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2017 in Words - Everything After Z by Dictionary.com
did people look these words up because they didn't know their meanings? Or weren't sure?
vocabulary  culture 
january 2018 by pagecarr
The Coming War on Business - The New York Times
' His third insight was that politics was no longer about left versus right. Instead, a series of smaller conflicts — religious versus secular, nationalist versus globalist, white versus nonwhite — were all merging into a larger polarity, ruling class versus Middle America.
“Middle American groups are more and more coming to perceive their exploitation at the hands of the dominant elites. The exploitation works on several fronts — economically, by hypertaxation and the design of a globalized economy dependent on exports and services in place of manufacturing; culturally, by the managed destruction of Middle American norms and institutions; and politically, by the regimentation of Middle Americans under the federal leviathan.” '
economics  politics  conservatives  Sam_Francis  divisive  inequality  culture  Other_Bookmarks 
december 2017 by pagecarr
Have a Banana. On Second Thought, Don’t. - The New York Times
In “Never Out of Season,” Robert Dunn looks at how modern societies make themselves vulnerable to crop devastation.
agriculture  culture  society  Other_Bookmarks 
december 2017 by pagecarr
Hal Willner’s Vanishing, Weird New York - The New York Times
“I was a kid who went around talking to himself, and used to get in trouble drawing cartoons, and locked myself in my room and went into dream world — I was one of those. I just retreated into television and records, and that was reality for me.”
music  production  counter  culture  weird  velvet  underground 
september 2017 by pagecarr
The two sins that defined this election - The Washington Post
A meritocracy can be blind to the fact that some people don’t make it because they have been unlucky in some way. More profoundly, it can be morally blind. Even those who score poorly on tests or have bad work habits are human beings deserving of attention and respect. The Republicans’ great success in rural communities has been that even though they often champion economic policies that would not help these people — indeed, policies that often hurt them — they demonstrate respect, by identifying with them culturally, religiously and emotionally.
meritocracy  condescension  culture  society  white  supremacists  elitism  racism 
november 2016 by pagecarr
Babies Watching People Eat - The New York Times
We also discovered something interesting about what babies identify as meaningful cultural differences. Babies from monolingual English-speaking homes saw language as a marker of different cultures; as noted above, if two people spoke two different languages, babies expected that they would prefer two different foods.
We also discovered something interesting about what babies identify as meaningful cultural differences. Babies from monolingual English-speaking homes saw language as a marker of different cultures; as noted above, if two people spoke two different languages, babies expected that they would prefer two different foods.

In contrast, babies from bilingual homes assumed that even two people who spoke different languages would like to eat the same things. Thus babies have the potential to learn different things about the foods and people around them, depending on their social environments.

In contrast, babies from bilingual homes assumed that even two people who spoke different languages would like to eat the same things. Thus babies have the potential to learn different things about the foods and people around them, depending on their social environments.
attention  perception  novelty  behavior  babies  food  interest  language  culture  assumptions  expectations 
november 2016 by pagecarr
Looking for a Choice of Voices in A.I. Technology - The New York Times
Conversational computing is holding a mirror to many of society’s biggest preconceptions around race and gender. Listening and talking are the new input and output devices of computers. But they have social and emotional dimensions never seen with keyboards and screens.
voice  conversational  computing  media  culture  regionalism  anthropology 
october 2016 by pagecarr
Reconsidering the Black Panthers Through Photos - The New York Times
Mr. Shames’s exacting photographs were in keeping with a movement that often disseminated its ideas through imagery. As the artist and writer Colette Gaiter has documented, every detail of the party’s visual campaign was rigorously considered, from the impeccable uniforms of its leaders to the vivid graphic design of its national weekly newspaper, The Black Panther, for which Emory Douglas, the “master craftsman” of the party’s visual identity and its minister of culture, was the art director.
