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Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame | Talk Video | TED.com
""Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way."
video  online  bullying  behavior  shame  fame  publicity  politics  scandal 
march 2015 by tsuomela
“Literary” Fiction Study Leads to News Stories that Border on Fiction | Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
"I chatted with Liberman about his post and his concerns, which were aimed mostly at the journal Science for publishing the study. He did wonder why certain papers get worldwide coverage – Sometimes it happens with studies that re-enforce prejudices and other times it’s those counter-intuitive ones. In my experience, anything with a self-help angle gets editors excited, and reporters are less likely to question studies that seem to re-enforce those prejudices they’re proud of. A preference for “literary fiction” sits well – a preference for Ivy League students, perhaps not so much."
science  publishing  fame  media  celebrity  fiction  literature  psychology  journalism 
october 2013 by tsuomela
The Paradox of the Proof | Project Wordsworth
"On August 31, 2012, Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki posted four papers on the Internet. The titles were inscrutable. The volume was daunting: 512 pages in total. The claim was audacious: he said he had proved the ABC Conjecture, a famed, beguilingly simple number theory problem that had stumped mathematicians for decades. Then Mochizuki walked away. He did not send his work to the Annals of Mathematics. Nor did he leave a message on any of the online forums frequented by mathematicians around the world. He just posted the papers, and waited."
mathematics  proof  warrant  community  peer-review  sociology  fame  prestige 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Yitang Zhang Proves 'Landmark' Theorem in Distribution of Prime Numbers | Simons Foundation
"On April 17, a paper arrived in the inbox of Annals of Mathematics, one of the discipline’s preeminent journals. Written by a mathematician virtually unknown to the experts in his field — a 50-something lecturer at the University of New Hampshire named Yitang Zhang — the paper claimed to have taken a huge step forward in understanding one of mathematics’ oldest problems, the twin primes conjecture. Editors of prominent mathematics journals are used to fielding grandiose claims from obscure authors, but this paper was different. Written with crystalline clarity and a total command of the topic’s current state of the art, it was evidently a serious piece of work, and the Annals editors decided to put it on the fast track."
mathematics  proof  warrant  community  peer-review  sociology  fame  prestige 
may 2013 by tsuomela
The tweet smell of celebrity success: Explaining variation in Twitter adoption among a diverse group of young adults
What motivates young adults to start using the popular microblogging site Twitter? Can we identify any systematic patterns of adoption or is use of the service randomly distributed among internet users of this demographic? Drawing on unique longitudinal data surveying 505 diverse young American adults about their internet uses at two points in time (2009, 2010), this article looks at what explains the uptake of Twitter during the year when the site saw considerable increase in use. We find that African Americans are more likely to use the service as are those with higher internet skills. Results also suggest that interest in celebrity and entertainment news is a significant predictor of Twitter use mediating the effect of race among a diverse group of young adults. In contrast, interest in local and national news, international news, and politics shows no relationship to Twitter adoption in this population segment.
twitter  teenager  children  research  social-media  longitudinal  celebrity  fame 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Vomiting Up Tequila
"She has fucked up everything, burned everyone, and somehow escaped punishment. She is the one who embraces and embodies that corruption, and fucking revels in it because she has no choice, and this flashes in every corrupt second of her songs. Ke$ha is the poet of moral hazard."
music  2010  pop-culture  pop  culture  fame  success  economics  crisis 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Bret Easton Ellis: How Charlie Sheen Is Giving Us What We Want - The Daily Beast
"What do people want from Sheen? I’m not denying he has drug and alcohol problems—or even that he might struggle with mental illness. But so do a lot of people in Hollywood who hide it much better—or who the celebrity press just doesn’t care enough about. What fascinates us is the hedonism he enjoys and that remains the envy of every man—if only women weren’t around to keep them liars. (His supposed propensity for violence against women hasn’t hurt his popularity with female fans either.) Do we really want manners? Civility? Empire courtesy? Hell, no. We want reality, no matter how crazy. And this is what drives the Empire to distraction: Sheen doesn’t care what you think of him anymore, and he scoffs at the idea of PR. “Hey, suits, I don’t give a shit.” That’s his only commandment. Sheen blows open the myth that if men try hard enough, they will outgrow the adolescent pursuit of pleasure and a life without rules or responsibilities."
