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What Anthropologie's New Plus-Size Clothing Means for Women - The Atlantic
At its best, fashion is fun. It’s a way to give visual form to your identity and tell people a little about yourself. But fashion, at its corporate core, is also about the maintenance of social hierarchies. The companies that dominate American malls and e-commerce help decide which bodies get to be perceived as professional or capable or sexy.
fashion  power  business  corporations  women  presence  identity  social  shopping 
3 days ago by allaboutgeorge
On Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” and the NYC Skyline
Far more ideology than art, the skyline, as Stevie knew, signifies nothing. This is why you don’t look up. New York is what’s in front of you.
nyc  attention  presence  newyork  music  cities  safety  architecture  language  surveillance 
9 days ago by allaboutgeorge
“I Felt Like I Was Being Physically Ripped Apart”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Opens Up About Her New Fame, Trump, and Life in the Bubble | Vanity Fair
“A lot of days, I don’t want to talk, believe it or not . . . The reality of the situation is that if I don’t define this moment, and if I don’t use my voice, then they will fill the void.”
politics  democrats  nyc  communication  attention  reputation  presence  washington 
10 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Meet duendita, a Spiritual Soul Singer Who Worships at the Altar of Self-Love | Pitchfork
I also think about how being alive is not a consensual experience. Late at night, when things get really weird, I ask my friends, like, “You would tell me if you asked to be born, right? And if you find out that you did ask, let me know as soon as possible, because I want to know if I agreed to this shit.”
identity  music  nyc  creativity  awyeah  presence  religion  spirituality 
12 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Beauty of Invisibility
Whenever I’m at a party and people ask me to say something in Russian, my go-to is У меня есть право иметь секреты—“I have the right to have secrets.” It both satisfies the desire people have to hear their stereotypes about Russia confirmed and makes it sound like I lead an interesting life.
language  privacy  security  memory  books  nonfiction  aging  beauty  presence  reputation  surveillance  power 
25 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Ellen Cleghorne on Saturday Night Live’s race problem and her trailblazing past.
“Performance studies taught me to look at something and see one thing in everything,” Cleghorne says. “That gives you an opportunity, as there’s a never-ending amount of things you can write about, or write a sketch about. We’re all in resistance to something, and that’s what comedy is.”
comedy  writing  television  presence  academia  education  creativity 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
[Revision] Preservation Acts | Harper's Magazine
The truth is that saving everything is no guarantee against forgetting most of it. Memory, like history, is never exhaustive, and we all make choices about what to include. Still, it’s frightening to let go of anything, not knowing what you’ll wish you’d saved.
socialmedia  ethics  twitter  history  socialnetworking  social  memory  presence  reputation 
november 2018 by allaboutgeorge
If We Called Ourselves Yellow : Code Switch : NPR
"Are you reclaiming the slur, or reclaiming our history?" Fang asks me. "The thing I'm concerned about is — is [yellow] a truly reflective way of talking about the East Asian American experience? Is yellow more nuancing? ... Or more flattening?"
asian  asianamerican  identity  names  power  census  history  usa  ethnicity  presence  reputation  psychology 
october 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Being Cruised - Los Angeles Review of Books
Herein lies the complexity of cruising and being cruised. Cruising implies that we are just passing through, looking around, checking stuff out, window-shopping as it were. Will we or won’t we? Even if we are the ones doing the cruising, we might not ourselves fully know what we are looking for. Part of the pleasure comes out of the play of possibility, not always the follow through.
beauty  gay  lgbt  queer  queerselflove  attention  public  presence  aging  power  exercise  relationships  men  women  movies  film 
october 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Gentlewoman – Sandra Oh
“It’s actually a gift that there is a timeline, that there is an actual physical timeline,” she says. “Because your body is going to change, you have to deal with reality. And to deal with the reality, you have to know what you want and who you are. We come to it faster, women. Society has taught us this is negative. But it’s like, that is such bullshit!” She laughs. “All I know, all I dream of, is that on the other side of menopause is… Frances McDormand.”
aging  acting  movies  film  television  asian  canada  reputation  presence  women 
october 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Kiese Laymon and Casey Gerald Confront American Success - The Atlantic
“It ain’t about making white folk feel what you feel,” she told him—advice that Gerald’s Granny seems to have lived by too. “It’s about not feeling what they want you to feel. Do you hear me? You better know from whence you came and forget about those folk.” Unlike the American Memoir, our stories must be honest. That is how we get free.
memory  books  nonfiction  writing  race  usa  academia  family  identity  presence 
october 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - The confusing way Mexicans tell time
While in most Spanish-speaking countries the addition of the diminutive ‘ita’ to an adverb like ahora (meaning ‘now’) would strengthen it to indicate immediacy (i.e. ‘right now’), this is not the case in Mexico. Dr Company explained that Mexicans instead use the diminutive form to break down the space between the speaker and the listener and lessen formality. In this case of ‘ahorita’, the addition of the diminutive reduces urgency rather than increasing it – a difference that can be extremely confusing for foreigners.
mexico  time  language  attention  presence  spanish 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool” | The Feminist Wire
Given this, it seems to me that any notion of black cool that is only imagined as being exercised or embodied by black masculine men and/or some masculine women is, well, played out. Black cool is multi-textured, unrestrictive, and forever changing. We, black folk are diverse in our embodiments, sexual identities, and gender expressions; therefore, our imaginations of black cool, if they are to be unrestrictive, should be vast enough to consider feminine women, feminine men, gender variant/trans men and women, and differently-abled individuals.
queer  gay  black  race  power  gender  sex  creativity  beauty  identity  presence 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Snapchat and the Erasable Future of Social Media - Businessweek
“Unarchived communication is our most primal form of communication,” she says. “It’s natural for us to go back to it for things like communicating with our friends and family, and not having to think about the fact that the Internet is forever. Ephemeral data is the future.”
twitter  facebook  privacy  photography  mobile  memory  law  presence  reputation  attention 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week | Poynter.
“The metrics went up considerably and almost immediately after switching from automated to personal. We’ve seen the same effect with several other accounts.”

