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The American Scholar: Instant Gratification - Paul Roberts
"Paul Roberts is the author of The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification, from which this essay has been adapted."
society  impulse  psychology  culture  narcissism  critique  capitalism 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Marking time, more thoughts - Charlie's Diary
"But beyond the issue of how to keep capitalism creaking along, Poul raised a key point: How do we structure a society where only a dwindling fraction of the potential workforce is required for keeping the wheels on the track? Assuming the point is to structure a society that tries to minimize cruelty, what are our options?"
work  labor  computers  technology-effects  future  economics  fairness  justice  society 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Language Log » Ignorance about ignorance
"My conclusions: When you read or hear in the mass media that "Only X% of Americans know Y", don't believe it without checking the references — it's probably false even as a report of the survey statistics. When you read survey results claiming that "Only X% of Americans know Y", don't believe the claims unless the survey publishes (a) the exact questions asked; (b) the specific coding instructions used to score the answers; (c) a measure of inter-annotator agreement in blind tests; and (d) the raw response transcripts."
american  society  knowledge  surveys  ignorance  media  methods 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The causality analysis of climate change and large-scale human crisis
"Recent studies have shown strong temporal correlations between past climate changes and societal crises. However, the specific causal mechanisms underlying this relation have not been addressed. We explored quantitative responses of 14 fine-grained agro-ecological, socioeconomic, and demographic variables to climate fluctuations from A.D. 1500–1800 in Europe."
climate-change  environment  history  civilization  determinism  anthropology  collapse  society 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Collapse, environment, and society
"Historical collapse of ancient states poses intriguing social-ecological questions, as well as potential applications to global change and contemporary strategies for sustainability. Five Old World case studies are developed to identify interactive inputs, triggers, and feedbacks in devolution. Collapse is multicausal and rarely abrupt."
climate-change  environment  history  civilization  determinism  anthropology  collapse  society 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Peak Attention and the Colonization of Subcultures
"The question of how such coded language emerges, spreads and evolves is a big one. I am interested in a very specific question: how do members of an emerging subculture recognize each other in public, especially on the Internet, using more specialized coded language?

The question is interesting because the Web is making traditional subcultures — historically illegible to governance mechanisms, and therefore hotbeds of subversion — increasingly visible and open to cheap, large-scale economic and political exploitation. This exploitation takes the form of attention mining, and is the end-game on the path to what I called Peak Attention a while back.

Does this mean the subversive potential of the Internet is an illusion, and that it will ultimately be domesticated? Possibly." Annotated link
internet  culture  subculture  code  code-words  attention  data-mining  social  social-networking  social-media  communication  signals  society  power  government  facebook 
april 2012 by tsuomela
PopTech : Duncan Watts - Social contagion: What do we really know?
"Again, we don’t know for sure, but we suspect that the analogy with biological disease is badly flawed. For example, whereas it is probably true that most people are susceptible to HIV, our susceptibility to any particular idea, product, musical artists, etc. varies tremendously, depending on our tastes, backgrounds, and circumstances. Unlike for influenza, to which you’re either exposed or not exposed, even the ideas you do encounter have to compete for attention with everything else that you’re exposed to. And unlike models of disease, which assume that disease spreads exclusively from person to person, information can be disseminated by the media and advertising as well as by word of mouth.

All of these differences, along with many others, could dramatically alter the prospects for social epidemics, as well as introduce other mechanisms entirely by which social change can come about, yet models of social influence reflect very little of this added complexity"
social-contagion  ideas  networks  influence  persuasion  society  epidemics  via:cshalizi 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Belated Debt Post: Ancient Efficient Markets Hypotheses — Crooked Timber
"And yet: human beings (not just economists), when called upon to explain how society works, have a strange tendency to reach first for efficient market hypotheses, and to hold on like grim death. Natural or even cosmic orders of orderly payback. That’s the ticket. We are ‘in debt’ to the gods, or our parents, or society. Graeber is quick to point out the inadequacies of these metaphors." Annotated link
book  review  debt  metaphor  philosophy  ethics  anthropology  ancient  principles  sociology  society 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Do It Yourself: Creating a Producer Society | Progressive Policy Institute
Yet, in some ways, a new producer society is already taking shape all across the country, driven by very real grassroots movements in tinkering, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, entrepreneurship, and even manufacturing.
production  economics  work  labor  peer-production  society  citizen-science 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Text Patterns: comparisons are odorous
Comment on the Bill James article about talent in Topeka.
talent  education  development  society  sports  literature  recognition  fame 
april 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Connecting the dots
"There isn't very much transparency about the deep structure of almost any complex modern society. For most people their primary impressions of the society's functioning comes from the mass media and their own personal experiences. We each see the limited bits to which we are fairly directly exposed through our ordinary lives -- the newsroom if we happen to be a beat reporter, the university if we are professors, the play-and-learn center if we are in the business of preschool education. We gain a pretty good idea of how those networks of institutions and organizations work. But it's very difficult to gain a birds-eye picture of the social system as a whole."
sociology  society  vision  visibility  scale  understanding  education  structure 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Oxford University Press: The Global Covenant: Robert Jackson
"The Global Covernant is a ground-breaking work by one of the leading scholars in international relations that rejuvenates the classical international society approach, and brings it into contact with the new era of world politics."
book  publisher  international  politics  political-science  global  objects  society 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Useless Labor and Production of the Self < PopMatters
This whole set-up, in turn, fuels the view that narcissism and hipsterism are increasing society-wide, since self-production in the mode of marketing copy (developing the personal brand) is more and more what people do, if not for a living, then simply to appear, to be socially relevant.
self-presentation  production  self  online  culture  technology  capitalism  consumerism  consumption  labor  society 
march 2011 by tsuomela
What can policymakers learn from happiness research? : The New Yorker
As the happiness researchers Tim Wilson and Daniel Gilbert have put it, “People routinely mispredict how much pleasure or displeasure future events will bring.”
psychology  happiness  research  politics  emotion  society  policy  economics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Confessions of a Community College Dean: Thoughts on DIY U
Review of DIY U by Anya "Kamenetz unreflectively buys into the anti-institutional prejudice that infects and discredits so much techno-utopianism. The whole "edupunk" conceit -- represented on the cover by a clenched white fist clutching a pencil, and a black wristband with a "DIY U" logo -- is based on the image of the heroic loner sticking it to The Man by going it alone. But when you look at the examples she cites, they're all economically parasitic on the institutions they propose to supplant. (To her credit, Kamenetz actually acknowledges this in passing, though she doesn't go anywhere with the observation.)"
book  review  education  academic  diy  academia  economics  society  edupunk 
june 2010 by tsuomela
The Royal Society - the UK's national academy of science
The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, is at the cutting edge of scientific progress.
science  research  uk  britain  education  society  history  technology 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Call for Submissions « Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
We are a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens.
* Social justice issues involving language, power, and the body
* Minority issues and minority rhetorics
* Green rhetoric
* Rhetoric in national and international politics
* Popular culture and media analysis
* Rhetorics of everyday life and technology
* Non-Western rhetorics
* Public rhetorics and rhetoric in action
* Rhetoric, teaching, and literacy
journal  online  rhetoric  society 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Transparency International
Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world.
TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

