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  • confessions of a former optimist

    Sociological Stew
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I have always been an optimist. Or perhaps I should say I was always an optimist until the last few years. This has little or nothing to do with my personal life experiences. I maintained an optimistic outlook during unemployment, poverty, cancer, divorce, and many other personal trials, and recent years have been kind to my husband and I in many ways. Moreover, my optimism  was not based on ignorance of the worlds problems and issues. My parents brought me up to be highly aware of the dire circumstance of poverty, war, brutality, pain and suffering that others in the world…
  • Scottish Independence

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    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So, Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. This morning on the bus (I should run a series called “Idle Data Analysis on the Bus”) I looked at how the high turnout compared to other Scottish elections. Data on turnout is easily available back to 1970. Here are two views of it. Voter turnout in Scotland in National elections and plebiscites since 1970. You can get a larger image or a PDF version of the figure if you want a closer look at it. As you can see, turnout for the Independence Referendum was both astonishingly high and way off-trend. In addition to the long-term…
  • The Worst Mistakes Guys Make When Texting Ladies

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    Charlene Rossell
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Worst Mistakes Guys Make When Texting Ladies by Charlie Badderly It is so annoying when you meet a girl and think things are going great. A few texts later, and she’s disappeared and has fizzled out. Her loss right? … Continue reading →
  • Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

    eScienceNews: Sociology
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a review of literature by Northwestern Medicine® scientists. read more
  • Cheater, cheater: UGA study shows what happens when employees feel excluded at work

    eScienceNews: Sociology
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    When employees feel left out, they act out. read more
 
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  • The Child-Migrant Crisis, Stereotypes, and Immigration

    W. W. Norton
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Teresa Irene Gonzales On a recent trip to California from the Midwest, I decided to take advantage of the long flight to relax, read one of my Australian murder mystery novels, use my free drink ticket for a glass of wine, and eat a bar of dark chocolate. During the first hour of the five-hour flight, I settled in and began reading my e-book. The woman sitting to my left decided that she wanted to talk, and asked “So what do you think about all of this?!” I muttered that I didn’t know and went back to reading. Again the woman interrupted me and said “This, here read it. What do you…
  • A Sociological Guide for Succeeding in College

    W. W. Norton
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Peter Kaufman This fall, over twenty million students are enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States. Although many of these students will not major in sociology or even take a sociology course, they can still use some sociological insights to help them have an enriching college experience. Much like a post I wrote a few months ago about how sociological theory can help students after they graduate, this current post offers four sociologically-inspired maxims for successfully navigating the college terrain. 1. Develop Social Capital. Social capital is fancy sociological…
  • Ebola and the Construction of Fear

    W. W. Norton
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Karen Sternheimer No doubt you have heard about the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which received heightened attention in the news after three Americans working as missionaries in Liberia contracted the virus. The first two, diagnosed in mid-August, become the topic of debate when they were given an experimental drug and airlifted home to the U.S. Some wondered why they received the drug, while thousands of those infected in Africa did not (it is currently considered experimental and apparently in very short supply). Others expressed concern that they would spread the disease in the…
  • Gender and Sexual Assaults on Campus

    W. W. Norton
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Sally Raskoff As we go back to school, there has been a lot of talk about preventing sexual assault on campus. This is not a new problem. In fact, I wrote a blog about rape and sexual assault two years ago. Much of the discussion is about assessing the rate of sexual assault on college campuses, but even after the Clery Act, it’s often difficult to know what the actual numbers are or how to prevent it. However, the prevention tips and policies are one-sided, typically focusing on how potential rape and sexual assault victims can avoid being victimized. It’s like saying to a murder…
  • What is “Affordable” Housing?

