Tag Archives: society

Where Culture Goes

Catalan Atlas, 1375

Since patterns are an integral part of our world, from flowers to traffic congestion, it’s not surprising that human migration follows an order of its own. Art historian Maximilian Schich and his colleagues, seeking to explore the movement of artistic centers throughout Western history, have mapped the births and deaths of more than 150,000 cultural revolutionaries (famous artists, actors, politicians, ... Read More »

The Beauty of the Humdrum

Stainless, Adam Magyar, conceptual photography

With ticket in hand, a man enters the turnstile, and minutes pass before the subway rumbles in, grinding to an ear-piercing halt. This familiar  mass transportation scene – the hallmark of the everyday – dots the world in various forms: buses crawling New York, speeding trains of Tokyo, the London tube. It is this everyday that fascinates Adam Magyar, who transmutes it into a new ... Read More »

Art That Changes the World

Art Poster of Apocalypse ofAmerican dollar bill with George Washington with a third eye/activist art

Art has a long history of provocation, asking us to enlarge our vision and see with new eyes. This is also the agenda of the political activist, who employs petitions, lobbying, and canvassing. So not surprisingly, some activists are using art as a potent tool for change, while some artists are learning to sharpen their political point. The Center for Creative Activism is at the forefront of uniting ... Read More »

Will the Racial and Ethnic Divide Ever Become a Distant Memory?  

Michael Jackson's Black or White single cover

The power of media to shape our perceptions and values continues to intrigue me. When I tuned into CBS’s Sunday Morning program on a snowy Mother’s Day in the foothills of the Rockies, I was immediately taken by a story about Cheerios and their Super Bowl ad. General Mills took a bold step by featuring a multi-racial family eating Cheerios ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: The Dreaded Purple Cow of Death

Hi Guys A child in the Western world will inherit a cultural legacy of death suppression and denial.   Death is threatening, right? So it stands to reason that denying it would be a rather comfy way to live.  And yet, studies have shown that trying to suppress thoughts of death will only make them more prevalent. Social psychologist Daniel ... Read More »

Datsyukian Deke and the Unifying Language of Culture

Red Wing's Datsyuk skates pass Chicago Blackhawk's Handzus

There is a small percentage of folks that know what a Datsyukian reference is. Maybe there are a few hundred thousand of us world wide. It could be more, I don’t know. It’s an obscure colloquialism in a small but growing culture. We don’t brag about it. We relish in it. When Datsyukian things happen, we spread the Datsyuk. Our ... Read More »

Rub Some Dirt in It

Where the Wild Things Are Picture

We are all familiar with classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and Home Alone, two tales of children holding their own and embracing any obstacles in their path. While audiences find the main characters’ bold behavior amusing, such challenging situations are not only necessary for children’s development, but are getting harder and harder to come by. It does a kid a ... Read More »

Communication ≠ Conversation

technology and communication cartoon

With the ever-growing presence of technology in our lives, it is becoming increasingly harder to have a conversation with a person without some electronic information exchange involved. In an article in The Atlantic, Megan Garber shares her interaction with Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and a professor at MIT. Turkle talks about the difference between communication and information exchange and having ... Read More »

How I Met Your Mother

two hands holding each other, one reaching from the matrix of a computer, across a computer keyboard

The Onion does it again! The satirical website tackles online dating and the relative absurdity of finding a life partner based on a keyword search and the mathematical calculations computers make to determine your percentage of compatibility with someone. Check out this couple’s happy ending as they tell their children about how they met and knew it was love at ... Read More »

Happy

one happy face in a bunch of sad faces happiness and environment

I’ve always had fond memories of towns with Mom and Pop storefronts along Main Street, or quaint historical districts. I’ve never really thought about why this is true, until reading the Atlantic article “Why We’re Sometimes Kind Without Reason.” Despite never having lived in this kind of place, I feel a similar fondness to what Charles Montgomery describes in this ... Read More »