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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
sharing economy
The sharing economy makes us more flexible but is no substitute for a true social community. When my Airbnb host introduced me to his children I was slightly bemused. The elder one of the two boys was Bruce and the baby – you guessed it – Lee. A young family who bolstered their mortgage payments with income from Airbnb. In...
moralism arts
Just as we should not condemn a work of art because of the artist’s private behavior, we should also be careful about applying norms of social respectability to artistic expression. Egon Schiele was jailed for corrupting young girls. Rembrandt cruelly mistreated his mistress, Picasso was beastly to his wives, Caravaggio lusted after young boys and was a murderer. If we...
angewandte
Art & Politics at the Angewandte Austrian art and politics have always been entangled in an interdependent, uneasy relationship – often the more uneasy the better, as far as the quality is concerned. And current political trends suggest this is likely to continue. The artists of the Wiener Aktionisten were particularly (in)famous, defying both authorities and good taste, setting out...
Frauen*Volksbegehren
Ten days after the official start of the Frauen*Volksbegehren – the petition for a referendum on women’s rights – organizers reported breaking the required 100,000 signature mark. Amazing? Yes. An easy win? No. The road to victory was paved with technical difficulties, both for Handysignatur (mobile phone) voters and those who flocked to the Magistrat. A technical overload crashed the...
refugee crisis
Two years after the start of the refugee crisis, some hard truths and daunting challenges can no longer be ignored. Since 2015, when over a million refugees flooded across EU borders, it has been nearly impossible to have an honest conversation about what was at stake. It all happened so quickly; the numbers were mind-boggling – some 98,000 applying for...
bundesheer
The Bundesheer is the nation’s stepchild, unloved and underfed. But it is a respected international player and may have found its new role. Today’s Austrian army, the Bundesheer (BH), is a military minnow: 15,000 professional soldiers, 18,000 draftees, 7,000 civilians and 25,000 Miliz (reservists). It’s a strange beast, an army that never fights, a conscription force with too few conscripts,...
reichenhetze
“How are you doing today?” the paramedic asks with a smile, as the ambulance hurtles towards the hospital. “I’m not talking to a Neger (negro),” the patient spews back. “Pardon me?“ he says. “You heard me!” she retorts. The paramedic starts to laugh. Then she spews: “Unbuckle me you Neger and I’ll show you what’s what.” He laughs louder. Rami Ali,...
smoking ban vienna
As the door to Café Einhorn opens, a draft of icy winter air surges into the room. For a fleeting moment, our lungs suck in the oxygen before it dissolves into the yellow haze of dozens of cigarettes, preserving the bar’s reputation as one of the smokiest in Vienna. Tourists and expats are often amazed to find you can still smoke in bars and restaurants in Vienna – and report being...
future ai
Can we control the spread of AI and robots into every aspect of our lives? Sophia has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia; she has been a star guest on the “Tonight Show” and her patented “frubber” face has been on the cover of Elle magazine. Speaking at the International Broadcasting Convention in September, her creator David Hanson promised to...
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