…The significance of public access for Arlen was not only in its ostensible democratization of the medium, offering the possibility of a TV show to anyone willing to put in the effort, but, more importantly, that it represented “our first experience of an electronic mass medium through which people may talk to other people unmanipulated by media professionals”—a means of presenting events not as packaged “news,” but as information, communicated from person to person. The “Warc Report” was precisely such a program, filling a crucial gap in mainstream media coverage, but doing so in a manner antithetical to commercial news broadcasts. It was designed to present the viewing public with information as opposed to news, and to do so through the very medium that would be broadly impacted by the decisions made at WARC.
Information Age Prayer is a site that charges you a monthly fee to say prayers for you. A typical charge is $4.95 per month to say three prayers specified by you each day.
“We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying,” the company states. “Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen.”
The Catholic view was defined by the Council of Trent, viz., “That there is a purgatory and that the souls there detained are assisted by the suffrages of the Faithful, but ‘especially by the most acceptable sacrifice at the altar’” (i.e., the Mass).
In pre-Reformation days this doctrine was responsible for the erection of many churches, the foundations of many charities and the support of the chantry and the chantry priest. The chantry chapels were built as a memorial of the founder, where the priest frequently said various offices for the dead and celebrated a special Mass on the anniversaries of the founder and his family, and distributed alms to the poor.
Ditchfield says, “There were in England about two thousand chantries, founded chiefly in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, which were all despoiled by Henry VIII and Edward VI at the Reformation, on the grounds that they were devoted to ‘superstitious’ purposes. Much of the wealth was the property of the poor left to them by pious benefactors.”
It was plague that fueled the explosion of chantries in England. What’s our excuse?
Rachel Cohen, Gold, Golden, Gilded, Glittering - Representations of Value, or The Unexpected Double History of Banking and The Art World, for The Believer, November 2012.
…From further down:
In finance, people won’t invest in schemes unless they can see how the value of their investment will be affected over time, and it’s not possible to make money in the absence of chance and change. In his scholarship on bankers of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Florence, Aby Warburg pointed out that in Latin “fortuna signified not only ‘chance’ and ‘wealth,’ but also ‘storm wind.’” Many Florentine banking families had ships with full sails as their emblems. The Florentine bankers, hoping they had made profits on currency, or waiting for ships they had backed to come in, were fond of saying, “Winds and exchange often change.” The winds were represented not only in their financial records and their emblems but in the paintings they hung on their walls. Warburg gave an elegant description of the two most famous paintings that Lorenzo the Magnificent commissioned from Botticelli—the Venus arriving from the sea, and Primavera, with its blowing figures of spring—as studies in wind.
A Tibetan man set himself on fire in China as the country’s leaders gathered to begin a pivotal leadership transition, the sixth person to do so in 48 hours, the Tibetan exile government said.
“It is confirmed that this is the sixth, that he has immolated, but we don’t have details about his age or name,” spokesman Lobsang Choedak told AFP from the Indian town of Dharamshala, the home of the exile government…
“Bishop Berkley believed the world went away when he wasn’t looking, thus every act was a radical act of attention (an act of radical attention), making the world or at least preserving it. Look at a word long enough, repeat it aloud often enough and it becomes the letters, the sounds it comprises (W-O-R-D, whirr-duh), foreign seeming and unfamiliar, called “semantic satiation.” You are insatiable. Repetition dissolves any particular it encounters. Attention corresponds to every feeling, staring as a substitute for longing in art.”
William Ball: an Artist Statement of sorts for Molly Peck, from a series of emails between author and artist (via mollypeck)
EDIT: there is a story behind this, from its creator Jay Owens, aka hautepop…
“I’m playing with this DIY advert trend I’ve seen on Tumblr lately. Interesting, regarding how consumers create and re-appropriate brand meanings…This specifically, putting Adidas logo on a favela, is about the dreams of football as a path out of the slum, perhaps, but also the extent to which the developing world is aestheticised & romanticised in some of these ‘big concept’ brand narratives. (E.g. an Emirates travel ad I saw recently about ‘globetrotting’, all picturesque poverty.)”