Transparency International challenges the inevitability of corruption, and offers hope to its victims. Since its founding in 1993, TI has played a lead role in improving the lives of millions around the world by building momentum for the anti-corruption movement. TI raises awareness and diminishes apathy and tolerance of corruption, and devises and implements practical actions to address it.
politics  government  community  ethics  activism  transparency  corruption  governance  democracy  policy  law  international  development  economics  world  society  global 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - Why Americans hate (some of) their elites
Oddly for Brooks, however, this column operates entirely outside the realm of human agency. After all, doctors and the military are very trusted, and we've turned massive amounts of responsibility over to new elites, like those out of Silicon Valley, with nary a peep. So it's not simply that Americans hate elites. It's that they don't like certain institutions. And there's a perfectly plausible explanation for why.

The institutions they don't like are the institutions that have been the subject of well-organized and extremely costly attack campaigns for decades now.
expertise  politics  leadership  trust  society  talent  meritocracy  elites  elitism  public 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - The Power Elite -
by David Brooks - "Yet here’s the funny thing. As we’ve made our institutions more meritocratic, their public standing has plummeted. We’ve increased the diversity and talent level of people at the top of society, yet trust in elites has never been lower."
expertise  politics  leadership  trust  society  talent  meritocracy  elites  elitism  public 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : This is the Dream Time
When our distant descendants think about our era, however, differences will loom larger. Yes they will see that we were more like them in knowing more things, and in having less contact with a wild nature. But our brief period of very rapid growth and discovery and our globally integrated economy and culture will be quite foreign to them. Yet even these differences will pale relative to one huge difference: our lives are far more dominated by consequential delusions: wildly false beliefs and non-adaptive values that matter.
future  present  evolution  behavior  society  culture  singularity  belief  psychology 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Home | The Taos Institute
The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value.
institutes  psychology  education  inquiry  society  appreciative-inquiry 
september 2009 by tsuomela
University of Oxford, Saïd Business School: Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (formerly the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization) focuses on research, policy development and teaching programmes which provide new approaches to understanding technological and social change.
sts  science  technology  society  innovation  academic-center  school(Oxford) 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Interfluidity :: Rethinking subsidized finance
Banking-as-we-know-it is just a form of publicly subsidized private capital formation. I have no problem with subsidizing private capital formation, even with ceding much of the upside to entrepreneurial investors while taxpayers absorb much of the downside when things go wrong. But once we acknowledge the very large public subsidy in banking, it becomes possible to acknowledge other, perhaps less disaster-prone arrangements by which a nation might encourage private capital formation at lower social and financial cost.
banking  public-interest  governance  politics  society  capital  money  distribution 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Conflux Festival
The art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space.
2008  event  conference  activism  arts  festival  society  technology  urban  media 
may 2008 by tsuomela
Social Watch
Social Watch is an international NGO watchdog network monitoring poverty eradication and gender equality.
activism  development  economics  international  justice  non-profit  social  society  sustainability  world  politics 
march 2008 by tsuomela
Pew Research Center
unified site for a number of different research projects - internet and life, excellence in journalism
research  thinktank  foundation  statistics  politics  culture  society  media 
march 2008 by tsuomela
Simcity Societies :: Home
Featuring an all-new, revolutionary feature set, SimCity Societies allows you to create your own kinds of cities and shape their cultures and environments. Make your cities green or polluted, contemporary or futuristic, rural or urban. Create an artistic
simulation  games  society  education  environment 
november 2007 by tsuomela
The Cloud Appreciation Society
At The Cloud Appreciation Society we love clouds, we’re not ashamed to say it and we’ve had enough of people moaning about them.Read our manifesto and see how we are fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking’.
clouds  meteorology  weather  photos  science  society 
june 2007 by tsuomela Interviews - Chris Hedges
Hedges: The Internet is a great tool. However, the people who get good information off the Internet are very proactive. They want it. And most people are passive. They are spoon-fed what the large corporate interests that control our news media want peopl
religion  politics  society 
march 2007 by tsuomela

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