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Americans Are Shifting The Rest Of Their Identity To Match Their Politics | FiveThirtyEight
On the Democratic side, 60 percent of Hillary Clinton’s voters were non-Hispanic white people. At times, political coverage (including my own articles) overemphasizes the roles that Asians, blacks and Latinos play in the Democratic Party. But just because most nonwhite voters are Democrats, that doesn’t mean most Democrats are nonwhite. In fact, white women are the biggest racial/gender cohort in the Democratic Party, according to the Pew data.
news  identity  politics  2010s  clinton  democrats  republicans  lgbt  religion  men  women 
11 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Who Gets to Call Themselves Nonbinary?
“One useful way to consider identity policing is to think about whether the policing is flowing upstream or downstream,” Professor Grzanka tells me. “Downstream — if we take that to mean interrogating people who have less power than you — tends to feel gross to me.”
gender  beauty  lgbt  relationships  men  women  power  identity  sex 
11 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Why Troye Sivan’s Success Marks a Milestone for Queer Pop | Pitchfork
Mainstream U.S. media currently celebrates queer bodies but hasn’t shown the same respect for queer music since the lesbian rock wave of the ’90s and the gay synth-pop boom of the ’80s. It’s bizarre that Radio Disney shows more love for Sivan and his lesbian peers like Tegan & Sara or Hayley Kiyoko than most adult stations generate for Monáe or Perfume Genius or John Grant.
lgbtq  music  pop  identity  BillboardHot100  business 
13 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Awkwafina, Cultural Appropriation, and Who Owns the Blaccent
It is not by accident that people in power acquire cachet and adoration (and more power) when they don facsimile costumes of the people kept from power. And yet, power doesn’t often propagate itself so plainly in popular culture. We see its influence in what ends up valued and not valued, but more often, appropriation goes undetected.
asianamerican  identity  black  voice  movies  film  power  community  culture 
28 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Otis R. Taylor Jr.: Looking serious while black: Reactions reflect some troubling attitudes
I'm not angry.

But that's the perception some readers have of me based solely on the photo that accompanies my column. I know this because since my column debuted in this space exactly two years ago today, I've received a steady stream of emails and handwritten notes imploring me to smile.
identity  journalism  newspapers  sanfrancisco  black  photography 
29 days ago by allaboutgeorge
NYTimes: Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
Their reams of data converged on a breathtaking statistic: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.

Nationwide, the researchers estimated in an interview, this effect drove one-tenth of all anti-refugee violence.

The uptick in violence did not correlate with general web use or other related factors; this was not about the internet as an open platform for mobilization or communication. It was particular to Facebook.
socialnetworking  socialmedia  facebook  immigration  news  journalism  web  community  communication  identity  research 
4 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: Crying in H Mart
I wonder how many people at H Mart miss their families. How many are thinking of them as they bring their trays back from the different stalls. Whether they’re eating to feel connected, to celebrate these people through food. Which ones weren’t able to fly back home this year, or for the past ten years? Which ones are like me, missing the people who are gone from their lives forever?
memory  family  southkorea  food  shopping  identity  philadelphia  cancer  asianamerican 
4 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
My name is Nabihah Iqbal, and I make guitar music | Dazed
This is exactly why we should be using our real names, and proudly. We shouldn’t be shy of who we are. We need to represent, and we need to prove that you can be yourself and still pursue whatever you want to do. It’s the only way that we can start to dismantle the prejudices and stereotypes that hold us back.
art  fashion  film  music  ideas  identity  uk  asian  indie 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter - The New York Times
“Our findings suggest that censorship in China is effective not only because the regime makes it difficult to access sensitive information, but also because it fosters an environment in which citizens do not demand such information in the first place”
marketing  google  power  socialnetworking  censorship  asia  capitalism  internet  identity  attention  china  twitter  corporations  culture 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities - Curbed
“The response to this overall population loss has been pretty lukewarm,” Loury says. “I don’t think it’s been widely acknowledged by many, at least in the halls of power. They’re indifferent, and I find that troubling.”
cities  chicago  usa  migration  population  black  census  census2020  identity  midwest  SouthernShift 
7 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - Why no-one speaks Indonesia's language
Bahasa Indonesia was adopted to make communication easier across the vast Indonesian archipelago, but its simplicity has only created new barriers.
indonesia  language  identity  speech  trade  economy  asia 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Am I Gay or Straight? Maybe This Fun Quiz Will Tell Me - The New York Times
Lost in the many hundreds of quizzes I had taken was the power of making my own choice. Finally, at 28, I realized I could, if I wanted, be different from the person I had been told I was.
relationships  identity  lgbt  love  dating 
march 2018 by allaboutgeorge
On Mourning Your Former Selves - Original Essay by Morgan Jerkins
I have disturbed myself: this is how I know that I have accomplished something grand. I have unraveled a part of myself, and my emotional and physiological responses demonstrate that what I have written is not trivial. And therefore, the title seems fitting: This is (in fact) my undoing.
time  memory  writing  storytelling  transparency  nonfiction  identity 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The year we wanted the internet to be smaller - The Verge
“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political,” Laing concludes. “Loneliness is collective; it is a city.” The vast digital metropolis of the internet — that place that was supposed to make us feel never alone — failed us this year; we built what we needed on its outskirts.
internet  attention  identity  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia  email  humor 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
On the Political Value of Fashion | JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد
Refusing to engage with the politics of fashion does not allow you to be any less political—it just makes you silent. At a time we cannot afford to be.

