Tag Archives: identity

Google (or: privacy that smiles)

 
observe: http://tinyurl.com/7e65pxr
 
So, all this furor over Google signalling they’ll be merging over sixty privacy policies into one, refining accidental bureaucracies everywhere, moving deeper toward the bottom line..
Why?
The prospect of Gmail having access to your YouTube search history? Cats as a new kind of social faux pas amongst some of the more contemporary,&#133 Read the rest

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1000 Days: a Postmodern Man Curates His Own Suicide

Mark Rife's website, "1000 days"

Here’s the awful story: Mark Rife, a pastor, saved his wife’s life after she fell off a 75-foot waterfall. She managed to recover, but six months later, she died in her sleep. Mark was devastated. After her funeral, Mark wanted to kill himself, but he recalled a question his wife asked after watching one of their favorite movies,&#133 Read the rest

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Who are the important characters in Star Wars?

From reddit.
Here’s the original:

 
1. Kids who have seen all of the movies, I-VI, do not identify with Han Solo nearly as much as they do with young Anakin. For them (and Lucas), Anakin is the main character who “becomes bad,” and then finds redemption at the end of VI.   Starting from I,&#133 Read the rest

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News Fugue: All That’s Fit to Censor

News Fugue: All That’s Fit to Censor

Retreating loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi killed scores of detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians over the past week, as rebel forces extended their control over the Libyan capital, survivors and a human rights group said Sunday.
[... more than halfway through the article ...]
It remains unclear who is responsible for some of the other killings, including of dozens

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The Labels that Define us

The human mind is an incredible processing machine, and like any good storage software, it structures and categorizes information.
We naturally love to label and define stuff. It’s a way to make sense of things. Whatever we read, think, and experience, we subconsciously categorize in our brains. The stuff on the foundational level of our thinking is what makes&#133 Read the rest

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Manipulating behavior through identity

voting booth

The study asked 34 people:
How important is it to you to be a voter in the upcoming election?
or
How important is it to you to vote in the upcoming election?
Note the first is the “noun” or identity condition, and the second is the “verb” or behavior condition.
The results of the poll are not given.&#133 Read the rest

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What Will Be A Luxury in the Future? Everything Except Final Cut Pro.

Apple blew it. But to appreciate just how they blew it, we need a little context. Here’s a good place to start: BBC News Magazine asks “What Will Be A Luxury in the Future?” Their answer is wrong. The correct answer is “everything.” Everything, with the exception of Final Cut Pro X.
We used to think of luxuries&#133 Read the rest

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The things you put into your head are there forever

Amber_Isabel_01

“The things you put into your head are there forever.”
Discuss.
Click to enlarge.
(Quote and artwork by Dutch artist and photographer Amber Isabel.)

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Sluts of a feather

What’s the point of Slutwalk Chicago? Let’s ask its organizer, Jamie Lauren Keiles:

It has to do with agency for me. A half-naked lady as a form of protest feels a lot different to me than a half-naked lady as pandering to the male-gaze. I think there is something somewhat terrifying, somewhat jarring, about a person, especially a

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What does it mean to be European?

For Americans (and others), “Europe” is now the EU. Excuse me, the EU is Europe. There is a difference there. All of Europe is clearly not in the European Union; depending on how you slice it, the continent of Europe contains 50 countries but the EU is comprised of 27 member states. So no, “Europe” is not the EU.&#133 Read the rest

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Intel’s Museum of Nostalgia

Intel’s Museum of Nostalgia

Intel has announced “The Museum of Me”, a web app which connects to your Facebook account to create a video of a walking tour through a museum dedicated to you, displaying pictures, friends, and the things you like in a 3D virtual gallery whose white walls and minimalist decor resembles MoMA. A video of a random user’s museum&#133 Read the rest

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Life 2.0: a move about Second Life

Watch carefully. This documentary won all kids of awards at Sundance et al. But what is it about?

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Mr. Rowe Goes to Washington, and Made the World Special by Almost Being Himself

Mr. Rowe Goes to Washington, and Made the World Special by Almost Being Himself

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame did his first dry run for public office by giving Congressional testimony a recently. He addressed the skilled labor gap before Congress.

That’s not bad– but it’s not the gold medal. That would go to someone else. I’ll explain that later.
In case you don’t know, Mike Rowe is the host of Dirty&#133 Read the rest

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A ‘Legally Blonde’ review

“I’m here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves”
– Elle Woods
Legally Blonde is, in this author’s estimation, one of the greatest pieces of late-twentieth century commercial US art.
To be clear, this is a group of films that includes say, Blade Runner, Dazed and Confused (in the way that Dazed and Confused is now&#133 Read the rest

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Should the President Release the Photo of Osama?

The story is now should the President have released the photo officially. Jon Stewart and Sarah Palin both agree that he should, but for entirely different reasons. Palin wants it out to use as a warning to terrorists “When you attack us, this is what happens to you.” Stewart wants it released as a warning to&#133 Read the rest

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Who should pay? The Other guy.

The latest political topic that the media’s been selling narratives about is the different plans that have been set forth to handle America’s national debt. You can find plenty of solid to poor analyses of the plans, but piggy-backing off of Pastabagel’s post on what’s bothering you today, the important thing to focus on is people’s reactions to&#133 Read the rest

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Get to Digging!

Get to Digging!

I wanted to do Justin Bieber, but he’s going to have to wait. Today is Incubus’s Dig.

The animation is really interesting. Incubus laid out a contest for their fans, and incorporated the best animation for the video into the official one. The artwork captures the tone of the song perfectly. Somber, melancholic. The tree is all but dead,&#133 Read the rest

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Consequences? Bring ‘em on!

Consequences? Bring ‘em on!

Today we’re looking at Ke$ha.

Typically, pop songs are well-crafted, well-sung. This one isn’t. Why? It’s all part of the message and the image. Kesha deliberately understates her looks, dresses down, and doesn’t bother auto-tuning the trailer park out of her voice.
But it’s still huge. There’s a reason it’s used in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid commercial,&#133 Read the rest

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Born Which Way?

Born Which Way?

I thought I’d have to listen to a lot of Lady Gaga to find something worthy of a piece. I was pleasantly surprised. Today we’re listening to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

To understand this video, you have to understand two things. First her core audience (for this video) of 12-18 year old girls. If you can’t put yourself&#133 Read the rest

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Heart in a Headlock

Heart in a Headlock

Today we’re going to listen to Imogen Heap’s Headlock. I love Imogen because she’s sooo fantastic at capturing the terrible, yet whimsical storms of femininity.

What is this song about? Let’s look at the elements. What’s in the video? Machines, lots of machines, strange and fanciful. White space. And Imogen herself, in colorful costume and dancing interpretively. Finally, you&#133 Read the rest

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