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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
Magazine Preview - The Data-Driven Life -
At the center of this personal laboratory is the mobile phone. During the years that personal-data systems were making their rapid technical progress, many people started entering small reports about their lives into a phone. Sharing became the term for the quick post to a social network: a status update to Facebook, a reading list on Goodreads, a location on Dopplr, Web tags to Delicious, songs to, your breakfast menu on Twitter. “People got used to sharing,” says David Lammers-Meis, who leads the design work on the fitness-tracking products at Garmin. “The more they want to share, the more they want to have something to share.” Personal data are ideally suited to a social life of sharing. You might not always have something to say, but you always have a number to report.
data  psychology  culture  health  nytimes  sociology  business  productivity  mobile  information 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The weird science of stock photography. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine
While it's fun to ponder which future trends Getty's seers are banking on, it can also be illuminating to learn which sorts of images have been most attractive to their clients in the recent past. Getty's Web site gets more than 3 million unique users each month, all scouring it for purchasable content. Getty gave me lists of the most popular search terms on their database for 2006, 2007, and the first half of 2008. Only three entries showed up in the top 10 on all three lists: business, people, and woman. (Woman climbed from eighth to fifth to first, which Waggoner attributes to the increasing global presence of women in the workplace and thus the increasing global demand for photos and video depicting women in the workplace.)
data  futurism  sociology  design  photography  culture  journalism  media  marketing  information  business  women  work  jobs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says -
“There’s kind of an emotional quiet riot that occurs and takes on a life of its own, that people themselves may be unaware of. Emotions have a collective existence — they are not just an individual phenomenon.”
sociology  nytimes  happiness  psychology  health  social  friendship  relationships  emotion  research  science 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: "Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out": A Conversation with the Digital Youth Project (Part Two)
[...] For example, interest-driven genres of participation tend to have a more geeky identity associated with them, involve congregating on specialized and often esoteric interests, and reaching beyond given, local school networks of friends. This is a whole package of things that goes together, a recognizable genre for how youth participate in online culture and social life. We also think of hanging out, messing around, and geeking out as genres of participation. [...]
teenagers  children  online  internet  games  creativity  youth  sociology 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt -
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bay's Petraeus Interview, Ehrenhalt's Demographic Inversion, and Kotkin's Look at Gentrification of American Cities - Michael Barone (
"We are living at a moment when the massive outward migration of the affluent that characterized the second half of the twentieth century is coming to an end."
cities  urban  chicago  sanfrancisco  suburbia  demographics  sociology  washington 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian Magazine | Travel | You got a problem with that?
"When New Yorkers see a stranger, they don't think, 'I don't know you.' They think, 'I know you. I know your problems—they're the same as mine—and furthermore we have the same handbag.' So that's how they treat you."
culture  essay  newyork  nyc  psychology  reading  sociology  travel  geography  urban  cities  social  public 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Names That Match Forge a Bond on the Internet - New York Times
“It’s what we call implicit egotism. We’ve shown time and time again that people are attracted to people, places and things that resemble their names, without a doubt.”
identity  psychology  sociology  marketing  social  anonymity 
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
John Hughes' imprint remains - Los Angeles Times
"He somehow knew we were all struggling with the same things. Whenever I watch a Hughes film now, I remember the euphoria of being 13 and falling in love with movies."
culture  film  movies  sociology  usa  1980s  cinema 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Richard Price
"All the dialogue is made up. The worst thing you can do is try to go around like a sociologist and record a glossary of slang. It's so mobile, it changes by the time you get it in print, it's so outdated it's embarrassing, so I just make up my own."
language  writing  teenagers  english  sociology  creativity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beauty and success | To those that have, shall be given |
"It therefore makes biological sense for people to prefer beautiful friends and lovers, since the first will make good allies, and the second, good mates."
beauty  reputation  fashion  love  friendship  work  jobs  sex  sociology  aesthetics  dating  health 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
History of Single Life: Infidelity -
"Social capital depends on belonging to a church, which in turn depends on acting like a mensch." Got religion?
religion  sociology  social  public  yasns  behavior  relationships  marriage  love  friendship 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Fakebook Generation - New York Times
"[T]he site is popular largely because it enables us to indulge our gazes anonymously. [...] If our ability to privately search is ever jeopardized, Facebook will turn into a ghost town."
yasns  social  sociology  public 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Stand In - Malcolm Gladwell & Kenna
"With a little help from mtvU, both Gladwell in (sic) Kenna were able to drop in a UPENN Sociology class and give students a little personal perspective on their homework."
books  music  sociology 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Evolutionary psychology | Blatant benevolence and conspicuous consumption |
"Geoffrey Miller is a man with a theory [...] His idea is that the human brain is the anthropoid equivalent of the peacock's tail. In other words, it is an organ designed to attract the opposite sex."
altruism  brain  culture  ethics  evolution  gender  men  nature  volunteering  psychology  research  science  sex  social  sociology  women  relationships  via:boycaught 
august 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
Why do men ignore nagging wives? It's all science | Press Esc
"The main finding of this research is that people with a tendency toward reactance may nonconsciously and quite unintentionally act in a counterproductive manner simply because they are trying to resist someone else's encroachment on their freedom."
research  science  psychology  freed  women  sociology  social  relationships  men  marriage  love  family  brain  behavior 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: A Game of Magical Thinking Leaves Reality on the Sidelines
"Rationally, you should not feel responsible at all for the outcome of the Super Bowl. But the more people perceived themselves as having thought about the game, the more they thought themselves responsible for the game's outcome."
memory  brain  public  sports  identity  psychology  health  sociology  thinking 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Who Americans Are and What They Do, in Census Data
“The distinctive effect of technology has been to enable us to get entertainment and information while remaining entirely alone. [...] the social isolation means that we don’t share information and values and outlook that we should."
information  usa  happiness  demography  aesthetics  identity  journalism  population  sociology  statistics  television  radio  news  newspapers  debates 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Mapping Where You Think You Live
"People have a great deal of curiosity. Where can you find Yankees fans? Do they just fall around that one city?"
cities  sports  social  identity  land  athletes  suburbia  sociology 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Age of Dissonance: Bad Girls, Bumper Crop
"We look to kids to call it like it is. That's why adults find watching them so freeing, especially in tense, controlled times like these. Their bad behavior is cathartic for us. Better than Xanax
gender  marketing  men  sociology  women  youth 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Joy in Mudville: Hair!
"Traditionally, athletes were not necessarily fashion-forward. But these days with the increased amount of money made by athletes and sports as an entertainment commodity, they are now helping to set trends."
fashion  gender  men  sociology  sports 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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