Engage with your clothing. Be intentional and meaningful with what you choose to convey—and how you choose to do it.
fashion  identity  curation  power  politics  aesthetics 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: Why Hufflepuff is the best house — Quartz
When a battle comes to Hogwarts in the final book of the series, she explains, Hufflepuffs stay and fight not because they want glory or attention, but because they want to do what’s right. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless,” she says. “That’s the essence of the Hufflepuff house.”
books  novels  reading  ethics  behavior  identity 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work — Tech News and Analysis
The shift from a generation that started out un-connected to one that is growing up connected will result in conflicts, disruption and eventually the redrawing of our societal expectations. The human race has experienced these shifts before — just not at the speed and scale of this shift.
data  culture  future  work  reputation  identity  power  politics 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Copy-paste journalism wants to be free
With computer-generated journalism, the old quote “information wants to be free” is becoming a reality. And it is happening exactly the way Stewart Brand predicted: “the cost of getting it (information) out is getting lower and lower all the time.”
Luckily for journalists, the free part is only half of the quote. It actually begins with “information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.” As Brand points out, some of the things you read or see can literally change your life.
journalism  media  information  writing  identity  technology  style  reputation  online  blogging 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Reverse Engineering OKCupid | Discretized Continuity
If you’ve ever seen bots on reddit like qkme_transcriber, you may wonder how they’re able to make posts without human intervention. Well wonder no longer! By examining how OKCupid handles HTTP requests, I’ll show you how to first deconstruct the undocumented APIs of other sites, then manipulate them with nary a mouse click.
code  dating  relationships  identity  technology  reddit 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool” | The Feminist Wire
Given this, it seems to me that any notion of black cool that is only imagined as being exercised or embodied by black masculine men and/or some masculine women is, well, played out. Black cool is multi-textured, unrestrictive, and forever changing. We, black folk are diverse in our embodiments, sexual identities, and gender expressions; therefore, our imaginations of black cool, if they are to be unrestrictive, should be vast enough to consider feminine women, feminine men, gender variant/trans men and women, and differently-abled individuals.
queer  gay  black  race  power  gender  sex  creativity  beauty  identity  presence 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Deconstructing: Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, And Villainizing Entertainers - Stereogum
We can play high and mighty when shit gets real, call for some kind of justice where the “bad” musicians don’t get to have successful careers anymore. But any lines we draw about whose music is tainted seem arbitrary to me, particularly in a culture that celebrates moral ambiguity. Where is the line between Chris Brown and, say, that angelic beacon of truth and wisdom Frank Ocean? If “Wiseman” is anything to go on, Ocean would probably argue there is no line. He’d be absolutely right.
music  identity  reputation  r&b  rock  indie  violence  relationships 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Dan Harmon and life after 'Community' - Grantland
The conversation we're not having is: "Hey, there's 250 million of us watching an average of six hours a day of a one-way transmission that only ever tells us that we are all animals and that we should buy Cottonell." That's the one conversation no one is having, not a single one of us. Well, I mean, there are a couple people having it; they're on street corners covered in tattoos with their dicks pierced, and they're holding signs saying, "Honk if you want to burn down the White House." Those people are not marketable; we put them in the same drawer as homeless people; they're weird characters, putting flyers on your windshield and walking around barefoot and freaking out about the fact that this Orwellian nightmare is happening, and we're all inside having these debates about whether or not liking 30 Rock makes us smart or stupid.
television  identity  marketing  advertising  business  narrative  reputation 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Five ways media companies can build paywalls around people instead of content — paidContent
Here’s one suggestion: Why not monetize individual writers? Doing do could build stronger relationships with readers that would create more long-term value, and possibly even prevent some star writers from going the Andrew Sullivan route.
newspapers  paywall  identity  journalism  relationships  business  media 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
You, Me And “Star Trek: The Next Generation” | The Awl
"You may or may not find this all a bit overdetermined. But we are in no small part what we consume. Our media texts become signifiers of self, status, character."
media  identity  startrek  television  Awl 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Seeing the Future in Science Fiction : The New Yorker
By 1964, when I was negotiating puberty in the chill deeps of the Cold War, history itself had become the Atomic Disintegrator. In those years, I was drawn to science fiction (and mainly to its prose forms) for the evidence it offered of manifold possibilities of otherness. To a curious, anxious, white male child coming of age in an incurious and paranoid white monoculture, there was literally nothing like it—though a great deal of science fiction, possibly the majority of it, I was starting to notice, depicted futuristic monocultures that were dominated by white males. The rest, however, had as much to do with making me the person I am today as anything else did. Things might be different, science fiction told me, and different in literally any way you could imagine, however radical.
sciencefiction  literature  newyorker  fiction  identity  1960s 
june 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Hipsters: A field guide : C.W. Nevius Blog
The good news is I was right. It was a bad idea to use the word.

