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On staying. – Alexandra D-S – Medium
"All this to fit in, to belong." Alex is good people; this is excellent on all the little things to like - or not - about here, and yet to still love it. And - a reminder how little I know about having had to fit in anywhere else. I hope the gods of paperwork smile on her too. I'm still angry she's even had to go through this. I am still ashamed of all this Brexit nonsense.
friends  culture  society  europe 
august 2017 by infovore
The Quietus | Opinion | Wreath Lectures | Social Media Snakepits & Solidarity Versus Corporate Shafting, UK 2015
"The small institutions, public figures and spaces that I lament might all seem insignificant but, collectively, used to and still could make a difference, despite capital's determined attempts to neuter their efficacy via co-option and divide and rule. I've often felt elements of the atheist left wing ought to tone down their strident hectoring and remember that social justice is at the heart of many Christian movements, especially Methodism. Similarly, many Christians should consider that Jesus told them to care for the poor, not peer judgementally into people's bedrooms." Amongst other things in this thoughtful, cogent article - which made a nice alternative from the yelling on social media and the yelling on media platforms from, well, pretty much everyone. (Also: Ramsgate Music Hall looks great; I did not even know).
uk  society  institutions  publics  quietus 
december 2015 by infovore
Helen Macdonald: the six books that made me | Books | The Guardian
"Some of the best field naturalists I know grew up in working-class rural communities, skipping school like Billy Casper to practise forms of natural history that bent or broke the law: they ferreted rabbits, collected eggs, broke into quarries, kept pigeons, reared finches, climbed fences to poach for fish. Today they can still spot a linnet’s nest in a furze bush at 50 paces and possess fieldcraft skills that would put many a birder to shame. There’s little room for them in today’s culture of nature appreciation and even less so in nature writing, which tends to entrench a sense that the correct relation to the landscape is through walking and distanced looking." From the section on 'Landscape and Englishness', which sounds excellent.
books  nature  society  outdoors  class 
january 2015 by infovore
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 85, J. G. Ballard
Rather wonderful interview with J G Ballard in 1984, in the Paris Review; effusive, head-screwed on, but god, his working process is hardly something you can emulate: such absolute control and certainty!
jgballard  writing  process  society  interview 
january 2015 by infovore
street etiquette | the m john harrison blog
Its fragments like this that make it easy to explain why I love Harrison's writing.
mjohnharrison  writing  fragments  culture  society 
july 2013 by infovore
Internet of Dreams - Internet of Dreams
"That is how the internet first appeared to me: as shared experience of make believe and dreams. And while much has changed in the decade since: that slipperiness, those mutable boundaries, the capacity for experimentation and imagination still is here. The internet is made of dreams."
joannemcneil  internet  culture  society 
april 2013 by infovore
Fool Britannia | Never Knowingly Underwhelmed
"But – and here’s where every single one of these cuts affects us all, even people who live in gated communities and have second homes in the country – I don’t personally want to live in a society where the worst-off are treated with corner-cutting contempt. This is the seventh richest nation in the world. In the world. And yet a report commissioned by the TUC predicted that by 2015, almost 7.1m of the nation’s 13m youngsters will be in “homes with incomes judged to be less than the minimum necessary for a decent standard of living”." The whole piece is very good indeed; Andrew Collins, excellent as ever.
britain  society  andrewcollins  sigh  cuts 
april 2013 by infovore
Will Wiles – On the New Aesthetic
"The fascinating thing about the New Aesthetic could be that it was never new — it went from being unknown to being ubiquitous and thoroughly banal with barely a blink. The frisson of shock or wonder one experienced at seeing an aspect of the New Aesthetic out in the wild comes because that is the only time it will be noticed; afterwards it will pass unobserved. The New Aesthetic is not about seeing something new — it is about the new things we are not seeing. It is an effort to truly observe and note emergent digital visual phenomena before they become invisible." This is a really solid, careful piece from Will Wiles.
