warrenellis + culture   30

Afrofuturism to everyday futurists: new kinds of artists, power & tech | Technology | The Guardian
"New sounds from South Africa and Nigeria’s urban science fiction could change the future of technology and the city"
future  music  culture 
16 days ago by warrenellis
are music subcultures losing their definition? | read | i-D
"As the sun sets on the year that brought us a wealth of meaningless trends, let 2015 be the year that subcultures find their definition. Let kids put down their iPhones and go out into the real world and engage with the subversive, as opposed to listlessly posting a picture of it. Ultimately, let 2015 be the year we shake off our social media induced Narcolepsy and reignite our passion for music."

Some chance.
music  culture 
23 days ago by warrenellis
Chacking to hear some Cornish dialects? - Sound and vision blog
"This month we've uploaded linguistic descriptions of conversations about local speech in Warleggan, Penzance, Mawla, St Feock and Truro. Together they constitute the set of BBC Voices Recordings made by BBC Radio Cornwall. The descriptions list the participants' responses to a set of prompt words and, in the case of Mawla, St Feock and Truro, also include a detailed description of the phonology and grammar of the speakers. - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/sound-and-vision/2015/03/chacking-to-hear-some-cornish-dialects.html#sthash.W1f1038r.7dsOBKUD.dpuf"
culture  language  voice  audio 
25 days ago by warrenellis
What is blue and how do we see color? - Business Insider
"do you really see something if you don't have a word for it?"
culture  language 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Kate Losse | Cults at Scale «DIS Magazine
"Silicon Valley’s move to make corporations more like cults, then, could be seen as a way of resisting the movement toward gender, racial, and sexual equality that may, at core, threaten executive power by asking that all employees, not just ones who look like their CEO, be treated equitably. Because another thing that cults offer is mystification: in a cult, you don’t ask, you just believe, and in a corporation, it profits the leadership for its members not to inquire or demand to be treated equally, but rather to accept their different placement in the corporate hierarchy. Cults then are an innovative, if deeply traditional, solution for what to do when the business climate threatens to become too equitable."
society  culture  cult 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
"For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

"It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life.

"The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers.

"It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.

"With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby's first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box's four cardboard walls.

"Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it's worth much more."
culture  society 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Radical Power of Classified Pop Music
"“Home” was partly motivated by my disillusionment with how apathetic music has become as a field. It seems like such a waste, as in many senses musical discourse has embraced radicalism in terms of aesthetics, however for some reason seems more politically inconsequential than I can ever remember. What good are radical sounds if they do not attempt to communicate radical alternatives? Is this all just an exercise in escapism and click bait? This is deeply troubling to me. I really don’t want to accept a scenario where musicians are relegated to the realm of entertainment and toothless universal/retrograde posturing and gestures."
music  interviews  culture 
october 2014 by warrenellis
[this is aaronland] interpretation roomba
"Is the idea of the littlenet simply coded language for a kind of secret breakfast club which in turn only exists relative to the exclusion of the biggernet? "
net  culture 
october 2014 by warrenellis
CTheory.net: Sky High, Skin Deep - dark technologies of mediation
"Media has become responsive architecture. Intelligent media artefacts are now embedded into the very fabric of our existence; they have become the structure of society itself. Ubiquitous computing creates informational environments in which material structures of communication become alive with agency. McLuhan's light bulb is now everyware: [1] technology that mediates by its mere presence"
media  culture 
october 2014 by warrenellis
BBC - James Harding - the future of BBC World Service - Media centre
"I’d fetch up in far-flung places and World Service listeners would come up and thank me for the work of the BBC. Not one to shy away from a free compliment, I’d graciously accept - and try to leave the impression that, in some small way, the wonder that is the World Service had something to do with me."

radio  culture  bbc 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Stanford researcher: Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture
"Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann found that voice-hearing experiences of people with serious psychotic disorders are shaped by local culture – in the United States, the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful. This may have clinical implications for how to treat people with schizophrenia, she suggests."
neuro  culture 
august 2014 by warrenellis
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 
july 2014 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 
june 2014 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."
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."
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."
january 2011 by warrenellis

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