“What we’ve seen by measuring it closely,” he said, “is that human-powered feeds do much, much better than automated ones, by any relevant metric.”
twitter  social  technology  media  journalism  newspapers  attention  audience  communication  online  presence  reputation 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Breaking down the Situation Room - The Washington Post
For all that's happening inside the frame, there is a lot going on outside it, too. Using the photo as a window, our in-house experts offer a tour of the personalities, gadgets and ideas found only in the world's most secure warren of rooms.
photography  media  presence  whitehouse  obama  usa 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The 'gamification' of news, and how it can be relevant | Old Media, New Tricks
Imagine a reader using her smart phone to open your news app while she’s sitting at a coffee shop. Instead of just the latest, or even hand-picked top stories, appearing on the main page, what if it had a section that showed news that was relevant to the area around that coffee shop? What if the “game” were that users get points for reading the news about all sections of the city (as they travel and check your stories, a map fills in, showing they saw the latest news for that area)? The game mechanic added in could also just be to show which of their Facebook friends had read the same stories, at the same location. So when you log into the app at that coffee shop, it tells you that three of your friends read the news from your site from that same shop. Users could also leave comments on the story that are location-specific or just a tip about the coffee shop (which could be displayed next to your news organization’s review, which also could appear thanks to location tagging).
news  media  newspapers  information  data  journalism  social  location  games  attention  community  mapping  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Errol Morris: Profiles
Quotidian lies, the little fabrications that make the commerce of daily life possible, if not always palatable, are laid on the surface by the speaker. A muted strain of implicit skepticism - the silent voice of the filmmaker - bubbles along just beneath that. Peripheral stuff turns out to matter. "I like the idea of making films about ostensibly absolutely nothing," Morris says. "I like the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere that suddenly becomes revelatory. That's what all my movies are about. That and the idea that we're in possession of certainty, truth, infallible knowledge, when actually we're just a bunch of apes running around. My films are about people who think they're connected to something, although they're really not."
film  cinema  story  newyorker  documentary  media  attention  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I Will Check My Phone At Dinner And You Will Deal With It
Is part of it antisocial? Sure. Can it lead to distractions if you read a work-related email that you need to respond to? Of course. But this is the way the world works now. We’re always connected and always on call. And some of us prefer it that way.
dinner  food  mobile  technology  friendship  relationships  culture  attention  presence  social 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Foursquare Learns Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German and French -
“Why can’t you save art exhibits that you see on Tumblr to Foursquare,” he said. “The next time you’re in Boston, your phone can buzz and say, oh hey, here are five things you said you wanted to do.”