    W. W. Norton
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Teresa Irene Gonzales On July 21, 2014 Inae Oh published an article at the Huffington Post that discussed the New York City Council approved development of a condominium high-rise at 40 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The planned development will provide 218 market-rate condominiums with views of the Hudson River, and access to amenities such as a child area, gym, and swimming pool.  In order to create a larger footprint and obtain millions in tax breaks through New York City’s Inclusionary Housing Program, Extell, the developer of this project, will also…
 
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  • Why were people so scared of "juvenile delinquents" in the 1950s?

    suburbanbeatnik
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    I've been fascinated with 1950s-1960s stuff for a long time, and for just as long I've accepted that people back then were fascinated with evil, misbehaving youth, and indeed thought that "JDs" were a Huge Problem in Society (i.e. West Side Story, Blackboard Jungle, or Rebel Without A Cause). Yet it also seems people were genuinely terrified of Teens Gone Bad, in a way it's hard to wrap my modern brain around. But how did this come about? Why were so people scared of "juvenile delinquents," and why was this considered a societal problem on par with battling Communism? I started looking around…
  • Introductory sources on biological classification

    carter
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    I'm beginning a project that looks partly at biological classification, primarily in western science. I have no background in this, and so I'm digging around. I'm interested to know more about the current rules for nomenclature, and also to know more about historical, philosophical, sociological, knowledge practice, ethnographic, anthropological, science technology and society (STS), sociotechnical, etc., approaches to the study of biological classification. I'll take monographs, articles, papers, web sites, etc. I have access to a university library. What are some good sources that can…
  • Pool Side Social Sciences.

    Milau
    2 May 2014 | 6:04 am
    I'm leaving for a much deserved vacation. I will be spending a lot of time reading by the pool. I'm looking for good social science reads. I'm trying to plan a few books that I could bring on my next vacation (this month). I used to be a huge fan of fiction but have found myself struggling to get into it lately. Instead, I seem to spend my time reading in either sociology, anthropology or history. I'm looking for "empirical" reads, that is, books that are focused on lived experiences. I've read and enjoyed theoretical stuff (Bourdieu, Foucault, Rancière, Butler, etc), but am looking for…
  • Do homeless individuals have codes of conduct or rules?

    mrmanvir
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I recently learned that the panhandlers in my city (Cambridge, MA) often share their food when they get big items and it made me wonder - do homeless individuals often have explicit or implicit rules, like "share when you get food" or "the person who's been homeless the longest gets the best spot"? What do you think happens if people break the rule? I'm sure there's a lot of variation both within and between cities, but if anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it!
  • Theory about Internet and judging personal probabilities already exist?

    WCityMike
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    I have an original pet theory I came up with a long time ago involving the Internet and how people judge probability. It probably would fall into the anthropological, sociological or psychological fields. I'm not intending to make this post to discuss the theory itself as a sort of "let's b.s. back and forth about my idea" kind of thing. Reason I'm posting is because I'd like to know if this theory already exists or is an application of something broader that already exists. Maybe it's a theory being applied onto the communications medium of the Internet of some older theory in one of the…
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  • New paper by Clare Griffiths on immigration, communities and social order

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Dr Clare Griffiths, Lecturer in Criminology, has a new publication in the British Journal of Criminology that is now available. In this article, Clare draws on some recent research that explores the idea of 'passive tolerance' to support the findings from her PhD on Polish immigration and its consequences for social order. A recent article in The Guardian reports on a study that shows living in diverse areas makes individuals more, not less, tolerant. The authors of the study suggest that simply observing diverse individuals interacting positively with each other has the potential to ‘rub…
  • Transforming Rehabilitation: and the parade passes on …

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    by Dr Mary Corcoran, Senior Lecturer in Criminology“New forces appear on the scene, but they have been marshalled by old assumptions” (Marquand, 1997: 148).Two events coincided at the end of May, 2014, which illuminate contrary directions in thinking about the future of our social economy.  The first was the conference on Inclusive Capitalism, convened in London to ponder how markets could be rebalanced to be more inclusive and redistributive.  The second was the confirmation by the Ministry of Justice that the public Probation Service would be dissolved on June 1st.  It is…
  • Keele Sociology Students Most Satisfied in the Country

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    The recent National Student Survey confirmed that Keele Sociology students have an excellent experience of the programme and are the most satisfied Sociology students in the country. The University itself ranked number 1 in the county for student satisfaction. In this respect the Sociology result is a reflection of the excellent work taking place across Keele. We are particularly proud that Keele Sociology has been ranked first for student satisfaction, putting our rating here higher than 92 other institutions. In Sociology we have focused on learning and teaching and…
  • New article - 'The great meeting place: Bradford's city park and inclusive urban space'

