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The Indiepocalypse - Waxy.org
Artists of all kinds want to focus on making art, but not if it means giving up a large financial stake in their work, exclusive rights to their work, or a loss of creative control.
indie  music  future  art  creativity  money  copyright  culture  media 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun - James Somers - Technology - The Atlantic
The trick seems to be that games are constrained in a way that the real world isn't: there is a board, field, pitch, court, area, table, ring or other enclosure that bounds the action in space; clocks that bound it in time; and rules that restrict the space of allowable moves.

In some ways those constraints are what make games mentally satisfying, because they relieve us of what existentialists called "the anxiety of freedom." By giving us obvious, well-defined goals, they save us from having to define success; and with points, leaderboards, heads-up displays, indicators, badges, etc., they tell us exactly when we've achieved it.

[...] It's a lot harder to say whether you "have a healthy romantic relationship" or "are making a lasting contribution to something bigger than yourself" than that you've "lined up the yellow gemstones," "scored more points than the other team in twenty minutes," or "collected forty pounds of silver."
games  attention  technology  money  business  power  work 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Bank of Facebook: Currency, Identity, Reputation « emergent by design
Money is a tool we use for arms-length transactions, where there isn’t an assumption of any kind of relationship or trust between parties. But as data is being mapped at an accelerating rate – from self-quantifiation, to the contextual and relational data about our location and interactions, to our preferences and opinions, to our exchanges and transactions – we are being granted access to a much richer base of information in our decision-making toolkit.

What this means is that money isn’t the only kind of currency that can facilitate a transaction anymore. Trust networks are able to be tapped for recommendations and referrals, while predictive analysis algorhithms can suggest the kinds of people, products, services, or events that would resonate with our personalities or value set. A new set of filtering tools are emerging that are shaping where we direct our attention and resources, namely intentions and actions.
facebook  social  data  information  money  business  attention  reputation  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Urge to Own That Clapton Guitar Is Contagious, Scientists Find - NYTimes.com
The most important factor seemed to be the degree of “celebrity contagion.” The Yale team found that a sweater owned by a popular celebrity became more valuable to people if they learned it had actually been worn by their idol. But if the sweater had subsequently been cleaned and sterilized, it seemed less valuable to the fans, apparently because the celebrity’s essence had somehow been removed.

“Our results suggest that physical contact with a celebrity boosts the value of an object, so people will pay extra for a guitar that Eric Clapton played, or even held in his hands,” said Paul Bloom, who did the experiments at Yale along with George E. Newman and Gil Diesendruck.
celebrity  music  rock  behavior  science  economics  money  design 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Blacks, Hispanics hold few investments, poll shows
"I'm sure I'm like most average Americans in that our only asset is our residence. And that value is way down."
money  from twitter
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The economics of love - Coupling: Dating, marriage and other relationships - Salon.com
"Economics is the study of how people and societies allocate scarce resources. Relationships involve two people who are sharing scarce resources -- whether that's time, energy, libidos, money, ambition, patience, whatever -- and that's of course going to involve trade-offs."
economics  relationships  love  technology  data  information  men  women  sex  marriage  beauty  attention  money  dating 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Groupon, Google, and value on the Internet : The New Yorker
When we think about the Internet, we often think of businesses in black-and-white terms: either they’re huge, world-changing hits or they’re flops. But that’s a false dichotomy. These days, the Web is full of good, solid businesses that may not be remaking the world but that are helping give people what they want. If that’s what Groupon ends up being, well, there are worse fates. 
business  google  online  technology  attention  marketing  social  money 
december 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
Op-Ed Contributor - How to End the Great Recession - NYTimes.com
Policies that generate more widely shared prosperity lead to stronger and more sustainable economic growth — and that’s good for everyone. The rich are better off with a smaller percentage of a fast-growing economy than a larger share of an economy that’s barely moving. That’s the Labor Day lesson we learned decades ago; until we remember it again, we’ll be stuck in the Great Recession.
economy  money  work  jobs  usa  power  economics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Your Smartphone Will Soon Double as Your Wallet | Fast Company
Nokia has announced that it will include NFC chips in all its 2011 smartphones, effectively forcing Apple, Research in Motion, and other rivals to follow suit. "Stickers and stuff are welcome bridges," says Gerhard Romen, Nokia's director of mobile financial services, "but demand is growing, and full implementation is what makes a technology go forward."

