An Environmental Scan

KNOWLEDGE PRESERVED THROUGH CONQUEST WITH CULTURE

Producing Visibility (panel 1) | 2014 Visual & Critical Studies Spring S…

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theparisreview:

As a kind of language, emoji “are the social lubricant smoothing the rough edges of our digital lives: they underscore tone, introduce humor, and give us a quick way to bring personality into otherwise monochrome spaces.” But are they too conservative? “What habits of daily life do emoji promote, from the painted nails to the martini glasses? What behavior do they normalize? … In a broad sense, what emoji are trying to sell us, if not happiness, is a kind of quiescence … Emoji can represent cocktails, paparazzo attacks, and other trappings of Western consumer and celebrity culture with ease. More complicated matters? There’s no emoji for that.”
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

As a kind of language, emoji “are the social lubricant smoothing the rough edges of our digital lives: they underscore tone, introduce humor, and give us a quick way to bring personality into otherwise monochrome spaces.” But are they too conservative? “What habits of daily life do emoji promote, from the painted nails to the martini glasses? What behavior do they normalize? … In a broad sense, what emoji are trying to sell us, if not happiness, is a kind of quiescence … Emoji can represent cocktails, paparazzo attacks, and other trappings of Western consumer and celebrity culture with ease. More complicated matters? There’s no emoji for that.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

Colleges aren’t monasteries. They can’t give their students spiritual sustenance; they can’t provide an escape from modernity. And they shouldn’t be faulted, or punished, for that.

Joshua Rothman on why the “crisis in higher education” is really the crisis of modernity: http://nyr.kr/1qSgRAe (via newyorker)

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peakblackness:

BARRY x MICH x SUNDAY BEST
Tan suits and deep swoops. Oops. 
Happy (P)Ea(k)ster from the family. 
Trammell

peakblackness:

BARRY x MICH x SUNDAY BEST

Tan suits and deep swoops. Oops.

Happy (P)Ea(k)ster from the family. 

Trammell