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What Happens Next: A Gallimaufry | Lamenting The Friend Zone, Or: The “Nice Guy”...
"Well, screw that. The Friend Zone is a fundamentally sexist construction based solely on the idea that women should be penalised for putting their own romantic happiness above that of an interested man." for kindness coins
gender  culture 
19 days ago by aparrish
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
"For 40 years, as politicians have told us to eat more vegetables and take the stairs instead of the elevator, they have presided over a country where daily exercise has become a luxury and eating well has become extortionate."
health  obesity  food  culture  uspol 
26 days ago by aparrish
Unix is not an acceptable Unix | Affording Play
"The original designers of Unix viewed the “simplicity” of text streams as an advantage. Consequently, they declined to impose any structure on the data that was to pass between programs. This decision, intended to banish inessential complexity, instead managed only to push essential complexity further downstream. [...] Even the earliest version of Unix was ultimately only a particular, flawed implementation of the Unix philosophy. If we want to encourage more widespread acceptance of the philosophy, we should not try to defend the implementation by downplaying its flaws." (via https://eldritch.cafe/@enkiv2/100752583219102878)
linux  unix  computing  interface  ui  history  culture 
26 days ago by aparrish
Sheet Music Singer - YouTube
this is good but I don't think he's being critical enough about the songs he's choosing to put online---cw the racist stuff but still singing along with them :(
music  culture  history  racism 
28 days ago by aparrish
Notebooks
"They're, well, notebooks — things I find amusing, outrageous, strange or otherwise noteworthy; notes towards works-in-glacial-progress; hemi-demi-semi-rants; things I want to learn more about; lists of references; quotations from the Talking Heads where appropriate. If you can help with any of these, I'd be grateful; if you can tell me of anything I can profitably prune, I'd be even more grateful." (via robin sloan on mastodon)
notes  culture  research 
4 weeks ago by aparrish
The Art World’s Health Care Crisis -ARTnews
"[A]rtists, much like freelance or app-service workers, are often particularly in need of consistent health coverage.... Artists are often among the first to use new industrial materials in ways they were not intended—meaning that a material’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) may not have applicable guidelines for use, or may not yet include key safety information simply because it isn’t yet known. The most famous case of this is the loss of Eva Hesse at 34 to a brain tumor that most art historians believe was caused by her use of fiberglass, latex, and polyester resins. [...] In New York, where many artists live and where real estate is prohibitively priced, I regularly hear of artist friends improvising when it comes to fabrication conditions. Even the immersive installation by the young, trendy artist that you see at a respected gallery was likely fabricated with hazardous materials in spaces without ventilation...."
art  healthcare  culture  politics 
5 weeks ago by aparrish
On Emergent Centralization · Field Notes
"Email is a perfect example of an ostensibly decentralized, distributed system that, in defending itself from abuse and spam, became a highly centralized system revolving around a few major oligarchical organizations. The majority of email sent to today is likely to find itself being processed by the servers of one of these organizations. [...] How we design systems to defend themselves from emergent centralization is, I think, an open problem."
network  culture  socialmedia 
5 weeks ago by aparrish
Postmodernism didn’t cause Trump. It explains him. - The Washington Post
"[I]f we bother to understand Baudrillard’s thesis — that our impressions of the conflict have been warped by media framing and agitprop — it’s clear that the real enemy of truth is not postmodernism but propaganda, the active distortion of truth for political purposes. Trumpism practices this form of distortion on a daily basis. The postmodernist theorists we vilify did not cause this; they’ve actually given us a framework to understand precisely how falsehood can masquerade as truth."
language  philosophy  politics  culture  postmodernism 
6 weeks ago by aparrish
Moroni for President (2018) - IMDb
this looks extremely interesting but I can't find a way to sign up for information about screenings?
watchme  lds  culture  lgbt 
7 weeks ago by aparrish
Odd Numbers — Real Life
"Scholars like Noble and Eubanks need to be at the center of future conversations about algorithmic accountability. They have exposed deep problems at the core of the political economy of information, in data-driven social control. They diversify the forms of expertise and authority that should be recognized in the development of better socio-technical systems. And they are not afraid to question the goals — and not simply the methods — of powerful firms and governments, foregrounding the question of to whom algorithmic systems are accountable."
machinelearning  algorithms  ethics  culture  politics  data 
7 weeks ago by aparrish
wrttn:04af1a
"The manager half-jokes that engineering schools should teach a course in engineering archaeology, where students are given a pile of 30-year old documents and asked to figure out what's going on. I like the idea."
technology  culture  history  archaeology  organizations 
9 weeks ago by aparrish
Campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions - Vox
'“Our data also include many incidents, generally less well-publicized, where lower-profile scholars, speakers, or students who could be considered to be on the left have been silenced or shut down,” he writes.'
