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“One of the easiest ways to differentiate an economist from almost anyone else in society” « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
I’m not saying that arguments based on rationality are necessarily wrong in particular cases. (I can’t very well say that, given that I wrote an article on why it can be rational to vote.) I’m just trying to understand how pop-economics can so rapidly swing back and forth between opposing positions. And I think it’s coming from the comforting presence of rationality and efficiency in both formulations. It’s ok to distinguish economists from ordinary people (economists are rational and think the unthinkable, ordinary people don’t) and it’s also ok to distinguish economists from other social scientists (economists think ordinary people are rational, other social scientists believe in “culture”). You just have to be careful not to make both arguments in the same paragraph.
economics  rationality  academic  boundaries  boundary-policing  argument  form  genre 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Social Media: From Meaning to Presence | Savage Minds
"Rather than tracing the paths of particular forms (messaging to wikis and blogging to tag-clouds and aggregators), or looking at convergence and transmediation, or the popular proliferation of geek culture, as I do elsewhere, I want to talk more generally about three trends in “social media” that were significant in my mid-1990s fieldwork and have only become more pronounced since."... 3 components - short form, configurability/control, and presence casting.
anthropology  online  internet  behavior  social-media  communication  genre  form 
march 2011 by tsuomela
America First? | The New York Review of Books
Best European Fiction 2010
edited and with an introduction by Aleksandar Hemon, with a preface by Zadie Smith

Why Translation Matters
by Edith Grossman

The Novel: An Alternative History, Beginnings to 1600
by Steven Moore

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
by David Shields

..aside from superficial markers like names and places, or the fact that it is fairly easy to distinguish translated texts from those in their original tongue..It seems to me rather that as we tackle intriguing stories from Latvia and Lithuania, Bosnia and Macedonia, we are struck by how familiar these voices are, how reassuringly similar in outlook to one another and ourselves.
books  review  translation  foreign-language  novel  literature  purpose  form  modernism  international  style 
july 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: An argument
An imagined argument that Sarah Palin is lying.
extremism  argument  form  lying  truth  fundamentalism 
august 2009 by tsuomela

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