The Economics Of Getting Heard: Guest Op-Ed | Billboard
When choice is unlimited, the authentic and the intangible become most valuable. Putting out a great record is the required start, but building and maintaining the conversation is -- more than ever before -- paramount to getting your music heard.
music  economics  attention 
9 days ago
Ask Polly: ‘I Hate Men.’
But even as the sky falls, know that you are the decider. Feel that in your heart. Yes, you’re broken and the world is exploding. But you’re still alive. You’ve been staring into a tiny diorama instead of seeing the gorgeous, windy, overheated horizon right in front of your eyes. Step onto this broad landscape, feel the hot wind in your hair, and know that you are powerful beyond measure.
feminism  relationships  power  men  women  family  advice 
21 days ago
Net Shop Boys — Real Life
Grailed is an aperture, albeit a narrow one, into how men negotiate their masculinity, how they resolve their bodies with the world. The quirks in their performance, where I can find them, act as ruptures in a gender that’s mythologized as self-evident, never practiced, never learned. These holes are doors. They are a way in.
clothing  fashion  men  power  shopping  business  internet  gender 
22 days ago
'Blade Runner 2049': Why some science fiction writers are tired of dystopias - CSMonitor.com
“The utility dystopian fiction used to serve was to bring problems to our attention and seek solutions. But the danger is that these stories can become a collective act of despair in response to current events.”
story  fiction  movies  attention  aesthetics  sciencefiction  scifi 
6 weeks ago
The Media Has A Probability Problem | FiveThirtyEight
The reason is not because the world is highly predictable or because data can solve every problem, but because human judgment is more fallible than most people realize — and being more disciplined and rigorous in your approach can give you a fighting chance of getting the story right. The world isn’t one where things always turn out exactly as we want them to or expect them to. But it’s the world we live in.
statistics  journalism  elections  polls  mathematics  politics  media 
8 weeks ago
the fear is necessary
People who read a lot of internet news might feel like they're in danger; people living in these areas actually live and experience daily danger. But just as Trump isn't concerned about facts, he's not concerned about that experience. The fear is necessary; it, along with the refusal to believe that the world has and will continue to change, is his power source. Eliminate it, and there'd be no need for him. 
journalism  attention  power  internet  media  politics 
8 weeks ago
Tender Photos of Black Men That Redefine Masculinity - VICE
There is a refusal embedded in my pictures, but also my use of shadow and light, and decisions about display, points to me as a black male taking ownership of signifying the beauty and possibility of these bodies.
art  photography  african  BlackLivesMatter  beauty  men 
8 weeks ago
On Indian Minimalism | Vestoj
Which begs the question, what are the aesthetics of an emerging post-colonial economy? And when something different from what we expect arises, why don’t we have the interpretative frameworks to understand its nuances?
fashion  minimalism  journalism  aesthetics  economics  beauty  india 
8 weeks ago
The Price Tag of Being a Woman | Literary Hub
“You have gray hair,” he whispered, with alarm and not a little judgment. “I know,” I said and told him how much I was looking forward to a flowing mane of white a few years down the road. “It’s such a shame,” he replied. “I see young women come into my office with gray hair, and they just look so old.” My usefulness as a woman summed up in a moment.
hair  beauty  power  feminism  fashion  style  economics  capitalism 
july 2017
The strange alienation of being a Latina who loves hiking - Vox
I like the dirt, I like the aches, I like the freedom. I like the moment when I first unzip my tent and see the morning. I like the way my coffee tastes when I’m hovering over my mug and sitting on a log. I like the feeling of carrying everything I need for the week on my back.
outdoors  exercise  latino  latinos  latinamerica  latinx 
july 2017
On the Political Value of Fashion | JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد
Refusing to engage with the politics of fashion does not allow you to be any less political—it just makes you silent. At a time we cannot afford to be.

Engage with your clothing. Be intentional and meaningful with what you choose to convey—and how you choose to do it.
fashion  identity  curation  power  politics  aesthetics 
july 2017
The Grays of Our Lives - Racked
The color is a coping strategy built on cultivated ambivalence; not the lack of a moral compass, but the flexibility to persist in challenging circumstances, to speak louder by choosing when and how to speak. Ultimately, it symbolizes a kind of freedom.
gray  fashion  power 
july 2017
New label Ifeoma takes a menswear approach to womenswear | Dazed
My mum’s favourite colours were blue and black, but when I think about a grey area, it’s an area you are refusing to acknowledge or a space you don’t understand. It’s something between here and there, neither to be accepted nor ignored. It’s just there. I thought, focusing on that grey makes sense.
gray  fashion  women  design  beauty  creativity 
july 2017
The Suit | Vestoj
A suit isn’t merely a uniform, traditionally made of one fabric. It is, if one is a believer in the power of style, a sly opportunity to play with notions of passing while also signaling dissent.
fashion  men  work  power  sex  gender  career 
july 2017
The Beat Generation: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima look back at an American cultural movement - Washington Post
More than a half-century after their emergence, the Beats still offer up wild style, a sense of freedom and wonder for the natural world almost unrivaled in postwar literature. But their work has perhaps been more misinterpreted than nearly any literary group in history — partially because there was no consistent ideology binding them. As Ferlinghetti put it succinctly: “The Beat Generation was just Allen Ginsberg’s friends.”
arts  poetry  1950s  1960s  sanfrancisco  bayarea  writing  history  literature  california 
july 2017
Is Streetwear the New Americana? - Fashionista
"There is a lot of interesting variations because this country is not monocultural or monotonic," says Clark. "That's what has been fascinating about this country in the last 100 years. It has been truly multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial and that is also embedded in different takes in Americana."
