Culture

Stereotyping: A Preacher, The Gospel, and That Wedding.

Disclaimer: I didn’t actu­al­ly watch the wed­ding, and this post isn’t on the wed­ding per-se. But I have seen the pletho­ra of respons­es to the ser­mon from the wed­ding, and this post is in rela­tion to those. It is also psych heavy—although much is Cog.Psych 101—so if you were here for…

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One of the prac­tices I keep is to always have a long term read­ing project on the go, that is less direct­ly relat­ed to my active research. I find this keeps me read­ing broad­ly and more agile in the way that I process and link con­cepts togeth­er. Over the win­ter…

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A Brilliant Cultural Analysis based on Classical Music

This arti­cle, although focused on clas­si­cal music, at its core is a bril­liant expo­si­tion and exe­ge­sis of the cur­rent state of affairs in our soci­ety. From the tran­sience of expe­ri­ence and ram­pant indi­vid­u­al­ism, through to a con­stant­ly thwart­ed search for Australian iden­ti­ty, the obser­va­tions in the mid­dle sec­tion are rich…

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Yesterday I had the time to read an excel­lent long form report from Gary Younge—a British reporter for the Guardian—on his upcom­ing depar­ture from the United States, where he has been report­ing for the past twelve years (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/gary-younge-farewell-to-america). Throughout his report he notes that the over­whelm­ing rea­son for his immi­nent…

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The rise of Edutainment, and its implications.

I came across this lit­tle arti­cle recent­ly from the NY Times, on the preva­lence of the broad­er gen­er­al pub­lic turn­ing to edu­ca­tion based enter­tain­ment for their down­time. Rather than mere­ly switch­ing off and not engag­ing their fac­ul­ties. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/education/turning-to-education-for-fun.html Let me quote from the arti­cle: What does it mean when peo­ple who…

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In Australia it is that time of year again… sum­mer. Where the weath­er gets nicer, and in Adelaide the Tour Down Under arrives in town. Now unsur­pris­ing­ly this annu­al event sees the  sea­son­al rise of vis­i­ble cyclists, and of course accom­pa­ny­ing it the usu­al dia­tribes and vit­ri­ol flash­ing about in…

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