The bad news is that I got a call from our editing desk saying that the Chronicle had an official policy not to use the term "twenty-something'' because it had become a cliche. The editor, who was sympathetic to my concerns, kicked some ideas around with me, but we couldn't really come up with a good alternative. (I know, "twenty-ish'' would have been fine, but somehow we missed that.)

So we went with hipster.

Some people didn't notice. But wow, those who did, really noticed.
hipsters  identity  sanfrancisco  media  copyediting  reputation 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion
The Passion Gap is evident when you see a founder or product manager so deeply engaged in their product that they can’t help but think about it all the time, and, as a result, they see all the fine details that are required to make a product that exactly matches what the market needs. This is true even when the market hasn’t yet realized the need.
business  beauty  social  foursquare  attention  identity  software  technology  location 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Case Against Drop-down Identities | Smarterware
Social software should let you explain. But as the drop-down option says, it's complicated.
identity  gender  power  social  software  technology  reputation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Stefan Kanfer's Tough Without a Gun: What made Humphrey Bogart so great? - By Tom Shone - Slate Magazine
What lends singularity to Bogart's films is the sense of irreversible actions, with moral consequences, being borne by a man standing as if waist-high in a river, braced by events. The action held him in place. Once things happened to him, they didn't un-happen. He didn't get a do-over. When he got slugged, he rubbed his jaw like a kid coming away from the dentist. "When he sweated you could have wrung his shirt," said François Truffaut, doubtless thinking of the first scene The Big Sleep, in which Marlowe comes across Major Sternwood in his hothouse, living off heat like a newborn spider, surrounded by orchids whose flesh so reminds him of the rotten sweetness of corruption.

"Why did you have to go on?" Lauren Bacall asks him.
"Too many people told me to stop," he replies.
hollywood  identity  acting  movies  film  cinema  books  fiction 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
Your personal data will likely be of interest on its own, as a type of diary, but it's probably going to be much more interesting and useful when cross-referenced with other sets of data. Those other sets of data will provide context, surfacing correlations and patterns that would otherwise be invisible. Recommendations, personalization, alerts, benchmarks, social and self assessment: the types of value adds that can be built on top of a good data set are just beginning to be explored. And there are few data sets as interesting, to you, than you.
data  information  attention  identity  technology  social  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Did Humphrey Bogart Become Immortal? - Alyssa Rosenberg - Culture - The Atlantic
In a world where we have more options in entertainment in general and the movies in particular, why do we continue to need Humphrey Bogart? Rick never figured out why Ilsa ended up in his bar in Casablanca. But why isn't really the important part: All that matters is that she's there.
movies  identity  men  acting  cinema  film  hollywood 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Not Every Journalist Can Be an Entrepreneur
Most of the people I know in the news biz, and most of the students I teach, want to be reporters because they love to write, or get a charge out of chasing a big story, or are crusaders wanting to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and so on. Not many get into journalism to make a lot of money (if they did they'd be fools anyway.)
business  journalism  media  newspapers  entrepreneurs  work  identity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Sue de Beer’s Latest Video, at Park Avenue Armory - NYTimes.com
“As an artist, you shed all these objects which were the ‘you’ back in the moment when you made them,” she said. “And then you go back and hardly recognize them and feel like the person who made them wasn’t you but someone else, like a sister or something. And you wonder ‘What was she like?’ ”
memory  art  creativity  attention  identity  beauty  nyc  nytimes  video 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Singer tackles gay bashing, suicide in new video
"I think many musicians separate themselves from what they're actually going through in real life for fear of being judged for, you know, what their political views are (and) what they feel personally about things that are going on in the real world," she said. "Music for me is personal and that's the only way I know how to approach it."
music  gay  songwriting  suicide  video  art  creativity  identity  violence 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Sustainable Love - Tara Parker
While the notion of self-expansion may sound inherently self-serving, it can lead to stronger, more sustainable relationships, Dr. Lewandowski says.

