Links for Tuesday 15th September

Irregular collections of internet links for your enjoyment and edification.

The future is fungal: why the 'megascience' of mycology is on the rise

Fab interview with mycologist Merlin Sheldrake which also serves as a nice introduction to the joys and importance of fungus. (Guardian)

How Zeynep Tufekci Keeps Getting the Big Things Right

Tufekci was far ahead of the curve on all the social-tech issues I've been interested in over the years, so when she applied her brain to Covid I immediately paid attention. (NY Times)

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free

Highlighting the awkward fact that you might not be able to read some of the things I link to because of paywalls. I love the Guardian's approach where my subscription means everyone can read it. I was really sad when the Atlantic went paywall. (Current Affairs)

'Impossible Objects' That Reveal a Hidden Power

Trevor Paglan has a new artwork. I like his work – he's one of the few people making work about computational culture that hits the mark. (NY Times)

Michael Sandel: 'The populist backlash has been a revolt against the tyranny of merit'

I find the concept of "meritocracy" fascinating because it seems like a perfectly good thing, to be raised up by merit and hard work, while it disguises all manner of structural inequalities while placing the blame on individuals for not succeeding. This is a nice take-down which focusses on the emphasis given to individualism over collectivism by the left over the last few decades as part of the problem. (Guardian)

Living in a Conspiracy Nation

If you're not up to speed on how the USA is quickly losing the battle against conspiracy theories and reality-denial, this is a good refresher. It's getting scary over there. (Kottke)

Ogmios School of Zen Motoring Ep 3 – Streets Of Rage

Long overdue but very welcome continuation of the best dashcam series.

Photo at top: A laser scan of fungi living within plant roots, with the fungus rendered in red, and the plant in blue by Melvin Sheldrake.