Altruism forum, and while I do not agree with all of the results or interpretations, I have to commend the folks at GWWC for trying. As a group, I have found them to be some of the most logical and open-minded people in the EA movement, and I think their earnest approach at tackling this difficult issue merits admiration and thoughtful commentary from all sides of the debate.
If you are interested in diving in, the post may be found here. EA Forum members can reply/discuss.
I have now been able to take the time to read through 'War is Beautiful', and I am not prepared to write a review at this time because I want to give it some further thought, and perhaps see if I can reach out to David Shields once I have articulated some questions in my head. That said, if you are interested in the topic of the power of images, and manipulation through photography, I do strongly recommend you buy and read this book regardless. It gives one a lot to think about, and my review will probably make more sense if you have read it anyway.
War is Beautiful by David Shields - Powerhouse Books site
Yes, you can get it from Amazon too. You know that, I know that, everyone knows that. But I am going to promote the full-price edition anyway, in the interests of the high quality of work done by both this author in the past, and this publisher. So there.
A huge thanks to Giving What We Can - Penn, and all the Effective Altruism-aligned people, who came out for my talk today. I appreciated the dinner/drinks after, and the great conversation. Hope our paths cross again soon!
Five new chapters are up as Poorthwart begins to wind down its first volume. Only 13 chapters are left! Check it out here!
Given my history of speaking on the subject of how photography has been used - and manipulated - to get us to think about poverty in certain ways, and to donate to charities in specific ways, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a lot of folks are asking me my opinion of the new David Shields book War is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict, which was published late last year.
I have not yet had the chance to read this book, but will be doing so shortly and posting a thorough review. Stay tuned!
Those of you who are interested in Effective Altruism should consider taking advantage of the Big Match campaign being run right now by the Effective Altruism Society - Warwick. I spoke twice at Warwick, and found the university students there to be some of the most engaged and passionate about EA topics. I think being able to give in a matched way, while also supporting this group, is a very worthwhile cause indeed.
EA Society Warwick - Big Match Campaign
You can also check out their Facebook page here for more general information.
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