Image owned by Luc Viatour
Culture wars have always been around, but nowadays social media has enabled the ability to scale them out to an unprecedented degree. The structure of how content is shared means exposure is possible on a global scale, as well as there being more data available on how consumers can be influenced. The values of the (American) social media platforms also feature, influenced by their own economics, philosophies and governments.
Image based on Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima By Joe Rosenthal
Emigrating from the UK to Denmark has given me a lot, but one unexpected insight is how the structural setup of a country affects the values that filter down to its citizens. On the surface Denmark and the UK are similar countries but after 10 years living in another’s framework I have come to appreciate the subtle differences. When I’m asked about the prime difference now I sum it up in “Trust”, from which flows Danish contentment and enfranchisement of its citizens.
I had a GoodReads challenge to read 24 books this year, I didn’t quite make it but I did read very big books. I will try to read smaller books in 2020 :)
My top fiction books of 2019 Exhalation by Ted Chiang https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46347126-exhalation
Sanne first introduced Ted Chiang’s first book of sci-fi short stories, Stories of Your Life and Others as it was the source of one of our favourite films, Arrival.
I feel a need for a line in the sand on what I think is true.
1. The scientific method is the best way to obtain objective reality As defined by Popper, to differentiate between subjective and objective truths, a theory needs to make predictions that are verified by repeatable experiments. This method of enquiry is what science is founded upon, and lets us enjoy aeroplanes, TVs and computer chips.