society  technology  willwiles  essay  newaesthetic  culture 
september 2012 by infovore
russell davies: coming top at culture
"Millions and millions and millions of people also love Gregory's Girl and OMD and Brookside and Underworld and Evelyn Glennie and the shipping forecast and that is deeply joyous and important." Yep, that.
olympics  culture  society  writing  russelldavies 
july 2012 by infovore
grinding.be » Blog Archive » Guest Post: Joshua Ellis revisits the Grim Meathook Future
"The real Grim Meathook Future, the one I talked about back when I wrote that thing and the one I see now, is the future where a relatively small slice of our species lives in a sort of Edenic Eloi reality where the only problems are what we laughingly refer to as White People Problems, like being able to get four bars’ worth of 4G signal at that incredible pho joint that @ironicguy69 recommended on Twitter, or finding new ways to lifehack all the shit we own into our massive closets…while the rest of the world is reduced to maintaining our lifestyles via a complex process of economically-positioned indentured servitude and clinging with the very tips of their fingernails onto the ragged edge of our consumer leavings, like the dorky dude who shows up the first day of school with the cheap K-Mart knockoffs of the pumped-up kicks the cool kids are wearing this year. In other words, the Grim Meathook Future is the one that looks like the present, the one where nothing changes."
future  technology  culture  society  grimmeathookfuture 
june 2012 by infovore
Bat, Bean, Beam - A Weblog on Memory and Technology: What Do People Do All Day?
"However I am just as impressed but the extent in which Scarry’s work has in fact not dated very much at all. While the book covers an almost bafflingly broad range of occupations and includes sections on the extraction and transformation of raw materials, there is one notable omission: large-scale manufacturing. And without industry, from a Western perspective the book seems in fact almost presciently current. Some of the jobs the author describes have evolved, very few of them have all but disappeared (you can’t easily bump into a blacksmith, much less one who sells tractors); the texture of our cities has changed and those little shops have given way to larger chain stores; but by and large we still do the things that occupy Scarry’s anthropomorphic menagerie: we fix the sewers and serve the meals and cut down the trees and drive the trucks and cultivate the land and so forth. It’s almost as if Scarry made a conscious effort to draw only the jobs that could not be outsourced overseas, and had thus future-proofed the book for his domestic audience." I read this when I was very small, and loved it; fond memories, and sharp analysis
richardscarry  books  children  work  illustration  society 
april 2011 by infovore
Sexonomics
"This is where I write about social & political stuff, mostly relating to sex. Yes, there's going to be a book. As an ex-sex worker, you can imagine what my bias is. Nevertheless, I am also a scientist, so will do my best to present the evidence base for each post." Brooke's new blog. This looks like it could be good.
uk  sex  politics  policy  society  brookemagnanti 
april 2011 by infovore
This is the Big Society, you see. It must be big, to contain so many volunteers. | openDemocracy
"Leave the libraries alone. You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to destroy." I know that the rhetoric works better as a speech than in writing; still I can't help but agree with this. It tugs at things important to me, and what a small village public library meant for my childhood.
libraries  politics  phillippullman  society  uk 
january 2011 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: The comfort of things
Joe Moran on Daniel Miller's "The Comfort Of Things", which has gone straight onto my wishlist.
joemoran  society  newcross  writing  culture  books 
april 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Get your kicks on the A57
"The history of roads is the history of ourselves: our desire for community and our fears about its fragility; our natural instinct to expand the possibilities of life set against our premonitions of death, destruction and loss; and our fierce arguments about what is valuable and beautiful about the world. But this history, like the road itself, is full of loose ends and detours, unfinished stories and stalled narratives."
