allaboutgeorge + attention + aesthetics   18

'Blade Runner 2049': Why some science fiction writers are tired of dystopias - CSMonitor.com
“The utility dystopian fiction used to serve was to bring problems to our attention and seek solutions. But the danger is that these stories can become a collective act of despair in response to current events.”
story  fiction  movies  attention  aesthetics  sciencefiction  scifi 
october 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Henryk Gorecki, Polish Composer of Hit Symphony, Dies at 76 - NYTimes.com
“I think about my audience, but I am not writing for them. If I were thinking of my audience and one likes this, one likes that, one likes another thing, I would never know what to write. Let every listener choose that which interests him. I have nothing against one person liking Mozart or Shostakovich or Leonard Bernstein, but doesn’t like Gorecki. That’s fine with me. I, too, like certain things.”
attention  identity  creativity  aesthetics  classical  music  classicalmusic 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” : Maud Newton
The surprising thing about it — I almost said the insidious thing, but I’m trying to be anthropological — the surprising thing, to me, is that once we have our gramophone, or iPad, or locomotive, we become that which has the gramophone, the iPad, or the locomotive, and thereby, are instantly incapable of recognizing what just happened to us, as I believe we’re incapable of understanding what broadcast television, or the radio, or telephony did to us.
I strongly suspect that prior to those things we were something else. In that regard, our predecessors are in a sense unknowable. Imagine a world without recorded music: I always come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to imagine that, because I have become that which lives with recorded music.
music  writing  technology  futurism  aesthetics  attention  identity  television  ipad  transportation  sciencefiction  novels  fiction 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
M.I.A.: Unlike Lady Gaga, I won't be 'blindfolded with naked men feeding me apples' | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
We’re past the point in culture of really caring if our pop stars are “authentic” or not, and we derive a lot of genuine pleasure from the sounds and imagery of “faking it.” But M.I.A.’s take underscores a more valid criticism – that even if a star is contrived, at least be contrived to fascinating ends. No one really touches Gaga on red carpet photogenic qualities, and she’s got an undeniable instrument in that voice.
identity  music  aesthetics  marketing  attention  culture  business  power  pop 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Hunch Cofounder Caterina Fake
[...] But from our perspective, the social graph is actually less informative and actually gives you less valuable information on you than what we’re calling the taste graph because you may – I may be in contact with my co-workers, who are kind of like male engineer types and, with my mom, I have a very close relationship with. But our tastes are very different, the things that we like, the sushi restaurants or (unintelligible) that we’d be interested in…

Mr. ARRINGTON: Yeah.

Ms. FAKE: Or the clothes that we would wear and so, what we’re – our assumption is that there’s people out there who share similar taste. They have a similar aesthetic to you or they have, say, you’re kind of looking for a blog or a news show, your political position or political stance would inform that choice as well. So, that’s really what…

Mr. ARRINGTON: And this actually works?

Ms. FAKE: And this actually works, yes.
interviews  news  search  video  interview  internet  aesthetics  identity  attention  data 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
For Sade, a Reluctant Return to the Spotlight - NYTimes.com
For Sade, reticence is a matter of both temperament and songwriting strategy. “That’s the trick in a way, like conjuring,” she said. “You’ve got to allow so much to go in there. But it isn’t just your own, because then it’s T.M.I.” — too much information — “and when you listen to the song you’re thinking of the person rather than your own emotions. If it’s too attached to the performer,” she added, “it pushes you away, it’s a bit repulsive. Because that’s theirs — it’s not yours.”
songwriting  music  aesthetics  creativity  writing  identity  attention  relationships 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Mark Morford: Where have you been all my life?
[...] To me, it's all flavors of delightful to ponder these rifts and hiccups, these jumps and thrusts of time. Because the danger is, you can give up. You can become thoroughly stuck in your patterns, your tastes, how you think it's supposed to be. You can attach yourself and your identity early on to various ideas, styles, modes of being, and never budge as the world evolves and dances on, and you just grunt and scowl and wonder what happened to the good ol' days.