“Devices are getting smarter,” he said. “They’re changing the way we experience the world and our physical space.”
location  local  technology  twitter  geography  mapping  urban  attention  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
Your personal data will likely be of interest on its own, as a type of diary, but it's probably going to be much more interesting and useful when cross-referenced with other sets of data. Those other sets of data will provide context, surfacing correlations and patterns that would otherwise be invisible. Recommendations, personalization, alerts, benchmarks, social and self assessment: the types of value adds that can be built on top of a good data set are just beginning to be explored. And there are few data sets as interesting, to you, than you.
data  information  attention  identity  technology  social  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Lady Gaga Just Reinvented Eye Contact
Maybe it won't catch on. Maybe kids will go nuts with it. I don't know! But I do know that this gadget dovetails perfectly with what the future is starting to smell like: Less the crisp clear world of touch interfaces with meta data on everything, everywhere. And more like the micro broadcasted one we contribute to every time we tweet, post or share.
technology  fashion  style  psychology  social  presence  attention 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Sustainable Love - Tara Parker
While the notion of self-expansion may sound inherently self-serving, it can lead to stronger, more sustainable relationships, Dr. Lewandowski says.

"If you're seeking self-growth and obtain it from your partner, then that puts your partner in a pretty important position," he explains. "And being able to help your partner's self-expansion would be pretty pleasing to yourself."

The concept explains why people are delighted when dates treat them to new experiences, like a weekend away. But self-expansion isn't just about exotic experiences. Individuals experience personal growth through their partners in big and small ways. It happens when they introduce new friends, or casually talk about a new restaurant or a fascinating story in the news.
psychology  love  marriage  relationships  power  work  creativity  science  education  identity  attention  presence 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Do: ‘Objectivity’ in the Age of the Internet | Epicenter |
We can all live amazingly transparent lives now, but some of us have an obligation to actually be more transparent than others. The answer may just be to be yourself in every arena — use your real or the same name, and the same picture — and to participate on the issues of the day, and then aggregate your life feed and make it widely available.
journalism  internet  wired  bias  ethics  power  communication  online  media  identity  presence  reputation 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Why We Fight: Why We Fight #8
We can probably spend a minute thinking about all the things that might be lost without the model of the album as a coherent statement-- the same way we can worry about what happens if people rarely sit down for deep, focused engagement with something like a book. But you can't really deny that this ongoing-stream version of following music is a good match for how people experience life and consume information. It's actually the same vantage on pop music that's always been held-- by radio listeners, party regulars, mixtape shoppers, pop-chart followers, folks everywhere. Packets and bursts and narratives.
business  celebrity  hiphop  music  pop  attention  story  radio  life  information  books  presence 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Sociology of the Hipster - Essay -
The attempt to analyze the hipster provokes such universal anxiety because it calls everyone’s bluff. And hipsters aren’t the only ones unnerved. Many of us try to justify our privileges by pretending that our superb tastes and intellect prove we deserve them, reflecting our inner superiority. Those below us economically, the reasoning goes, don’t appreciate what we do; similarly, they couldn’t fill our jobs, handle our wealth or survive our difficulties. Of course this is a terrible lie. And Bourdieu devoted his life to exposing it. Those who read him in effect become responsible to him — forced to admit a failure to examine our own lives, down to the seeming trivialities of clothes and distinction that, as Bourdieu revealed, also structure our world.
status  presence  reputation  sociology  power  nytimes  fashion  aesthetics 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Parsing Online Data to Find You a Date | Sam Yagan | Big Think
So it is a little bit of a marketing game, but it’s also a numbers game. So you should be reaching out to more people. Don’t be afraid about sending a message to somebody, even if you think you might be, you know, out of your league or not necessarily the best match for you. You have to go out there and you have to put those messages out there. You have to try. Don’t just cut and paste the same messages you sent to the last girl. Customize it. Think about "How do I actually get this specific person, guy or girl to write me back?"
dating  relationships  data  information  attention  presence  writing  identity  technology  love  research 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hugh Hefner has been good for us - Roger Ebert's Journal
You may believe Playboy was the enemy of women. It objectified their bodies. It schooled men to regard them as sex objects. It stood for all that feminists fought to correct. There is some truth to that, but it doesn't impact upon my experience, and the best I can do here is be truthful.