Analysts estimate NFC will become ubiquitous within the next three to five years, which will give wireless carriers newfound leverage in determining the future of the mobile wallet.
nokia  iphone  mobile  business  technology  money  blackberry 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Simple Way to Become Wealthy - Yahoo! Finance
"When your paycheck comes in each month, you pay your bills, right?" I nodded. "So treat investing like a bill. If you want to max out your Roth IRA, divide the maximum contribution by 12 and send that amount to your investment account each month. If you want to make it easier, then go to the finance office and set up an automatic allotment from your paycheck and you'll never think about it again."
advice  finance  howto  investing  money  wealth  toread  business 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What 2010 Will Be Like: Don't Bank On It (Essay by Chris Gardner, author of "The Pursuit of Happyness") - Speakeasy - WSJ
In case you missed it I’ll say it again in BIG BOLD LETTERS, CASH IS KING!

The only reason to go to a bank is to get a toaster! Do they still give those?

Happy New Year!
business  finance  money  jobs  work  economics  economy  happiness 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sheryl Crow Sells Music Catalog for About $10 Million - Deal Journal - WSJ
Part of the attraction of Crow is that she performs concerts, a big source of revenue for the music industry, says Geordie Manolas, co-head of First State Media Group, and which increases the likelihood that radio stations and others will keep playing her music and thus generating royalties. In addition to Crow’s collection of previously-released music, the fund also has acquired the rights to songs from her next two albums and has a roster of writers who will work with Crow on new material, including scores for film productions.

Manolas added that music-publishing generally is attractive for its diverse income stream that has little correlation with other types of assets and long-term cash flows. The copyright owner can collect royalties for up to 90 years after the death of the song writer.
music  business  songwriting  money  publishing  writing  australia  film  bank 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bauble economy / Does a fictional story written about a cheap thrift-store object make it more valuable?
"The funny thing is, whatever the real story of that fop figurine is, it's been completely obliterated ... Whoever really designed it, whatever they really had in mind, whatever their real target market was, whatever meanings preceded -- all that has been obliterated in a matter of a few hours. It enters into this new ecosystem, and the meaning comes out the other side, and it's completed by the buyer."
marketing  writing  creativity  economics  attention  online  story  money 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear - NYTimes.com
The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.
love  relationships  beauty  language  money  happiness  marriage  parenting  divorce 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Mobile money to poor seen $5 billion market in 2012 | Reuters
The scope of mobile financial services in these markets has grown quickly from simple cash transfers by text message to payments for everything from a taxi ride to a utility bill.

There are about one billion people in emerging markets who have cellphones, but no bank accounts. CGAP expects that number to rise to 1.7 billion to 2012, with around one in five of them picking up mobile money -- and creating the $5 billion market.

Most optimistic researchers expect more than a billion people in emerging markets to start using mobile money within a few years, while some are more cautious than CGAP.
mobile  finance  bank  money  africa  technology  business  corporations 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What Would Micropayments Mean for Journalists? « The Digitalists
In fact, in this hour of crisis, newspapers should be moving in the exact opposite direction to generate revenue — focusing not on specific articles, but rather on delivering valuable experiences to their readers, whether that takes the form of articles, databases, multimedia, user-generated content, or whatever else will serve the audience’s needs. It is the entirety of that experience that will deliver goodwill and revenue opportunities down the road.
newspaper  economics  online  journalism  media  business  data  information  reading  social  money 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The New Normal - Richard Florida
If the Pew data are accurate, it's not tech-driven consumption - less than a third (31 percent) of those surveyed consider high-speed internet a necessity, and just 4 percent say they need an iPod.

