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Yale University Changes Calhoun College Name Post-Trump - The Atlantic
"According to some observers, the university announced it would update the name of Calhoun College to appease its liberal community members and distance itself from the president."
school(Yale)  politics  liberal  symbols  racism  history  civil-war 
february 2017 by tsuomela
rhetorical throughput | digital digs
"One of the projects I have been regularly pursuing (and I’m certainly not alone in this) is investigating the implications of rhetoric’s disciplinary-paradigmatic insistence on a symbolic, anthropocentric scope of study and entertaining the possibilities of rethinking those boundaries. "
rhetoric  objects  symbols  philosophy  language 
september 2015 by tsuomela
The Meaning of Black Friday | Jacobin
"Black Friday relies for its occult meaning on the previous inviolability of Thanksgiving, which it then debases. This year, with the 8 AM Thanksgiving openings, it has completed the process, and eaten its way out the other side of what remained of the “holy” day. As a traffic accident it began, and thus does it end, a disaster that everyone recognizes as such, but no one has much idea what to do about — paralyzed by the contradictions of a culture whose system has gone to war against it."
holidays  shopping  retail  symbolism  symbols  capitalism  economics 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Home away from Home | ROUGH TYPE
"Has another company ever come out with a high-concept, big-production “brand ad” and then, just a few months later, turned around and utterly trashed it? I don’t think so. What we learn from this is not just that Zuckerberg is a bullshit artist who’s most insincere when he’s sounding most sincere — we already knew that — but that for Zuckerberg, and for Facebook, “sincere” and “insincere” are equally meaningless terms. Everything is bullshit. A chair levitating in a forest and a ballerina dancing on a dinner table are equally fake. They’re fabrications, as are the emotions that they conjure up in us. It’s all advertising. Despite their glaring differences, “The Things That Connect Us” and “Dinner” actually draw from the same source: the well of nihilism. I’m sure Zuckerberg never gave a thought to the fact that two ads were contradictory. He knew it was all bullshit, and he knew everyone else knew it was all bullshit."
facebook  social-networking  advertising  image  home  meaning  symbols  business 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Is science fiction literature's first international language? | Books |
"It's as a response to that cultural void that science fiction becomes genuinely interesting. In the midst of an ever accelerating technological revolution, science fiction has emerged as the literature best able to articulate the relentless pace of social change. And as that technological revolution has spread outward from the western world, so the symbols and archetypes of science fiction have become a shared language for understanding the new world we are entering."
sf  fiction  literature  international  geek  culture  symbols  language 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Memorial Day: Enter Hitler, Release 2.0 - Clusterfuck Nation
"This is exactly the theme of Sarah Palin's campaign. A large segment of the American public has entered the dark wilderness of loserdom. They've lost jobs, incomes, and even their homes. They can't support a family, can't afford to gas up their God-given cars, can hardly even afford to buy food - though many of this group have been programmed, tragically, to get much of their food from hamburger and taco dispensaries that "free market" America has generously dotted the landscape with. They are ashamed, especially living in a nation where liberty is supposed to enable you to get a leg up in the world, to be self-reliant, to make something of yourself. Hence, they imagine themselves to have somehow been deprived of liberty (and honor!) which they must now get back. "
PalinSarah  politics  ideology  campaign  symbolism  symbols  failure 
may 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Vampires & crosses
Vampire stories tell us, for example, than any of us can have great power if only we are willing to prey on others. Feed off the blood of others and great power will be yours. This is demonstrably true. It's how the pyramids were built. And Standard Oil.
vampires  story  religion  ethics  symbols  symbolism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture - Reviewed by Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame
Edward Skidelsky, Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture, Princeton UP, 2008
Jeffrey Andrew Barash (ed.), The Symbolic Construction of Reality: The Legacy of Ernst Cassirer, University of Chicago Press, 2008
book  review  philosophy  symbols  forms  cassier  ernst  1920s  1930s  continental 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Contemplating Singularity | Forum
Summarizes and discusses N. Katherine Hayles, Andy Clark (on extended mind) and Terence Deacon and Merlin Donald on evolution of symbolic communication.
singularity  extended  mind  distributed  cognition  philosophy  humanities  symbols  communication  evolution 
august 2009 by tsuomela
James Wolcott on Cultural Snobbery |
Pity the culture snob, as Kindles, iPods, and flash drives swallow up the visible markers of superior taste and intelligence. With the digitization of books, music, and movies, how will the highbrow distinguish him- or herself from the masses?
culture  symbols  snob  literature  performance  books  publishing 
july 2009 by tsuomela - Home
online encyclopedia of western designs and ideograms. contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.
design  graphics  encyclopedia  directory  reference  language  visual  icons  symbols 
may 2008 by tsuomela
The Space Review: Secrets and signs (page 1)
Patches for classified missions can sometimes provide otherwise-unavailable insights into the nature of those missions.
military  design  security  space  history  symbols 
april 2008 by tsuomela

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