Nobody taught me to regard women as sex objects. I always did. Most men do. And truth to tell, most women regard men as sex objects. We regard many other aspects of another person, but sex is the elephant in the room. Evolution has hard-wired us that way. When we meet a new person, in some small recess of our minds we evaluate that person as a sex partner. We don't act on it, we don't dwell on it, but we do it. You know we do. And this process continues bravely until we are old and feeble.
sex  men  women  magazines  love  relationships  identity  attention  presence  writing  journalism 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
OJR: Two new social media tools to watch for use in Web journalism
What's next? It's geolocation paired up with augmented reality, in my opinion.

Those creating these new tools typically don't have journalism as a possible application in mind. But I, an admitted tech/journo/mad-scientist geek, can't help but apply the journalism prism to some of the latest tools and technology.

So, in that vein, here are two emerging tools I've came across that I think are worth keeping an eye on. They might not be perfect now, but I encourage you to experiment with these and see if there is a journalistic application here.
journalism  engagement  attention  presence  media  social  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Portrait of the artist: Rufus Wainwright, musician | Culture | The Guardian
What advice would you give a young musician? "Sing your songs in public at least twice a week – even if it's only at weddings and barmitzvahs. The more you do, the quicker you learn which songs travel."
music  songwriting  livemusic  advice  diy  attention  presence 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anne Lamott < Features | PopMatters
11. The best piece of advice you actually followed?
When my best friend Pammy was dying, I asked her if I looked fat in a certain dress, and she—from a wheelchair—said, “Annie, you really don’t have that kind of time.” I live by that.
death  attention  interviews  presence  behavior 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sacramento professor asks 30-year couples what keeps them married - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee
[...] Communication, respect and shared interests are among the themes emerging from his interviews.

"These are not check boxes," he said. "You develop a communication style and openness, and from that comes common interests and respect for the individual. I'm trying to get my students to stop looking for check boxes and the ideal picture."

He also wants his students to learn that sooner or later, every marriage faces difficulties.

"The key is how you overcome obstacles," he said. "Every marriage that's together 40 years is not perfect all the time. These people had their problems, and they worked through them.

