Archive For The “Culture” Category
A docu-style research of our fascination with the gun, from the viewpoint of the hip-hop generation.
The 2003 capturing loss of life of Toronto community-centre employee Kempton Howard positioned the highlight on hip hop’s fixation with weapons. Media and police quickly blamed rap track and its stories of gang existence on bullet-ridden US streets for the emerging use of firearms in Canadian crime. have been those songs crafty debts of a bad fact, or a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce have interviewed some of the significant gamers within the hip-hop international. As publishers of an award-winning journal of city tradition, they’d watched rap track turn into a scapegoat for society’s a lot older and extensively unfold fascination with weapons. What follows is their foreign experience to deconstruct smooth gun tradition in all its manifestations. Bascunan and Pearce search out hip-hop artists, unlawful gun runners, firearms aficionados and brands, museum curators, teachers, politicians, video-game creators, activists, sufferers of gun violence and the friends and family left behind.
Somewhere among Fast foodstuff Nation, No Logo and a Michael Moore documentary, that includes sly sidebar fabric and unique paintings, Enter the Babylon System is a component outrageous journalistic pursuit and half passionate cri de coeur for sanity within the face of a society’s obsession.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis is a grasp at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall highway in his nationwide bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his powerful pen and set out at the 1996 crusade trail. As he follows the lads who aspire to the Oval workplace, Lewis discovers an absurd mixture of bravery and backpedaling, heroic danger and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a strategy so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him brooding about if all people involved—from the newshounds to the applicants to the folk who voted—isn't finally a loser.
Pat Buchanan: turns into the 1st flesh presser ever to settle on a black hat over a white one.
Phil Gramm: spends twenty million money to persuade citizens of his monetary responsibility.
John McCain: makes the deadly mistake of truly conversing his brain.
Alan Keyes: assessments out of a brand new Hampshire resort and tells the chief one other candidate may be paying his bill.
Steve Forbes: refuses to reply to questions about his father's motorcycles.
Bob Dole: marches in the course of the crusade with no ever seeming to care.
Losers is a wickedly humorous, unflinching examine how the USA rather is going approximately deciding on a President.
By Shane Gunster
Building at the paintings of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Capitalizing on Culture offers an leading edge, obtainable, and well timed exploration of severe thought in a cultural panorama ruled by means of capital. regardless of the expanding incidence of commodification as a dominant consider the creation, promoting, and intake of such a lot varieties of mass tradition, many within the cultural stories box have didn't have interaction systematically both with tradition as commodity or with serious concept. Shane Gunster corrects that oversight, delivering attentive readings of Adorno and Benjamin's paintings with the intention to generate a posh, non-reductive concept of human adventure that attends to the possibilities and hazards bobbing up from the confluence of tradition and economics.
Gunster juxtaposes Benjamin's ideas on reminiscence, event, and capitalism with Adorno's critique of mass tradition and smooth aesthetics to light up the foremost place that the commodity shape performs in every one thinker's paintings and to invigorate the dialectical complexity their writings gather whilst thought of jointly. This mixing of views is accordingly used to flooring a theoretical interrogation of the comparative failure of cultural reviews to interact substantively with the impression of commodification upon cultural practices. for this reason, Capitalizing on Culture bargains a clean exam of serious conception that would be helpful to students learning the intersection of tradition and capitalism.
By Terry Pratchett
When an incredible wave destroys his village, Mau is the single one left. Daphne—a vacationer from the opposite aspect of the globe—is the only survivor of a shipwreck. Separated via language and customs, the 2 are united through disaster. Slowly, they're joined through different refugees. And as they try to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem dying himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the realm upside down.
Manga and anime motivate quite a lot of inventive actions for lovers: running a blog and contributing to databases, making difficult cosplay costumes, generating dôjinshi (amateur) manga and scanlations, and interesting in fansubbing and DIY animation. certainly, fanatics can now not be thought of passive shoppers of pop culture simply duped via businesses and their industrial-capitalist ideologies. they're now extra properly defined as clients, in whose arms cultural commodities offers rapid gratification but additionally have to be understood as artistic areas that may be inhabited, changed, and enhanced.
User Enhanced, the 6th quantity of the Mechademia sequence, examines the results of this alteration from client to author. Why do manga characters lend themselves so easily to person enhancement? What are the restrictions on fan creativity? Are lovers easily including price to company homes with their improvements? and will the productiveness and creativity of person actions be reworked into real cultural enrichment and social engagement?
Through explorations of the energy of manga characters, the formal and structural open-endedness of manga, the position of sexuality and wish in manga and anime fandom, the evolution of the Lolita model tradition, the modern social critique embodied in manga like Helpman! and Ikigami, and gamer habit inside desktop video games, User greater suggests that commodity enhancement could lead as simply to disengagement and isolation as to interplay, connection, and empowerment.