culture  society  joemoran  roads  uk 
april 2010 by infovore
ASBOrometer - Measure UK anti-social behaviour on iPhone and Android
"ASBOrometer is a mobile application that measures levels of anti-social behaviour at your current location (within England and Wales) and gives you access to key local ASB statistics... This app was created by Jeff Gilfelt and made possible by the data.gov.uk initiative, which is opening up UK government data for public reuse." What sensationalist rot; no number of pretty visualisations make this kind of fearmongering acceptable. It's nice that the data is open; it's a shame this is the best thing people can think to do with it. Whether you like it or not, this information is very, very loaded.
data  government  society  culture  fearmongering  infononsense 
february 2010 by infovore
Why playing in the virtual world has an awful lot to teach children | Technology | The Observer
"...it's high time we began to understand games on their own terms, with all the potentials and dangers that entails: as arguably the most powerful models we have for connecting and motivating, and understanding those vast, disparate groups of people a digital age throws together." Short interview with Tom Chatfield in the Observer.
games  culture  society  learning  education  tomchatfield 
january 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
THE GRIND: SOCAL EDITION (SF4 TRAINING & SBO QUALS) - iPLAYWINNER FIGHTING GAME NEWS - Street Fighter Virtua Fighter Tekken SNK Capcom BlazBlue Fighting Game News Strategy and Guides at iPlayWinner.com
Huge, and a bit baggy, but nontheless interesting account of a trip to the SBO Qualifiers in the US; if anything, makes me sad that there's no way we'll ever see an arcade scene like this in the UK ever again.
arcade  games  streetfighter  play  competition  sbo  narrative  society 
june 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
Hit Self-Destruct: Domestic City, Part One
Wonderful, delightful, charming writing from Duncan Fyfe; this, and the eight chapters that follow it, are pretty essential, and they're nice and brief. Speculative fiction about games, culture, and the future. And fandom.
games  writing  culture  society  lovely  speculativefiction  duncanfyfe 
march 2009 by infovore
What were arcades like? - RPGnet Forums
"I was reading about arcades and how you'd have to queue to play popular games as well as follow rules like no throwing in fighting game or the others wouldn't let you play. This seems rather strange. The money cost must have gotten expensive pretty quickly as well. I'm not old enough to have been to them when they were around so I'm curious about what they were like." And then, 18 pages of wonderful gaming oral history; you'll be smelling the aircon and the chewing gum by the time you're through with this thread.
games  history  culture  society  oralhistory  arcades 
march 2009 by infovore
Hit Self-Destruct: Domestic City, Part Three
'A morose-looking guy stood at the bar talking to his friends, wearing a Flashbang Studios t-shirt. Emily leaned across the bar next to him, and shouted giddily over the music: "hey, I like that developer."' A lovely piece of speculative writing from Duncan Fyfe.
games  popularity  culture  society  rock  speculative 
february 2009 by infovore
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
"One Amish-man told me that the problem with phones, pagers, and PDAs (yes he knew about them) was that "you got messages rather than conversations." That's about as an accurate summation of our times as any." A wonderful quotation in the midst of this dense, fascinating article.
technology  culture  society  communication  network  amish 
february 2009 by infovore
Pint of gold top and an eighth of hash – milkman who also delivered drugs | World news | guardian.co.uk
"He probably thinks he is doing a community service but he is blatantly breaking the law and has to be dealt with. I would call him an eccentric." Community service yes; blatantly breaking the law, yes; 'has to be dealt with', really not sure about that. It's not like he was causing harm. Sometimes, the world is a funny place. Oh: and definitely, definitely "eccentric".
culture  society  drugs  arthritis  medicinal  cannabis. 
february 2009 by infovore
The Buzzwords of 2008 - NYTimes.com
"Picking out political buzzwords from 2008 is like shooting moose in a pigpen. The fundamentals were so dizzyingly strong, it could be tough to keep them all straight." Good selection, though, both political and non.
society  language  type  nyt  jargon  words  slang  buzzwords 
december 2008 by infovore
METRO RULES OF CONDUCT
"Metro Rules of Conduct is a game about the awkward situation of commuting in my hometown, Stockholm. Look at mobile phones, MP3 players and breast for score, but whatever you do - avoid eye contact!" Wonderful; the art-style works really well, as does the head-bob.
