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Archive for March, 2011

The Visual Du Jour – Brazilianization

March 30, 2011 by and tagged ,

Via the EPI, And by that, I mean that the US is well on its way to have the stratification system of a semi-peripheral country.

Posted in Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | 1 Comment »

Starving the Periphery in Three Easy Steps

March 30, 2011 by and tagged , ,

This validates Amartya Sen’s idea of failure of entitlement as the root of starvation and malnutrition. Step 1: land grab (with government blessing and tax breaks on top) “It’s the deal of the century: £150 a week to lease more than 2,500 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of virgin, fertile land – an area the [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization | No Comments »

My Life As A “Feminist”

March 30, 2011 by and tagged ,

See what I did up there, with the scare quotes. So here is the deal, when you use quotation marks and you are not actually quoting anything, it means the stuff between the quotation marks is not really true, right? Here goes: BBC News – Wal-Mart ‘sexism’ case before US Supreme Court via kwout Why [...]

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Music Break – Spring Break Edition

March 28, 2011 by and tagged

Friendly Fires, Paris (heard it at the gym… grabbed my iPod Touch and launched Soundhound, it found the song / band / lyrics, and downloaded it directly from iTunes):

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Music Break – Duran Duran

March 26, 2011 by and tagged

Yeah, I was in high school when Duran Duran was a major band (so, yeah, bite me). But apparently, all these bands from the 80s are making a comeback (The Cars in May!!), so why not them. Their latest album is actually quite good. Here is All You Need is Now, directed by David Lynch:

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The Visual Du Jour – Protests!

March 26, 2011 by and tagged , ,

Via Natasha Chart, The legend is as follows: Red: deaths Orange:major injuries, damage, arrests, Yellow: minor injuries, etc. Green: Peaceful The number of pickets refers to  size: 1: Under 100, 2: 100-1000 3: 1000-10000 4. 10K – 100K, 5. Over 100K. It is not completely exhaustive, of course, but it is still very neat and [...]

Posted in Collective Behavior, Globalization, Social Movements | No Comments »

If It’s Not Trending on Twitter, It Does Not Exist

March 26, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

A while back, I reviewed Virgil Hawkins’s Stealth Conflict. In the book, Hawkins argues that the structure and organization of the media (among with other factors) lead to ignoring certain conflicts (stealth conflicts) while prioritizing coverage of others (chosen conflicts). The bottom line is that what makes a conflict chosen is not how serious it [...]

Posted in Chosen Conflicts, Media, Stealth Conflicts, Technology | No Comments »

A New Online Sociology Magazine

March 25, 2011 by and tagged ,

Via Alex Trillo, congratulations to Corey Dolgon and Jason Smith on their online sociology magazine (with a hip look!), we need more initiatives like this: This Week in Sociology – Connecting your Classroom to the World via kwout

Posted in Sociology, Teaching Sociology | 4 Comments »

A Moment of Hilarity While Grading

March 24, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

So I heard about this idiotic person complaining that Glee is turning teenagers gay: First, I love the “some say” at the beginning of the clip. It’s a sure sign of “I don’t know what I’m talking about.” But anyhoo, the thing that completely cracked me up is that while this moron is ranting and [...]

Posted in Gender, Humor, Media, Religious Fundamentalism | 5 Comments »

What Is Sociology For? Bad Music?

March 19, 2011 by and tagged

Dear Maude, that is information we should bury and all agree to never mention again: “One is the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs with responsibility for overseeing emergency relief in disaster-hit areas, the other is a chart-topping singer-songwriter. But what Lady Amos and James Blunt have in common is that both are sociology graduates [...]

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Manuel Castells on Social Movements and The Internet (Again)

March 18, 2011 by and tagged , ,

Manuel Castells has an interview for the Open University of Catalonia where he again discusses the role of the Internet in the recent social movements in the Middle East. While acknowledging that the current uprisings in the Middle East are the first social movements truly facilitated by the Internet, Castells says he is not surprised [...]

Posted in Networks, Social Movements, Technology | No Comments »

Michael Klare Was Prescient (Which is Why You Should All Read Him)

March 16, 2011 by and tagged , , , ,

Unless the consistently-wrong hacks that pass for experts in the media and get cushy jobs writing inane op-eds for major newspapers… So, in January, Klare wrote this: “Get ready for a rocky year. From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the [...]

Posted in Economy, Environment, Globalization, Resource Wars, Risk Society | No Comments »

The Slave Next Door

March 16, 2011 by and tagged

And how many more like her? “A former hospital director has been ordered to pay £25,000 to an African woman she kept as a slave in London. Mwanahamisi Mruke, 47, was flown from Tanzania in 2006 and made to work 18-hour days for Saeeda Khan, 68, at her home in Harrow, north-west London. Khan was [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – Feeling Trickled Down On Yet?

March 13, 2011 by and tagged ,

Via the invaluable William Domhoff: Also, this: Let’s all remember that financial securities are what got us into this mess. So, why should “sacrifices” be shared? And this:

Posted in Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | No Comments »

Book Review – Les Liaisons Numériques

March 13, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Antonio Casilli‘s Les Liaisons Numériques: Vers Une Nouvelle Sociabilité? is an rigorous yet original exploration of the many ways in which information and communication technologies change the way we interact. I do hope the book gets translated in English in a near future as it is quite relevant to the current debates on the political [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Culture, Dramaturgy, Identity, Media, Networks, Social Capital, Social Change, Social Interaction, Social Research, Sociology | No Comments »

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