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Awash in the World of the Book – Talking Points Memo
Why do we live in a world dominated by the hegemony of Europe and its settler societies rather than the Ottoman Turks or the Chinese or one of the trading societies of South or Southeast Asia?

This is an extremely complex question with no single cause.
history  books  business  europe  literature  society  language  economics 
18 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Public Square Goes Mobile -
From carshares to communal ovens, local currencies to walkability indexes, people increasingly understand that they can effect change in their own backyard, block and neighborhood. In this country’s quest for individuality, we sometimes forget we do need other people; this project helps facilitate that. It may take more than a minute, but it’s worth a shot.
technology  public  mobile  community  behavior  society  nytimes  activism  environment  creativity 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Female Supervisors More Susceptible To Workplace Sexual Harassment
"This study provides the strongest evidence to date supporting the theory that sexual harassment is less about sexual desire than about control and domination," said Heather McLaughlin, a sociologist at the University of Minnesota and the study's primary investigator. "Male co-workers, clients and supervisors seem to be using harassment as an equalizer against women in power."
discrimination  society  work  jobs  sex  bias  power  men  women  gender  science  research 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
We get our breaking news from blogs, we make spotty long-distance calls on Skype, we watch video on small computer screens rather than TVs, and more and more of us are carrying around dinky, low-power netbook computers that are just good enough to meet our surfing and emailing needs. The low end has never been riding higher.
marketing  business  technology  economics  video  publishing  society  photography  computers  email  news  media  journalism 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Dangerous Resentment - Judith Warner Blog -
The idea that women with “major educations” are somehow suspect, the desire to smack them down and tell them “to be quiet” is hardly new. At the end of the 19th century, as increasing numbers of women began for the first time to pursue higher education, a campaign began, waged by prominent doctors, among others, against these new unnatural monsters, whose vital energies were being diverted from their wombs to their brains. In the last quarter of the 20th century, feminists were routinely delegitimized as brainy elitists ignorant of and unconcerned with the plight of ordinary women.
identity  social  women  gender  culture  education  feminism  society  discrimination  men 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge Life | Inside the biggest, weirdest funeral ever
People vigorously punched in text messages, but no one looked up or attempted to converse with their fellow mourners. There was no crying, no yelling, none of the palpable gravity of Princess Diana's memorial. As I watched the man next to me push buttons on his iPhone, it began to dawn on me how much and how fast our society has changed. These days, the best way to collectively experience a mass event may be alone, in front of one's television or computer.
technology  mobile  death  public  social  society  ritual  television 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Even anarchists like a little romance
"From a distance, when you think of anarchists you think of big boots and fighting with policemen," he says.

"But all the ones I've met have been very nice, very committed people. They believe in something and they want to find love, just like everyone else. Why would that surprise anyone?"
love  relationships  society  uk  politics  police  activism  community 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US | Energy Bulletin
My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use is the "Collapse Gap" – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the Cold War.
energy  usa  russia  war  oil  society  futurism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The World - India Calling -
"If there is a creative class, in Richard Florida’s phrase, there is also emerging what might be called a fusion class: people positioned to mediate among the multiple societies that claim them."
india  business  globalization  diaspora  creative  immigration  usa  class  culture  society 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
France. Sex. Problem? -
“Prostitution is the last sexual territory owned by men. Men are in control of pleasure and have the right to buy it. Women do not. A lot of my friends are alone, lonely, divorced. They can’t always reinvent themselves with another man and a new family. So I decided to show a female client of a male escort. She’s not a victim. She is a woman who is in control of her life, her feelings, her sexual pleasure.”
gender  sex  culture  europe  film  society  movies  france  women  men  economics  marketing  books  happiness  feminism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired Magazine: Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He's the King of the Worlds
"I could never get that idea, the notion that society in general is becoming aliterate, out of my head. People who write books, people who work in universities, who work on big projects for a long time, are on a diverging course from the rest of society. Slowly, the two cultures just get further and further apart."
