Weekend Thoughts - 9.10.16

Image  by  kergatyphoto , courtesy of  Creative Commons  licensing.

Image by kergatyphoto, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. The annual transformational festival, Burning Man, took place in Black Rock City, Nevada, a couple of weeks ago. Here is a timelapse video of some of the art installations and an article featuring many of the "mutant vehicle" art cars that appeared at the 2016 Burn. Personally, I have yet to attend Burning Man, but would like to sometime in the future! Until then, I'm stuck living vicariously through others' experiences at the Burn.

2. The largest United States prison labor strike in history occurred yesterday, when nearly half of the inmates imprisoned decided to stop working or start hunger strikes in an effort to highlight the injustices of prison labor. What is pretty amazing is that these prisoners were able to coordinate the unprecedented strike with the assistance of technology—specifically, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Although the use of cell phones is not allowed in prisons (and is against the law in some states), visitors and prison guards smuggle them into prisons anyway. It's amazing to me that technology has given so much power to those of us that did not have it in the past. Think about it—the world's governments, corporations, wealthy individuals, and even prisons, don't have the same stranglehold on the human population that they did even 30 years ago because of advancing technologies on the Internet.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.