Archive for November, 2012

Exploring Social Mobility Through Visualizations

November 30, 2012 by and tagged ,

Ok, so, I am getting towards the end of my MOOC and for our last project, we were asked to come up with our own idea and topics and think about how to visualize them and basically have these visualizations tell a story. Since I had just received my brand new copy of the Economic […]

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November 28, 2012 by and tagged ,

Where the colonial masters are financial giant groups, assisted by the means of Western states acting against debt colonies: “Colonialism is back. Well, at least according to leading politicians of the two most famous debtor nations. Commenting on the EU’s inability to deliver its end of the bargain despite the savage spending cuts Greece had […]

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Cruel and Usual – Enforcing Patriarchal Rule

November 28, 2012 by and tagged , ,

1. Acid and remarriage: “Nurbanu divorced her husband of 18 years eight days before he returned and threw acid in her face in Shatkhira in south west Bangladesh. She had originally ended the marriage after she found him with another woman. “My husband went into hiding. After 10 months he was caught and jailed for […]

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Visualizing Unemployment

November 24, 2012 by

So, as I may have mentioned before, I am currently taking a MOOC on infographic and data visualization with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, at the University of Miami, taught by the man himself, Alberto Cairo. I will have a full reflection post on the experience once the course is over. For […]

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Talk About Soil

November 24, 2012 by and tagged ,

Great animated short video: Let’s Talk About Soil – English from IASS Vimeo Channel on Vimeo.

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It’s No Longer Just The Sociologists Who Say It Now

November 24, 2012 by and tagged

It’s “serious” economists! (So, surely, someone will listen) “But, beyond this, we cannot carry on with a system that allows so much of the national income and wealth to pile up in so few hands. Concerted redistribution of wealth and income has frequently been essential to the long-term survival of capitalism. We are about to […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Poverty and You

November 24, 2012 by and tagged ,

Another great interactive visual on global poverty thanks to Why Poverty?: poverty compared from SocProf on Vimeo. And while you’re at it, check out this enticing trailer for the animated documentary, Poor Us: Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

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The Visual Du Jour – Global Closet Calculator

November 22, 2012 by and tagged

Via Free Technology for Teachers, this interactive game to learn about global interdependence: Global Closet Calculator from SocProf on Vimeo.

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Book Review – To Free A Family

November 22, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

Sydney Nathans’s To Free A Family: The Journey of Mary Walker was a birthday gift. What a great reading it turned out to be. As the title indicates, the book is about Mary Walker’s struggle to get her children and her mother out of slavery after she herself had escaped it. It took her 17 […]

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The Pitfalls of Cross-Cultural Comparisons

November 22, 2012 by and tagged ,

Cross-culture from SocProf on Vimeo. And as promised, here are the sources for the materials I used in the video: Homes Around The World One Week of Food Where Children Sleep (Book and NYT article)

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Infographic PSA: The Good and The Not-So-Good

November 19, 2012 by and tagged

So, yes, I’m getting more and more into the infographic and data visualization thing. So, this is a simple and useful worksheet. (The point is, you still need to go read The Functional Art for more specific ideas. The above is a nice starting point but no more than that) But take this, for instance: […]

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The Surveillance Society: A Public/Private Partnership of Prudes and Panty-Sniffers

November 18, 2012 by and tagged ,

First, the private prudes: “A BASTION of openness and counterculture, Silicon Valley imagines itself as the un-Chick-fil-A. But its hyper-tolerant facade often masks deeply conservative, outdated norms that digital culture discreetly imposes on billions of technology users worldwide. What is the vehicle for this new prudishness? Dour, one-dimensional algorithms, the mathematical constructs that automatically determine […]

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C. Wright Mills in Context – The Roots of The Cranky

November 17, 2012 by and tagged ,

The first two chapters of Stanley Aronowitz‘s Taking It Big – C. Wright Mills and The Making of Political Intellectuals, are devoted to early intellectual career, his philosophical roots and his place in the New York intellectual scene. I have to confess that these were, to me, the least interesting chapters because I couldn’t wait to […]

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Modernization Theory – A Steady Record of Failure

November 17, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Greece being the latest casualty, as demonstrated by sociologist Costas Panayotakis in the New York Times Examiner: “Writing this column has heightened my awareness of how often and how quickly the representation of social reality by The New York Times is contradicted by the facts.  In such cases, the journalist whose past reporting has proven to be widely […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Do You Believe in Magic?

November 16, 2012 by and tagged

Because, apparently, European Commission forecasters do, repeatedly: Who could predict that contractionary economic policy would be contractionary? More bloodletting and leeches cuts and austerity! SMH.

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