education  politics  culture  firstamendment 
10 weeks ago by aparrish
It’s Basically Just Immoral To Be Rich | Current Affairs
"Note that this is a slightly different point than the usual ones made about rich people. For example, it is sometimes claimed that CEOs get paid too much, or that the super-wealthy do not pay enough in taxes. My claim has nothing to do with either of these debates. You can hold my position and simultaneously believe that CEOs should get paid however much a company decides to pay them, and that taxes are a tyrannical form of legalized theft. What I am arguing about is not the question of how much people should be given, but the morality of their retaining it after it is given to them."
capitalism  culture  politics  morality 
10 weeks ago by aparrish
The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse - The Verge
'The biggest mistake we ever made with trolls was making the question of abuse about how to placate and fix them instead of how to empower the people they hurt or manage your own well-being in the face of them. Like so many abused people, we thought the solutions involved walking on eggshells and not provoking them back. But instead, we must acknowledge “that we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about who we pretend to be.” And that means acknowledging the awful, terrifying power of jokes and the immunity we seek in “not being serious.” This is exactly why people troll in the first place. Because deep down, they know it’s serious, and that’s exactly why it makes them feel powerful.'
internet  culture  politics 
10 weeks ago by aparrish
Epistemic Sunk Costs and the Extraordinary, Populist Delusions of Crowds? — Crooked Timber
"[P]eople don’t like to be made to look ridiculous. The media is constantly getting blamed for disrespecting voters in Trump Country. But Trump himself makes it the case that there are really only two options. Either Trump is the greatest US President – the only one with the genius to penetrate the Matrix of Canadian lies – or else he is, at best, totally ridiculous. There really isn’t a third way, so take your pick. And tomorrow it will be some other damn thing. As a result, there is no way to conceptualize the red-blue divide except as a red pill-blue pill divide, so to speak. The reason Trump talks constant lies is, in part, to ensure the debate frame can only be: which side is constantly lying? He can’t grow his base that way, but he can lock it in."
politics  rhetoric  psychology  culture 
june 2018 by aparrish
The Body That’s Too Asian and Too Sick for America – Unruly Bodies – Medium
"As a boy, I used to stand at the mirror and see a reflection that didn’t exist. A reflection whose existence was possible in the combination of my parents’ existences. What I saw was whiteness. I have known this for a long time, but I’ve only recently come to realize that I never saw my actual skin as white (of course I could not); rather, I saw whiteness for what it is: a concept, a rule. I was able to see it this way precisely because I wasn’t able to see why I could not be white." this is a very powerful piece
race  culture  history  america  healthcare 
april 2018 by aparrish
Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o | The Nation
"Look at the Irish situation with the British. The humiliation of Native Americans, how their language was denigrated. In Africa, of course, we were forbidden to speak our mother tongues. Japan imposed its language on the Koreans. So wherever you look at modern colonialism, the acquisition of the language of the colonizer was based on the death of the languages of the colonized. So it is a war zone. In case of India, [British historian and statesman Thomas Babington] Macaulay was brutally honest about wanting to create a class of Indians with English on their minds. The English wanted them to play a role in governing the rest of the population. It is true of Africa, and anywhere where there was a colonial situation. African languages were weaponized against Africans. Language was a weapon of war whether we are talking about the Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America or French in Africa and Vietnam. Language was a very important element in both the conquest and maintenance of colonial rule, because it was likely to bind the minds of the middle class."
language  writing  culture  history 
march 2018 by aparrish
Signal >> Blog >> Reflections: The ecosystem is moving
interesting take, but mistaken I think in the scope of what users can find desirable or easy to use
web  internet  culture  standards  federation  network 
march 2018 by aparrish
On Weaponised Design - Our Data Our Selves
"Design is inherently political, but it is not inherently good. With few exceptions, the motivations of a design project are constrained by the encompassing platform or system first, and the experiences and values of its designers second. The result is designers working in a user hostile world, where even seemingly harmless platforms or features are exploited for state or interpersonal surveillance and violence."
design  ux  history  culture  internet 
february 2018 by aparrish
a most reasonable earl grey
"I have never in my life experienced name envy, but I’ve never heard a name that’s as crisp and tidy as "Vicky Krieps." Like the best tea biscuits or eye shadow in the most perfect shade of pearly taupe or a cocktail with elderflower liqueur generously stirred in. Meanwhile I have a name that sounds like the first female police officer in all of Cape Breton. I’m not even sure if I made that up or I got that obituary in my google alert once." joanne's newsletters are always wonderful
film  culture  onomastics 
january 2018 by aparrish
That’s What Ze Said - The New York Times
saving to send later to people who use the nytimes as a barometer
pronouns  gender  culture 
january 2018 by aparrish
Phoxel Tarot - Libby Heaney
"Phoxel Tarot is a performance artwork where Layla Swan uses her rehashed internet tarot cards to discuss data leakage and post-digital behaviour with the public. This was first shown at the Internet Yami-Ichi at the Tate Modern."