fame  celebrity  drugs  art  hollywood  culture  industry 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Stephen King: Do artists do their best work before they get clean? - By Tom Shone - Slate Magazine
"Ellis, ever the Zeitgeist Whisperer, was right to catch wind of a backlash against the current prominence of recovery in pop culture, from Lindsay Lohan's neverending courtroom drama to Karl Lagerfeld's "quotation" of alcohol-detector ankle bracelets in a recent fashion show. The transformative storyline of recovery, so perfectly attuned to the rhythms of modern-day fame, not to mention the crash-and-burn arc of VH1's Behind the Music, has become the most prominent celebrity narrative, a myth of hubris and redemption, in which the modern-day Prometheus is struck down at the height of their acclaim, spirited down to the underworld to do battle with their demons, before emerging victorious and chastened, a new album clamped under their armpit, with liners notes that thank God and say things like "Here are the songs that mark my journey." "
fame  celebrity  drugs  art 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Rebecca Black Means The (Internet) Fame Game Has Changed
"The most fascinating part of the Black story is that she’s actually famous now, which was exactly the reason her parents gave $2,000 to ARK Music Factory in the first place. From Black herself on her unlikely fame, “I think that’s an accomplishment you know, even a person who doesn’t like it, it’s going to be stuck in their head. So that’s the point of it, it’s a catchy song.” Exactly.

Get used to this kind of stuff. As society advances technologically, culture becomes a parody of itself, and we enjoy the parody, intentional or not, more than anything sincere. But what becomes of the Antoine Dobsons and the Rebecca Blacks, our Internet culture folk heroes?"
internet  memes  fame  success  celebrity  culture  industry 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Text Patterns: comparisons are odorous
Comment on the Bill James article about talent in Topeka.
talent  education  development  society  sports  literature  recognition  fame 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Smart Set: Canon vs. Creator - March 4, 2011
Say the name Knut Hamsun, on the other hand, and the first thing in your head is probably “Nazi.” Not Hunger. Not “brilliant Norwegian writer,” but “Nazi.” And while our reaction should be one of disgust, the fact that Hamsun was in his doddering old age showing signs of mental decline even before he went all rah-rah Hitler (he was 80 at the time Germany invaded Norway) — whereas Céline was an intelligent, mentally competent writer in the bloom of youth — it makes you wonder how arbitrary are these reactions.
literature  politics  fame  arbitrary  chance 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The United States of Charlie Sheen - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"On the contrary: Charlie Sheen is the tired face of the American dream, in ways that we don't often enough have the backbone, wisdom, or grace to (want to) admit, starting with a hilariously bankrupt definition of "success."

What's wrong with this stunted definition? It's simply, simplistically about zero-sum, near-term WINNING — in a way that chronically, systemically undervalues the future, nature, other people, society, and even our own selves."
america  decline  culture  celebrity  fame  value 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Science/AAAS | The Gonzo Scientist (Episode 14) - The Science Hall of Fame
"Welcome to the Science Hall of Fame, a pantheon of the most famous scientists of the past 200 years. This interactive database uses an objective and literal measure of fame: the frequency with which the full names of scientists appear in books published between 1800 and 2000. This is an example of "culturomics" "
science  fame  measurement  culturomics  statistics  history 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Blood Lust and the Super Bowl by Garry Wills | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books
"There is the reality behind the Super Bowl—superb young bodies being broken, and irretrievable harm being done to brains. "
sports  football  spectacle  fame 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Chuck Barris - Salon.com
"Long before "Survivor," the eccentric who created "The Gong Show" discovered that people will do anything to get on TV, and others will watch them."
television  history  celebrity  fame  motivation 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Vanishing Act - Lapham’s Quarterly
Profile - essay on Barbara Follett, a 1920s child writing prodigy.
fame  genius  youth  writing  profile  1920s  prodigy  children 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Caring about the X Factor
"“Do clever people care about the X Factor?” asks Matthew Taylor.
Yes - by definition. The X Factor final got 17 million viewers. Any clever person must be curious about such a significant social phenomenon. " Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2010/12/caring-about-the-x-factor.html
television  culture  talent  fundamental-attribution-error  fame  music  pop 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Misunderestimation of Sarah Palin | The Nation
Using Twitter, Facebook, corporate-news punditry, readable memoirs and reality television, Palin has managed to subvert traditional media. Rather than pay for advertising, she is getting paid to advertise her politics. Rather than wait for kingmakers to declare her a contender, she smirks while predicting her victories. Her reality show is a pinnacle of this new media-saturation strategy. The show's producer, Mark Burnett of Survivor and The Apprentice, pioneered the infiltration of reality shows into network lineups. His ingenious use of product integration exploded the profitability and desirability of reality television. While highbrow critics mocked the lame, melodramatic obviousness of reality TV, the genre revolutionized American entertainment. Sarah Palin's Alaska is the ultimate test of this form. Will product placement of a candidate prove to be the flattest, fastest, newest route to the American presidency?