But there are many things that are not asked about, as Salmon notes, like " intangibles,'" or spending on personal development (education, learning), higher-quality food, exercise, health-care, green products, or a cleaner environment.
environment  urban  future  economy  shopping  marketing  business  cities  money  education  food  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
One Banker’s Plan to Save the Newspaper Industry - Deal Journal - WSJ
There is widespread confusion and has always been regarding the source of the shocking historic profitability of many newspapers. The most profitable newspapers have tended to be monopoly markets with circulation of 20,000 to 100,000 readers. These are not sexy papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which have historically have significantly low margins.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  economics  cities  money 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Abroad - French Commercials - Aimed at the Heart More Than the Wallet - NYTimes.com
“That’s because we have always had a very unhealthy relationship to money. To us money implies corruption, and moreover, because we consider ourselves the inventors of freedom, never mind if that’s not true, we still consider advertising as a kind of manipulation. This explains why television commercials started so late here — essentially because leftist opposition saw ads as corrupting the soul.”
marketing  france  europe  identity  money  television 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: Forget Micropayments -- Here's a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content
I think that Keller and other newspaper editors, struggling to survive a nasty downturn in print revenues and unable to find a way to adequately replace them on the digital publishing side, would approve of the Kachingle approach. That is, if they can get their minds past the hurdle of the payment for their content being voluntary, and that their content payment is mixed up in the big pile of money with all sorts of publishers, down to the pajama blogger. Otherwise, the Kachingle approach addresses Keller's concerns about stifled traffic, search engines and fleeing advertisers.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  blogging  news  internet  money  nytimes  blog 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Is There Life After Newspapers? | American Journalism Review
Of the people who volunteered their old newspaper salary, only 2 percent made less than $20,000 a year. Of the people who gave me their new salaries, that number shot up to 17 percent. The age of those at the bottom of the salary scale has changed surprisingly as well. The median age of those who made less than $20,000 at their old newspaper job was 24. The median age of those now making less than $20,000 is 48.

Here's another surprise: While the overwhelming majority – 85 percent – say they miss working at a paper, they are often happier in their new jobs. Sixty-two percent tell us they had been satisfied in their old newspaper jobs; 78 percent report being satisfied in their new jobs. (The bus driver and liquor store clerk are not finding much job satisfaction, however.)

So it's safe to say there is life after newspapers. But it's not always the life the journalists had expected.
journalism  newspapers  business  news  jobs  career  future  work  media  aging  money 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Could VC be a Casualty of the Recession?
There is a founder community just as there's a VC community. They all know one another, and techniques spread rapidly between them. If one tries a new programming language or a new hosting provider and gets good results, 6 months later half of them are using it. And the same is true for funding. The current generation of founders want to raise money from VCs, and Sequoia specifically, because Larry and Sergey took money from VCs, and Sequoia specifically. Imagine what it would do to the VC business if the next hot company didn't take VC at all.

