All very good advice.
Absolutely. I have a rule for events I’m involved in that no speech should last for longer than 5 minutes, but I might just get bored easily.
I’m always tickled that being “facebook official” is now an important stage in most college-aged relationships. Not so much about it being absurd - because it is a really exciting and special point in a relationship - but in how nobody could have predicted it as little as five years ago and how strange this must all seem to my parents.
I haven’t been in a serious relationship since I joined Facebook, but my instinct is to always leave my relationship status blank. Not because I don’t care, but because history shows that break-ups render me a mess, and the last thing I want in the midst of one is to make an announcement to my entire broader social circle that my heart’s been trampled on. I’d rather just crawl up in a hole, watch trash TV, bawl my eyes out to my friends, and ignore the world.
A bit hard to stick with that conviction in the flush of new love, though.
Guilty as charged. I have to admit, I find Google an invaluable tool for backgrounding stories, although my present academic training is pulling me away from this (a little). Don’t use Google at all (well, almost at all) for the thesis!
I’m looking forward to reading the Nicholas Carr piece (in my newly arrived edition of The Atlantic) the spurred this latest bout of Google bashing.
Also from the Errol Simper (linked): “Sullivan touched on some internet-Google drawbacks, as quoted earlier. One he didn’t mention is the potential danger of journalistic uniformity. It has often occurred to the scribe in recent times that when journalists from News Limited, Fairfax Media or from the Seven Network set out out to do a story about essentially the same thing, then they’ll probably all perform the same research. Unless you’re formidably familiar with the background to a particular topic it’s become second nature, an automatic reflex, to Google up stories relevant to what you’re examining.
“What you find will very probably influence the questions you ask and which individuals you seek out for comment. It’s as though the internet has crafted a little journalistic suburb within whose boundaries the stories will largely be confined. The only thing that’s going to make one story different from another is the varying thought processes of the human condition. A potential problem, as Sullivan suggests, is that those processes may now be similarly conditioned.”
- Random perv: Hello!
- Brit: Hello!
- Random perv: Damn baby, you can't walk that hard. You're gonna break somebody.
- Brit: What?
- Random perv: You've got a nice ass!
- Brit: Leave me alone.
- Random perv: You wearin' panties?
- Brit: Fuck off!
- Rachel: Yep, that sounds pretty accurate.
Psychologist David M. Buss, after researching ten thousand people across thirty-seven countries. Quoted in the book The Dark Side of Man by Michael P. Ghiglieri. (via jackieheartsb)
Fortunately, this book was published nearly 10 years ago, but wow - that’s just depressing.
And actually, the more I think about it, the less I think it is true. I mean, how else do you explain all those silicon valley marriages?
- Me: Who spells better and has better punctuation ... anti- or pro- Monica commenters?
- Bob: I think deep in your heart you already know the answer to that one.
- Bob: But pro-monica in case you don't know.
- (via kapookababy)
The political cost of this is real. In the end, a progressive politics without connection to unions and the world of work is inevitably drawn to the American model of cultural and symbolic politics. This limousine liberalism carries a heavy price and leaves the Centre-Left open to the charge that the progressive project is an elite activity.
Unions have suffered as well. They can only rise to the challenges they face if they are clear about their core purpose, and remember that their own credibility as political actors depends on their credibility as industrial actors.” —David Coats on Labour-In-Politics. Ignore the foolish headline; the sub missed the gist of the article. (via monkeytypist)
Very interesting. Someone posted this but can’t find who it was now… so sorry for not giving credit :).
Interesting article. I was saying last weekend that one of my pet hates is when people call Jamie-Lynne Spears’s decision to continue with her pregnancy “trashy”. If you accept that some (lots of) teenagers will have sex, as most progressives do, then it follows that some of them will fall pregnant. Unless you enforce abortion, some of them are going to have babies.
As this article nicely shows, there’s a pretty strong correlation between cultural and economic class and what girls decide to do when they’re put in that situation (which both explains and dismerits the middle-class distate for teen pregnancy).
The use of contraceptive implants among indigenous girls - known as “slut sticks” - has also found to be widespread, particularly among 12-year-olds, “making them a target of sexual attention”.
Many Aboriginal girls - notably 12-year-olds - are being given Implanon, a small plastic rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm, which stops ovulation. Men can feel under a girl’s skin for the rods, known as “slut sticks”, which signify that a girl is sexually active.
- Sarah Smiles / The Age
That is revolting. Surely they’re being given the Implanon for protection, not because they’re “sluts”.
Words worth keeping in mind in relation to my current Big Project.
Every few weeks, I invite a bunch of interesting people of my acquaintance and their friends to converge on a restaurant for lunch - you might call it offline social networking or, as I do (inspired by a Bust article back in ‘05), a “salon”.
Here are the photos from the latest one.
- Wired, the Lucky Early Years, Kevin Kelly.
kapookababy wrote: If you’re a fan of the mag, you’ll enjoy Kevin reminiscing about Wired during its inception. After carrying out my current stint of professional media work, I plan on frittering away the rest of my youth because it’s recently occurred to me that there may never be another time I can live so free, go on adventures, make huge mistakes, or be a loser-nobody-weirdo-nomad.
I wrote: Le sigh.