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On The Invisible Bridge | Easily Distracted
Thoughts on Rick Perlstein book about history of conservatism.
history  conservatism  context  contingency 
august 2014 by tsuomela
How Paris Gave Rise to Cubism (and Picasso): Ambiguity and Fragmentation in Radical Innovation
"In structural analyses of innovation, one substantive question looms large: What makes radical innovation possible if peripheral actors are more likely to originate radical ideas but are poorly positioned to promote them? An inductive study of the rise of Cubism, a revolutionary paradigm that overthrew classic principles of representation in art, results in a model where not only the periphery moves toward the core through collective action, as typically asserted, but the core also moves toward the periphery, becoming more receptive to radical ideas. The fragmentation of the art market in early 20th-century Paris served as the trigger. The proliferation of market niches and growing ambiguity over evaluation standards dramatically reduced the costs of experimentation in the periphery and the ability of the core to suppress radical ideas. A multilevel analysis linking individual creativity, peer networks, and the art field reveals how market developments fostered Spanish Cubist Pablo Picasso's experiments and facilitated their diffusion in the absence of public support, a coherent movement, and even his active involvement. If past research attests to the importance of framing innovations and mobilizing resources in their support, this study brings attention to shifts in the structure of opportunities to do so."
art  innovation  culture  context  creativity  modern-art 
august 2013 by tsuomela
The Picasso Effect — Medium
"It’s not that Picasso’s talent was immaterial to Cubism’s success – far from it. It’s that his talents were perfectly suited to the movement of the market. In a world that was increasingly rewarding experimentation, he was more energetically experimental than his peers: he made over seven hundred sketches of Les Demoiselles before settling on one that satisfied him. In an art scene that was becoming more open to diverse influences, he looked further afield than most of his competitors, to ancient Etruscan and African art. In a milieu that romanticised the exotic, he was a mysterious, black-eyed Spanish immigrant who spoke barely any French. At a time when it was cool to bend the rules of art, Picasso smashed every one. For radical innovation to succeed, the moment has to be moving towards the innovator. But the innovator must still reach out and seize the moment."
art  innovation  culture  context  creativity  modern-art 
august 2013 by tsuomela
The Philosopher's Stone: RAMBO'S KNIFE
"namely the extent to which even the simplest things we have or do are so deeply integrated into the history of the human species that it would be impossible fully to explicate even one of them without evoking an entire culture."
teaching  culture  context  scale 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to 'Long Data' | Wired Opinion |
"Big data puts slices of knowledge in context. But to really understand the big picture, we need to place a phenomenon in its longer, more historical context."
big-data  history  historiography  time  context 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Pang's Zombie Apocalypse Memorization Test - Contemplative Computing
"One of the questions I've been working through in my book is this: how do you decide when it's okay to outsource a cognitive function? When is it okay to let your electronic address book remember all your phone numbers, for example? When should you try to memorize a street address, rather than let your GPS or iPhone remember it for you.

I think the simple answer is this. Will memorizing the information help you survive a Zombie Apocalypse?"
information-overload  memory  technology  context 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Heidegger with Hefeweizen: Rethinking the Power of Context
"This experience provoked an interesting thought: the context in which you do academic work is extremely important, yet most of us give it little consideration…"
work  labor  gtd  academic  context 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get at
1. the longstanding facts 2. how journalists know what they know 3. the things we don't know (uncertainties)
journalism  media  news  forms  context  information  transparency  writing  article 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Ether Wave Propaganda: Galison's Questions, #1: What is Context?
Galison's first question is "What is Context?" He observes that the escape from externalist-internalist debates has resulted in an appeal to context. But, to phrase it in a Seinfeldian way: what's the deal with context?
sts  philosophy  science  culture  context 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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