But if you remain open, you can circle back around and rediscover yourself in new and fascinating recombinations, as each generation comes forth, bearing startling new gifts. It's a simple truth, recast in a million variations: The delights and epiphanies, the loves and the gods, the deepenings and the awakenings? They find you when you are ready. And of course, vice-versa.

Really, what more could you ask for?
writing  attention  time  aesthetics  aging  music  beauty  art  love  rock 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Song Decoders at Pandora - NYTimes.com
It’s the “social” theories of music-liking that get most of the attention these days: systems that connect you with friends with similar tastes, or that rely on “collaborative filtering” strategies that cross-match your music-consumption habits with those of like-minded strangers. These popular approaches marginalize traditional gatekeepers; instead of trusting the talent scout, the radio programmer or the music critic, you trust your friends (actual or virtual), or maybe just “the crowd.”
Pandora’s approach more or less ignores the crowd. It is indifferent to the possibility that any given piece of music in its system might become a hit. The idea is to figure out what you like, not what a market might like. More interesting, the idea is that the taste of your cool friends, your peers, the traditional music critics, big-label talent scouts and the latest influential music blog are all equally irrelevant. That’s all cultural information, not musical information.
media  music  internet  nytimes  pandora  attention  reputation  marketing  business  oakland  technology  listening  aesthetics 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Mainstream News Outlets Start Linking to Other Sites - NYTimes.com
"It’s a change in mindset. We’re looking at the fragmented local market and saying, ‘We’re going to provide a destination where you can come and search across different segments.’ ”
newspapers  media  journalism  usa  blogging  web  online  news  attention  reputation  local  aesthetics 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Basics - Gut Instinct’s Surprising Role in Math - NYTimes.com
“What’s interesting and surprising in our results is that the same system we spend years trying to acquire in school, and that we use to send a man to the moon, and that has inspired the likes of Plato, Einstein and Stephen Hawking, has something in common with what a rat is doing when it’s out hunting for food. I find that deeply moving.”
mathematics  science  aesthetics  education  biology  fauna  animals  philosophy  attention 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Roaming the World, Detecting Fashion - New York Times
“A red flag for me when I’m hiring is someone who says ‘my whole life is fashion.’ You have to be interested in much more than fashion. You have to understand the world if you are going to understand what people want to wear.”
fashion  creativity  aesthetics  travel  work  jobs  attention 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is it love, or a mutual strangulation society? -- CNN.com
"I can live without you, no problem." "My love for you will definitely change." "You're not everything I need." "I won't always hold you close." "You and I aren't one." Got it?
love  marriage  relationships  beauty  aesthetics  music  altruism  women  men  identity  attention  presence  sex 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Other People’s Photosets - The Medium - Magazine - New York Times Blog
"When we stare at other people — on the street, in paparazzi shots, on the Internet — what are we looking for? Beauty, ugliness, evidence of hidden treachery, inspiration for what to wear?"
beauty  photography  flickr  aesthetics  fashion  identity  creativity  attention  reputation 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Machinist: Why I Miss The Dead-Tree Newspaper
"On the Web, in order to determine if a piece is important, you've got to click on it -- and the more clicking you're doing, the less skimming."
newspapers  media  information  aesthetics  news  journalism  attention  gtd  nytimes  publishing 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Is This Man Cheating on His Wife? - WSJ.com
"Our brains are not specialized for 21st-century media. There's no switch that says, 'Process this differently because it's on a screen.' "
marriage  online  relationships  identity  games  aesthetics  love  dating  polyamory  yasns  psychology  attention  presence  reputation 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dept. of Popular Culture: Banksy Was Here: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"The graffitist’s impulse is akin to a blogger’s: write some stuff, quickly, which people may or may not read. Both mediums demand wit and nimbleness."
blogging  art  uk  aesthetics  identity  anonymity  marketing  beauty  urban  poverty  capitalism  attention 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pearls Before Breakfast - washingtonpost.com
"Joshua Bell was standing there playing at rush hour, and people were not stopping, and not even looking, and some were flipping quarters at him! Quarters! I wouldn't do that to anybody."
music  classical  washington  transit  aesthetics  art  beauty  attention  public  story 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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