Commentary: In illiberal societies, a wider #MeToo movement
In China, women calling themselves the “silence breakers” have demanded investigations into allegations of sexual harassment. In doing so, they pit themselves against a macho culture, a Communist Party deeply allergic to independent citizens’ initiatives, and an exaggerated and assiduously-cultivated respect for hierarchies, themselves male-dominated.
feminism  china 
march 2018
How formula milk firms target mothers who can least afford it | Life and style | The Guardian
Guardian/Save the Children investigation in deprived areas of Philippines finds companies flouting international code
economics  politics  capitalism 
march 2018
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
For two years, Facebook has been hijacked, vilified, and besieged. Here's the inside story of the struggle.
politics  facebook  socialmedia  tech 
february 2018
Wonder Woman for a day: Affect, agency, and Amazons | Yockey | Transformative Works and Cultures
In this paper, I consider the ways in which the feminist utopian ethos of Wonder Woman, as defined by her creator, William Marston, has been used to actualize real-life social change.
wonderwoman  dc  feminism 
july 2017
Venezuela’s Road to Disaster Is Littered With Chinese Cash | Foreign Policy
Politicized loans left the socialist South American country trapped under a mountain of Chinese debt — but now others want to sign up for Beijing's "generosity."
politics  china  venezuela 
june 2017
“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse
From confirmation bias and motivated reasoning to 'motivated ignorance', the uphill battle in political discourse.
politics  psychology  socialmedia 
june 2017
Did Reddit’s April Fool’s gag solve the issue of online hate speech? | Ars Technica
Nations battled, voids came and went, and one million pixels said a lot about humanity.
internet  reddit  community  tech 
april 2017
Architecture year books gather buildings and bundle themes. | STYLEPARK
Architecture year books gather buildings and bundle themes. Is a national performance show of building still up-to-date? Examples from all over Europe show - the format remains alive.
architecture  culture 
march 2017
Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women - The New York Times
But while more than a fifth of American men aren’t working, they aren’t running to these new service-sector jobs. Why? They require very different skills, and pay a lot less.

They’re also seen as women’s work, which has always been devalued in the American labor market.
feminism  employment 
march 2017
The limits of free speech (when you have 50 million YouTube subscribers) - Polygon
A private individual’s right to tell you to shut up, and a company’s right to censor your offensive content, are both protected by the first amendment.
politics  culture  internet  socialmedia  freespeech  legal 
february 2017
Harry Potter vs. Huckleberry Finn: Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories Than Americans - The Atlantic
Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.
literature  culture 
february 2017
The graffiti kids: How an act of teenage rebellion sparked the Syrian war - The Globe and Mail
It started as simple teenage rebellion but ended up tearing Syria apart, setting in motion events that continue to rock the Middle East — and the world. The boys behind the graffiti would become unlikely revolutionaries and reluctant refugees. Not all of them would survive the upheaval they helped unleash. This is their story.
history  syria  politics  activism 
february 2017
Why We’ll Never Have an Iconic Record Cover Like ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Again – Cuepoint – Medium
It’s hard to imagine a time when Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon didn’t exist. Its imagery has become so diluted into popular culture that it’s easy to forget its actual value as a rock & roll…
music  history  design 
february 2017
OPINION: The value of literary resistance in a world of ‘alternative facts’ - CNN Philippines
The resurgence of interest in political novels such as George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” may speak of of an era where “all issues are political issues,” and where truths are “deliberately distorted through the use and misuse of language.” In such an age, will a revival of political literature help us understand the current reality?
politics  literature 
february 2017
I Helped Create the Milo Trolling Playbook—Stop Playing Right Into It | Observer
My comment: Valid points, but, ah, to be an educated white man in a world that does not endanger you. It's easy to hypothesise about ignoring hatemongers like Milo when they don't affect your rights. In the end, it wasn't ignoring Milo that caused his downfall, was it?
ryanholiday  media  trolls  internet 
february 2017
The Halloween Costume Controversy at Yale's Silliman College - The Atlantic
A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views.
education  censorship  politics  triggerculture 
january 2017
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down
Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin (where an earlier version of this story appeared in December in German) went data-gathering.
bigdata  politics  echochambers  socialmedia  internet 
january 2017
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