VCs think they're playing a zero sum game. In fact, it's not even that. If you lose a deal to Benchmark, you lose that deal, but VC as an industry still wins. If you lose a deal to None, all VCs lose.
business  money  finance  future  economy  economics  capitalism  entrepreneurs  technology 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling - washingtonpost.com
"It is not that women always act one way and men act another way; it tends to be moderated by situational factors. The point of this paper is: Yes, there is an economic rationale to negotiate, but you have to weigh that against social risks of negotiating. What we show is those risks are higher for women than for men."
men  women  work  jobs  money  social  psychology  economics  gender  power  identity  reputation  business  marketing 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Not ye olde banners | The Economist
Online traffic, in other words, is moving towards sites where advertising has so far proved ineffective and is therefore cheap. This, says Ms Meeker, presents an opportunity for innovation and arbitrage by clever marketing managers as they cut their conventional ad budgets. It may also provide a glimmer of hope for the advertising industry as it enters recession.
online  marketing  economics  money  media  web  innovation 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IMDB: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) - Memorable quotes
A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention - Do I have you attention? Interest - Are you interested? I know you are, because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision - Have you made your decision for Christ? And Action. [...] A-I-D-A. Get out there - you got the prospects coming in. You think they came in to get out of the rain? A guy don't walk on the lot lest he wants to buy. They're sitting out there waiting to give you their money. Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?
quotes  comedy  writing  thinking  psychology  attention  marketing  business  corporations  money 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt - NYTimes.com
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits - Amy Gahran's "Journalism and the Business of Staying Relevant (and Honest)"
"[...] Being involved in the business side of media also keeps you in touch with what kinds of news and information people really value (that is, what they'll demonstrably support with money or engagement). That's often quite different from the kind of news and info they might claim -- or even believe -- is important to them. [...]"
journalism  media  newspapers  education  college  business  corporations  news  attention  money  identity 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Matchmakers, Matchmakers, Making a Mint - washingtonpost.com
"By your late 20s, many people are not willing to stand around in a bar all night . . . and they've met everybody they would've met through their office mates. So they're turning to new ways to do this same old thing, which is: find love."
love  relationships  marriage  men  women  technology  work  jobs  sex  money  social  yasns 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Science Daily: White Men Attach Greater Stigma To Mental Health Care
"The findings suggest that non-Latino white males, compared to all women and men of other ethnicities, were most likely to mistrust the mental health care system and were also likely to perceive mental illness as a stigma and therefore avoid formal mental health care."
health  white  race  education  money  men  ethnicity  psychology 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Crowd Funding - A Different Way to Pay for the News You Want - NYTimes.com
“It’s not like the crowd is killing the newspaper. Lots of things are killing the newspaper. The crowd is at once a threat to newsrooms, but it’s also one of several strategies that could help save the newspapers.”
newspapers  journalism  media  social  public  money 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Given a Shovel, Digging Deeper Into Debt - NYTimes.com
“One of the tricks in the credit card business is that people have an inherent guilt with spending. What you want is to have people feel good about their purchases.”
money  jobs  work  marketing  economics  bank  usa 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
San Diego Reader | Newspapers’ Debt Dilemma
"To slash expenses, there have been massive industrywide layoffs. Employees who had nothing to do with the dubious decision-making are left holding the bag, and their heads are inside that bag."
medianews  news  media  journalism  newspapers  california  sandiego  business  corporations  money  jobs  work  unions 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How to Succeed? Make Employees Happy - TIME
"Simultaneously we hit upon the philosophy that I think will be the dominant philosophy in business in the 21st century. It's this principle that the purpose of business is not primarily to maximize shareholder value."
business  capitalism  career  economics  finance  work  money  corporations  ethics  jobs 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Says Kids Make You Happy? | Newsweek Global Literacy | Newsweek.com
"Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs anywhere from $134,370 to $237,520 to raise a child from birth to the age of 17—and that's not counting school or college tuition."
happiness  parenting  psychology  research  education  government  money  work 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Rob Walker
"[...] Being a consumer is part of being sentient in America. The very pervasiveness of consumer culture is the reason we don't really think about it too deeply. In my view, that's a big mistake. [...]"
marketing  economics  usa  corporations  business  money  culture  books 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Money | n+1
"There are four ways to survive as a writer in the US in 2006: the university; journalism; odd jobs; and independent wealth. I have tried the first three. Each has its costs."
academia  jobs  magazines  money  publishing  reading  writers  writing  novels  journalism  editing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cellphones show we're creatures of habit - International Herald Tribune
"[P]eople hold on to their phones, and so the movement of individuals is more closely tracked than it can be with paper currency that is passed from person to person. As the researchers put it in the paper, 'Dollar bills diffuse, but humans do not.'"
news  mobile  research  money  communication  information  mapping  cellphones  geography  privacy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What Motivates the Wine Shopper? — Eric Asimov - New York Times
"The mood and the food and the context really matters. It’s the neglected pairing.”
wine  beverages  aesthetics  marketing  food  social  money  shopping  psychology 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Biz News » Personal finance columnist: Cutting stock listings long overdue
"As much as I love newspapers, they are hamstrung by their attachment to a business model that no longer works. The longer management views them as 'properties' -- rather than collections of talent awaiting redeployment -- the greater the danger [...]"
business  journalism  media  newspapers  money  corporations 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The business of parenting (kottke.org)