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    Ala Sirriyeh (Keele Sociology) and her colleagues Nathan Manning (University of York) and Anna Barker (University of Bradford) have had an article published in the August edition of the online journal Discover Society. The article looks at the City Park development in Bradford and considers how this may be an example of a more inclusive model of urban regeneration. Ala has spoken to Bradford Community Radio about this project and her work was featured in a local newspaper.The full research report from the study (published in June 2014) is available to download here.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy meet D. W. Winnicott in Outer and Inner Space

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Mark FeatherstoneI recently saw the new Marvel film The Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema with my son who has become a Marvel fanatic over the course of the last couple of years. Indeed, Marvel comic books and comic characters have become our mutual obsession, taking me back to my own childhood when I lived in a world populated by ‘Spiderman’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Doctor Doom’, and ‘Galactus’. Many of the characters he encounters, however, are new to me and his interest has opened up new worlds for us to explore together. Hence we watched The Guardians of Galaxy who we had…
 
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    Sociological Stew

  • confessions of a former optimist

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I have always been an optimist. Or perhaps I should say I was always an optimist until the last few years. This has little or nothing to do with my personal life experiences. I maintained an optimistic outlook during unemployment, poverty, cancer, divorce, and many other personal trials, and recent years have been kind to my husband and I in many ways. Moreover, my optimism  was not based on ignorance of the worlds problems and issues. My parents brought me up to be highly aware of the dire circumstance of poverty, war, brutality, pain and suffering that others in the world…
  • Why the Rich Hate Obama

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    This morning I ran across an article "The Best Worst President Ever" by Mark Morford in SF Gate.  Morford observes a wealthy beneficiary of the economy under Obama proclaim Obama the "worst president ever." Morford then proceeds to give a litany of economic facts that provide ample evidence that this wealthy individual is almost certainly benefiting greatly from the economy during Obama's presidency. In the end Morford just laughs, and shakes his head at the "bizarre lament" of these crazy rich bastards. His only explanation is simple racism - rich white guys can't stand it that a black…
  • The Truths Hidden in Right Wing Survivalism

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    On a right wing web page, every other headline screams that Obama is responsible for impending disaster and doom to American society.  But hidden within the polarizing rhetoric is often startlingly accurate analysis of the real sources of the problems and the dangers facing America today: a capitalist economic system that enshrines greed and wanton wealth accumulation over economic and social stability and human needs. This short video is typical of the genre aimed at "patriots" and emphasizing individualism and family it provides a surprisingly fact based and astute analysis of…
  • Zombie America - Installment 5 UPDATED!

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    America, the zombie nation that ONLY appears to be alive.  Excellent article about how economic reality on the ground of everyday life for most Americans contradicts the economic fantasies theory of economic and political elites who argue for more tax cuts for "job creators," also known as voodoo "trickle down" economics.See succinct article in Buzzflash  http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/trickle-down-economics-and-climate-deniers-face-an-insurmountable-challenge-realityThis is not debatable data: it is reality, like seeing rain gushing from the sky as proof that…
  • How Increases in Income Inequality Undermine Social Security

    28 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I spent several hours today working on a detailed example for my Inequality class, and thought that I would share it: Social Security retirement benefits are one of the most important things that prevents millions of elderly Americans from being poor.  Social security has been one of the most successful and most popular government programs in the past 80 years. As the baby boom generation ages and reaches retirement age (which began in 2011) and as the size of the younger generation of workers becomes smaller, people begin worrying about the solvency of the social security program.
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  • did facebook and okcupid experiments violate maryland law?

    Dan Hirschman
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    According to James Grimmelmann, professor of law at the University of Maryland, the recent controversial studies by Facebook and OkCupid violated Maryland’s research ethics law. For past posts on the studies see here and here. The long version of Grimmelmann’s argument is up on Medium. The short version is: Maryland’s research ethics law makes informed consent and IRB review mandatory for all research on people, even when carried out by private companies. As we explain in a letter to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler Facebook and OkCupid broke Maryland law by conducting…
  • fun with a purpose: no longer fun enough?

