allaboutgeorge + class   22

Tanya Hamilton's 'Night Catches Us' captures a point in time - Los Angeles Times
I've always been interested in politics, poverty and the working class," says the director. "And the price you pay for dedication to a political movement."

Hamilton sets the tone in the opening credits, turning a series of classic Black Power posters into a potent visual statement but "it was important to me to show the variations of class in black life," she says.

As much as anything, Hamilton says she is drawn to the ordinary within black life, rather than the extremes. "There's a distinct lack of content specific to what it is to be a black American, the variations in that experience, what life is like for people who are ordinary. Those are the stories I want to tell."
film  cinema  black  race  1970s  philadelphia  writing  activism  class  african  politics  poverty  art 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The new preppy has nothing to do with tennis and Lacoste -
Perhaps preppiness is less about demographics and style than it is about living decently in an often indecent world. As stuffy and elitist as its preoccupations can be, preppiness at its core is ultimately about self-respect. It's about pulling your pants up. It's about being able to come up with an acceptable answer when asked what book changed your life. It's about knowing that you don't necessarily need to have money to have class.

And what better time to be reminded of all this than now?
identity  power  class  aesthetics  money  behavior  books 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Morning in America: It's All About the Local News |
[...] The one most often spun by station managers is that lifestyles have changed: They’ll cite market research showing people are waking earlier for longer commutes and also building in time for pre-work routines such as the gym. And they have research showing these people want fresh news and information.

The more important reason is that these early risers are advertisers’ darlings. They’re usually employed, interested in what’s going on in the world, younger than news’ aging audiences and have some money to spend – whether at McDonald’s, the home decorating store or the cineplex. That’s why you’ll see big-brand advertisers all over the 5 a.m. broadcasts, while bail bondsmen and truck-driving training commercials populate 5 p.m. [...]
television  class  marketing  media  journalism  news  sleep  attention  radio 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Did we pronounce privacy dead this week? | The Social - CNET News
"That's where things get extremely messy," Boyd said. "These are Gutenberg-like changes here," Jarvis said, "so we don't know where it's headed."
class  facebook  privacy  social  public  technology  socialnetworking  power  authority  attention  research 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Race in Digital Space (Revisited): An Interview with Sarah N. Gatson (Part One)
While one might assume that a fandom identity takes the ultimately salient position in a fandom space, what exactly might that fandom identity entail, and who is to say what is the "appropriate" salience a fan's other identities should take in that fan-expressive space? Not talking about race, gender, class, sexuality - or being pressured not to do so - in a fandom space ends up offering a "generic" or "normalized" fan. If that fan is generic, what has typically been the go-to generic fan identity? The fanboy, who also has a presumed race, class, and sexuality, right? We're being disingenuous if we pretend that this isn't so.
attention  identity  presence  reputation  games  race  gender  class  sex  creativity  online  sports 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The World - India Calling -
"If there is a creative class, in Richard Florida’s phrase, there is also emerging what might be called a fusion class: people positioned to mediate among the multiple societies that claim them."
india  business  globalization  diaspora  creative  immigration  usa  class  culture  society 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The White Stuff | The American Prospect
"They like running marathons and eating sushi, venerating Jon Stewart and bragging about not owning a TV. They talk endlessly about HBO's The Wire and dance self-consciously to '80s music. [...]"
class  race  racism  white  online  blogging  writing  humor 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Crunchy Con - Rod Dreher, Conservative blog, Beliefnet conservative politics and religion blog
"Beyond whether or not people like me will continue to be employed, there's the question of: what kind of society and polity will we have when most people don't care about serious news, and prefer instead to focus on sports and celebrities?"
class  journalism  newspapers  media  identity  society  celebrity  sports 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Inequality is closing down our concern for others
"I start sweating, I start bungling, shuffling ... You know you insult them ... they look at you like they're disgusted ... Straight away you feel, I shouldn't be there. It makes you not want to go out ... It fucking stresses you. You get exhausted ..."
poverty  wealth  money  jobs  work  uk  psychology  society  diversity  class 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
It's 'Dudamelmania' as classical music's future shifts to a new class - CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK - Los Angeles Times -
"The breaking down of the class structure of classical music will be messy. But art is messy anyway. And look at the alternative."
classical  music  losangeles  venezuela  beauty  identity  aesthetics  class  art 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sometimes Mothers Can Do No Right - New York Times
"[W]e get these class stereotypes [...] What Britney Spears evokes is this whole down-market, ‘trailer trash’ upbringing. Paris evokes the opposite — very rich parents who spoil their kids rotten and set no boundaries."
women  parenting  children  celebrity  identity  class  media 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
TV's 'Hot Ghetto Mess': Too Hot to Handle? - Newsweek Entertainment -
"African-Americans need to feel confident that white America is aware that there are black haves as well as black have-nots. Then the challenge will be to pull the poor and uneducated out of the shadowy margins."
race  black  television  media  identity  aesthetics  class  books  poverty  cable 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Class Consciousness-Raiser
"Humor in poverty? About people and sex. In the middle class? About situations. In wealth? About social faux pas. [...] The key question about food in poverty: Did you have enough? In the middle class: Did you like it? In wealth: Was it presented well?"
poor  poverty  class  education  academia  humor  wealth  food 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Lifestyles of the Rich
"All good journalism is really travel writing. You prepare for a serious story the way a foreign correspondent would. You buy the maps, you learn the language, you hang out with the locals — not just the taxi drivers! — and then you write."
writing  travel  journalism  money  class  books  nonfiction  economics  poor 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Atlantic Monthly: The Case for Reality TV
"Creative endeavors -- written, scripted, or produced -- should be measured not by how literally they replicate actual life but by how effectively they render emotional truths."
television  writing  creativity  race  class  media  story 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Keeping Tradition Alive
"[T]he Derby manages -- quite successfully -- to capture the best and the worst of our social reality. Perhaps that is why we are drawn to watch."
race  kentucky  sports  aesthetics  identity  social  fauna  animals  class  power 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Lisa Gabriele's "Pretty in Penury"
"Class and all its implications really sets in in high school, when teenagers become aware that, indeed, they are held hostage by their family's socioeconomic status. After all, you live with these people. What they are, you are."
class  poverty  education  cinema  1980s  family  parenting  money  work  jobs  school  illinois  chicago  fashion 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Salon Broadsheet: The Socioeconomics of Orgasm
"Predictably, the study found that far more men (98.4 percent) reported having had orgasms during their last (hetero) sexual encounter than women (68.9 percent)."
sex  men  gender  women  feminism  power  class  money  society  economics  education  jobs 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: August Wilson's 100-Year Memory
"For me, 'Radio Golf' is basically about the black middle class, and what I see as their failure to return the sophistication and expertise and resources they have gained to the communities and the people they belong to. They've forgotten who they are."
theater  black  class  fiction 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Consumed: The Good, the Plaid and the Ugly
''It's the same kind of slightly disenfranchised suburban kids. In the same way in the 70's they would sort of do glue, now they're all just sitting at McDonald's wearing Burberry hats.''
marketing  fashion  uk  aesthetics  class 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Ghost town
"If we can appreciate documentaries for their dramatic qualities, perhaps we can appreciate fictional films for their documentary revelations."
aesthetics  cinema  cities  class  history  losangeles  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge Slavoj Zizek's "Knee-Deep"
"The explosive growth of slums in the last decades, from Mexico City and other Latin American capitals through Africa to India, China, the Philippines and Indonesia, is perhaps the crucial geopolitical event of our times."
cities  class  identity  politics  population 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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