igf  games  flash  manners  conduct  society 
december 2008 by infovore
Economics of POW Camp
"Economics has been defined as the science of distributing limited means among unlimited and competing ends. On 12th April, with the arrival of elements of the 30th U.S. Infantry Division, the ushering in of an age of plenty demonstrated the hypothesis that with infinite means economic organization and activity would be redundant, as every want could be satisfied without effort." Remarkable article; fascinating for its subject matter, when it was written, what it describes, and the patterns that hold up inside such a regimented economy. A must-read, really - can't believe it took me so long to get around to it.
wwii  economics  camps  prison  pow  money  exchange  barter  trade  society 
november 2008 by infovore
Barnardo's I Children in trouble online ads I Hunting ad
"This shocking but real dialogue that features in this film gives a clear indication of how the UK today is demonising children." Powerful advertising, for a strong campaign.
children  advertising  campaign  society  barnardos  uk 
november 2008 by infovore
Hotmilkydrink: Vermin, feral, animals: Is this really how we view children?
"We MUST keep arguing for, and ensure, that all our young people are valued, challenged and that the highest expectation what they can do and where they can go is the minimum they experience when they are in the education system. We’re failing them if we don't and if that's the case then get somebody in who can do it." Yes.
children  education  research  society 
november 2008 by infovore
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
"The conundrum is that no path, no vision of progress – technological, social, moral – will be plausible today if it does not include the complexity of costs, yet it will not be desirable if it does. That makes our society blind." Some good, if dense, Kevin Kelly.
scfi  future  dystopia  futurism  progress  development  society 
november 2008 by infovore
costume detail: Stripes
"The Medieval eye found any surface in which a background could not be distinguished from the foreground disturbing. Thus striped clothing was relegated to those on the margins or outside the social order - jugglers and prostitutes for example - and in medieval paintings the devil himself is often seen wearing stripes." Wow. I did not know that.
history  culture  fashion  clothing  stripes  society  medieval 
october 2008 by infovore
Gamers Are Here: Middle East Gaming | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Journalist Kareem Shaheen was attending at GAMES 2008 convention in Dubai, and asked us if we fancied writing anything about gaming in the Middle East. And we said HELL YES, as we like capitals." A nice, if brief, piece from Shaheen about a sector of gaming I know nothing about.
rockpapershotgun  games  gaming  culture  middleeast  dubai  society  play  piracy 
september 2008 by infovore
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect Little Swtich / Big Switch
"You might argue that an iPhone without connectivity is, well, an iPod, but its not. To state the (obviously overlooked) obvious - it is a phone without connectivity and that over time the ease and evolving practice of disconnecting fundamentally changes our assumptions of what we can expect from a phone, which in turn alters our expectations about the connectivity of other people." Jan Chipchase on pause buttons and understandings of what "social" means. Excellent.
janchipchcase  mobile  phone  connectivity  social  communication  society  essay 
september 2008 by infovore
Caffè sospeso - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"When a sospeso is ordered, the customer pays for two coffees, but only receives one. That way, when a person who is homeless or otherwise down on their luck walks into the café, the person can ask if there are any coffees held in suspense, and can have one as a courtesy of the first customer." Wonderful.
coffee  sospeso  society  culture  drinks 
september 2008 by infovore
PhD Dissertation | Anne Galloway
"The dissertation builds on available sociological approaches to understanding everyday life in the networked city to show that emergent technologies reshape our experiences of spatiality, temporality and embodiment. It contributes to methodological innovation through the use of data bricolage and research blogging 1, which are presented through experimental and recombinant textual strategies; and it contributes to the field of science and technology studies by bringing together actor-network theory with the sociology of expectations in order to empirically evaluate an area of cutting-edge design." Anne Galloway's PhD thesis, now online.