"We're letting Ollie show us where all the problem areas are before committing to any white plastic solutions."
interview  education  children  business  books  learning  marketing  money  parents  parenting  psychology  society  culture 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CNN Money: UPDATE:Chevron Should Pay At Least $8.3 Billion In Suit-Ecuador Expert
Chevron is facing a lawsuit in Ecuador for alleged contamination in the Amazon region of Lago Agrio by Texaco, which Chevron acquired in 2001. The company is accused of having used out-of-date technology that led to environmental damage."
money  oil  business 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CNN Money: Chevron's top exec paid $15.7M in 2007
"In the past four years, Chevron has earned a total of $63 billion, including $18.7 billion during 2007. The performance helped to more than double Chevron's market value during the same period, creating $100 billion in shareholder wealth."
money  business  oil 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Subprime vets saw their industry, finances vanish in a flash - Mar. 31, 2008
"You kept looking everyday to see if your company was on there or not. It seemed like every day there was a company going under. You know you could take a roller coaster ride down. But you never envisioned it could be a free fall."
crime  housing  realestate  california  business  corporations  economics  money 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Buffett says U.S. in recession | U.S. | Reuters
"By any common sense definition, we are in a recession. Business is slowing down. We have retail stores in candy, home furnishings and jewelry; across the board, I'm seeing a significant slowdown."
economics  news  usa  money 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Power of Whimsy
"I love what I do, I love the people I work with, I care very much about the value of the work I create, and I don't need more money than I have. This is not revolutionary philosophy. It's just common sense."
writing  music  careers  authors  art  songwriting  connecticut  identity  creativity  money  work  love 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - The Logic of Life: Tim Harford
"[... E]conomists have discovered — through careful interview programs — that working girls will often leave the condom in the purse in exchange for a pay rise of about a quarter. [...]"
economics  money  jobs  work  sex  risk  power  health  hiv  aids  thinking 
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
The fatal shore | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"[E]xpatriate Bangladeshis send more money home per capita than their Chinese and Indian counterparts. Last year, over $5bn went directly into the Bangladeshi economy, sent from Britain, the US, and, most substantially, from the Middle East."
bangladesh  asia  money  globalization  china  india  economics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Love & Money - WSJ.com
"The truth is that fighting about money is easy. Much harder is to talk and listen and fashion together a solution that makes both people content."
money  work  love  relationships  marriage  communication  family  families 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Jerk
"It turns out Dad's a financial genius!" "All I did was take the money you sent home and embarked on a periodic investment in a no-load mutual fund."
film  comedy  humor  money  writing  fiction 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dana Milbank - Smile -- You're on Social Security! - washingtonpost.com
"I'm going to take it now because I can take it now. I'm thrilled to think that after all these years I'm getting paid back the money I put in."
government  usa  money  retirement  population  aging 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How to dial back a Starbucks habit -- chicagotribune.com
"[I]f one were to direct that $900 (or five lattes a week for a year) annually into an investment with a 5 percent return rate, 'after 30 years, you would have $59,794.' "
economics  money  coffee  beverages  caffeine  drinking 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor - New York Times
"Today, highly qualified women are moving for their own professional opportunities and personal interests. It’s no longer an era of power couple migration to, but one of power couple formation in places like New York."
women  work  jobs  men  nyc  cities  urban  money 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
AScribe: Whites Underestimate Cost of Being Black, Study Finds
"Our data suggest that such resistance is not because white Americans are mean and uncaring, morally bankrupt, or ethically flawed. White Americans suffer from a glaring ignorance about what it means to live as a black American."
black  culture  money  race  white  research  sociology  society  racism 
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
CCT: Entrepreneurial streak pays off, study reveals
"The lesson is unchanged: You can make money doing anything, but the easiest way to strike it rich is through owning businesses -- the more, the better."
money  work  jobs  business  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve.com: 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
WaPo: Marcella Sanchez's "Poverty Is Relative"
"The poor that strive, spend and invest do not easily fit the argument so often used over the past months: that immigrants represent a drag to the U.S. economy."
immigration  usa  mexico  money  work  jobs  families  economics 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Europe | Nobel for anti-poverty pioneers
"Mr Yunus set up the bank in 1976 with just $27 from his own pocket. Thirty years on, the bank has 6.6 million borrowers, of which 97% are women, according to the Grameen website."
poverty  business  feminism  women  gender  money  sustainable  peace  nobel 
october 2006 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
The New Yorker: Mind Games: What Neuroeconomics Tells Us About the Brain
“Does it make sense to play tough with a person you meet on a street in L.A.? No. For one thing, you will probably never see that person again. For another, he may pull out a gun and shoot you.”
economics  health  science  social  public  behavior  games  happiness  investing  identity  stress  money 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LADN: $70,000 Just to Get By
"For me, man, it's definitely week to week. "All the luxuries, extras, can wait. I can't go to the movies right now, and it's OK. If it came down to buying some school clothes for my son or paying the cable bill, I'd buy the clothes."
poverty  money  work  jobs  losangeles  california 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: The Democrats' Class Struggle
"The study concluded that the 'economic tipping point -- the income level above which white voters were more likely to vote Republican than Democrat -- was $23,700.'"
poverty  white  republicans  democrats  money  jobs  usa 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Erica Jong's "Dirty Money"
"Seventy-eight percent of the poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers surveyed this summer by Poets & Writers had household incomes of under $100,000."
books  money 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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