"Just because it's hard doesn't mean it's bad," he added. "It means you're working through something you're committed to."
marriage  relationships  love  communication  presence  research  family 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Technology Review: Mining Social Networks for Clues
"Social media is like a cocktail party," he said. "In order to get something out of it, you have to give something up."
social  online  attention  identity  research  crime  media  presence  reputation 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Twitter Explosion | American Journalism Review
"When it comes to Twittering for the Post, our senior editors should know beforehand if a reporter plans to Twitter or otherwise live-blog something she is covering," he said. "Anything controversial should be checked with an editor before transmission. Tone is also important: we don't use new media to get into verbal fisticuffs with rivals or critics or to advance personal agendas." Outside of work, "We assume that our journalists won't embarrass the Post or impair their journalistic independence through anything they may publish on Twitter, Facebook, blogs or any other new media. We don't and can't practically monitor everything our reporters might do in their own time, so we rely primarily on their good judgment and common sense."
magazine  media  journalism  newspapers  writing  news  twitter  social  ethics  attention  presence  reputation 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Micro-presence: changing the 'status' quo | Social Business |
Although there may not be much value for business in the consumer social networks that are dominating the Internet today, business is a very social enterprise. It is only a matter of time before the right tools, the right culture and the right uses come together to create value for managers and employees alike.
business  social  presence  attention  blogging  twitter  work  jobs  corporations 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Emily Wells |
"How do you feel about the outcome of your live show vs. studio work? Is it as satisfying?" "EW: It’s totally satisfying. In a way you can’t dwell on things. It happened in the moment or it is happening, you know what I’m saying? With studio recordings you can take it with you and play it in all sorts of places. You can nit pick it, so there’s a type of restlessness with that. I love the feeling after playing a live show. There’s no drug that can compare."
songwriting  music  aesthetics  beauty  work  presence 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Comixology and the future of connected commerce | FactoryCity
It dawned on me recently that, not only are we in a period of great change and transformation, but that those of us who have been working on the web to make it a more social and humane place have only barely begun the process of taking the “personality-ization” (not “personalization”) and connectedness that we take for granted on the web into the offline world. [...]
comics  web  commerce  shopping  marketing  apple  business  attention  presence  privacy  online  social 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Race in Digital Space (Revisited): An Interview with Sarah N. Gatson (Part One)
While one might assume that a fandom identity takes the ultimately salient position in a fandom space, what exactly might that fandom identity entail, and who is to say what is the "appropriate" salience a fan's other identities should take in that fan-expressive space? Not talking about race, gender, class, sexuality - or being pressured not to do so - in a fandom space ends up offering a "generic" or "normalized" fan. If that fan is generic, what has typically been the go-to generic fan identity? The fanboy, who also has a presumed race, class, and sexuality, right? We're being disingenuous if we pretend that this isn't so.
attention  identity  presence  reputation  games  race  gender  class  sex  creativity  online  sports 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Relationships and Online Social Networks: The Value of Sites Like Twitter and Plurk
"If these lifestreaming/microblogging sites help you to develop persistence in beneficial relationships, isn’t that a good enough reason to use them?"
blogging  friendship  internet  marketing  life  relationships  social  socialnetworking  statistics  technology  twitter  identity  reputation  attention  presence 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A with Clay Shirky, author of
"[W]hen the social density is high enough — which is to say, when everybody you know is online — suddenly the internet becomes a way of coordinating real life rather than replacing it."
social  socialnetworking  bloging  wikipedia  attention  reputation  presence  internet  nonfiction  research  yasns  flickr  email 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Our Cells, Ourselves
"It was always thought to have a kind of fascist or totalitarian overtone. That turns out to be wrong. The control is not central. But it does feel like control."
culture  demographics  history  mobile  social  society  technology  terrorism  identity  attention  presence  socialnetworking 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Teaching journalism students to twitter - the good, the bad, and the ugly « Online Journalism Blog
"[T]here are no walls in cyberspace, only links; and that journalism lies in every act that you commit online. You just need to make it visible."
blogging  internet  education  journalism  twitter  quotes  presence  attention  online  media 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Evolving Web: When A Bunch of People Become Community
"[...] The currency of [T]witter is the conversation. No market can happen without critical mass. In Twitter, your market is as valuable as the amount of capital being traded. [...]"
community  socialnetworking  presence  twitter  attention  reputation 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wockner: Heath Ledger 1979-2008
"So, if you have the good fortune to find the love of your life, you must move mountains to protect that relationship at any and all cost. Jack Twist became ready, willing and able to move mountains but Ennis Del Mar didn't, and that ruined both of their
