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Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich: The elite college admissions scandal in the US is a reminder that being born into wealth, not talent, is what determines the opportunities you have in life : TrueReddit
See these comments:

"one of my favorite books from college was "malign neglect." it was a long term sociological study of a two groups of kids living in a struggling/impoverished neighborhood.

they broke the kids into two groups -- those who were rule followers and worked hard, and those who felt like it didn't matter how hard they tried since the system was rigged against them. i'm sure i'm forgetting key details, but that was the general idea.

they studied these kids over the course of decades, to try to measure their life outcomes. there was absolutely no difference between the two groups. being black and poor was too powerful of a deterrent to success. hard work didn't really matter. rule following didn't really help. believing in the american dream didn't matter either.

and if my memory is anywhere close to correct, i think in the end a couple of the kids in the "give up, don't try" group ended up doing better with their lives than most of the "rule followers" did.

EDIT: the book was actually called "ain't no makin it" . also read malign neglect in the same course."

and

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-> 'Americans get caught up in their own success'

defined as "cult of the self" and it dominates our cultural landscape.

This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception, and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt. This is, of course, the ethic promoted by corporations. It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, mistaken for individualism, are the same as democratic equality. In fact, personal style, defined by the commodities we buy or consume, has become a compensation for our loss of democratic equality. We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy, and to become famous. Once fame and wealth are achieved, they become their own justification, their own morality. How one gets there is irrelevant. Once you get there, those questions are no longer asked.”
text linked to: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7442191-the-cult-of-self-dominates-our-cultural-landscape-this-cult
"
wealth  psychology-wealth-power  culture  society  countries-united-states-america 
2 days ago by daguti
21 Iconic Pieces Of Pop Culture (That Were Hated At First) | Cracked.com
I don't remember the category, there was a part of the history repeating project that was meant for instances where things got famous after a rocky start.... it might have been more for authors or musicians who got famous after being rejected.
culture  society  history-repeating 
4 days ago by daguti
Former Slaves' Stories of Abraham Lincoln in the South - The Atlantic
"Though there’s no evidence Lincoln actually made any of these incognito visits to the South—and ample documentation to suggest these visits were wholly fictitious—it’s important that many former slaves believed he did. Today, historical debates over emancipation often focus on whether it came from the top down or the bottom up—did Lincoln free the slaves, or did the slaves free themselves? But the stories of Lincoln coming down South suggest many freedpeople didn’t see this as an either/or question.

Did they need Lincoln? Sure. But emancipation wasn’t something Lincoln could just decree from on high. He had to come down South and get his hands dirty. Some even described him as taking on the guise of the trickster popular in black folklore, a sort of Brer Rabbit in a top hat. When former slaves claimed Lincoln had paid them a visit, they weren’t just inserting a beloved president into their story—they were inserting themselves into his story."
people-abraham-lincoln  history  slavery  interesting  culture  society  race  race-black-culture 
february 2018 by daguti
Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over - The New York Times
I find it interesting that when digital came in, everyone sounded the death knell for paper everything. But now we're seeing the pendulum swing in the opposite direction. It's like we forgot that water seeks its own level. That is to say that there's a "stasis" level of everything. Because we had no digital before and at a certain point we did, everything started going digital. But it made sense that it would never fully replace physical. Society was just seeking the stasis level and now it's evening out. There will always be a place for physical and a place for digital.
publishing  internet  analysis  society  culture  books-ebooks 
december 2017 by daguti
Why Education is a Limited Determinant of Mobility - The Atlantic
Also see the following two bookmarks, which are somewhat related to this topic.

https://pinboard.in/u:daguti/b:7f9ed8183ecd (You're More Likely To Inherit Your Dad's Social Status Than His Height : science)

https://pinboard.in/u:daguti/b:c72f8e15566c (Movin' On Up? That May Depend On Your Last Name : NPR)