annegalloway  design  technology  ubicomp  ubiquitouscomputing  society  culture  thesis  toread 
september 2008 by infovore
potlatch: the politics of Wetherspoons
"Wetherspoons is a model of market efficiency. Prices are low, economies of scale are passed on to consumers and people are offered real choice, on the assumption that they are intelligent enough to deal with it."
critique  society  wetherspoons  pubs  policy  economics  community 
july 2008 by infovore
Versus CluClu Land: O Tempora! O Mores! (pt. 1)
"...arguments of this exact form have been raised against nearly every distinctly modern art form." Barber's book sounds interesting, if flawed. Pliskin's criticism is, as ever, good. It's getting exhausting linking to him.
culture  criticism  consumption  consumerism  writing  marxism  benjaminbarber  games  play  childishness  society 
july 2008 by infovore
Neil Gaiman - SIMCITY
"A city is a collection of lives and buildings, and it has identity and personality. Cities exist in location, and in time." Neil Gaiman's essay from SimCity 2000 (I believe).
cities  urbanism  society  culture  simcity  personification 
july 2008 by infovore
Industry Apologetics: It's Not Just A Game
"“It’s only a game” is a phrase that agrees with all of those who ever looked down their noses at the medium... who want to promote the kind of prejudice that will keep games from ever achieving widespread respect for everything they are."
games  play  culture  society  writing  criticism  media  kotaku  mainstream 
july 2008 by infovore
Paul Kedrosky: Water, Oil and the Life and Death of Cities
"...no new water meters means, for practical purposes, no new houses -- ergo, no more growth. You can see that in graphical terms via Trulia." Trulia Hindsight being used to analyse and predict effects of peak oil based on previous evidence. Smart.
trulia  hindsight  truliahindsight  analysis  prediction  peakoil  climatechange  housing  society  civic  growth  development 
july 2008 by infovore
Younghee Jung » Blog Archive » smalltalk on toilets - for interesting08
"...toilets are the mirrors of culture with their prominence for everyone’s life in the society. the design of toilets can be a powerful element in providing anyone’s happiness, a sense of wellbeing, or even a feeling of small everyday achievement."
youngheechung  toilets  sociology  culture  society  presentation  interesting08 
july 2008 by infovore
Cooking With Booze: The Blog — In Vino, Civitas
"I believe there’s a much larger story about how our whole civilisation is based to some extent on our desire for booze - one that goes back even further than human civilisation itself." James on fine form at Interesting.
drink  civilization  mankind  growth  booze  culture  history  society  interesting08 
june 2008 by infovore
MIT Class Calculates Carbon Footprint of "The Man" | Wired Science from Wired.com
"The Man is not only keeping us down, he's got an annual 8.5-ton carbon footprint". An MIT class calculate the average carbon footprint of authority.
society  carbondioxoide  environment  pollution 
may 2008 by infovore
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
"The way you explore complex ecosystems is you just try lots and lots and lots of things, and you hope that everybody who fails fails informatively so that you can at least find a skull on a pikestaff near where you're going." Wonderful talk from Shirky.
clayshirky  televsion  tv  industrialrevolution  society  culture  revolution  change  participation  interactivity 
april 2008 by infovore
Irrational economics | Look and feel | Economist.com
"With money, it seems, it is not familiarity, but unfamiliarity that breeds contempt." People are less good at estimating the value of unfamiliar currency, no matter what it says on it.
psychology  money  currency  research  behaviour  society  interaction  finance 
april 2008 by infovore
.CSV » group think
"...the same topic kept coming up, over and over... you can think of it as an amalgamation of crowd theory, human terrain mapping, and social simulation. It is the science of groups; it is a new kind of quantitative political science."