"If you're seeking self-growth and obtain it from your partner, then that puts your partner in a pretty important position," he explains. "And being able to help your partner's self-expansion would be pretty pleasing to yourself."

The concept explains why people are delighted when dates treat them to new experiences, like a weekend away. But self-expansion isn't just about exotic experiences. Individuals experience personal growth through their partners in big and small ways. It happens when they introduce new friends, or casually talk about a new restaurant or a fascinating story in the news.
psychology  love  marriage  relationships  power  work  creativity  science  education  identity  attention  presence 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I’m the mayor! So what?
It’s not so much about where you are as it is about why you are there. Simply checking in at the grocery store might not supply anyone with useful information, but noting that the grocery store is playing your favorite band, or that there is an outrageous sale on delicious baked goods adds a layer to the check-in that can really excited people. It’s about sharing experiences, because other people can relate to experiences.

As for mayorships and badges – unless gaining rewards (which come around once in a while, but not frequently enough), these provide a very basic function, which is that of a simple reward. One might collect mayorships or badges similar to the way we collected things and played games when we were children. You never got any real reward from winning a game of Monopoly, but you had fun while playing, right?
marketing  business  mobile  technology  location  identity  privacy 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Do: ‘Objectivity’ in the Age of the Internet | Epicenter | Wired.com
We can all live amazingly transparent lives now, but some of us have an obligation to actually be more transparent than others. The answer may just be to be yourself in every arena — use your real or the same name, and the same picture — and to participate on the issues of the day, and then aggregate your life feed and make it widely available.
journalism  internet  wired  bias  ethics  power  communication  online  media  identity  presence  reputation 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Logic+Emotion: Talk Isn't Cheap
Social technologies empower people to talk about what THEY want to and not about what YOU want them to. So, let's assume for the moment that this statement is a current reality. The next question becomes is there value to letting people talk about what they want to discuss? I believe there is. In fact, I believe that it's better than any focus group your company has ever conducted, and yet it's likely that your company still invests hundreds of thousands of dollars on traditional R&D and focus groups. In some cases these conversations (both positive and negative) leave a considerable "long tail" on the internet which can potentially grow your business or damage your reputation.
marketing  media  online  communication  publicrelations  power  internet  identity  relationships  business  social 
november 2010 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
Parsing Online Data to Find You a Date | Sam Yagan | Big Think
So it is a little bit of a marketing game, but it’s also a numbers game. So you should be reaching out to more people. Don’t be afraid about sending a message to somebody, even if you think you might be, you know, out of your league or not necessarily the best match for you. You have to go out there and you have to put those messages out there. You have to try. Don’t just cut and paste the same messages you sent to the last girl. Customize it. Think about "How do I actually get this specific person, guy or girl to write me back?"
dating  relationships  data  information  attention  presence  writing  identity  technology  love  research 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans
The interesting thing is that mobile is inherently social; afterall, before all these apps it was used to talk to people with your voice. And social is inherently mobile too: you don’t only want to be connected to people while you’re at your desk at work, you want to talk to them when you’re out in the world, doing the things you love, and have something to say or something to share.

Facebook’s commitment to mobile is what will solidify their social dominance.
facebook  mobile  social  android  technology  software  identity  business  development 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hugh Hefner has been good for us - Roger Ebert's Journal
You may believe Playboy was the enemy of women. It objectified their bodies. It schooled men to regard them as sex objects. It stood for all that feminists fought to correct. There is some truth to that, but it doesn't impact upon my experience, and the best I can do here is be truthful.