Art  Black  Panthers  Minister  of  Culture  PHT231  PHT  101  history  PHT235  image  control  media  management 
september 2016 by pagecarr
Common on Early Internet, GIF Files Make Comeback - NYTimes.com
NOTICE that the gifs used to illustrate a story on gifs in news stories isn't archived as a gif. the first gif in a news story i've seen was with this story, more than three years later:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/business/economy/how-uber-drivers-decide-how-long-to-work.html?ref=business&_r=0
gif  news  media  culture  memes 
september 2016 by pagecarr
Obama as the First Black President - The New York Times
Moving letters to the editor from self-identifying Whites testifying to what they've learned from President Obama
race  identity  unity  evolution  culture 
july 2016 by pagecarr
Why America Forgot About ‘Roots’ - The New York Times
Haley’s unapologetically commercial story asked readers and viewers across racial lines and national borders to identify with the sorrow, pain and joy of enslaved black families in ways that were unusual in mass-market fiction and unprecedented on broadcast television.
History  [popular  literature  culture  Roots  Slavery  mass  market  pop  culture 
may 2016 by pagecarr
Why Mass Incarceration Doesn’t Pay - The New York Times
There are other tools that can reduce crime more cost-effectively, including promoting employment and wage growth and investing in education. That is one reason that between 2008 and 2012, a majority of states were able to reduce incarceration and crime.
incarceration  prison  jim  crow  economics  punitive  culture 
april 2016 by pagecarr
‘America’s War for the Greater Middle East,’ by Andrew J. Bacevich - The New York Times
The ultimate responsibility for the United States’ actions lies with an “oblivious” American public engrossed in “shallow digital enthusiasms and the worship of celebrity,” Bacevich writes. Americans support freedom, democracy and prosperity in other nations, he tells us, as long as they get the lion’s share of it. “Ensuring that Americans enjoy their rightful quota (which is to say, more than their fair share) of freedom, abundance and security comes first,” Bacevich says. “Everything else figures as an afterthought.”
"An unquestioning faith in military might and an underinvestment in diplomacy has tied Washington in a policy straitjacket. Bacevich’s call for Americans to rethink their nation’s militarized approach to the Middle East is incisive, urgent and essential."
colonialism  power  entitlement  greed  pluralism  culture 
april 2016 by pagecarr
This Design Firm Fights Bad Taste From Within - The New York Times
“We all live surrounded by kitsch,” Mr. Smeets said, “and with things that we assume are good taste but are bad taste — and the other way around.” Studio Job is all about reveling in these contradictions. “The world we are living in,” he insisted, “is absolutely not clear.”
see Cattelan's gold toilet. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/arts/design/duchamp-eat-your-heart-out-the-guggenheim-is-installing-a-gold-toilet.html
Taste  art  culture  competition  water  jugs  nonsense  snobbery  pretense 
april 2016 by pagecarr
The Shame Culture - The New York Times
' this shame culture is different from the traditional shame cultures, the ones in Asia, for example. In traditional shame cultures the opposite of shame was honor or “face” — being known as a dignified and upstanding citizen. In the new shame culture, the opposite of shame is celebrity — to be attention-grabbing and aggressively unique on some media platform.'
' In a guilt culture people sometimes feel they do bad things; in a shame culture social exclusion makes people feel they are bad.'
morals  culture  trump  society  celebrity 
march 2016 by pagecarr
Pop Art International: Far Beyond Warhol and Lichtenstein - The New York Times
Meanwhile, a group of critically minded German painters gathered under the label Capitalist Realism — Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter — had begun playing satirically and productively with Pop’s consumerist model. Talk about waking up to a threat. In the eyes of many Italian artists, American art, until then known mostly from afar through magazines, was suddenly an invading force fueled by money and the news media.