groups  society  social  dyanmics  study  modelling  behaviour  networks  simulation  pernicious 
april 2008 by infovore
Running the Numbers - An American Self Portrait
Remarkable series of images by Chris Jordan depicting rates of consumption in America through exhaustive diagrams. Staggering when you see them in close-up.
numbers  statistics  art  photograph  composite  imagery  america  society  via:lightsurgery 
march 2008 by infovore
The Myth of the Media Myth
Lots of choice quotations here, but most are too long for a 255-char delicious box. Changing this prevalent perception is going to be hard; changing gaming is as hard. Lots to chew over int he coming years, really
games  media  videogames  play  attitudes  culture  society  negativity  bias 
march 2008 by infovore
Jane McGonigal saves SXSW for me « Kitten Fluff
"The thing about games and virtual story worlds ... is at least they give you feedback and points for doing things. That way we know instantly what our strengths and weaknesses are, and how we are doing. We don’t really get that in everyday life."
janemcgonigal  sxsw  notes  talk  keynote  games  play  society  life  realityhacking 
march 2008 by infovore
Momentary disruption | tomtaylor.co.uk
"That’s why I enjoy @towerbridge so much - less the concept of machines talking, but more a simple reminder of the disrupted moments in everyday city life." All this is also true. Beautifully put, by Tom.
tomtaylor  towerbridge  urban  society  london  city  heartbeat 
march 2008 by infovore
Why We Banned Legos - Volume 21 No. 2 - Winter 2006 - Rethinking Schools Online
"With these three agreements — which distilled months of social justice exploration into a few simple tenets of community use of resources — we returned the Legos to their place of honor in the classroom." Wonderful article about education.
play  society  culture  politics  economics  personal  lego  construction  teaching  children 
february 2008 by infovore
The Rules of Beeping: Exchanging Messages Via Intentional "Missed Calls" on Mobile Phones
"This article explores the practice of "beeping" or "missed calling" between mobile phone users, or calling a number and hanging up before the mobile's owner can pick up the call"
behaviour  telephones  phoning  society  social  patterns 
february 2008 by infovore
apophenia: just because we can, doesn't mean we should
"why on earth do we believe that just because technology can expose people means that it should?" danah, as ever, very insightful, on the problems of exposing user data, regardless of whether it is already "public" or not.
socialgraph  networking  society  privacy  public  boundaries 
february 2008 by infovore
apophenia: the absurdities of Davos
"...it became painfully clear that most business people are unaware of their role in the system... What I found was that many powerful people desperately want to help solve these problems but they seem unaware of their role in perpetuating some of the ill
davos  society  business  culture  global  environment 
january 2008 by infovore
Avant Game: Work, Work, Work - How I Spent My 2007, or, a Year in Review
"I was so busy working in 2007, I forgot to blog about most of it! So here is a top 10 countdown looking back at the ideas and projects that I'm very glad were a part of my year..." Jane McGonigal reviews her year.
play  arg  games  design  culture  society  janemcgonigal 
january 2008 by infovore
Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Making False Idols For 2008 » Blog Archive » Dad & Doom
"for all the evidence to the contrary I’ve observed since I’ve been an adult myself, it’s hard to entirely shake the old Dad Knows Best hangover." Great writing from Alec Meer about explaining games to our parents - and the hell of twin-stick contro
gaming  play  society  parents  generations  pasttimes  hobbies 
january 2008 by infovore
Reading The Everyday
"Originally, I started a generic post on the business or marketing books I’ve read this year. But there’s only really one book I want to write about, because I think the ideas in it are incredibly important to anyone in marketing or product design. "
joemoran  business  marketing  design  product  culture  society  psychology  book  review 
january 2008 by infovore
Antisocial networking « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"From where I stand, the only sane response is to keep our conceptions of friendship and affinity from being polluted by technical metaphors and constraints to begin with." Superb post by Adam Greenfield. Makes me question a lot of my recent design.