    jeremy
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    From Kieran on Twitter, I learned that the Neal Stephenson Kickstarter project Clang! has been abandoned. The idea was to break out of existing videogame conventions and provide a realistic depiction of longsword fighting. As it turned out, apparently, the most fun thing about it proved to be the name. As Stephenson says, “I probably focused too much on historical accuracy and not enough on making it sufficiently fun to attract additional investment.” I was reminded of the failure of Arden: The World of Shakespeare, which once upon a time was supposed to be an instructive MMORPG that was…
  • Chris Kennedy, no brainer

    jdwblahblah
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    So Chris Kennedy, chair of the UIUC BoT, says the decision to fire Steven Salaita would be a “no brainer” outside academia. But since Salaita was actually fired inside academia I find myself asking who would think “this is how it is done outside academia” ought to be a winning claim here. I venture outside academia from time to time – the pickup soccer and hockey is more fun out there — so I get that many in fact do think like that. I assume this is because we have pointy heads and say vaguely incomprehensible (but actually contextually useful) things like…
  • david vs. goliath

    jeremy
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    A small woodland creature takes on the man responsible for the technique-revolution in competitive eating. Whatever, I found it inspiring. [HT: RCM]
  • paula england response

    neal caren
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I sent a short note to ASA President Paula England on the letterhead issue. She wrote that I was free to share the information on scatterplot, so here it is: Thanks for your note.  The policy of the Executive Officer, Sally Hillsman, stretching back a number of years has been that elected officers of ASA may use ASA letterhead when writing on ASA business if they wish.  As you may know, the question of whether Salaita’s treatment abrogated academic freedom and whether ASA should speak out was raised at the end of the Council Meeting in August.  Council could have voted an official…
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  • sample computer science/sociology syllabus

    fabiorojas
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Loyal orgtheorista and sociologist Amy Binder has forwarded me this course syllabus for a course at UC San Diego. It is called Soc 211 Computational Methods in Social Science and was taught by Edward Hunter and Akos Rona-­Tas. The authors are working on a textbook, the course was made open to a wide range of students, a and it was supported by the Dean at UCSD. I heard people had a nerdy good time. Click here to read  the soc211_syllabus. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power
  • affirmative action and the academic pipeline

    fabiorojas
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    When people discuss affirmative action, they often have a mistaken view that higher education is filled with legions of under-qualified minorities. From the inside, we have the opposite view. The higher up you go, the less likely you will find folks from under-represented groups. So, what gives? In addition to plain ideological differences, I think people are selectively looking at the academic pipeline. Basically, at some points in the career, affirmative action is indeed at work and some folks, including myself no doubt, will receive extra consideration. But most of the time, privilege is…
  • gordon tullock and james buchanan on the calculus of consent

    fabiorojas
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
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  • (almost) open borders in time magazine

    fabiorojas
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Time’s website has an article that proposes a radical liberalization of immigration: However, there is another, and much more effective way to increase technological capabilities in low-income countries. Instead of focusing on innovating more technology to make people more productive, we could focus on getting more people to places where they would be productive. While allowing the free mobility of goods (free trade) can add several percentage points to global GDP, we have long known that free mobility of people could add anywhere from 67-147% to global GDP. Allowing free mobility could…
  • michael sandel’s adam smith lecture

    fabiorojas
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
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  • Bloggiversary (Now We Are Eight)

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    September 20, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonThis blog began in September 2006, eight years and 1341 posts ago. As I’ve said before, around this season I hear the CarGuys-like voice in my head saying, “Well, you’ve wasted another perfectly good year blogging.” Anyway, here are a few from the past year that I’ve sort of liked. 1.    Separate Ways  Sociology falls out of love with Malcolm Gladwell.2.     It’s Not About Obamacare and the companion piece Fearing Democracy    Anti-Obamacare as symbolic politics,…
  • Corporations and Friends

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    September 17, 2014Posted by Jay Livingston“Corporations are people, my friend.” If Mitt Romney winds up in the quotations books and URLs, this will be his contribution. I’m not sure what Romney meant – probably that corporations were staffed by people, and perhaps that they were owned by people. It’s possible that he was referring to Supreme Court decisions that gave corporations some of the same rights as people.  Whatever he meant, the statement still rings false because a corporation is so obviously not an individual person. Corporations have no social or emotional…
  • When Thiago Met Daleyza

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    September 16, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonFashions in names are like fashions in clothes in at least one respect – they change more quickly for females than for males. When it comes to naming a boy, the same old styles will do, and very few seem out of date. But with girls, it’s easy to think of names like Ethel, Edna, Shirley, Doris – popular at one time, but today, nobody’s would give that name to their daughter.  But William, Richard, and Robert stick around generation after generation . . . at least until now.That gender difference seems to be changing.  Even as recently…
  • Religious Knowledge, Religious Feeling