literature  libarry  writing  reading  books  fiction  culture  science  history  society  academia  education  philosophy  interview  sciencefiction  time  future 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Former (and Future) Film Critic - Mary Pols comments - Alliance of Women Film Journalists -
"Each critic is only one voice, but we serve as a filter for a society pummeled every day by an onslaught of new releases, whether they be movies, music recordings or books."
criticism  media  film  cinema  newspapers  movies  writing  reviews  society  books  music 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dave Hill: Gender stereotypes hurt men too | Comment is free |
"All else being equal, to be born male is to inherit legacies of entitlement that continue to outweigh those bestowed on those born female. Yet the state of maleness carries its own burden of expectations and constraints."
activism  culture  feminism  gender  men  women  identity  society  ritual 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Can We Live In Public?
"I don't think you can expose yourself to 10,000 people a day and not get hurt on a regular basis."
socialnetworking  society  theory  twitter  security  public  privacy  love  life  flickr  culture  communication  blogging 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The business of parenting (
"We're letting Ollie show us where all the problem areas are before committing to any white plastic solutions."
interview  education  children  business  books  learning  marketing  money  parents  parenting  psychology  society  culture 
april 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
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
WaPo: Horrormeister Sinks His Teeth Into Cruelty Of Film Culture
"People have asked me, 'Are you really that pessimistic?' I said no, but to me it's a question you pose every day; you see things happen and you ask, 'What have we become?' But it's only supposed to be a question."
film  cinema  aesthetics  society  ethics  story  culture  art  creativity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Britain Seeks Its Essence, and Finds Punch Lines
“I personally think it’s based on a misreading of the British character. Part of the attraction of Britain is the space it gives people to pursue their own agendas and identities.”
society  identity  government  culture  uk  europe 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Crunchy Con - Rod Dreher, Conservative blog, Beliefnet conservative politics and religion blog
"Beyond whether or not people like me will continue to be employed, there's the question of: what kind of society and polity will we have when most people don't care about serious news, and prefer instead to focus on sports and celebrities?"
class  journalism  newspapers  media  identity  society  celebrity  sports 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Man vs. Machine
"Do you worry robots might be more attracted to other robots than to humans?" "That's just a matter of programming."
science  sciencefiction  research  love  relationships  sex  society 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Inequality is closing down our concern for others
"I start sweating, I start bungling, shuffling ... You know you insult them ... they look at you like they're disgusted ... Straight away you feel, I shouldn't be there. It makes you not want to go out ... It fucking stresses you. You get exhausted ..."
poverty  wealth  money  jobs  work  uk  psychology  society  diversity  class 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mind Hacks: Mapping emotions onto the city streets
"He uses a technique he invented called biomapping where participants walk the area connected to a system that measures galvanic skin response - a measure of the electrical resistance of the skin which is known to give a rating of arousal and stress."
geography  psychology  society  sanfrancisco  california  social  public 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Excerpts from Tim Harford's new book, The Logic of Life. - By Tim Harford - Slate Magazine
"In the long run, the rational response is not for couples to marry early and marry often; it is to divorce less and marry less, too."
culture  economics  gender  psychology  sex  society  women  men  marriage  relationships  work  jobs 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Twilight of the Books: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker
"[T]he N.E.A. reports that readers are more likely than non-readers to play sports, exercise, visit art museums, attend theatre, paint, go to music events, take photographs, and volunteer. Proficient readers are also more likely to vote."
books  culture  education  literature  newyorker  reading  television  usa  society  science  publishing  psychology  history  toread 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Real Chicago Blues, an interview with David Grazian
"The search for authenticity is more often based on what we think places and people ought to be like, instead of what they actually are like."
blues  books  music  society  chicago  illinois  aesthetics  identity  race 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Last call - The Boston Globe
"I went to Fritz to watch a World Series game this year, and it was fun to be in a room with a bunch of gay men enjoying a sports event in the way gay men would. [...]"