"Rothstein, however, found little evidence to support that premise. Instead, he found that differences in local labor markets—for example, how similar industries can vary across different communities—and marriage patterns, such as higher concentrations of single-parent households, seemed to make much more of a difference than school quality. He concludes that factors like higher minimum wages, the presence and strength of labor unions, and clear career pathways within local industries are likely to play more important roles in facilitating a poor child’s ability to rise up the economic ladder when they reach adulthood."
education  poverty  public-policy  family  society  culture  wealth-income-distribution 
october 2017 by daguti
4 Men with 4 Very Different Incomes Open Up About the Lives They Can Afford
Notice how the "poorer" two don't plan about money - it "happens" to them, while the other two are all about planning, thinking ahead, making their money work for them. Certainly highlights Earl Nightingale's quote: "You become what you think about."
wealth  poverty  analysis  money  society  culture  money-retirement 
june 2016 by daguti
How much daylight does daylight saving time save? - Quartz
I like that graphic that lets you mouse over it and it gives you a readout of how much daylight there is at any particular time you are mousing over. ......... interactive-tools = This is not a marketing tool, per se, as it is not selling anything. But the interactivity would be awesome for someone who was selling something.
time  visualization  culture  society  marketing-tactics--interactive-tools 
november 2015 by daguti
(2) RC Clark - BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL..
photo of a Bill Nye quote "Researchers have proven, scientifically, that we are all one people." .... Then Rafe chimes in saying the quote is wrong and quotes the following article: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2013/05/why-race-as-a-biological-construct-matters/race, culture, society, analysis, people-rafe-kelley,
race  people-bill-nye  people-rafe-kelley  culture  society  analysis 
october 2015 by daguti
Interview: Kevin Kruse, Author Of 'One Nation Under God' : NPR
For the Republitards: "The words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase "In God we trust" on the back of a dollar bill haven't been there as long as most Americans might think. Those references were inserted in the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration, the same decade that the National Prayer Breakfast was launched, according to writer Kevin Kruse. His new book is One Nation Under God. In the original Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy made no mention of God, Kruse says. Bellamy was Christian socialist, a Baptist who believed in the separation of church and state."
religion  atheism  politics  culture  society  politics-philosophies-republicans  countries-united-states-america 
march 2015 by daguti
Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion : Shots - Health News : NPR
So, religion, tell me more about this abstinence training? (also see bookmark from a few days ago about the failure of abstinence training in Africa) ... oh, and FUCK YOU KEVIN LUNDBERG! Idiot. Program that works BEAUTIFULLY, you have to destroy because you're a fucking know-nothing dogmatic dipshit.
sex  society  sex-and-society  culture  religion  politics-philosophies-republicans 
march 2015 by daguti
A mother's controversial fight to let her children play alone outside
Raising free-range kids in a society that wants to monitor everything....
childrearing  meetup-movnat  culture  society 
march 2015 by daguti
Why are some less than attractive women in the media perceived as really attractive when they are not? : TheRedPill
This actually makes sense. Women that are objectified in media have the body shape of pre-pubescent girls. Not attractive to me, but more importantly, not evolutionarily attractive. ...... A lot of what he says is horseshit (conditioning to drop birth rates? makes the population easier to control? average looking girls hurt women less?) but the main point that 'boyish' looking girls have been sold to us as "hot" is spot on. This standard of beauty doesn't make evolutionary sense.
relationships-theredpill  evolvify-topics  beauty  society  culture  sex-and-society 
february 2015 by daguti
Girl Walks Around NYC with No Pants and Nobody Notices [VIDEO] - Big Appled
This just proves that if you do "just enough" to blend in, people are mostly oblivious enough to assume that what they see out of the corner of their eye is reality.
survival-urban  survival-urban--disguise  video  society  culture 
december 2014 by daguti
Reminder: There is a DIRECT correlation between a woman's sexual past and divorce rates. : TheRedPill
This is wrong in so many ways. A) Monogamy is an unnatural state B) Repression is an issue C) Party girls end up with party guys, so who is the one at fault for the failure of the relationship?
relationships  women  sexuality  sex  society  culture  relationships-monogamy  relationships-divorce 
december 2014 by daguti
Meanwhile : funny
language-concepts = See coment: "Semantic Satiation" ....................... Meanwhile in Mexico , Australia , America, Germany , Japan , etc
language-concepts  funny  culture  society  photos  companies-reddit 
november 2014 by daguti
1969: Woodstock fashion
What I'm struck by as I look at these pictures is that the fattest guy (if you can even call him that) in these pictures is what the average person looks like nowadays. Most of the people photographed are skinny and there's that one guy who is completely ripped (though thin.) There's no way you can tell me that people's eating habits have changed (i.e. they're gorging now when they used to exercise self-control) -- this is all because of processed food!
photos  fashion  music-60s  society  culture  retro-nostalgia  food-processed  meetup-movnat 
november 2014 by daguti
Interview with Joe Coleman | Joe Coleman
This interview includes the story of how he came into possession of the infamous Albert Fish letter. He also tells the story in John Borowski's 2007 film, "Albert Fish."