Pop  culture  Pop  art  internationally. 
march 2016 by pagecarr
The root of gun violence? Our militaristic culture. - The Washington Post
[even in hospitals http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/us/hospital-guns-mental-health.html ] The United States has become a militaristic culture, with war after war being justified to promote the business of war. We no longer seem to care about other humans and the cost of our military adventurism, as long as it produces profits for Wall Street and jobs for a few. Why are we so puzzled that our society is getting more violent? There are fewer counterbalances to the fear and hate being spewed every day. The voices for compassion and tolerance are being shouted down and cannot be heard. Just look at our current presidential race.
culture  violence  hostility  militarism  guns 
march 2016 by pagecarr
Super Tuesday: The Race Heats Up - The New York Times
If Mr. Trump sways the electorate, America offers a clear admission of its values … and what it has become.
electorate  culture  racism  demagogue 
march 2016 by pagecarr
How Far Left Has America Moved? - The New York Times
will this be the election cycle when voters in both parties accept that they want a growing benevolent government, as long as they don’t have to admit they need it?
socialism  culture  politics  progress 
february 2016 by pagecarr
Livin’ Bernie Sanders’s Danish Dream - The New York Times
American values have always been biased toward individualism, achievement and flexibility — nurturing disruptive dynamos like Bell Labs, Walmart, Whole Foods, Google and Apple — and less toward dirigisme, order and economic equality. Continue reading the main story Related in Opinion Op-Ed Columnist: Stop Bernie-Splaining to Black Voters Op-Ed Columnist: Hillary, Bernie and History On the Ground: Clinton and Sanders Battle in Sixth Democratic Debate It’s amazing that a large part of the millennial generation has rejected this consensus. In supporting Bernie Sanders they are not just supporting a guy who is mad at Wall Street. They are supporting a guy who fundamentally wants to reshape the American economic system, and thus reshape American culture and values.
culture  economics  stability  novelty  collaboration  socialism  individualism 
february 2016 by pagecarr
We’re lucky if we get to be old, physician and professor believes - The Washington Post
Increasingly, research has shown that regimentation and institutionalization work against well-being and good health in old age and that people with negative conceptions of aging are more likely to experience dementia later in life. "
aging  society  culture  attitudes  dominance  competition  profit  motive  institutions  medical  industry 
february 2016 by pagecarr
Why the Post Office Makes America Great - The New York Times
Infrastructure is often the least-appreciated part of what makes a country strong, and what makes innovation take flight. From my spot in line at the post office, I see a country that does both well; not a country that emphasizes one at the expense of the other.
American  Culture  Post  Office  civil  services 
january 2016 by pagecarr
For a Shakespeare Anniversary, an Online Re-Creation of a 1796 Show - The New York Times
The gallery was part of Boydell’s larger entrepreneurial effort to promote a distinctly English school of art to middle-class consumers. The real economic engine wasn’t the admission fee of one shilling, but the high-quality engravings by Boydell that were sold in the museum’s shop and by subscription.
VR  museums  display  culture  art  sales  markets  spectacle 
january 2016 by pagecarr
Born to Be Conned - The New York Times
Stories are one of the most powerful forces of persuasion available to us, especially stories that fit in with our view of what the world should be like. Facts can be contested. Stories are far trickier. I can dismiss someone’s logic, but dismissing how I feel is harder.
narrative  imagination  journalism  seduction  reason  sentiment  culture 
january 2016 by pagecarr
Seeing dark matter as the key to the universe — and human empathy - The Boston Globe
Race and class differences call for empathy largely because of our difficulties in understanding what we can’t experience or see, including the often hidden cultural forces that animate other people and their communities.
dark  matter  physics  culture  Jefferson  Pinder  understanding  perception  Lisa  Randall 
october 2015 by pagecarr
Art and Hypocrisy in the Gulf - The New York Times
' The government has continued to use a repressive 2012 cybercrime law to prosecute critics. In 2013, it even sentenced an American to 12 months in prison under the law, for his participation in a video parodying Dubai youth culture.. . . These institutions, and some art critics as well, have touted their move to Abu Dhabi as a turning point in cultural history. But right now, in a climate of increasing repression, it seems that art and culture are being put into the service of money and power, an unquestioning surrender to authority that contradicts these liberal institutions’ very ideals.'
Art  culture  Abu  Dhabi  Dols  Vosseller 
september 2015 by pagecarr
Hugh Thomas’s ‘World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire’ - The New York Times
For every friar who inflicted cruel torture on his new charges for concealing idols, another patiently compiled grammars and dictionaries of their languages. “World Without End” reminds us that the far-flung Spanish Empire was the work of many minds and hands, and by the end their myriad stories carry a cumulative charge.