Nobody taught me to regard women as sex objects. I always did. Most men do. And truth to tell, most women regard men as sex objects. We regard many other aspects of another person, but sex is the elephant in the room. Evolution has hard-wired us that way. When we meet a new person, in some small recess of our minds we evaluate that person as a sex partner. We don't act on it, we don't dwell on it, but we do it. You know we do. And this process continues bravely until we are old and feeble.
sex  men  women  magazines  love  relationships  identity  attention  presence  writing  journalism 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A magazine for gay men in the Arab world | PRI.ORG
The name of the magazine is "Mithly" -- a new Arabic term for gay. It comes from the root "mithl," meaning "alike, similar." Existing Arabic words for homosexual are all pejorative, "lothi" from the story of Lot in the Bible, and the word "shaath." [...] The editor says it was important to come up with an Arabic word, rather than just using the Western term gay, to emphasize that gay men in the Arab world are part of society. For many gay Arab men, that inclusion is taking place online.
gay  arabic  language  magazines  online  identity  media 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Rapleaf’s Web: How You Are Profiled on the Web: Tech News «
To be clear, I don’t have old-fashioned notions about privacy on the Internet. I know the realities of today’s Internet life. In order to enjoy the convenience of using web-based services, one has to make some sacrifices, and living socially online will eventually lead to an erosion of privacy. However, what I find egregious is how the information is surreptitiously collected all over the web, then aggregated to be sold, without us having any control or ability to look into that data. Sure we can opt out, but only if we know that we’re being profiled. (Ironically, you have to register to opt-out.)
identity  internet  privacy  security  email  marketing  business  media  power  reputation 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Culture of Poverty - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Personal - The Atlantic
I suspect that a large part of the problem, when we talk about culture, is an inability to code-switch, to understand that the language of Rohan is not the language of Mordor. I don't say this to minimize culture, to the contrary, I say it to point how difficult it is to get people to discard practices which were essential to them in one world, but hinder their advancement into another. And then there's the fear of that other world, that sense that if you discard those practices, you have discarded some of yourself, and done it in pursuit of a world, that you may not master.
politics  race  culture  poverty  violence  teaching  power  education  identity 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Liza Fesses Up | Music | The Advocate
[...] “Every performer, if she’s good, will make you in the audience feel as if you know her. And the fact is, all you know is performance…. To a lot of people, Liza is a symbol. What she is to me, besides being somebody I love, is an immense talent. What other people choose to make of her—what the audience sees is what the audience needs to see. And what she really is and what all great performers are is a combination of supreme talent, discipline, hard work, self-criticism, all sorts of prosaic things that the people who watch her don’t like to deal with because it’s too boring.”

So if Liza’s never really thought about you, don’t take it personally. Her job isn’t to think about you. Her job is to make a self for you to think about. In fact, if she spent her time thinking about you, there would be no her for you to know. Instead of wondering what Liza thinks about her gay audience, wonder, How did she make that self—and how, in spite of everything, has she kept it?
media  music  identity  creativity  gay  celebrity  public  memory  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Identity and The Independent Web - John Battelle's Searchblog
In other words, perhaps it's time for a Revealed Identity, as opposed to a Public or Dependent Identity. [...]

I think it's worth defining a portion of the web as a place where one can visit and be part of a conversation without the data created by that conversation being presumptively sucked into a sophisticated response platform - whether that platform is Google, Blue Kai, Doubleclick, Twitter, or any other scaled web service. Now, I'm all for engaging with that platform, to be sure, but I'm also interested in the parts of society where one can wander about free of identity presumption, a place where one can chose to engage knowing that you are in control of how your identity is presented, and when it is revealed.

One thing I’m certain of: Who I am according to Google, or Facebook, or any number of other scaled Dependent Web services, is not necessarily who I want to be as I wander this new digital world. I want more instrumentation, more nauance, and more rights.
identity  internet  privacy  reputation  marketing  business  power  social  relationships  technology  google  facebook  anonymity 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Corner Office - Turn Insecurity Into Strength, Starbucks’ Chief Says - Question - NYTimes.com
People ask me what’s the most important function when you’re starting an organization or setting up the kind of culture and values that are going to endure.

The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and it’s the last discipline that gets funded. Marketing, manufacturing — all these things are important. But more often than not, the head of H.R. does not have a seat at the table. Big mistake.
business  ethics  culture  identity  marketing  starbucks  coffee 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
You Are What You Sell: A Look into the Ad World - Modern Luxury Manhattan - Style
“It is no longer good enough to market on the basis of a product’s superiority point. You’ve got to find a belief that a brand can own in a credible way, so people can feel a sense of shared value.”
marketing  identity  nyc  communication  ethics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns
If malware steals your credit card details or online banking passwords, you can easily change them and this limits the damage.