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    September 10, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonRobin Hanson has a “it isn’t about” list (here). It beginsFood isn’t about NutritionClothes aren’t about ComfortAlso on the list is Church isn’t about GodMaybe church isn’t about religious ideas either.I was reminded of this recently when I followed a link to a Pew quiz on religious knowledge (here). It’s a lite version of the 32-item quiz Pew used with a national sample in 2010.  One of the findings from that survey (the full report is here) was that people who went to church regularly and who said that religion was important in…
  • Reality Football

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    September 5, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonOver at Scatterplot , Jeremy Freese posts this excerpt from Season of Saturdays, by Michael Weinreb, a sports writer.Maybe you don’t understand at all: Maybe you attended a liberal arts college in New England, or maybe you grew up in a city where the athletes were professionals (New York, say, or Boston, or Chicago, or London). . . . Maybe the thought of a university’s morale being tied to its football team strikes you as a fundamental failing of American society. Maybe you hear stories about corrupt recruiting and grade-fixing, and maybe you…
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  • Scottish Independence

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So, Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. This morning on the bus (I should run a series called “Idle Data Analysis on the Bus”) I looked at how the high turnout compared to other Scottish elections. Data on turnout is easily available back to 1970. Here are two views of it. Voter turnout in Scotland in National elections and plebiscites since 1970. You can get a larger image or a PDF version of the figure if you want a closer look at it. As you can see, turnout for the Independence Referendum was both astonishingly high and way off-trend. In addition to the long-term…
  • Durkheim viva voce

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I just attended the American Sociological Association Meetings in San Francisco, and while there my friend Marion Fourcade told me about a remarkable little piece of sociological history. It’s an audio recording of Émile Durkheim delivering a talk. Emile Durkheim recorded in 1911 in Bologna. I had no idea such a thing existed. The recording is about two and a half minutes long. It’s a fragment of a piece titled Jugements de valeur et jugements de réalité, which you can read in French here. It was recorded in 1911 at a meeting in Bologna, which I think is one of only quite few…
  • An ASA Bingo Retrospective

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ASA Conference Bingo is on a permanent vacation pending its return around 2030 in a nostalgic comeback that warms the hearts of fans old and new. But as several people have asked me about it, here is a collection of the cards from years past. Not available in stores. 2008 Back in 2008, the groundbreaking first ASA Conference Bingo was so new and radical, it required instructions to play. Only 100 people saw this Bingo, but every one of them formed a benign gambling addiction. 2009 The difficult Second Bingo was presented with no such concessions but subtly higher production values. 2009 Bingo…
  • We're Hiring

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My department is looking to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor line this Fall. Area of Specialization is Race/Ethnicity. If you have access to the ASA Job Bank, you can read the ad here. If you don’t have access to the ASA Job Bank, you can read the ad right here: Job ID: 10444 Date Position is Available: Fall 2015 Listing Active: 8/12/2014 to 10/11/2014 Title: Assistant Professor Department: Department of Sociology Company: Duke University Job Position/Rank: Academic Positions; Assistant Professor Special Program and Areas of Faculty Expertise: Racial and Ethnic Relations Region:…
  • The Persistence of the Old Regime

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This afternoon I ended up reading this Vox story about an effort to rank US Universities and Colleges carried out in 1911 by a man named Kendric Charles Babcock. On Twitter, Robert Kelchen remarks that the report was “squashed by Taft” (an unpleasant fate), and he links to the report itself, which is terrific. Babcock divided schools into four Classes, beginning with Class I: The better sort of school. And descending all the way to Class IV: One hardly dares look at the transcripts. Babcock’s discussion of his methods is admirably brief (the snippet above hints at the one…
 
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  • Complex Networks, Simple Rules - YouTube

    elevine89
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Explore these systems with my online app, the Wolfram Demonstration http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/ComplexNetworksFromSimpleRewriteRules/ http://www.wolfr... Source: www.youtube.com The new science and way of making old social studies proper sciences. Enjoy! See on Scoop.it – It Comes Undone-Think About It
  • Boy- Blaming is as Stupid as Kale 'Chips'!

    isabellamitchell14
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
      I was not born politically correct. As hard as my parents, friends parents and teachers tried, I failed to accept the status quo, instead asking a shit-load of WHY questions (and swearing a lot). Rules are not my friend, nor are institutions or religions that demand we act and think in a particular way (particularly when used to justify disgusting behaviour). Because we don’t really know how we will respond to a situation until we experience it first hand, I like to let the present moment determine what the hell I do. I am quite a conflicted cookie in my views, and while I…
  • Why are we taking the super out of the supernatural stories: another postmodern symptom?

