Polar Inertia: “an outlet and a resource for on going research into the networks and patterns that define the contemporary city. The journal began with the idea that the understanding of a culture requires immersion into the instruments of media, technology and infrastructure that have molded its growth.” This bi-monthly publication provides an incredibly fascinating […]Read more "Academic Landscapes: Polar Inertia"
“‘The so-called ‘melting pot’ has happily failed, Bourne wrote, and he called the “English-American conservatism” which would demand it the ‘chief obstacle to social advance.’ Without the cultural variety brought by immigrants, […] America was doomed to stagnation.” “‘What we emphatically do not want is that these distinctive qualities [of immigrants] should be washed out […]Read more "The Facade of the Melting Pot: Trans-National America"
by Chris O’Shea [via Make]Read more "Autonomous Surveillance: Beacon"
Looks like us Yanks just aren’t fans of social niceties — things like line forming and chivalry. For the Americans on the Titanic this may have been a fortunate thing. Turns out, according to research, polite Brits may have suffered for their endless courtesy — their love of queues actually accounted for a proportionately higher […]Read more "Being An Asshole Might Save Your Life: The Titanic"
Fat Goon In other interesting news, Fidel Castro sends his praise to Obama. No word on if the Cuban leader is in reality, actually still alive.Read more "Fat Goon Caught In the Moment: Yes We Can"
A little while back, Quinn over at Anthropophagous picked up a lengthy, but incredible article about Detroit. Chronicling the bits of humanity left in the city it covers everything from the shattered records of Motown, and persevering hometown journos, to the firemen cum superheroes and bizarre phenomena such as “the flight of the dead.” This […]Read more "The City Where Sirens Never Sleep: Detroit"
Daniel Arsham [via Holga]Read more "Tucked In: Daniel Arsham"