socialnetworking  society  networks  friendship  anthropology  community 
december 2007 by infovore
weplaythis
Nice looking site for perhaps the more grown-up gamer looking to connect and share with others; the focus on sharing the spaces you play in is a really interesting touch. Can't wait to try this.
games  play  society  space 
december 2007 by infovore
IS - Dan Hill
Dan Hill: "The Well-Tempered Personal Environment" Dan's talk from Interesting South. Something to watch when I have a bit more time; it looks like a wonderful concept.
danhill  sustainability  interesting  design  video  environment  community  society 
december 2007 by infovore
What kids learn in virtual worlds | CNET News.com
"If you're a parent, I would be [concerned] about the conflation between consumption and consumerism and citizenship (in virtual worlds)... our kids are being taught that to be a good citizen of this world you got to buy the right stuff." Sadly, yes.
capitalism  consumerism  mmorpg  game  play  culture  society 
november 2007 by infovore
JCMC Vol 13 Issue 1
Guest edited by danah boyd and Nicole Ellison: a special issue of the JCMC on social network sites. Must return to this, because there's lots to sink one's teeth into.
socialnetworking  journal  academic  research  papers  culture  society 
november 2007 by infovore
Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook
A rather lovely article from Rands, on the way a certain part of society just "is". Accurate, not that judgmental, and quite sweet, really.
humour  society  geek  nerd  personality 
november 2007 by infovore
Fimoculous.com - misc - Gaming The System
Rex Sorgatz on his essay in Wired, where he suggests that "gaming has become the prevailing narrative of our time."
games  play  writing  design  culture  society 
october 2007 by infovore
MySpace Banning Sex Offenders: Online Predator Paranoia at Climb to the Stars (Stephanie Booth)
"...in some states… a sex offender might not have done anything really offensive." Great analysis from Stephanie Booth of the dangers of blanket bans, and the complex depth to the concept of "sex offence".
myspace  privacy  culture  society 
july 2007 by infovore
Headshift :: What other conferences can learn from Reboot
"...when you come back from Reboot, all other conferences suffer by comparison; however, I think there are some lessons that other events can learn from Reboot and LIFT that might help them improve." Great notes from Lee Bryant.
reboot9  conferences  conference  society  events 
june 2007 by infovore
Tor.dk
Tør Nørretranders' weblog. He was fabulous at Reboot this year.
blog  culture  society 
june 2007 by infovore
Denis Darzacq :: Portfolios :: La chute
They're not falling. At least, not as high as you think. Wonderful composition n this photos.
photography  art  dance  urban  society 
april 2007 by infovore
Pearls Before Breakfast - washingtonpost.com
"On Tuesday, he will be accepting the Avery Fisher prize, recognizing the Flop of L'Enfant Plaza as the best classical musician in America." Joshua Bell busks for the Washington Post.
music  culture  violin  society  busking  joshuabell  journalism  art 
april 2007 by infovore
George Osborne: Recasting the political settlement for the digital age
Reasonably interesting speech from George Osborne at the RSA; interesting given how savvy it is, and how (within reason) fair. Certainly interesting coming from the conservatives.
conservatives  politics  opensource  georgeosborne  society  technology 
march 2007 by infovore
Home - World Press Photo
The 2007 contest winners are now up. They're very impressive.
photography  journalism  photojournalism  news  society 
february 2007 by infovore
ASCII by Jason Scott: You've Ruined Everything
Many times, the roles that are taken up in an online community that's based around a "thing" are so structured and expectant that you could almost fashion carved wooden masks for them.
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february 2007 by infovore
Unhappy Meals - Michael Pollan - New York Times
Eat food. Though in our current state of confusion, this is much easier said than done. So try this: Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
nutrition  food  cooking  toread  diet  culture  society 
february 2007 by infovore
The Semiotcracy
Matt Webb's notes on "The Semiotcracy". I always misplace this whenever I need to refer to it.
semiotics  technology  society  design  network  names  naming  addressing 
january 2007 by infovore
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