gominokouhai + society   34

Hakim Bey's Pirate Utopias - Hermetic Library
TIL about the Republic of Salé, which existed while the rest of western Europe was still grubbing about with absolute hereditary monarchy. "Liquor was never forbidden. Pirate ships were true republics, each ship an independent floating democracy."
piracy  history  politics  society 
september 2017 by gominokouhai
A real Good Samaritan | BBC News
Quite sweet. Although I'm fairly sure that ASLEF used this as their go-to excuse for the following twenty years.
glurge  writing  society 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
Kate Bush, Theresa May and the trouble with political partisanship | The Conversation
c.f. also Orson Scott Card, Tom Cruise, Peter F Hamilton, Eddie Izzard, OH JOHN RINGO NO, Spike Milligan, Russell Brand, Roman Polanski
psephology  politics  society  homophobia  scifi  indyref  acting  movies  art 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
Braess' Paradox - Futility Closet
I believe this is also known as "the tragedy of the commons".
society  maths  anthropology 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
The Dirtiest Job in Video Games | Motherboard
Viscera Cleanup Detail: in which you're a space janitor in the aftermath. Possibly the world's first FPS in which your signature weapon is a mop.
gaming  technology  art  society 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
Booth babes are bad for business - Boing Boing
Somebody finally did proper A/B testing on booth babes. And it turns out they suck.
society  tech  sexism  feminism 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove adviser tells his boss | Graun
Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle: eugenics "not actually such a bad idea", Hitler "basically misunderstood", say a bunch of hiedous, evil cunts who need to be shot in their fat heads NOW before they can do any more damage.
politics  news  society  bloodytories  fuckwits 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
video about the furore over Gamespot "only" giving GTAV 9/10
"If gamers want video gaming to be taken seriously, they need to bite the bullet and allow social critique to enter gaming."
sexism  society  gaming 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
The Ecuadorian Library
Bruce Sterling still has it. (I hated both of his collaborations with William Gibson, by the way.) Brilliant writing and damn incisive about modern life. Long but worth it.
politics  society  news  copyfight  tech 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
The wonder year: Why 1978 was the best year ever | New Scientist
So basically, as a society, we've been making more money and becoming steadily worse and worse off as people, ever since the invention of transparent plastic trousers.
society  economics 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
A Town Without Poverty? | The Dominion
Canada tried a Citizen's Income in 1974, and it worked surprisingly well until it was cancelled and hushed up. (And then it was reported by a malevolent race from the Gamma Quadrant.)
politics  society  economy 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
21 Brilliant British People Problems | Buzzfeed
"Highlights from the politest and most apologetic subreddit of all time, /r/britishproblems."
society  uk 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Book Translates American Minutiae for Russians - NYTimes.com
Interesting to note how culturally different the two sides still are. I don't understand either of them.
culture  writing  society 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Why I'm Critical of Foodbanks
Because foodbanks are all very well, but they're bandaids on a broken leg. We could fix the underlying causes instead, but doing so might involve a couple of molotovs.
society  welfare  bloodytories  economy  politics 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Henry Ford, When Capitalists Cared - NYTimes.com
Henry Ford /invented/ capitalism and he got all of this social-welfare stuff right. Somewhere along the line his successors all forgot any of the interesting, useful bits and just concentrated on the bit about making obscene amounts of money for themselves.
society  politics  economy 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Thatcher, Murdoch, Hillsborough and beyond: What the 1980s did to Britain | Politics | The Guardian
Long but worthwhile. "[T]he postwar world [Thatcher] replaced – of state paternalism and strong unions, of municipal housing and more workplace protections – looks quite appealing, which is one of the reasons the 70s are beginning to be rehabilitated. Meanwhile, pessimists of all ages look at Britain now and wonder if we are back where we were in 1979: economically vulnerable, unsure of our place in the world. Was all that 80s turbulence and toughening-up really worth it?"
society  bloodytories  thatcherism  politics  murdoch  hillsborough 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
"I went to the mall, and a little girl called me a terrorist" | Imperfect Writing
"My friend and I pinned scarves around our heads, and then we went to the mall."
society  news  religion 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
London 2012: we've glimpsed another kind of Britain, so let's fight for it | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian
Surprised by how thought-provoking Danny Boyle's opening ceremony has proved to be. Surprised by how much the Olympics have affected me as an unwilling inhabitant of an arbitrary socio-geopolitical construct. Surprised by how appropriate "bonkers but brilliant" feels as a self-stereotype, especially if you combine it with "ambitious but rubbish".
london_olympics  London2012  society 
august 2012 by gominokouhai
Not just shit but dangerous « Chris T-T
"Even the shittest amateur wedding DJ wouldn’t pull that stunt. So cheapskate, one almost expected the Spotify adverts to interrupt halfway through".

I saw five minutes of it---had to cash up the bar, where the TV is, just as the Spice Girls came out---and thought it was lacklustre but okay if you like that sort of thing. Was pleased to see Eric Idle. Was less pleased when they didn't use him properly, but then that's been the case with the Pythons for the last forty years. This article displays that someone's put a lot more thought into the closing ceremony's insidiousness than I have, and I can't fault him for that.
society  london_olympics  London2012 
august 2012 by gominokouhai
The Olympic torch – from Hitler to Headingley
"I think this particular response to the torch relay, though, also reveals a distinct measure of what I think of as ‘ritual anxiety’ – that is, an uneasiness around the whole idea of ritual activities. It’s something I see in relation to all sorts of other ritual occasions and commemorative events, and particularly strikes me on Valentine’s Day, when a whole army of people emerge every year to complain that we shouldn’t need a special day devoted to something we should be doing all the time, that it is meaningless, too commercialised, misogynistic etc. But it also crops up in relation to Christmas (goods in the shops too early, probably not really the date of the historical Jesus’ birth), Easter (it’s a pagan festival really!, no it’s not), and almost any other ritual or commemorative occasion you can name."I don't know anyone like that. Oh noooo.
society  ritual  Olympics  London2012 
july 2012 by gominokouhai

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