fashion  usa  sports  style  culture  ethnicity  race  power 
july 2017
Maria Balshaw, the first woman at the top of the Tate: 'We need to speak to the whole of society' | Art and design | The Guardian
“I would like them to feel that they’d seen the most adventurous art, been part of a conversation about what that art is and to feel comfortable, which seems like an easy word, but it really isn’t. We absolutely need to be speaking to the whole of our society.”
art  museums  uk  black  feminism  curation  community  london 
july 2017
Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”
“I think we have to be very cognizant of the unintended consequences, but also acknowledge them and then design them out–make sure that we are ethically designing,” he says. “This is the slowest technology will ever progress ever again in your life. It’s only speeding up. So what are we going to do as designers to bring that element in all the time?”
technology  design  ethics  future  apple  google  beauty  mobile  business 
july 2017
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: Why Hufflepuff is the best house — Quartz
When a battle comes to Hogwarts in the final book of the series, she explains, Hufflepuffs stay and fight not because they want glory or attention, but because they want to do what’s right. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless,” she says. “That’s the essence of the Hufflepuff house.”
books  novels  reading  ethics  behavior  identity 
june 2017
Monocle's View From Nowhere | New Republic
Capital, and with it cultural capital, floods to the place where it can most efficiently reproduce itself, places that Monocle takes pains to identify and share.
magazines  marketing  business  economics  style  fashion  globalization  publishing 
june 2017
How to Have Your Dream Vacation in Iceland
But how could you begrudge someone the Iceland of their mind? How could you say that someone else’s desire is less real than your own, even if you live there?

We should all be asking ourselves what the Iceland of our minds is, and we should all be looking for ways to find it.
travel  iceland  europe  usa 
june 2017
I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
june 2017
Masha Gessen On Trump, Russia, and ‘How Pride Is Political’ | Village Voice
“I’m very much in favor of being alarmist in regards to Trump,” she says. “That’s quite different from conspiracy thinking.”
politics  storytelling  lgbt  elections  russia  power  congress 
june 2017
I Am Not a Fish Dating a Bird | G’Ra Asim
Ascribing some kind of nobility to the choice not to date a black woman if you’re a black person or not to date an Asian man if you’re an Asian person is more likely to play into existing stigmas than ameliorate them.
race  dating  relationships  marriage  power  love  ethnicity  black  religion  asianamerican 
june 2017
You have less friends as you get older, and you spend more time alone, according to the data — Quartz
Hours spent in the company of children, friends, and extended family members all plateau by our mid-50s. And from the age of 40 until death, we spend an ever-increasing amount of time alone.
age  life  aging  science  research  health  friendship  relationships  marriage 
june 2017
It All Started Here: The Gay Legacy of GQ | GQ
“That’s how I became aware of Bruce, through GQ,” says Klein. “I loved what he was doing. I thought he had a wide appeal, beyond straight or gay. With him we were able to show women and men in a sexy way.”
fashion  men  gay  lgbt  magazines  photography  style 
june 2017
Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation
“My mother was a dictionary,” he began. “She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her.”
americanindian  seattle  washingtonstate  memory  poetry  writing  language 
june 2017
America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic - The New York Times
“Listen, I know I can’t be there night and day for everyone. But at this point now, I feel like I can’t lose another young man to this disease.”
hiv  aids  mississippi  black  disease  health  politics 
june 2017
Heyday — ABC Oakland
A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!”
Oakland  books  children  reading  sanfrancisco 
june 2017
California Über Alles | Ann Friedman
"Believe me, I understand the temptation to separate yourself: it’s true that I am different from the people I grew up with who chose to stay in Iowa. Part of that difference is, now, an economic and cultural advantage. So I have a dual responsibility: to see that California actually makes good on its professed values, and to ensure that those values incorporate the rest of America. Refusing to rationalize elite neglect is the real rebellion."
california  usa  president  politics  iowa  economy  jobs  work  behavior 
june 2017
This article is worthless – Andrew Dunn – Medium
"Chasing page views is a losing battle. Building a stable of committed, enthusiastic subscribers is the only way to sustain a news product in the Internet era. Journalists who are able to help do this will become increasingly valuable."
journalism  audience  writing  media  newspapers  news 
june 2017
Apple marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is joining Uber as its chief brand officer - Recode
I’m a change agent. I enjoy telling stories of brands at moments in time that [they] are going to change culture and I firmly believe that Uber is going to do that.”
labor  apple  corporations  marketing 
june 2017
Sharp rise in African American opioid overdoses has Cleveland officials worried - The Washington Post
“I think it’s very reasonable for drug dealers to say, ‘We have this untapped market that is something we could reach out into with fentanyl as well.’ ”
drugs  black  ohio  death  cleveland 
june 2017
Building Diversity: The People That Analytics Often Leaves Behind - Knowledge@Wharton
“So it’s almost like they’re saying to me, ‘Hmm, if there were more of you, we could tell you why there are so few of you.’ Now who sounds crazy, right?”
diversity  business  corporations  black  asianamerican  latinx 
june 2017
We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem
"Introducing women into a discipline can be seen as empowerment for women," Ensmenger says. "But it is often seen by men as a reduction of their status. Because, historically speaking, the more women in a profession, the lower paid it is."
computing  gender  labor  code  women  men 
june 2017
Can These Pornographers End 'MILFs,' 'Teens,' and 'Thugs'?
"A similar reading could well apply to the categorized world of mainstream porn. To consume online porn often entails playing a rough and reductive language game."
language  sex  power  film  movies 
june 2017
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