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Archive for January, 2013

Book Review – Going Clear

January 28, 2013 by and tagged , ,

You might think you already know a lot about Scientology, what with the amount of celebrities that are part of the church. Trust me, you know nothing unless you read Lawrence Wright‘s Going Clear – Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief. The book is an expansion of Wright’s New Yorker article on Paul Haggis, who spent [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, religion, Religious Fundamentalism | 4 Comments »

American Horror Story – Feminist Show

January 26, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

Seriously. Think about it. I was half-convinced of it at the end of the first season (“Murder House”). I’m even more convinced now. I hope they keep it that way into the next seasons. I may have more later on this.

Posted in Gender, Media, Patriarchy, Sexism | No Comments »

Visualizing The Transnational Capitalist Class

January 23, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

Via Nathan Yau (who did write the book on visualization and has a great website to go along with it), this very interesting and interactive visualization of the world’s billionaires: Billionaires 2013 from SocProf on Vimeo. Here are a few static images. The rankings: The bar charts: The ranking shifts over one year: The plots: [...]

Posted in Dataviz, Power, Sociology, Transnational Capitalist Class | No Comments »

Visualizing The World Risk Society

January 22, 2013 by and tagged ,

That is the worthy goal of the report – World Risk 2013 – published by the World Economic Forum, (yes, the Davos guys). It is a pretty dense report, so, before I go into the visualization aspect, check out this handy video (there is a whole videos page) explaining how the report works: Here is [...]

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40 Years

January 22, 2013 by and tagged , , , ,

Via The Economist, this is why the only “pro-life” position is to be pro-choice, that blue line below: Also note that the abortion trend was upward before Roe (I wonder if the graph includes back-alley abortions, if not, then the pre-Roe level of abortion would be higher, invalidating somewhat the claim that Roe increased abortion [...]

Posted in Gender, Health, Health Care, Patriarchy, Politics, Sexism | No Comments »

As With Guns, The Remedy for Inequalities is More Inequalities

January 21, 2013 by and tagged ,

So, by now, you have all probably read, or at least heard of, Joseph Stiglitz’s column in the New York Times as to how inequalities are stalling economic recovery: “With inequality at its highest level since before the Depression, a robust recovery will be difficult in the short term, and the American dream — a [...]

Posted in Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Where The Brown Shirts Are

January 20, 2013 by and tagged , ,

Here is an interesting data visualization from Der Spiegel, on the rise of the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD), the German far-right party. As you can see from the map and the post title, I don’t think the choice of brown dots as color scheme is random. It is a rather simple data visualization but it [...]

Posted in Dataviz, Politics, Social Movements, Urban Ecology | No Comments »

The Anti-Gay Marriage Crowd Makes a Category Mistake (Again)

January 17, 2013 by and tagged

1. Apologies to real philosophers for my butchering of Gilbert Ryle‘s concept. 2. Yay! Pierre Maura is blogging again! (He had better not raise our hopes only to crush them with a one-time thing). Anyhoo, it is this brand new blog post over as Comprendre that led drew me back to Gilbert Ryle’s concept of [...]

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Do We Need Sociology Binders Full of Women?

January 17, 2013 by and tagged ,

Based on Urban Demographics’s post, it would appear so: The diversity, it is grossly lacking. Also, how many of them are still alive? It may be related to this (also from Urban Demographics): At the same time, it is expected that peer-reviewed publications to refer to the existing body of knowledge in each sub-field of [...]

Posted in Gender, Sociology | 2 Comments »

Book Review – The Googlization of Everything

January 14, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

I was initially suspicious of this book because of its title and how reminiscent it is of similarly coined words, like “McDonalization” or “Disneyification”. But, I finally picked up Siva Vaidhyanathan’s The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) because, after all, we should all know more about Google. It has become such a major [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Corporatism, Surveillance Society, Technology | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour- Les Misérables (NOT Les Mis) Timeline

January 14, 2013 by

This awesome timeline of character distribution of Les Misérables (click on the image for ginormous view):

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The Walking Dead – Feral Season

January 12, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

I did not watch the new half season of the Walking Dead at the time it aired because (1) I can’t stand commercial breaks, and (2) I was saving it for the Holiday season and an 8-hour transatlantic flight. I have now watched the whole eight episodes back to back and I am pleased (and [...]

Posted in Gender, Media, Patriarchy, Sexism | 1 Comment »

The Only Argument Guns Advocates Should Have The Guts to Make (But Won’t)

January 12, 2013 by

Todd Krohn makes it for them: “It’s a cultural thing, as they say. We live in a society that launches “wars” on everything from drugs and crime, to cancer and fat. If it’s an inanimate object, we’re going to war with it. We have the most militarized law enforcement in the world, and more people [...]

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Book Review – Existence

January 11, 2013 by and tagged ,

Us science-fiction fans have been waiting for a long time for a new full-fledged novel by David Brin since Kiln People. It is finally here: Existence. I think Existence is on a par with the Uplift trilogy or Earth. It does indeed read like a more elaborate version of Earth. I remember re-reading Sundiver a [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – GOOOOOOAAAAL

January 10, 2013 by and tagged ,

I love soccer, or as we Europeans call it, football. I also like network visualizations. So, how can I not love this network visualization of Ballon D’Or votes. If you don’t know what the Ballon D’Or is, check this out. Quick explanation: “The above visualization shows the network of votes of the Ballon d’Or 2012. [...]

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