taps, prismatic beam-splitters, and mass databases. Again, she had a surprising amount of context for this, having encountered digital devices whose capacity was full – as when we couldn’t load more videos onto a tablet – and whose capacities could be expanded with additional storage.
Quite possibly the most 90s picture in existance