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Nailed It! The cooking show that bakes capitalism to a crisp | Jack Bernhardt | Opinion | The Guardian
In some ways, competitive reality TV is a microcosm for the competitive nature of society: every contestant is pitted against each other, fighting to be recognised as the best baker/butcher/candlestick maker (Love Productions is probably already filming the Great British Candlestick Carving, hosted by Jo Whiley), and the panic and stress they go through is what makes it compelling viewing – that and the slight chance that at some point Gordon Ramsay will scream so hard, he’ll turn inside out.
Capitalism  Media  Competition  competitive  competitiveness  Entertainment  Individualism  hyper  status  anxiety 
2 days ago by asterisk2a
Causes: Expectation (Notes from Status Anxiety) – BEYOND RIVALRY
good summary notes on Alain de Botton’s 2004 work Status Anxiety. Useful for overwhelm. Is done a blog a chapter so the links to all the other stuff is here too.
anxiety  overwhelm  wickedbook  wickedproblems 
2 days ago by mofox
Workplace anxiety isn't always a bad thing: It can boost performance -- ScienceDaily
"New research on anxiety in the workplace has uncovered some intriguing findings: in some instances it can help boost employee performance. ...

"'If you have too much anxiety, and you're completely consumed by it, then it's going to derail your performance,' says [co-author Julie] McCarthy, who is an expert on organizational behaviour.

"'On the other hand, moderate levels of anxiety can facilitate and drive performance.'"
anxiety  performance  workplace  business 
4 days ago by katherinestevens
Headlines making you anxious? Delay reading them | Life and style | The Guardian
Oliver Burkeman, writing in the Guardian: "The passage of time is the best filter for determining what matters. But being late is the one thing no social network, or modern news organisation, can afford. You can afford it, though."
oliverburkeman  guardian  anxiety  news  media  socialmedia  happiness  journalism 
6 days ago by warnick
Alan Turing was an excellent runner
. He told me ‘I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard; it’s the only way I can get some release.’”
exercise  anxiety 
8 days ago by craniac
How Women at the Top Can Renew Their Mental Energy
At the center is managing your mental energy: How to gain it, maintain it, and not drain it. Below are three tactics that my female clients have used to succeed in the particular context of a top-level job: knowing your superchargers, finding a work ally, and reducing your anxiety levels.
career  health  professionaldevelopment  advice  anxiety  energy 
9 days ago by toastednut
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
What I’ve sought to argue in this essay, then, is that we are indeed living in an a strange, surface-centric moment in popular, digital culture right now — where the original ‘essence of things’ has indeed become somewhat unfashionable (or just less entertaining). Social and media technologies, optimised for the diffusion of highly emotive, reaction-generating content, encourage a rapid trade in attention-grabbing ideas, over slower-burning systematic, contextualised thinking.

Yet, even as ‘authenticity’ as a claim and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.

Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforwardly factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested: global warming, 9/11, or Obama’s birthplace are all treated as matters of cultural allegiance over ‘fact’ as traditionally understood. “By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half,” Kurt Andersen posits. Electorates in the US and Europe are polarising along value-driven lines — order and authority vs. openness and change. Building the coalitions of support needed to tackle the grand challenges we face this century will require a profound upgrade to our political and cultural leaders’ empathic and reconciliation skills.
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