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Inspiration Disinformation | LEONARD PIERCE DOT COM
"Even as the middle class disappears as an actual economic category, the inspirational tales of the new creative class and its artistic dupes portray the honest and loyal white-collar worker as the new kulak, an enemy fit only to be destroyed.  Ordinariness is the greatest heresy; existence is the gravest crime; providing for one’s family and future is the ultimate betrayal.  The villain of the story is never a successful capitalist (who is, as always, sacrosanct) or a jealous laborer (who is, as always, invisible), but a man or a woman who fails to pursue his or her most special and wonderful dream, thus depriving the world of not only the salvation of art, but also the inevitable financial gain that always comes from following that star." This whole post is cracking.
creativity  people  bunk 
march 2014 by infovore
John Barrell · At Tate Britain: L.S. Lowry · LRB 8 August 2013
"Here are ‘the obsolete industrial plants; the inadequacy of unchanged transport systems and overstrained power supplies … the shift of power from industrial capital to international finance capital’ and so on. Here is the self-consciously world-historical Lowry, showing us Britain mired in its past, and perhaps the future of China. But here and there is the old local Lowry, whose people cannot see beyond the foreground terraces to the dystopian prospect, and so seem to manage, to cope, even to enjoy themselves, on their own tight patch. People stop to chat or just to stand about; kids play; dogs and babies get taken for walks; women wear bright vermilion, the happy colour of the summer of 2013, and apparently of 1950 too. It’s hard to say this without sounding as folksy as Brian and Michael, and perhaps that’s exactly what it is, but right now what I most admire and enjoy about Lowry is the interest he shows, without any apparent agenda, in what people do. I have no idea why that should be so moving." Wonderful article from this fortnight's LRB about the Lowry retrospective at Tate Britain.
lrb  johnbarrell  lslowry  lowry  art  industrialrevolution  thenorth  industry  cities  people 
july 2013 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: The girl chewing gum
"Hooray! Someone has put John Smith’s short film, The Girl Chewing Gum (1976), on YouTube... The film consists almost entirely of a single continuous shot of Stamford Road in Dalston Junction, a downbeat area of east London... The conceit of the film is that everything that moves or appears within shot - pedestrians, cars, pigeons, even clocks – is following the instructions of an omnipotent director who appears to be behind the camera: ‘Now I want the man with white hair and glasses to cross the road … come on, quickly, look this way … now walk off to the left.’ Pedestrians put cigarettes in their mouths, talk to each other, eat chips, take their glasses off, cast a glance behind them or look at the camera, all at the apparent behest of this offscreen director."
film  johnsmith  london  streets  people 
june 2010 by infovore
Lost in the Filth Simulacrum | h+ Magazine
"4chan is, I contend, the most interesting angle we have on the evolution of human consciousness. It is a shamanic experience, a bardo of becoming, where the soul is detached from the body, set free to wander in the wilderness of banality until it encounters the epic lulz of meeting itself... and finding that it, itself, is the most disturbing thing on 4chan." o_O. Just worth linking to for the eyeball-expanding prose; there may be something in there, but I'm not sure.
4chan  internet  culture  society  people 
december 2009 by infovore
designswarm thoughts » Blog Archive » Rants I don’t have time to write
"Seems to me people help people go through stuff, life and things. Technology and infrastructures are not the only tool we have and social interactions count more in my opinion. When technology fails, you’ll still have to ask for directions whether you like it or not :) and whether you think your laptop is user-friendly or not is absolutely not related to your gender."
society  interaction  design  architecture  people  communication 
september 2009 by infovore
Rands In Repose: Your People
"You tell these stories to Your People without reservation. Your People love your stories — fiction and all. They love how you tell them, they laugh about the lies you tell yourself, and then they stop and they tell you the truth." I like his point about us turning our experiences into stories. To be honest, I like the whole thing; one of my favourite Rands pieces in a while. And he's right: it's always worth finding Your People.
relationships  work  people  fiction  bullshit  selfediting 
september 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: How the Other Half Writes: In Defense of Twitter
"Now that suburban housewives in Missouri are letting their thoughts be known via Twitter, it's as if writing itself is thought to be under attack, invaded from all sides by the unwashed masses whose thoughts have not been sanctioned as Literature™. In many ways, I'm reminded of Truman Capote's infamous put-down of Jack Kerouac: "That's not writing, it's typing.""
twitter  writing  bldgblog  society  people  literature  microblogging  notetaking  culture 
april 2009 by infovore
Drawings of Scientists
In 2000, a group of seventh-graders were asked to draw what they thought scientists looked like and describe their pictures. Then, after visting Fermilab, they were asked to repeat the exercise. Some of the quotations are genuinely excellent, cf "Some people think that (scientists) are just some genius nerds in white coats, but they are actually people who are trying to live up to their dreams and learn more." Aren't we all?
science  illustration  children  understanding  scientists  representation  people  perception 
september 2008 by infovore
Transcendent Interactions: Collaborative Contexts and Relationship-based Computing
Oh my. Slides from Ludicorp's presentation in which they launched Flickr at ETech 2004. So much that's still so relevant, still not always understood. Wish I could just throw this at people at Develop instead of my talk.
design  community  architecture  software  relationships  social  flickr  people 
july 2008 by infovore
Five Geek Social Fallacies
"Any resemblances to geeks living or dead are coincidental." Seen many of these, both in real life and in software design. Probably been guilty of one or tow in my time.
social  people  geeks  friendship  fallacies  emotions  feelings  misheldbeliefs 
july 2008 by infovore
Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Communication is inescapable, irreversible, complicated, and contextual. Nice summation of many of the issues around communicating with other people. Reminds me how little I'm going to miss transatlantic teleconferencing.
communication  people  psychology  understanding  culture  context 
october 2007 by infovore

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