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Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013
by Alex Lohninger
Will pre-crime technology keep us safe? Or will it persecute us?

More than 50 days after former NSA employee Edward Snowden introduced the general public to a secretly flourishing surveillance culture, some Facebook accounts may have been cancelled or email providers changed, but a vast majority seems busy getting used to the omnipresence of global surveillance. Apparently, we don‘t realise that by putting up with it, we pave the way for dystopian scenarios resembling the ones fiction confronted us with for the last 50 years.


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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
The red trees with white dots in front of the museum were just an introduction of what was awaiting us inside: the extraordinary mind of Yayoi Kusama.

It’s not usual to see a one block-long line to get in a museum, but it shouldn’t be surprising for how well Obsesión infinita, the first exhibition in Latin America of Yayoi Kusama, the princess of the Polka Dots, is being promoted. From 30 June to 16 September, her works from 1950 until 2013 are being exhibited in Buenos Aires, at the MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamerico de Buenos Aires or Museum of Latinamerican Art of Buenos Aires), and next, they will be available to see in several cities of Brazil and in Mexico City.


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Friday, Apr 5, 2013
The Steubenville High School rape allegations were more than a controversial court case — they were a true test of character.

The Steubenville High School rape allegations were more than a controversial court case; they were a true test of character. Unlike most tests, however, assessments weren’t about achieving a final grade or score. Responses to the allegations were a measure of an observer’s own personality traits, such as personal temperament, sympathies and loyalties. The judiciary system has, of course, already made its evaluation: the two young students were found delinquent in a juvenile court. The court of public opinion, however, has not being unanimous in its verdict and already appealed the judge’s decision. Many people continue to object that the victim was really to blame while others maintain that the defendants should have been tried and convicted as adults. Various media outlets have similarly courted public opinion by instinctively sympathizing with the convicted rapists at the expense of the real victim.


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