I only just found out that he was the backing lead vocals on this song, but I believe this is the peak of Jack White’s talents. HOW DOES HIS VOICE GET SO HIGH?
For many of these people, their Twitter account or Facebook page is their identity. It’s the place where they present themselves to the world. These sites have taken off partly because our other identities have weakened – or, as the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman puts it, have become “liquid”. People once defined themselves by their job, church, nation and family. But in these secular, jobless, globalised times when ever more of us live alone, we are no longer very sure who we are.
This is a triumph of the teen-girl aesthetic approach to the world: that you surround yourself with images that you feel reflect who you are or who you want to be. This used to be derided as narcissistic or derivative, but aesthetic curation is now a widely popular, socially accepted, and venture-backed phenomenon. And while it remains gendered (consider the stereotypes of Pinterest users), the practice of sharing visual influences is gaining popularity so fast that my guess is it won’t be for long.
We are heading toward a world of radical disparity, à la 1% vs 99%, but applied not only to wealth but all facets of society. Those who are adroit at technology, media and marketing will find themselves increasingly wealthy, while those who are not will watch their incomes and access fall…
The new digital divide–along the lines of the book–is not about access but about people who have the time, energy and skills to develop new media literacy and those who don’t.
Consider the analogous divide in health and nutrition–and its deadly consequences. Part of society, with disposable income and access to healthy foods, can avoid the perils of an industrial food culture designed to addict people to the things that are making them fat and sick. (Or they can hire personal trainers to mitigate the effects). The other part–stuck in food deserts with kids to feed before they start their evening shift–eats what’s cheap and convenient…
A portion of the population will be stuffed with hormone-injected garbage (Huffington Post slideshows, Facebook linkbait and other Cheetos-like information) while the other portion lives in its own reality of tailor-made, high quality information that makes them increasingly wealthy and utterly detached. One side will be able to influence, direct and exploit the other side because one controls the media while the other is at its mercy.
Before we launched, city administrators, police, teachers and education policymakers told us they could not read the Chinese press. This is a serious problem in a city with three active Chinese-language newspapers providing the bulk of local coverage—and I think it’s fair to assume that Alhambra is not unique in this challenge. Despite the Source’s limited format, the response to having stories available in three languages has been impressive, and it has created a bridge between what was thought of as “ethnic media” and local decision-makers.
A quick read about a great project
Placemaking is not like opening a restaurant or retail. You don’t cater to a specific crowd, and you can’t paint yourself into a corner — that defies the idea of community and public space.
In fact, the reductio ad Rockwell is a common tic of journalistic visits to small towns, especially those put on the map by infamy. And it’s one that really ought to stop. Decades of culture wars have left us with a set of social rules where it is largely OK for rural types to slander their citified co-citizens (cf. Sarah Palin, small-town mayor and “Real America” stalwart) but where urbanites can’t dis the country folks without being deemed elitist (cf. Barack Obama, Chicagoite and “cling” apologizer). Where that leaves us is with few ways of describing small-town life beyond patronizing clichés about their simplicity.
URBAN STREET ART: Super-Sized Characters invade the Streets of São Paulo!
São Paulo, Brazil’s largest and most dynamic city, has long been famous for its innovative modern art and its gridlocked roads (among other things). Now street artist TEC, an Argentinian transplant, has been busily decorating the city’s asphalt roadways with lively figures. TEC emblazons the streets at night, equipped with a paint roller, creating enormous creatures that appear to be moving through the urban jungle of this mega-city. Sometimes compared to the Nazca Lines of Peru, these super-sized figures also are best appreciated from above. TEC’s style of urban street art evolved out of his interest in logos and comic-book characters: as he was more interested in colorful characters than in calligraphy and letter based graffiti, he developed his own grand style on the streetscapes. I love how it humanizes the sprawling roadways of this mega-city, don’t you? You can check out more of his work here.
Dude, these are so cool.