warrenellis + culture   18

The Last American Man
"Judson rode his horse right into a bar and sat there—on his horse—for several hours, spinning his six-shooter and telling stories, while the bartender and the customers bought him round after round after round."
journalism  culture  america 
28 days ago by warrenellis
Do you believe in life after design? | fringejoyride
"It is a year after my first trial at Possible Futures Festival at Vooruit 100, of serving the extremely invasive plant Japanese knotweed that fortuitously happen to taste of rhubarb, as cakes. Enabled by the management of Timelab and participating in launching the Flemish Food Council, I wanted to reframe invasive species as local delicacies. After much awaiting, the project has finally managed to match a sustainable source of invasive raw knotweed ingredients to supply for the Cake artisan Julie’s House."
food  design  society  culture 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
The filter trap: Swarms, anomalies, and the quasi-topology of Ikpeng shamanism | Rodgers | HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
"This article explores the first phase of shamanic initiation among the Ikpeng, an Amerindian people living close to the Middle Xingu River in southern Amazonia. Submerged in a nocturnal river or lake and staring up at the dark water surface, the initiate absorbs a swarm of water and forest beings, attracted by the potent aroma of jatobá tree resin, dripped onto the surface above his (or her) eyes, turning the novice’s body into a living container for these spirits."
shamanism  culture  cult  ritual 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Status Flight and the Gendering of Google Glass » Cyborgology
"I thought about titling this post, “Google Glass: The Beginning of White Flight from Smartphones,” but instead I’m going to propose a new term, status flight, to describe what happens when elites abandon a status symbol that’s lost its signifying power after becoming too quotidian and ubiquitous."
culture  social  phones  comms 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Wikipedia's 'Goan war' unmasked as elaborate hoax
"It went undetected for five years on Wikipedia, but now a seemingly meticulous entry about a 17th century conflict between colonial Portugal and India's Maratha empire has been outed as a hoax."
weird  counterfactual  culture  net 
january 2013 by warrenellis
How stone age man invented the art of raving | Science | The Observer
@MelissaSterry: [The Really] Old School Ravers: New scientific techniques reveal how large tribal gatherings swept neolithic Britain http://t.co/dkEZkibO http://twitter.com/MelissaSterry/status/201609554155409408
ifttt  twitter  history  social  culture 
may 2012 by warrenellis
The New Aesthetic and The New Writing : Kenneth Goldsmith : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
"The Twenty-first century is invisible. We were promised jetpacks but ended up with handlebar moustaches. The surface of things is the wrong place to find the 21st century. Instead, the unseen, the Infrathin—those tiny devices in our pockets or the thick data-haze which permeates the air we breathe — locates us in the present."
newaesthetic  culture  gz 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Julian Assange's TV debut
"Things got a bit odd with Assange's last question, in which he asked the reglious extremist, "Isn’t Allah, or the notion of God, the ultimate superpower? Shouldn’t you as a freedom fighter also seek to liberate people from the totalitarian concept of a monotheistic god"
tv  pol  war  culture 
april 2012 by warrenellis
What's in a surname? New study explores what the evolution of names reveals about China
"China stands unique with a 4,000-year history of recorded surnames stretching back to the Xia Dynasty of the 21st to 16th centuries BC."
culture 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Children perceive humanoid robot as emotional, moral being
"But they were less agreeable about allowing Robovie civil liberties, like being paid for work. The children also said that the robot could be bought, sold and should not have the right to vote. "
robots  social  culture 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Remembering Anthony Shadid | Foreign Policy
"Once, on a trip to Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, he purchased a video disc from a tea shop. Unlike Starbucks, which once sold music intended to relax the listener, the offering in Tikrit was titled "Anger." It was a compilation of bloody images of U.S. and insurgent attacks that was sickening to watch. Anthony bought it not because of its shock value, but because he knew he needed to see it to understand how Iraqi public opinion was being shaped."
writing  war  culture 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Future Perfect » The Reverse Tip
"Thoughts for today: the situations where the buyer or seller will shift a measurable value (cash, money) into other less comparable forms (fapioa, …) to disguise the real value of the exchange. Who they are disguising it from. The legal and social rules surrounding the exchange. Aftermarkets for the receipts."
money  culture  social 
january 2012 by warrenellis
russell davies: to evanesce or materialise
"Tom and I were talking this morning about a new thing we're trying to push out of Newspaper Club - a way to let people easily transfer their individual reading from screen to newspaper. We realised that some people instinctively want to do that - they want to materialise stuff. And some instinctively don't - they want all their stuff to evanesce (as Adam puts it). And you can't really predict who will be drawn to what."
culture 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Comic Relief co-creator urges BBC to split news and entertainment | Media | guardian.co.uk
"Bennett-Jones railed against the BBC management's "twisted tyranny of data" and their "lack of faith in creative talent" he believes is smothering the TV industry."
media  tv  culture 
september 2011 by warrenellis
JOURNAL: The Resilient Community Wiki
"To start off, our goal is to do what lots of people have asked me to create: a wiki that catalogues everything related to resilient communities. We'd like to create a visual catelogue of the things (from DIY solar stills to an inventory of homes, farms, businesses in your community) that will be useful in the development of resilient communities."
social  culture 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Serpentine Gallery: Mark Leckey in discussion with Matt Webb Wednesday 8 June 2011
"Matt Webb will be talking to Mark Leckey about his Serpentine show, the cult status of smart objects and the multiple relationships we form with technology."
peopleIknow  events  culture 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Why A Music Social Network Won't Succeed – Less Fan Interest Than We Imagine [INTERVIEW] - hypebot
"...shorter fame cycles don't allow for social cohesion to occur around the artist/brand. The nascent interactions around the briefly famous don't coalesce into anything enduring. The potential community member just moves on to the next titillation."
culture 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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