History  empire  Spain  culture  hegemony 
september 2015 by pagecarr
Taking My Parents to College - The New York Times
"My grades were the first of many elements of my new life for which they had no context and which they wouldn’t understand. With each semester, what I was doing became, for them, as indecipherable as that paper topic; they didn’t even know what questions to ask. And that, for me, is the quintessential quality of the first-generation college student’s experience. It’s not even knowing what you don’t know."
culture  education  assimilation  vocabulary  hierarchy 
august 2015 by pagecarr
Activists ‘Feel the Bern?’ - The New York Times
'Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; ' . . .'It says to America: You will not dictate the parameters of my expression; you will not assign the grammar of my pain; you will not tell me how I should feel.'
culture  rights  racism  oppression  justice 
august 2015 by pagecarr
My Unveiling Ceremony - NYTimes.com
'what veiling means for Muslim women. Authenticity is about more than a layer of cloth on one’s head. To be acknowledged as more than our head scarves is the right of every Muslim girl and woman.'
symbolism  culture  religion  conformity  opression 
may 2015 by pagecarr
The Real Problem With America’s Inner Cities - NYTimes.com
'While there is some continuity between the old Western and thug cultures learned through extensive exposure to the media, that of the urban streets originated more in reaction to the long centuries of institutionalized violence against blacks during slavery and Jim Crow. The historian Roger Lane has traced the roots of Philadelphia’s black “criminal subculture” all the way back to the mid-1800s; W. E. B. Du Bois found it thoroughly entrenched in his own study of Philadelphia in the 1890s.
culture  inner  city  wild  west  violence  inequality  social  justice  Roger  Lane 
may 2015 by pagecarr
Louis Armstrong, the Real Ambassador - NYTimes.com
state department used performers for diplomatic propaganda
Louis  Armstrong  politics  Jazz  music  culture 
may 2015 by pagecarr
Our Biased Brains - NYTimes.com
'One strategy that works is seeing images of heroic African-Americans; afterward, whites and Asians show less bias, a study found. Likewise, hearing a story in which a black person rescues someone from a white assailant reduces anti-black bias in subsequent testing. It’s not clear how long this effect lasts. Deep friendships, especially romantic relationships with someone of another race, also seem to mute bias — and that, too, has implications for bringing young people together to forge powerful friendships. “If you actually have friendships across race lines, you probably have fewer biases,” Banaji says. “These are learned, so they can be unlearned.”'
bias  racism  culture  social  justice 
may 2015 by pagecarr
Reinventing photojournalism — but watch out for the guys with the guns - The Washington Post
“If I shot that now and put the pictures up on Instagram, by the time I would have gotten back to headquarters, they would have killed me… now, if you post something, the guys at the checkpoint can just pull out their smartphones and see what you’re doing.”It’s a peril of the expanding audience — on paper, a good thing. On the ground, maybe not so much
media  PhotoJ  social  culture  justice  PHT231 
april 2015 by pagecarr
Review: In ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,’ Frank Bruni Examines College Admissions Mania - NYTimes.com
Why? It’s not that they are ardently seeking “better” students — whatever that would mean when so many superachievers are already rejected. Instead, they are locked in a frantic competition for prestige,
status  higher  education  culture  inequality 
april 2015 by pagecarr
And Now, Political Virgins - NYTimes.com
If male legislators could get pregnant, we’d have a different story. Except, of course, for the ones in Texas who are saving themselves for marriage.
texas  backward  culture 
april 2015 by pagecarr
The Conscience of a Corporation - NYTimes.com
'In 2010, those five judges created the notion of corporate personhood — giving companies the unfettered right to dominate elections. After all, Exxon is just a citizen like you and me. And in 2014, those five judges gave corporations a soul, a further expansion of business entity as a citizen. Well, they tried to. As the saying goes, a corporation will never truly be a citizen until you can execute one in Texas.'