tarot  art  culture  divination 
december 2017 by aparrish
Catapult | Why You Left Social Media: A Guesswork | Sofia Samatar
"What I don’t know (a sample): ... The difference between a word cloud and a field of non-paradigmatic intensities. The precise amount of money a given Facebook executive will make from a photograph of someone’s baby. The precise amount of money social media executives, as a group, and tech industry leaders, and advertisers, have made from my impulses, organizing, sadness, and fears, and what they have done with it."
socialsoftware  politics  culture 
december 2017 by aparrish
Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump - The New York Times
"The control of women and babies has been a feature of every repressive regime on the planet. Napoleon and his “cannon fodder,” slavery and its ever-renewed human merchandise — they both fit in here. Of those promoting enforced childbirth, it should be asked: Cui bono? Who profits by it? Sometimes this sector, sometimes that. Never no one."
politics  feminism  literature  culture 
march 2017 by aparrish
The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness - The Huffington Post
"The most chilling thing about those numbers is that the legal rights of gay people living in those states didn’t materially change. We couldn’t get married in Michigan before the amendment passed, and we couldn’t get married in Michigan after it passed. The laws were symbolic. They were the majority’s way of informing gay people that we weren’t wanted. What’s worse, the rates of anxiety and depression didn’t just jump in the states that passed constitutional amendments. They increased (though less dramatically) among gay people across the entire country. The campaign to make us suffer worked."
lgbit  history  politics  culture  mentalhealth 
march 2017 by aparrish
Why Aren’t Baby Boomers Eating Pho? – Medium
'When asked how she thought Baby Boomers might respond to delicacies, she replied, “They would probably be less inclined to opt for a broth based soup and more inclined to hurl the bowl against the wall while claiming that America must be made great again. By that, they mean having America revert to a time where they would not be called racist for owning actual slaves.”' holy burn
politics  history  culture  cuisine  pho 
february 2017 by aparrish
It’s Already Happened Here | Sarah Kendzior
"Unlike his products, Trump is made in America, and we have dealt with his kind before. His bigotry, incompetence and intolerance were of the sort that better Americans, like the future president Lincoln, saw as a domestic threat. But never has such an execrable individual been given such power in our government, and never has a president been surrounded by so many who view America as little more than a playground for punishment and plunder."
culture  politics  45 
february 2017 by aparrish
Reckless Borrowing or Appropriate Cultural Sharing? | UUA.org
"When we, as a religious tradition borrow rituals from other cultures, we lose the significant meaning they take on from the community in which they are based. We risk becoming impersonators."
religion  appropriation  history  culture  ritual 
november 2016 by aparrish
daaaang grandpa - mlkshk
the "for sale baby shoes never worn" our generation deserves
humor  dang  grandpa  japan  culture 
august 2016 by aparrish
Remarks at the SASE Panel On The Moral Economy of Tech
"Or take an example from my home country, Poland. Abortion has been illegal in Poland for some time, but the governing party wants to tighten restrictions on abortion by investigating every miscarriage as a potential crime. Women will basically be murder suspects if they lose their baby. Imagine government agents combing your Twitter account, fitness tracker logs, credit card receipts and private communications for signs of potential pregnancy, with the results reported to the police to proactively protect your unborn baby." for all future intro to programming syllabi
culture  technology  privacy  politics  programming 
july 2016 by aparrish
Is group chat making you sweat? — Signal v. Noise — Medium
I realize this is trying to sell something but it makes a lot of good points
socialsoftware  chat  internet  culture  communication  language 
march 2016 by aparrish
Time of Your Life - The Awl
this doesn't seem like it can be real; but on the other hand, it might be the only thing that is real
culture  history  nostalgia 
january 2016 by aparrish
Kim Crosby - Latest - THE AFRICANA: Language, Power, Privilege and Discourse 
"Privileging one dialect over another almost always acts to maintain the status quo. The status quo forms and reasserts itself subtly on the level of discourse, and prescriptive grammar and privileged dialects are purely discursive social phenomena. They have no linguistic basis in fact. English has no single authority, it is constantly evolving – and it reflects the current status quo (which skews to privilege the white and the wealthy)."
language  linguistics  lexicography  culture  privilege  history  racism 
march 2015 by aparrish
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