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Archive for March, 2012

Music Break – VCMG

March 26, 2012 by and tagged

A really great piece of techno from VCMG, from their latest album Ssss, Single Blip:

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Global Sociology Blogroll Update – Sociology for The Cool Kidz

March 26, 2012 by and tagged ,

Via Xavier Molénat, Fabien Hein, sociologist of rock (music, not dang pebbles): So, update your bookmarks, RSS feeds and blogrolls.

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The Visual Du Jour – Walmart’s Ecological Footprint

March 26, 2012 by and tagged , ,

And how big it really is (here): Now, really, and it has a pretty large ecological footprint:

Posted in Corporatism, Environment, Sustainability | 2 Comments »

Music Break – Suede

March 24, 2012 by and tagged

Still busy with the collective bargaining thing… but since I am still also an unrepentant Brit Pop fan, here is some Suede, “She’s in Fashion”:

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Let’s Play The Neocolonialist Game

March 11, 2012 by and tagged ,

Sorry, this will be (hopefully) my last thing on Kony 2012 (no link). Watch this (via Africa is a Country): Go watch the Kony 2012 film, and then count how many of the things mentioned in “How not to write about Africa” are present in there. Yeah.

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Yes, It’s Racist

March 11, 2012 by and tagged ,

Good grief (also, what is it with the Bruce Lee-ish / Kill Bill-ish yellow tracksuit?)… And yes, it is most definitely racist because there are many non-racist ways to make the same point (a larger union is stronger). Meanwhile, we get this ad that basically states that only a multiplication of white people can contain [...]

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The Power of Negative Thinking and Weak Ties

March 10, 2012 by and tagged

Remember the meetings we all have to attend in a lot of professions where we are enjoined to brainstorm on particular topics, with no negative thinking allowed, no criticism, only the power of positive thinking that brainstorm can unleash? Yeah, that does not work: “In 2003, Charlan Nemeth, a professor of psychology at the University [...]

Posted in Social Interaction, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere – 2

March 10, 2012 by and tagged

[This post is an extension of my book review of Paul Mason's book as well as a response to Lambert's post over at Corrente, in which he is much too kind to call me a scholar.] So, we are having of them cross-blog dialogue on Paul Mason’s book, Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere – The [...]

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Global Sociology Blogroll Update – Swedish Edition

March 8, 2012 by and tagged ,

It’s always great to keep on finding new socbloggers from all over the place (although, digital divide oblige, they’re mostly from the Global North). Anyhoo, let’s hear it for Simon Lindgren, from Sweden, digital sociologist: So, update your RSS feeds, blogrolls, and Twitter Feeds.

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Cranky on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2012 by and tagged , ,

So, the Kony 2012 campaign is trending like nothing else. The campaign has been roundly and thoroughly and rightfully critiqued in various places, so, I have nothing to add to yet another example of “white people save Africans from their own savagery” film and campaign with a touch of cyber-utopianism so dumb I initially thought [...]

Posted in Gender, Patriarchy, Sexism | No Comments »

Book Review – Dear Fatty

March 7, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Well, no, this is not a sociology book, but as the French (see what I did there?) saying goes, une fois n’est pas coutume. Also, I am a die-hard French and Saunders fan, Vicar of Dibley fan, so, of course I decided to read Dawn French‘s Dear Fatty. And once I started, I could not [...]

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Neil Gross Does Some Nice Debunking in the NYT

March 4, 2012 by and tagged ,

I know, I know, exposing Rick Santorum as hack, a hypocrite, and a pompous know-nothing is like shooting fish in a barrel but some people seem to believe he makes sense but the whole myth that commie college professors brainwash their students (if only!) and turn them into liberal socialo-feminazi zombies is so widespread that it is [...]

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Book Review – Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere

March 3, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

[This review is the opening salvo of a blog-to-blog dialogue on the subject of current anti-systemic social movements between this humble blog and the Mighty Corrente building. Corrente has been following the Occupy movement pretty closely, so I expect Lambert will have plenty to say on the subject over there. I also highly recommend David [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Collective Behavior, Globalization, Ideologies, Media, Networks, Precarization, Risk Society, Social Change, Social Movements, Technology | 4 Comments »

The Walking Dead – Still Awfully Misogynistic

March 1, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

So, the second half of Season two is now on the way and it is getting from bad to worse in the misogyny department. Everything I wrote in my previous post on the subject still holds and I would not retract anything. And last Sunday’s episode was especially awful in that respect. The earlier post [...]

Posted in Gender, Media, Patriarchy, Sexism | 4 Comments »