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Five books I loved reading this year

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  1. lou
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    I wouldn't say I'm a great admirer of Bill Gates, but I find him an interesting guy. I was surprised to learn he reads any fiction at all. I kind wanna read the one with robots.

    I wouldn't say I'm a great admirer of Bill Gates, but I find him an interesting guy. I was surprised to learn he reads any fiction at all. I kind wanna read the one with robots.

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    DepartedPretzel
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    Per his descriptions, most of these recommendations seem to bolster Gates’s view that technology will save humanity. I dig science fiction and fictional utopias as they are. Science and...

    Per his descriptions, most of these recommendations seem to bolster Gates’s view that technology will save humanity. I dig science fiction and fictional utopias as they are. Science and engineering deserve to be explored through art. However, criticism is warranted when fiction is propagandized to promote a wealthy monopolist’s technocratic agenda.

    There ain’t a downvote button here (for good reason) but here’s my downvote. No hard feelings meant to lou.

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    1. imperialismus
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      Judging purely by this blog post, I think you're reading way too much into it. It's just a collection of books. If some of them have a positive outlook on technology, that's hardly the same as...

      Judging purely by this blog post, I think you're reading way too much into it. It's just a collection of books. If some of them have a positive outlook on technology, that's hardly the same as promoting a specific and sinister political agenda. I mean, one of the books is a family tragedy about Shakespeare. Please don't tell me that's just in there to throw us off the scent of Bill's propaganda.

      Anything can be read as political, but this is just a list of books that Gates likes. It doesn't promote any particular ideology and certainly no specific policy. I'm not saying this to defend Gates as a whole - I don't even know what your specific issue with him is although I can imagine - but rather to defend the blog post and OP's posting of it. Have you even read a single one of these books? What is the technocratic agenda that is being promoted specifically in this list of five books? Is it fair to the authors of these books to label them as propaganda, or even Bill Gates' use of them as propagandistic, when he seems to simply describe the content of the books accurately? Do you think the authors all share this alleged technocratic agenda?

      Basically I think you let your dislike of Gates deeply color your reading of this link and you're projecting way more onto it than is inherently there.

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  3. acdw
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    My mom bought me Hamnet and it's quite good. it's ruminative, a kind of study of the impact grief has on a family. honestly Anne is much more the main character than Will, and her treatment is...

    My mom bought me Hamnet and it's quite good. it's ruminative, a kind of study of the impact grief has on a family. honestly Anne is much more the main character than Will, and her treatment is very good

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