But if a malicious attacker steals your behavioral patterns, there's almost nothing you can do. You can't change your network of friends or family, for example.

What's more, once this information is released, it is more or less impossible to contain--how would you ensure that every copy had been deleted?
identity  information  crime  online  technology  behavior  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple Logo Is an Agnostic's Crucifix, Star of David: Study | Fast Company
"Brands are a signal of self-worth," said Gavan Fitzsimons, professor of marketing and psychology at Duke. "We're signaling to others that we care about ourselves and that we feel good about ourselves and that we matter in this world. It's more than 'I'm hip or cool'...I'm a worthwhile person, and I matter, and you should respect me and think that I'm a good person, because I've got the D&G on my glasses."
marketing  apple  technology  religion  psychology  identity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Further Improbables - NYTimes.com
What if, during the act that gave the world me — and you — the phone had rung in the middle of everything? Resumption on the parents’ part later would have resulted in — not me, or you, but “not-me” and “not-you.”

(I was 13 and in the bathtub again — where thoughts seem to hit — when this one did; I recall that, for whatever reason, it made my legs involuntarily jump, causing a terrific splash. Can someone explain?)

Resumption on the parents’ part would have meant an entirely different configuration of those eager little wigglers assaulting mom’s egg. Who, I wondered, would be in this tub now? Followed by the unsettling thought, “It might even be a girl.”
science  fertility  research  identity  biology  time  sex 
september 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
The new preppy has nothing to do with tennis and Lacoste - latimes.com
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
Queer Oakland: Juba Kalamka, the Lyrical Misanthrope | Oakland Local
“I think it’s important to make it clear, especially to young people … I do art, and I have a job that I get up and go to every morning," he says. "Sometimes I get to fly somewhere and do a show. I’m happy doing both. There’s nothing the matter with it. If I had the opportunity to be on the road 200 days out of the year, that’s not the kind of life that I’m interested in.

“I like being home; I like being around my family. My kids know who I am, that I’m just this dork. I empty cat boxes and take out the garbage on Wednesdays. There’s nothing the matter with it. I’m tired of this investment in the idea that in order to make art, in order to have notoriety around your work, you have to be tragic, and people gaping at the spectacle of that when it’s happening.”
queer  oakland  bisexual  art  creativity  music  hiphop  work  attention  identity  jobs 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How black people use Twitter. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine
"It's my impression that these hashtags start in dense communities—people who are highly connected to each other," Meeder says. "If you have 50 of these people talking about it, think about the number of outsiders who follow at least one of those 50—it's pretty high at that point. So you can actually get a pretty big network effect by having high density."
twitter  social  black  race  community  identity  socialnetworking  authority  reputation 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only - WSJ.com
Calculating "bits" gets complex, as some facts about a person are more valuable—and thus have more "bits"—than others. ZIP codes and birthdates, for instance, are extremely valuable when zeroing in on individuals.

Bottom line: Mr. Eckersley determined Mr. Burney's location (the small town of Avon, Colo.) and his Nielsen demographic segment ("God's Country") together offered about 26.5 bits of information that could be used to identify Mr. Burney individually.

That's enough to narrow him down to one of just 64 or so people world-wide.
anonymity  privacy  online  marketing  identity  data  information 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Information That Is Needed to Identify You: 33 Bits - Digits - WSJ
How many pieces of information are needed to identify an individual? In the field of re-identification science, it’s 33 “bits,” specifically “33 bits of entropy.” (Information-science researchers refer to random pieces of information as “entropy.”)

Why 33? Because a “bit” is computer lingo for an on-off switch that can have only two values, 0 or 1. And 2 multiplied by itself 33 times is a bit more than the number of people on earth — 6.6 billion. Two to the 32nd power is lower than the world’s population. So, in theory, it takes at least 33 “bits” of information to uniquely identify someone — getting the pool of people down to 20, which equals one.

Each piece of information you add reduces the pool of possible individuals. But not every data point is worth the same number of “bits.”
privacy  twitter  mathematics  science  marketing  identity  technology 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments - Internet Culture - Salon.com
When a person comments anonymously, we’re told, they're putting a mask on. But the more time I spend online the more I'm convinced that this analogy gets it backward.