Contributors: Brian Bergstrom; Lisa Blauersouth; Aden Evens, Dartmouth collage; Andrea Horbinski; Itô Gô, Tokyo Polytechnic U; Paul Jackson; Yuka Kanno; Shion Kono, Sophia U, Tokyo; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Christine L. Marran, U of Minnesota; Miyadai Shinji, Tokyo Metropolitan U; Miyamoto Hirohito, Meiji U; Livia Monnet, U of Montreal; Miri Nakamura, Wesleyan U; Matthew Penney, Concordia U, Montreal; Emily Raine; Brian Ruh; Kumiko Saito, Bowling eco-friendly kingdom U; Rio Saitô, collage of visible Arts, St. Paul; Cathy promote; James Welker, U of British Columbia; Yoshikuni Igarashi, Vanderbilt U.
By Michael Silverstein, Neil Fiske
A desirable examine why thousands of customers are "trading up" to top class items, and the way businesses can take advantage of this phenomenon.
Middle-market shoppers have extra discretionary source of revenue than ever prior to and are keen to pay additional for "new luxurious" items and services-items that convey larger caliber, technical merits, and greater functionality to standard items. certainly, shoppers are trying to find emotional engagement-they glance to items to assist them deal with the stresses of daily life, and to aid them discover their aspirations. a brand new luxurious solid will be so simple as a shampoo ($9 from Aveda, as opposed to $3 from clever) that brings moments of convenience and sensual excitement, or as advanced as a automobile ($26,000 for a bottom-of-the-line Mercedes, as opposed to $20,000 for a Pontiac) that gives you emotions of security and pleasure.
garments, autos, beer, espresso, kitchen home equipment, underwear, own care, dog food, restaurants-in dozens of different types, new luxurious items occupy a candy spot available in the market, simply because they could promote in a lot better unit volumes than "old luxurious" items, yet command a lot greater revenue margins than traditional items. yet new luxurious leaders-such as Callaway golfing, Victoria's mystery, Panera Bread, Belvedere vodka, Whirlpool Duet, and Williams-Sonoma-create andmarket their items very in a different way than do traditional businesses. Trading Up explores what is riding this flow to top class items, tells the interior tales of many New luxurious businesses and their leaders, and gives insights and strategies which can support the reader make the most of this extraordinary phenomenon. The booklet is predicated at the authors' event in supporting consumers create billions of greenbacks worthy of latest luxurious items in addition to on exhaustive aiding study.
By Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember
Provides the cultural similarities inside of a rustic that set it except others through interpreting over two hundred nations to rfile the myriad ways that tradition defines and separates the countries of the area up to geographical borders do. Surveys every one country's shared values, behaviors and cultural diversifications from meals and rituals to hobbies and humanities, utilizing a typical access layout for simple comparability. offers illustrations, pictures and maps. four volumes.
By John Hannavy
An image can say one thousand phrases and the pictures stuck on digital camera throughout the Victorian and Edwardian sessions offer a desirable perception into the lives of Britons in this time. Take a step again among 1840 and 1910 and discover the realm of labor and dealing stipulations skilled by way of the Victorians and Edwardians throughout the wealthy number of images and classic postcards during this attractive album. a global we frequently see in monochrome or sepia, is gifted the following in brilliant color, bringing the Victorian and Edwardian humans a bit toward us. 128 pages are full of photographs of shipyards, factories, bakeries, and existence within the forces. We see the boys and girls who made cutlery in Sheffield, the ladies who gutted and packed the herring within the east coast fishing ports, and the ladies who labored the coal monitors in Lancashire's many collieries, in addition to a few 'tongue in cheek' Victorian photos of family existence, traveling the dentist, and plenty of different subject matters and matters, all of which inform the tale of operating existence a hundred to one hundred sixty years in the past. cross on, have a look!
By James Surowiecki
During this interesting e-book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively easy inspiration: huge teams of individuals are smarter than an elite few, regardless of how brilliant–better at fixing difficulties, fostering innovation, coming to clever judgements, even predicting the long run.
With boundless erudition and in delightfully transparent prose, Surowiecki levels throughout fields as various as pop culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, synthetic intelligence, army heritage, and politics to teach how this easy thought bargains very important classes for the way we are living our lives, opt for our leaders, run our businesses, and view our global.
By Jan W. J. Burgers
The lute’s cultural effect during the Dutch Golden Age will be in comparison to that of the piano within the nineteenth century. It was once the common tool for solo music-making, in addition to in ensembles and to accompany singers, quite often linked to the social elite - the aristocracy and the wealthy burghers. This richly illustrated e-book is the 1st to exhibit recognized and vague lutenists, specialist musicians and amateurs, the lute tune in books and manuscripts, the lute makers and the foreign lute alternate, whereas additionally exploring where of the software within the Dutch literature and paintings of the interval.