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Marketing Modernism - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Cheap Modernism Expanding Markets, Publishers’ Series and the Avant-Garde By Lise Jaillant"
book  review  books  history  publishing  modernism  20c  popular  culture  lowbrow 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Strange Horizons - Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift By Erin Horáková
An interesting essay on the ways that popular culture misremembers Star Trek to make Kirk a reckless womanizer.
television  title(StarTrek)  memory  culture  gender  reader  reception  popular  feminism  criticism 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Bill Nye the Science Guy Has Become Liberals' Climate-Change Star | New Republic
"The "Meet the Press" and Creation Museum appearances are part of a broader cultural renaissance for the former host of "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," a popular PBS Kids show for much of the 1990s, and the fawning doesn’t end with the press. Policymakers sing his praises as liberally as liberal pundits, with one White House official even telling Mother Jones that President Barack Obama himself “lights up when he sees Bill.”"
science  communication  popularize  popular  television  media  celebrity 
march 2014 by tsuomela
What Karl Marx and George Bush Have In Common | The Proverbial Skeptic | Big Think
"Popper's paper is called Conjectures and Refutations. In it, he put forth the now nearly ubiquitously accepted theory that science is science in so far as it adheres to "principles of falsification""
philosophy  history  popular  vulgarization  skepticism 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Top 15 Most Popular Science Websites
Here are the 15 Most Popular Science Sites as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a constantly updated average of each website's Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast.
science  news  website  popular  traffic 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Born Digital Folklore and the Vernacular Web: An Interview with Robert Glenn Howard | The Signal: Digital Preservation
" You are right; there are a lot of ways of thinking about this stuff.  And “participatory culture” is one of them. But like Dan Perkel has said too, I think, its not like the Internet fundamentally changed us.  Its not like we all sat in silence and stared blankly at our TVs waiting for the Internet to show up. We have probably always had vernacular webs of communication. At different moments in history, though, those webs have occupied different places in our society.  Before there were printed books, not too many people could read. "
online  culture  participatory-culture  digital  internet  vernacular  popular 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Evgeny Morozov: The Naked And The TED | The New Republic
"The Khannas are typical of the TED crowd in that they do not express much doubt about anything. Their pronouncements about political structures are as firm and arrogant as some scientists’ pronouncements about the cognitive structures of the brain. Whatever problems lurk on the horizon are imagined primarily as problems of technology, which, given enough money, brain power, and nutritional supplements, someone in Silicon Valley should be in a position to solve. This is consistent with TED’s adoption of a decidedly non-political attitude, as became apparent in a recent kerfuffle over a short talk on inequality given by a venture capitalist—who else?—which TED refused to release for fear that it might offend too many rich people."
trend  technology  philosophy  popular  promotion  technocracy  ideology  economics 
august 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Social hierarchy and popular culture
"Based on these findings, Peterson recommends junking the "elite culture-mass culture" distinction in favor of an "omnivore-univore" distinction. There is indeed a significant difference in the cultural tastes of high-status and low-status people
culture  elites  elitism  taste  music  mass  social  hierarchy  popular  class 
may 2012 by tsuomela
The Cult of Positivity: If You Dream It, You Can’t Necessarily Become It | The University Times
"To ask questions about how to live life, to question whether you should be doing what you are doing, is indeed admirable. But to conclude that a positive attitude can solve all problems is naive and denies the possibility to enact change, when necessary, on your circumstances."
self-help  psychology  popular  positive-thinking  positive  individual  system  scale 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Marketing for Scientists
Marketing for Scientists is a Facebook group, a blog, a workshop, and a book (coming out on Island Press in the fall of 2011) devoted to helping scientists learn these tools and adapt to changing times.
science  communication  marketing  popular  popularize  expertise 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Popularity Sucks: Kids Should Embrace Their Inner Loser, Author Says | Quirk Theory
"LS: What's the difference between these two types of popularity?

AR: One type is "perceived popularity," which is who kids think is popular, and the other is "sociometric popularity," which is who the kids actually like. In today's schools, to be popular does not mean to be liked.

The in-crowd at most schools often falls into the "perceived popular" category. It turns out that students in this group are more likely to engage in risky behavior. They are often less likely to do well in school. They are more likely to conform, because they're more likely to feel pressure from their group to conform. Perceived popular students are much more likely to be involved in aggression, including relational aggression, which includes things like rumor-spreading, whispering, and eye-rolling. [The History of Human Aggression]

It's a very Machiavellian atmosphere to try to obtain and then retain popularity in schools today. What I'm saying is, it is not worth it. "
interview  book  author  popular  sociology  high-school  teenager  cliques  success  quirkiness 
may 2011 by tsuomela
zigzigger: On the History of Media and the "Attention Span"
If you have an interest in cultural media history, if you like Sesame Street and music videos, or if you have found the recent discussions about whether the internet makes you stupid or smart to be worth your scarce attention, you might be interested in my newly published work: “New Media, Young Audiences, and Discourses of Attention: From Sesame Street to ‘Snack Culture’” Media Culture & Society 32.4 (July 2010), 582-596. In this essay I trace the history of the “attention span” as it pertains to media from the early days of Sesame Street to the present, charting the process whereby media crafted to suit short attention spans of the young came to be blamed for shrinking the collective attention span of whole generations and societies.
media  history  attention  research  moral-panic  popular  culture 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Media: A world of hits | The Economist
Perhaps the best explanation of why this might be so was offered in 1963. In “Formal Theories of Mass Behaviour”, William McPhee noted that a disproportionate share of the audience for a hit was made up of people who consumed few products of that type. (Many other studies have since reached the same conclusion.) A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better. An American who read just one book this year was disproportionately likely to have read “The Lost Symbol”, by Dan Brown. He almost certainly liked it.
long-tail  mass  culture  success  popular  economics  technology  winner-take-all 
january 2010 by tsuomela
tracks popular videos from many different sites.
video  aggregator  popular  viral  tracking  trend 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Sumutia: Remix culture and copyright law
Popular culture - as opposed to the pop culture created by artists without academic training which is flooding our media - has always been a remix culture.
popular  culture  remix  fair-use  copyright  intellectual-property 
july 2009 by tsuomela Books | How to go viral
Bill Wasik is an Internet instigator... Wasik is best known as the creator of flash mobs... he's analyzed how and why some stories became cultural phenomenons and others languish in the nursing home of online oblivion.

Now, in his new book "And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture", Wasik sets out to explain what he's learned from all his Web mischievousness and also what our increasing addiction to the Internet indicates about us as a society. We now have more information at our fingertips than ever before, but Wasik suggests we find it hard to focus on issues that really matter because we're so consumed with myopic, ephemeral things.
internet  online  culture  flash-mobs  viral  metaphor  popular 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Read me first: Twitter is a sucker's game that only serves the needs of a tiny elite, says Seth Finkelstein | Technology | The Guardian
The "A-list" phenomenon, where a few sources with a large readership dominate the information flow on a topic, was particularly stark. Since the numbers of "following" and "followers" are visible, the usual steep ranking curve was immediately evident. A highly ranked person is free to attack anyone lower down the ranks, as there's no way for the wronged party to effectively reply to the same readers.
twitter  criticism  culture  a-list  popular  pundits  winner-take-all 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Hell in a handcart « Trench Fever
The problem with grumbling at ‘popular history’ in any of its forms is that it can appear elitist, which is particularly inappropriate at a time when the internet is making it easier for people who wouldn’t count themselves as professional historian
history  historiography  popular  writers  crowdsourcing  expertise 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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