crime-serial-killers  culture  society 
november 2014 by daguti
In Brazil, Nips And Tucks Don't Raise An Eyebrow : Parallels : NPR
Disgusting. Just fucking control your eating and work out. The appearance of beauty in the absence of health is a lie.
beauty  meetup-movnat  society  culture  sex-and-society  countries-brazil 
october 2014 by daguti
Should Buying Sex Be Illegal? | Alternet
How is it that society hasn't figured out that if you criminalize something, it makes it ugly and perverts it to the point of creating a bigger sore than it would have been. If you want to keep it as pure as possible, leave it legal and instead provide avenues for assistance/rescue/rehabilitation for those who want it.
sex-and-society  society  culture  crime-prostitution 
august 2014 by daguti
10 Reasons America Is A Weird Place - Answers.com
Answers.com is usually click bait crap, but this is actually a great list of why America is such a bizarre place.
culture  society  weird-bizarre-oddities  countries-united-states-america 
july 2014 by daguti
How the Paleolithic Diet Got Trendy
About 3/4 of the way through the article, there's a section that lists dietary restrictions of various religious and cultural groups, such as Muslims, Yazidis, Somalis, etc.
diet-paleo  food  culture  society 
july 2014 by daguti
Photoshop ideals from around the world - Holy Kaw!
In case this site disappears, the source site is: http://www.estherhonig.com/#!before--after-/cvkn ................... This girl did it also: http://mashable.com/2014/12/19/plus-size-woman-photoshop-experiment/
beauty  culture  society  photos 
july 2014 by daguti
imgur: the simple image sharer
16 year od photographer takes self portraits documenting fashion over the last 100 years (hippies vs mainstream, flappers vs mainstream, etc)
photos  culture  society  jazzville-marketing-material  art  fashion 
may 2014 by daguti
Before They Pass Away - Imgur
Photos of different tribes from around the world... before they pass away.
culture  society  photos  meetup-movnat  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned 
april 2014 by daguti
How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion | MIT Technology Review
Side note: This graph shows that in 1995 (when I first got on the real internet -not CompuServe, Prodigy or AOL), there were only 10 internet users per 100 population in the US.
religion  internet  society  culture  large-systems  atheism 
april 2014 by daguti
If He's Sexually Aggressive In Bars, It's Not Because He's Drunk : Shots - Health News : NPR
"Young women are often the targets of aggression when they're out in bars, but the problem isn't that guys are too drunk to know better. Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink."
drink-alcohol  sex  society  sex-and-society  culture  men-boys  women  evolvify-topics 
march 2014 by daguti
'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin' : NPR
Repression never works: "But I think if I was raised in a home where I had been taught that I had many tools and many things that were important about my life and many things I could contribute to the world, I think that my life would not have gone from one extreme to the other as it did."
religion-jewish  sexuality  society  culture  religion  anti-something  sex-and-society 
february 2014 by daguti
Seth's Blog: This isn't going to work
"The first is to require the phone to automatically alert every person you're texting or emailing at the moment you use your phone while moving. As we've seen, knowingly interacting with someone who is driving is a crime in many locales, and yes, you should go to jail for it. We need to change the cultural imperative, and we can't do that with laws alone and we can't do that with movies. Technology, though, can fix what it broke. And defenders of the status quo will scream about freedom and access and rights and how it used to be. They will worry about people on trains or passengers in carpools. But you know what? It's better than being dead. Better than being the victim of the one out of three drivers I see who couldn't wait..."
cellphone  people-seth-godin  analysis  culture  society 
february 2014 by daguti
Tim Harford — Article — Fairness is shared by our environment
"‘The idea that hard work needs to be rewarded is a farmer’s view. The claim that “we’re all in this together” is hunter-thinking’"
evolvify-topics  culture  society  economics 
february 2014 by daguti
Strike a pose (again and again): Hot guys who need new red carpet moves | Gallery | Wonderwall
Gotta love this shit. No matter how they stand, this site says it's the wrong way. Hands folded neatly? Bad. Hands at your sides? Bad. Wide stance? Bad. Someone's deeply uphappy with themselves.... The lesson? Society will always try to dictate what you can and cannot do. Live your own life and forget about the critics. As Seth says, "Show me a statue dedicated to a critic."
life  society  culture  photos 
january 2014 by daguti
Expensive cities are killing creativity - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
large-systems = We thought that the democratization of creation would be good, but it seems to have had the opposite effect. This comes down to cognitive-load. When we're overwhelmed, there is no choice but to stop the flow - and you do that by setting up artificial barriers. "Over the past decade, as digital media made it possible for anyone, anywhere, to share their ideas and works, barriers to professional entry tightened and geographical proximity became valued. Fields where advanced degrees were once a rarity - art, creative writing - now view them as a requirement. Unpaid internships and unpaid labour are rampant, blocking off industry access for those who cannot work without pay in the world's most expensive cities."
cities  creativity  wealth-income-distribution  culture  society  large-systems  cognitive-load  innovation 
january 2014 by daguti
How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World : Shots - Health News : NPR
"Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right."
perception  language  culture  society 
january 2014 by daguti
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