The King (2019) and me

There are many different ways one can interpret or analyze the new Netflix film “King” (2019) with its cornucopia of themes: coming of age, Kingship, duty, honor in combat, court intrigue. This cinematic representation of  Shakespeare’s play “Henry V” up to and a bit after the Battle of Agincourt has many coursing streams. The one…

Ideologies of Delayed Informatization

by the Chicago Civil Servant We’re observing the emergence of new (old) ideologies, and rapid political realignments punctuated by heroic calls for action and decisions. How do we deal with it? Let me take you through some old-school sociology before looking at the latest ideological calls for “decisions” and the suppression of speech. This is…

The Ever-Present Puritan

There is a half-cocked theory in one of George Orwell’s essays that I have been eager to steal. It is not a true theft, of course, if I give some credit to Orwell for the inspiration, so this is my obligatory nod to that great essayist. I feel as if he stumbled on an idea…