politics  culture  media  election  social-media  reality-television  celebrity  fame  palin  sarah 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Steinbrenner Slobituary -- RollingStone.com
This is where the consequences portion of the formula enters in. When being the first one to stop kissing ass will cost a life, the ass-kissing will basically go on forever. When it will cost you your job, it will go on probably as long as you have a job. And when the consequences are merely that other people may secretly suspect that you have a mind of your own and a spine, the outside edge of the ass-kissing will generally max out at seven days, which is about how long the standard ex-presidential Slobituary lasts here in America.
fame  politics  media  sports 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » How to Get Into Stanford with B's on Your Transcript: Failed Simulations & the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness
The Failed Simulation Effect - Accomplishments that are hard to explain can be much more impressive than accomplishments that are simply hard to do.

This is the secret of Steve. He’s not brilliant. super passionate, or ultra-hard working — instead, he accomplished something that’s hard to explain. This is why he is more impressive than David, even though his high school career required less time devoted to extracurricular activities.
inspiration  education  career  hacks  school  study  academia  fame  success  graduate-school 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Letting Go of Heroes | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
Despite all the teams who’ve gone in search of them, perhaps many of those who have invested their own dreams of success and escape into figures like Amelia Earhart and Everett Ruess really don’t want them found. Why? Because the dreams are so much better than any real story, and represent the happiness of possibility, instead of the very real risk of failure that any heroic or adventurous quest entails.
fame  heroism  exploration  story-telling  myth  mythology  1930s  mystery  truth 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Why Neil Armstrong remains an elusive hero - Telegraph
When Neil Alden Armstrong placed his boot on the lunar surface on July 20 1969 he took one small step into immortality, the first human being to touch another world. It was a mythic and insuperable moment, propelling him to global fame, and he has spent the rest of his life dealing with its consequences.
space  exploration  biography  history  personality  profile  moon  lunar  1969  fame 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Did Michael Jackson give his life for us? | Psychology Today
And then the answer occurred to me: The talk about Michael Jackson's death isn't about him, it's about us. Most of what is said about Jackson's significance isn't about him as an actual person, rather it is about an era of our history, or the trajectory of race relations in the United States, or the evolution of MTV, or people's memories of the eighties.
about(MichaelJackson)  celebrity  fame  psychology 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Why you can't help but care about Brad and Angelina, Part III | Psychology Today
A simple test: If your fairy godmother appeared and offered to make you famous, can you honestly maintain you'd say "no thanks"? The reason you'd take her up on it is that you know that if you were famous you would have achieved what you, and all of us in this society, believe to be the very purpose of life: you would have fulfilled your destiny. Finally, that nagging feeling of being one step away from happiness would go away, because you would have taken that last step.
psychology  anthropology  entertainment  fame  celebrity  happiness  culture  american  modern 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Caught In Play - How Entertainment Works on You | Peter Stromberg
Does entertainment disguise something?

For all that has been written on individual pop icons and sitcoms and the liberating or oppressive power of popular culture, basic questions remain unanswered. What do we know about the overall effect of living in a society in which entertainment is so central?
philosophy  entertainment  fame  celebrity  culture  media  sociology  psychology  book 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Successful Web 2.0 Business Models « The Scholarly Kitchen
2 examples: Amanda Palmer, Chris Anderson.
"So, in summary, the secret to profiting from Web 2.0 is no longer what we thought–it used to be that everything was going to be free, and we’d all make money by selling t-shirts to one another. Instead, we all need to toil for years without pay to build a following, then sell our garbage online to that following (getting a famous boyfriend or putting yourself on magazine covers can also help). Then we hit the lecture circuit to tell everyone else how to sell garbage."
free  culture  web2.0  business-model  fame 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Man in the Mirror - Clusterfuck Nation
re: Michael Jackson. Maybe in grieving so exorbitantly over this freak America is grieving for itself. All the loose talk about "love" from the media and the fans gives off the odor of self-love. America is "the man in the mirror," the gigantic, floundering Narcissus, sailing into the stormy seas of history.
american  culture  music  celebrity  fame 
june 2009 by tsuomela
The No-Stats All-Star - NYTimes.com
another Michael Lewis sport profile, a la Moneyball. Let's apply statistics to basketball !
sports  basketball  statistics  by(MichaelLewis)  stardom  fame  success  teamwork  team-building  skills  innovation 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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