    Culture Decanted
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Why are we taking the super out of the supernatural stories: is this just another postmodern symptom? There has long been a casus belli of modernism and postmodernism to try to explain the religious, spiritual and supernatural, to find the rational explanation for events. While there is nothing new in this observation, it is however, interesting to observe the evolution of story tellers that are weaving tales in 21st Century popular culture. In 1917, Max Weber introduced modernity as the cause for the “disenchantment of the world”. He held the view that the traditional world was being…
  • Women In Japan

    Kuba
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    ‘Japanese history provides striking examples of how changes in the status of women can be linked with other broad socioeconomic trends. A woman-centered marriage pattern in ancient times contributed to considerable religious and political influence for women, but from the 6th century onward the growing acceptance of Confucian and Buddhist precepts that maintained women’s inferiority reflected and reinforced a shift toward patriarchal family structure. Only since the Meiji period (1868-1912), and especially since World War II, have increasing educational and employment opportunities,…
  • Welcome to Fall

    Stephen Jaye
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Although the weather in many places in the country is still quite warm, the fall season is upon us.  Along with it comes all of the things associated with fall; shorter days, football games, all sorts of stuff made out of pumpkin, and, of course the fall colors. For many, fall’s best feature is the colors that arrive as some species of trees make the necessary preparations for the coming winter season.  The Aspen trees at higher elevations in the Rocky Mountains are amongst the first to change colors.  In fact, at elevations near 10,000′, fall colors can even arrive towards the…
 
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  • The Worst Mistakes Guys Make When Texting Ladies

    Charlene Rossell
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Worst Mistakes Guys Make When Texting Ladies by Charlie Badderly It is so annoying when you meet a girl and think things are going great. A few texts later, and she’s disappeared and has fizzled out. Her loss right? … Continue reading →
  • Creative Writing For Kids, A Great Endeavour!

    Popular Articles Contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Creative Writing For Kids, A Great Endeavour! by Rui Lim If you are one of the many parents who are seeking ways of helping your kids learn creative writing, and want them to enjoy writing, you are not alone! Writing … Continue reading →
  • A True Songwriter Pens Her Soul: How Adele has the Upper Hand

    Brianna Berry
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Composition of a Songwriter Heartache is oftentimes the root of creativity, especially for a songwriter. Deep emotions provoke some of the most altruistic and open written lyrics that music has ever seen. It’s a given. From Michael Jackson to … Continue reading →
  • Motivational Writing: Michelle Obama Raps Up Child Obesity

    Hope Benefield
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Healthy Motivation: “You’ve Got to Eat Right; You’ve Got to Work Hard” Michelle Obama is using motivational writing in a hip-hop album release to combat childhood obesity. The 19 track CD, “Songs for a Healthier America“, is part of the … Continue reading →
  • Since When Are You a Writer? Reality TV Stars Take to the Blog

    Brianna Berry
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Blog is Now Available in Fabulous Red Carpet Style The blog is the new reality TV stars’ medium for drama.  Gone is the age when our reality TV stars could only embarrass themselves on the tube.  These days, many networks are … Continue reading →
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  • Starting Over

    J Rex
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    As I begin work on my first official album I’ll be writing and recording teaser tracks like the one above to various mainstream rappers’ instrumentals every couple weeks. Some of them will be brief clips and others full songs to show how I would have flipped these beats had they been mine. Between these teaser [&hellip
  • The Art of Angelo Musco

    J Rex
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Angelo Musco is a contemporary artist from Naples, Italy. Working with thousands of nude models he photographs them individually and in groups before creating surreal landscapes out of their bodies. In 1997 he moved to New York where he now resides and works. Visit his website to see more of his creations: www.angelomusco.com
  • Colin Kaepernick

    J Rex
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
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    J Rex
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