economics  bias  corporate  Texas  culture 
april 2015 by pagecarr
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the basketball icon, reinvented as culture vulture - The Washington Post
“It does a disservice to the very real struggle for racial equality to cry racism at every disappointment.”
culture  justice  equality  racism 
march 2015 by pagecarr
Harold Meyerson: Obama’s budget pursues fairness, not ‘envy’
"A cause for envy? More like a cause for righteous rage — at the offshoring and downgrading of middle-class jobs, at the gutting of unions, at the rise of a deregulated financial sector that claims a steadily greater share of the nation’s income for its top executives without delivering a service even remotely commensurate to its pay, at corporate CEOs who funnel profits into share buybacks that increase their own paychecks rather than into research and development or employee raises."
economics  inequality  society  culture 
march 2015 by pagecarr
Generation of Vipers - Philip Wylie - Google Books
'erhaps the most vitriolic attack ever launched on the American way of living - from politicians to professors to businessmen to Mom to sexual mores to religion'
culture  American  20th  c 
march 2015 by pagecarr
‘My Life as a Foreign Country,’ by Brian Turner - NYTimes.com
Review of My Life as a Foreign Country. A preoccupying question of the book becomes, How do we live in a world so intrinsically tied to violence? And why? What compels us toward it?
war  violence  bruatality  military  culture  literary  read 
march 2015 by pagecarr
Press Play — Press Play — Medium
'I grade based on where you start and where you end. Don’t work on me for a better grade—work on your work and making the work of those around you better. Show industriousness and seriousness and produce surpassing work if you want an exceptional grade.' 'Excuses: Don’t make them — they won’t work. Stories are supposed to be on the page, and while a spoken-word performance might explain everything, it will excuse nothing. The assignments for each week are due by start of class without exception unless specific arrangements have made based on an exceptional circumstance. If you truly have a personal or family emergency, your welfare comes first. But nothing short of that will have any traction with me. If you are having trouble understanding expectations or assignments or instruction, please speak up. I care a lot about not leaving anybody behind.' '
academic  media  pop  culture  course  outline  syllabus 
february 2015 by pagecarr
12 | June | 2013 | Irvington Parents Forum
The correct answer is F, for the test’s own failing grade. What does it say about an English Language Arts test partly written in prose so clumsy that one hopes it will never be imitated by students taking the exam?
common  core  culture  literacy  education 
january 2015 by pagecarr
The Paradox of the Free-Market Liberal - NYTimes.com
the structure of our ideological divide is shaped by political messaging rather than psychological differences.
politics  culture  personality 
january 2015 by pagecarr
The attack on Charlie Hebdo and free speech - The Washington Post
"The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues these practices of peace in response to insults and criticism and condemns all acts of violence in the name of Muhammad." It is a measure of the fanaticism of the attackers that they could not see their actual enemies.
culture 
january 2015 by pagecarr
The economic teachings of the popes - The Washington Post
I refer McCrum to another encyclical of John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (1981), which endorses labor over capital, asserts that work is not a commodity to be sold, criticizes the maximization of profit, calls for worker co-determination, a just family wage and health insurance.
economics  inequality  labor  society  culture 
december 2014 by pagecarr
Why Are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others? - NYTimes.com
'People in the rest of the world are more likely to understand themselves as interwoven with other people — as interdependent, not independent. In such social worlds, your goal is to fit in and adjust yourself to others, not to stand out. People imagine themselves as part of a larger whole — threads in a web, not lone horsemen on the frontier. ' . . .'A lone cowboy isn’t much good in the aftermath of a Hurricane Katrina. As we enter a season in which the values of do-it-yourself individualism are likely to dominate our Congress, it is worth remembering that this way of thinking might just be the product of the way our forefathers grew their food and not a fundamental truth about the way that all humans flourish.'
society  inequality  social  welfare  community  individualism  culture  context  whole  parts 
december 2014 by pagecarr
Does it have to be on video to get us to do the right thing? - The Washington Post
'Sadly, what gets our attention and moves us to act is the graphic and grotesque
video  pop  culture  mass  media  justice  ethics 
november 2014 by pagecarr
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