amaah + cynicism   15

Tis the season to be frantic
He did not strike me as one of those who wanted to cause any trouble or make a point about being a loyal NDC person. I looked on as he took in the situation and as I watched, he took off the NDC T-shirt and there underneath it, was an NPP T-shirt. He folded the other one and stuffed it into his pocket and suddenly he smiled and melted into the crowd.
humour  culture  politics  ghana  elections  observation  cynicism  africa  mum  perception 
november 2016 by amaah
Good News Is No News
reviewing the dark side of America in Ace in the Hole - a film that hits the gut hard
review  cynicism  movie  appreciation  film  journalism  media  usa  creativeprocess  virtuosity 
april 2015 by amaah
Urban Zoning by Billy Kahora (pdf)
lovely short story about the Kenyan love affair with drinking and corruption. Delightfully cynical
cynicism  perception  literature  corruption  observation  culture  Africa  Kenya  alcohol 
december 2012 by amaah
Dirt Under The Rug
When a statistic gives you lies, you don’t try to parse the lies. You change the stat
lies  journalism  media  dysfunction  pathology  crime  observation  culture  politics  urban  social  baltimore  law  bureaucracy  usa  cynicism  police  statistics 
june 2012 by amaah
IBM Management's Early Retirement Shenanigans
Employees believe that IBM is trying to cut its U.S. headcount by 60 percent—down to 40,000 from its current estimated number of 90,000. It's shifting many jobs overseas, employees have told us. So far this year, IBM has laid off about 1,800 workers in the U.S. and Canada, although it has not disclosed these layoffs.
cynicism  jobs  technology  usa  policy  capitalism  strategy  ibm 
may 2012 by amaah
Shellgame watch: Tropicana Orange Juice Raising Prices
"The 64-ounce container of orange juice will drop to 59 ounces. The suggested retail price will remain at $3.59." Part of an interesting trend of manufacturers increasing prices but retaining the same size packaging. Bottles or containers are made more convex, given revamped designs, the spouts shaped to pour out more than previously, the sticker price remains constant all in order to fool the indiscriminate consumer that they are receiving the same product... literal bean counting and nickel and diming
packaging  economics  business  strategy  pricing  austerity  capitalism  cynicism  advertising  shellgame  USA 
march 2010 by amaah
Austerity nostalgia and ironic authoritarianism in recession Britain
Britain has reacted strangely to the crisis of neoliberalism. The country’s seemingly endemic nostalgia, particularly for the Second World War, has long been exploited by Thatcherites and Blairites; but its recent political use shows, in an especially acute form, the contradictions produced by an economy of consumption attempting to adapt to thrift, and to normalize surveillance and security in an ironic, depoliticized cultural politics. This can be traced through a single artefact, the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which has spread all over Britain in the wake of the spectacular demise of the Blair-era boom. Unlike many forms of nostalgia, the memory invoked by the Keep Calm and Carry On poster is in no way based on lived experience. The poster is an example of the phenomenon given a capsule definition by Douglas Coupland in the early 1990s: ‘Legislated Nostalgia to force a body of people to have memories they do not actually possess.’ nostalgia for the state of being repressed
nostalgia  culture  britain  depression  bubble  economics  England  art  irony  cynicism  decline  fall  observation  perception  memory  selectiveamnesia  design  aesthetic 
september 2009 by amaah
voluntary drinking overseas (pdf)
And I thought I was cynical... These young Kenyan writers can be so acerbic and cutting in their work. A short story full of aggression, he must not like Peace Corps types
literature  Kenya  grit  observation  culture  perception  language  cynicism  Africa  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2009 by amaah
The dictator and the watch; remembrance of rogues past
Nigeria  rogues  Africa  Abacha  corruption  politics  history  memory  culture  cynicism  literature  toli 
december 2007 by amaah
The Birth of the Crack Baby and the History that "Myths" Make (pdf)
explores the creation of the crack baby “myth” in the midst of the hysteria surrounding crack cocaine use in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The analysis ties the crack baby narrative to the manufacture of public support for the legislation enacted
USA  health  politics  policy  law  drugs  history  cynicism  observation  research  Reagan  rogues  mythology  propaganda  Bush  strategy  perception  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2007 by amaah
Recent Non-Specific General Threats revisited as conveniently timed "Gut Feeling"
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff clearly agrees. On a visit Tuesday to the Tribune, he said he has a "gut feeling" an attack may be imminent. Periodic stoking of the limbic system of the body politic when polls turn bad. Politics as theatre
language  propaganda  security  politics  theatre  USA  rogues  neocons  fear  homeland  threat  manipulation  history  cynicism  bureaucracy  earnest  terror  policy  Iraq 
july 2007 by amaah
Recent Non-Specific General Threats
In which we consider homelands and security, and specifics and generality... At this time, we want to emphasize that this is not a specific threat against any particular apartment building, nor is there a particular time frame or location identified.
language  fear  usa  homeland  security  threat  manipulation  community  history  politics  cynicism  bureaucracy  earnest  terror  policy  Iraq  communities  theatre  absurd  TheRoughBeast  ThingsFallApart  toli 
september 2006 by amaah
Elegy for Beirut
They look like us, the people of Beirut.They travel the world. Their women are gorgeous and their food exquisite. the Israelis - in some of their cruellest attacks tear them from their homes, bomb them on river bridges, cut them off from food and water an
appreciation  mournful  Lebanon  Beirut  war  Israel  conflict  crime  destruction  strategy  cynicism  rogues  neocons  Likkud  politics 
july 2006 by amaah
Why I Will Never Have A Girlfriend
A mathematical proof... Glad to be an exception to the logic of this piece
life  humour  relationships  mating  mathematics  men  women  cynicism  satire  fun  funny 
june 2005 by amaah

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