movies  cinema  death  love  relationships  gay  attention  presence  identity 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is it love, or a mutual strangulation society? --
"I can live without you, no problem." "My love for you will definitely change." "You're not everything I need." "I won't always hold you close." "You and I aren't one." Got it?
love  marriage  relationships  beauty  aesthetics  music  altruism  women  men  identity  attention  presence  sex 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Putting Your Best Cyberface Forward - New York Times
“They may be indicating that their future is so secure that no social network site indiscretion would jeopardize it, or they may be showing their alienation from the sort of future where discretion is needed."
culture  facebook  media  aesthetics  identity  social  socialnetworking  relationships  presence  reputation  psychology 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Macworld | Editors' Notes | Available to chat
“I'm tired of words. I want to hear people’s voices, see them in the flesh. I want to analyze their body language and look them in the eyes—like old times. I want to reconnect.” “You're a damn fool."
communication  social  technology  friendship  work  jobs  relationships  public  attention  presence  via:cecilyk 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Abigail Child, Director of On the Downlow - Page 2 : DivineCaroline
"I am interested in that moment when another persona comes on scene—the multiplicities of what is 'truth,' the faceted nature of the real as seen from different viewpoints, different contexts, different rationales."
film  cinema  identity  gay  men  gender  story  creativity  presence  reputation 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Idea #2: Mindful Sex :: News ::
"We spend far too much time worrying about whether we're 'normal' or good enough. Mindfulness is about cutting out that kind of noise and tapping into what your body is doing."
sex  meditation  brain  psychology  identity  spirituality  attention  presence  relationships 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Twitter Disaster: Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits
"I can hear some traditional-thinking editors scoffing. Fine, scoff away. But important news is getting out ever faster, and I'll contend that it's important to keep up, lest you be beaten by your Twittering competitors."
journalism  technology  presence  attention  newspapers  media 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Ev Williams on Twitter and ambient intimacy
"It feels intimate because you learn things about people that you wouldn't know unless you were very close to them, and it's not that it's private stuff or that it matters but that it feels weird. It's like, 'Why would I know this about this person that I
marketing  interview  business  video  presence  public  identity  attention 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Metroblogging Minneapolis: @MinneapolisMN - The City Twitter
"I emailed Corey wondering about the evolution of the idea and his intentions for it. Our exchange is below and my thoughts on it follow." Erica Mauter's excellent explanation of how not to Twitter means I need to check myself on
media  minnesota  yasns  attention  identity  social  journalism  presence  marketing  cities  corporations 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sex in the Park, and Its Sneaky Spectators - New York Times
"My intention was to capture what happened in the parks, so I was not a real 'voyeur' like them. But I think, in a way, the act of taking photographs itself is voyeuristic somehow. So I may be a voyeur, because I am a photographer."
art  nyc  photography  japan  aesthetics  public  sex  presence 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Is This Man Cheating on His Wife? -
"Our brains are not specialized for 21st-century media. There's no switch that says, 'Process this differently because it's on a screen.' "
marriage  online  relationships  identity  games  aesthetics  love  dating  polyamory  yasns  psychology  attention  presence  reputation 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #47
"Guitars can be passed around a circle; you can see everything the player is doing. They're just small pieces of wood, hiding nothing. To play a piano is to feel separated, cut off from those around you."
music  public  social  aesthestics  presence  jazz  beauty  piano 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
At Thirty-three (34): Thickness
"When I look in the mirror, I see a big, handsome, man -- yes with a gut and love handles, a fat chest, stretch marks, and another chin on the way, but It's me. It's all mine, and I'm gonna have it until the day I die, then someone else can lug it around.
beauty  men  presence  health  psychology  black  identity  dating  love  sex  relationships 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge What does a politics of inclusion REALLY look like?
"[M]y feeling is that conversations about racism need to grow up and include all the multiple ways we interact whether they be reproducing hierarchies or transgressing historical problems. Maybe we need a new vocabulary, I don't know."
race  feminism  conferences  women  gender  identity  presence 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Bar Codes Can Talk With Your Cellphone - New York Times
“There are three things you tend to carry — your keys, your wallet and your phone. I can see something in advertising in one place, scan it with my phone and recall it later when I am shopping. Or, imagine, I can buy it using my phone.”
cellphones  public  social  marketing  magazines  architecture  presence  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Pentagon Preps Mind Fields
"With technology, we're constantly interrupting people, burdening people. My phone is ringing, my Blackberry is buzzing, I've gotten 20 e-mails since we started talking. We just want people to be able to focus. Give them a bit of peace."
government  research  e-mail  memory  attention  presence  war  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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