gay  social  public  boston  massachusetts  cities  urban  identity  demography  society  culturalstudies  drinking 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach -
"If someone says, 'I did not harass her,' I associate the idea of harassment with this person. Even if he is innocent, this is what is activated when I hear this person's name again."
memory  psychology  politics  research  society  story  communication  news  attention  persistence 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge - columnists - The original cyberpunk still adores his gadgets
"[C]ivilized man is so enveloped by his own artifacts and technological whims that he has forgotten himself, has lost the ability to perceive them as 'signatures' or signs, has become subject to them and spends his days ignorant [...]"
novels  literature  society  futurism  technology 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Longest Day -
"I actually had to go out and get a newspaper, which I don't normally do. It wasn't that bad, but I almost felt like I wasn't getting all the news [...]"
technology  society  media  education  college  newspapers  journalism  yasns 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Get That Out Of Your Mouth #37
"Instead of pretending they don't read the paper, the Jack Whites of the world have to nut up and start fighting for love, truth and justice. The pundits can tell us that we're teetering over the chasm. Our pop culture can pull us back."
pitchfork  politics  society  music  activism  culture 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Metropolis Magazine: Dreaming in Code
"That’s this process of ‘lens making’: coming up with a lens that you can point at all of reality but that only lets through certain things. That process is digital storytelling. It’s a process of exclusion—not a process of mimicry."
art  blogs  design  internet  interview  news  newspapers  online  photography  research  society  technology  web  world  aesthetics  media  journalism  story 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
AScribe: Whites Underestimate Cost of Being Black, Study Finds
"Our data suggest that such resistance is not because white Americans are mean and uncaring, morally bankrupt, or ethically flawed. White Americans suffer from a glaring ignorance about what it means to live as a black American."
black  culture  money  race  white  research  sociology  society  racism 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Canada’s Policy on Immigrants Brings Backlog - New York Times
"Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s population growth comes from immigrants, according to the 2006 census, compared with the United States, where about 43 percent of the population growth comes from immigration."
immigration  canada  usa  law  government  society  jobs 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Chain Reactions - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"[T]he fragility of social outcome, its potential sensitivity to the actions of just one person, brings home the profound importance of individual responsibility. Everyone’s actions count."
behavior  psychology  ethics  power  identity  thinking  blogging  religion  relationships  society  yasns 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Who Sleeps Around? Scientists Know - Yahoo! News
"A warm person might hug lots of people; a warm person might kiss lots of people. Well, maybe a warm person might sleep with lots of people."
sex  love  relationships  friendship  men  women  psychology  altruism  dating  society 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Serious Eats: Required Eating: James Beard Awards: A Sea of White Faces
"I have to say that, as a brown person, I get creeped out when I see photos from events like this; whether intentional or not, the message I get out of it is a subtle but firm 'not for you.' "
food  race  cooking  society 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Comment is free: St George the Turkish Arab
"St George is an example of the kind of society I hope we all want - except those bigots who wear his flag but know nothing of what it means."
uk  identity  society  mideast  palestine  christianity  islam  religion 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC: Skinny mannequins on their way out in Spain
"We are aiming for a model of healthy beauty. There is a lot of pressure, not just from the fashion world but society in general, for women to seek models of beauty that are unreal and even unhealthy."
fashion  health  spain  europe  women  marketing  politics  society  beauty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Bejata: A Conversation With My Brothers
"The results are what I believe to be an interesting snapshot of a population not often heard from or studied; middle aged Black gay men."
gay  black  gender  society  sex 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
KRT Wire | 12/11/2006 | Cuba's aging society straining resources
"You want to give your children absolutely everything in life. If you are in a situation where you can't give your child absolutely everything, then why have more kids?"
cuba  children  parenting  politics  caribbean  society  aging  development 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Beliefnet: Dating Is Good for the Soul
"Dating encourages us to take leaps of faith into the unknown, to invest ourselves, even for a short time, in the idea of a relationship, in opening ourselves up to someone new, and in presenting ourselves in our best form."
