The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • Today, social media means we are always traveling with the camera in our hands (metaphorically and often literally); we always can document. When going to see live music I notice more and more people distracted from the performance in order to take photos and videos to post to Facebook and YouTube. When the breakfast I made the other week looked especially delicious, I posted a photo of it before even taking a bite. The Facebook Eye in action.

    tags: SocialMedia Twitter Facebook Streams Prosuming

  • I have a Fear of Missing Out on the best links and stories of the day, hesitant of taking breaks from Twitter–of jumping off the moving train–because I feel it will be harder to jump back on. […] Sometimes I envision my Twitter feed as rushing water: my presence is a dam, and each tweet is debris making its way downstream. It’s now a challenge to let information simply flow–to let tweets swim by without me seeing or interacting with them.

    tags: SocialMedia Twitter Facebook Streams Prosuming

  • But this idea that we are trading the offline for the online, though it dominates how we think of the digital and the physical, is myopic. It fails to capture the plain fact that our lived reality is the result of the constant interpenetration of the online and offline. That is, we live in an augmented reality that exists at the intersection of materiality and information, physicality and digitality, bodies and technology, atoms and bits, the off and the online. It is wrong to say “IRL” to mean offline: Facebook is real life.

    tags: digitalmedia SocialMedia Online Offline

  • South African women fall victim to ‘corrective rape’Across South Africa a rising tide of rape and violence is being used to suppress lesbian women
    WARNING: Some viewers may find the contents of this video disturbing

    tags: hatecrimes SouthAfrica+homosexuality

  • Like great writers, we need to equip ourselves with the tools of self-examination and self-criticism, for we, as individuals and as a society, are a work in progress, a manuscript that is being written and rewritten. This is even more important today than ever before as we collectively write the narrative of our country. It serves us well, as the authors of this new narrative, occasionally to stop and ponder and distance ourselves from our creation and look at it as a stranger would, defamiliarise it, in other words, and re-edit it quite relentlessly and mercilessly. We need to do this in defiance of the demand for a lemming mentality. We are required, even coerced, to follow the herd – follow the herd because, if we dare to think independently from those who have been assigned to think for us, we are traitors, not only to the specific political project, but also to the tribe, the nation, the race.

    tags: Writing Editing

  • Martelly’s administration and the UN have permitted these paramilitary groups to act with near-impunity. [3] This should come as no surprise, however, since Martelly – a loyal supporter of the Duvalier regime who gained the eager support of the US State Department–has been unwavering in his promise to bring back the army, and because for the past eight years the UN has consistently sided with the forces that made the coup against the democratically elected Lavalas government in 2004

    tags: Haiti ParaMilitary Army UNOccupation

  • “Objectification” is not a synonym for “attraction”. It refers to treating someone as an object, less than fully human, a means to an end, rather than as a person. Suggesting that sexually objectifying men might “empower women”, or otherwise further the cause of gender equality, seems to me to (perhaps wilfully) misunderstand objectification.

    tags: Objectification

  • Naguib Mahfouz remains the most highly acclaimed Egyptian writer of the 20th century and a key figure the literature of the Arab world. Sarah Zakzouk of the Arab Review appraises Mahfouz’s Palace Walk, the first part of his ‘Cairo Trilogy’, which portrays a tumultuous period in Egypt’s history, not too dissimilar from the present day.

    tags: egypt Literature Mahfouz Revolution

  • “This outline of Bessie, her raucous on-the-road relationships, professionalism and death and how it all influenced Jackie’s character and work, weaves Bessie’s songs explicitly with Jackie’s poems, and Bessie’s lesbian life implicitly with Jackie’s. A passionate, personal, imaginative insight in to Bessie’s art.” Ruth Padel, Daily Mail

    tags: Bessie_Smith JackieKay Biography Blues

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