The self that we show in anonymous comments, the fantasy self, the self we see in the mirror when we fantasize about being tough and strong and feared, the face we would present to the world if there were no such thing as consequences: That’s the real us.

The civil self is the mask.
communication  identity  culture  ethics  internet  psychology  blogging  anonymity  moderation  online  media  public 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Courtland Milloy - WWII hero Vernon Baker fought fascism over there, racism at home
"My hero's mantle has been crafted out of carnage, the senseless sacrifice of young men and my mad-dog desperation to outlast the enemy and disprove the fiction that black soldiers were afraid to fight," he wrote. "It's not a cause for national celebration or the incarnation of heroes. It is reason for us to mourn our losses and question our motivation."
war  1940s  race  military  identity  usa 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How the LGBTQQI West Was One: Envisioning change, artistic risk and leadership in Oakland | Oakland Local
“There are so many of us that are suffering, in internal and external ways. We can choose to ignore it, we can choose to cover it up, we can put something nice and shiny on it, but so many of us are suffering," Clark said. "If all of us just decided that enough is enough ... this isn’t going to happen anymore. Then sh-- would have to change.

"There are more of us than there are of the people who are orchestrating this in a conscious way. There are more of us. Yeah, it’s a really big system. But we are a lot of people!”
gay  oakland  activism  art  interviews  queer  identity 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Citizen Twitters to Keep Oakland Safe During Riots (Video) - The Bay Citizen
“We were looking at mainstream media to verify the facts we were getting mainly through Twitter feeds. But after some time we realized that there was a way to validate the authenticity of the tweets we were getting, by looking at the past content. As we followed the information related by different individuals, we quickly spotted who had been consistently accurate about incidences. We picked them up as trustworthy sources,” Chamales explained.
media  social  oakland  twitter  news  journalism  identity  authority 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » The Return of the Hand
This is something I have thought a lot about — but it never really crystallized for me until the Uruguay-Ghana game here at the World Cup last week. To recap the moment quickly, the score was tied in the final seconds of injury time when Ghana, in one last magnificent burst, put a shot on goal, then another shot on goal and finally a third. The first was saved by the goalkeeper, the second blocked by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. The third, a header from Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah, was almost across the line and in the net when Suarez, in desperation, knocked it out with his hand.
sports  soccer  ethics  games  behavior  identity  worldcup  ghana  uruguay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tyler Brûlé, Media Maverick - BusinessWeek
"People are intrigued by how we manage to charge 50 percent more for subscriptions," he says. "Partly, the subscription gives people access to some Monocle extras, the website archive, and so on. But it is really based on the idea that people want to belong to something that says something about them. ... People will choose what denim they want to wear, and they will choose what newspaper they want to buy, and they want other people to be aware of that, too. Until an iPad is backlit, no one will have any idea that you read Der Spiegel or the Guardian or whatever."

To back this belief, Brûlé is planning a one-off newspaper in the summer full of essays and reportage, all printed on luxurious paper. "[...] Would you take an iPad to the beach? To the pool? No. It's too precious. You can leave your newspaper on your towel and no one will nick it. And the thing about good newsprint is that it actually gets more tactile with a bit of sun and moisture."
magazines  publishing  identity  ipad  newspapers  europe  media  marketing 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When 'Twilight' fandom becomes addiction - latimes.com
"If you take away 'Twilight' and put in a football team, this doesn't look so much different from what guys have been doing for decades," says Baym. "They stay up late at night looking at statistics and playing fantasy football. You could just as easily say they've lost touch with reality or that they're addicted. 'Twilight' is just a story women are engaging with passionately, so people say it's dysfunctional. On the other hand, maybe men's relationship with football is dysfunctional as well."
culture  marriage  movies  fandom  story  identity  relationships  online  internet  men  women  sports 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
CULTURAL STUDIES | Reflections in the Facebook Mirror
“Online there’s a whole different set of clues for evaluating people you come across. If you meet someone in person, you can see if he’s a slob or if he woke up this morning and spent seven hours on himself. But people online are remarkably similar to what they are in real life. If you’re a jerk online, you’re probably a jerk in real life, too.”
facebook  nytimes  social  socialnetworking  biography  identity  community 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
In Conversation With Vijay Iyer, Part I - Sepia Mutiny
I guess my point is that I’m not trying to force these other influences into music; I’m just being honest about who I am. I realized sometime in my early 20s that if I was going to keep making music, it had to authentically reflect me as a person, my reality and what’s happening around me.