relationships  marriage  men  women  society  dating  love  religion  spirituality 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Polygamists Fight to Be Seen As Part of Mainstream Society
"The thinking is this: This is a big group of people. They are not going away. You can't incarcerate them all. You can't drive them out of the state. So they are here. What do we do about it?"
marriage  men  women  utah  relationships  religion  mormon  parenting  children  society 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Real Marriage Penalty
“Assortative mating is driven by our personal preferences, but also by whom we meet, and these days we have many more opportunities to meet others like ourselves."
marriage  relationships  love  men  women  jobs  children  society  usa  identity 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China’s New Leftist
“People ask in the West, How could China develop capitalism with an authoritarian state? But that’s ignoring how modern capitalism grew in the West, without much democracy and with the help of imperialism and colonialism."
china  india  politics  power  environment  health  population  capitalism  sustainable  society  farming 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Psychology Today: Humor's Sexual Side
"Men taunt other men with clever nicknames and insults. That isn't something that women do. They don't tend to play practical jokes, or engage in humor that humiliates or puts somebody down."
marriage  friendship  comedy  culture  gender  health  humor  love  men  philosophy  psychology  relationships  science  sex  society  women 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Ramadan, When Less Is More
"The mouth is fasting from improper speech. The ears are fasting from hearing speech that is not appropriate. Our eyes are fasting from looking at things that might arouse us even if those things are permissible under normal circumstances."
islam  religion  identity  society  spirituality 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Doris Lessing Reflects on World, Change
"Quite a few people think it wouldn't take very much to return to a few warrior bands, with a few breeding women. Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse."
women  writing  novels  fiction  sciencefiction  religion  gender  society  power  feminism  identity 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Salon Broadsheet: The Socioeconomics of Orgasm
"Predictably, the study found that far more men (98.4 percent) reported having had orgasms during their last (hetero) sexual encounter than women (68.9 percent)."
sex  men  gender  women  feminism  power  class  money  society  economics  education  jobs 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge Arts & Entertainment | Darkness becomes them
"[T]he networks have integrated sci-fi into the mainstream with shows that not only dig deeper into questions of community and the ways that communities react to outside threats, but also explore the responses of individuals to intense circumstances."
television  fiction  terrorism  media  story  sciencefiction  robots  community  society 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Reviewing Mike Judge's Idiocracy. By Reihan Salam
"Lead or follow. Getting out of the way is not an option. Failing that, you should at least try to outbreed the people you hate most."
humor  politics  society  cinema  behavior  futurism  reviews  usa 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
SeeLight: Harlangate Groping Meme
"I've decided to start a new meme. This is primarily for women, but men are welcome to participate, of course."
women  men  gender  power  public  social  anonymity  assault  crime  feminism  outdoors  society 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wizard of the Crow - By Ngugi wa Thiong’o - Books - Review
“The life of even the least among us should be sacred, and it will not do for any region or community to keep silent when the people of another region and community are being slaughtered. The wealth of science, technology and arts should enrich peoples.
books  africa  story  politics  power  protest  humor  novels  society 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
HChron: Falling birthrate prods Italians to go forth, multiply
"The desire for children is still there. But because of practical and economic obstacles, couples put off (starting a family) until either it's too late or they just have time for one child."
men  women  health  statistics  society  italy 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: More Women Opting Against Birth Control, Study Finds
"That is why this is of enormous concern. This tiny minority contributes half of all unintended pregnancies."
men  women  health  statistics  society  usa 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Idea Lab: Sentencing by the Numbers
''Judges make risk assessments every day. Prosecutors do, too. Our model brings more equity to the process and ties the judgments being made to science.''
justice  society  altruism  prisons 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge Malcolm Bull's "You can't build a new society with a Stanley knife"
"But in a total society, it is not the social that needs a contract but the individual - an anti-social contract that creates individual spaces in a world totally regulated by meaningless mutuality."
911  politics  reviews  society 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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