As for how I balance it all, I think it’s mainly a matter of life being long, and me being sort of a restless person. I’ve been lucky in my life to intersect with a lot of different interesting folks, and it’s really these associations with people and their knowledge that drive the work.
jazz  music  creativity  identity  art  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How social media has changed executive roles
The biggest change is the culture of sharing that has come around. And that has created a lot of pressure on an organization to share back and be more free with the information they give to people.
leadership  social  socialnetworking  communication  business  identity 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How to Build Your Wardrobe for Men | The Art of Manliness
There are many things that we can’t control; the weather, the economy, the fact that college football needs a playoff system. How we present ourselves to strangers and new acquaintances, however, is not one of them. When you shake hands with a potential partner, they form an instant impression of you which is not easily dislodged. First impressions are powerful because until we begin to speak, they are the only bits of information we have to make a snap decision as to whether we like or trust someone. Countless communication studies have shown a man’s visual appearance is initially more powerful than what he says; ignore your wardrobe at your own risk.
fashion  men  style  advice  howto  business  beauty  identity  attention 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture - NYTimes.com
“Most of us are far from our potential,” said Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. “The prevailing wisdom, for much of the last century, has been that talent is the most important determinant of achievement. Our focus in the next millennium is turning to all those things that unlock talent, including grit, self-discipline and confidence.”
behavior  health  thinking  attention  identity  creativity  work  psychology  achievement 
april 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
Final feature: Tweeting feminists exploring feminism and social media - Tweeting Feminists
“When I was younger it was very difficult to find people who were like minded unless they were in your immediate circle. So there was a sense of being limited by the impact you can make,” says Klein. “But now we have a forum where we can publish our own voices, we can organize, we can protest, we can within minutes circulate flyers and newsletters and letter writing campaigns and that’s incredible. I think it’s really opened up the world of activism and community.”
feminism  women  media  twitter  social  socialnetworking  online  men  identity  protest  activism 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Democrats Are Doomed, or How A ‘Big Tent’ Can Be Too Big « OkTrends
"[D]espite the recent hopeful spate of Democratic victories, it's undeniable that the Republicans form an exceptionally effective opposition party. Today, we're going to perform a data-driven investigation of why this might be—and discover some fascinating things about the American electorate along the way. Our data set for this post is 172,853 people. [...]"
politics  relationships  data  love  power  democrats  republicans  identity  dating 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A plain blog about politics: Unity!
Last thing: what all this suggests is that "unity" might well be best seen in the abstract not as a potentially good strategy, but as an effect of a party that is shrinking, especially a party that is shrinking because it has become dangerously divorced from normal electoral incentives. Is that what's actually happening to the Republicans right now? I don't know! I do think, however, that it's rapidly becoming probably the biggest current question worth exploring in the empirical or theoretical study of American political parties. I am sure, however, that against that possibility, the "optics" (man I hate that word) of partisanship and bipartisanship is not at all important.
politics  democrats  republicans  elections  government  usa  identity  attention 
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
OK Go's Damian Kulash on leaving Capitol Records | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“We only want to understand the logistics of the record business as long as it keeps us afloat creatively,” Kulash said. “Whenever I read music business magazines or blogs, I get nauseous. With the op-eds, we’re usually just chugging along as band, and when something gets in the way, I’ll say, ‘This counters common sense’ and write about it. But my great fear now is that if every musician is their own business, we’ll be self-selective towards very calculating musicians. I don’t think that being a clear thinker and being a great musician are mutually exclusive, but that’s not historically the trend."
music  business  video  marketing  corporations  entrepreneurs  identity  online 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gene Weingarten - XXX for the XX Set: Women's erotica isn't just dirty. It's nice and dirty. - washingtonpost.com
Me: If men read these books, they'd be terrified.

Kate: Why?

Me: Because what it makes clear is that, in comparative literary terms, female sexuality is James Joyce's "Ulysses" and male sexuality is "The Hardy Boys."

Kate: I won't argue with that.

Me: How can we ever hope to compete with your expectations?

Kate: Interesting. That's what we say about the material you guys use for arousal.

Me: Maybe the answer is for men and women to abandon all these immature fantasies and work tirelessly to find joy and fulfillment in the simple reality of each other's love and understanding.

Kate: You're not very bright, are you? I like that in a man.
sex  writing  fiction  relationships  men  women  reading  creativity  identity  beauty  love  gender  story  art 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
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