"Though its commercial resurgence is small in absolute terms, the vinyl record is one of the key modern cultural commodities on which these loose and elusive cultural properties are ﬁxed and stabilised. In short, the vinyl record is a perfect example of how a mechanically reproducible product can become an iconic signiﬁer full of references. It shows that aura of authenticity is not reducible to any one notion of originality or uniqueness but is instead constituted relationally in contingent social performances."
"The question is how we react to this great prejudice against women. The rule of law and social activism certainly are crucial. But no matter how strong the social structure, there is always that cheek-slapped moment when you are alone with the anti-woman prejudice: the joke, the leer, the disregard, the invisibility, the inescapable fact that the moment you walk through the door you are seen as lesser, no matter what your credentials"
"What must be obvious to most by now is that Ford has never seemed comfortable in his own skin as mayor. At worst, he may have unaddressed substance-abuse issues that are ruining his career, his reputation, and could ultimately threaten his life. At best, he seems to share the same predicament described more than a century ago by L. Frank Baum about another gentleman whose ascent in the world exceeded his abilities. He is not a bad man; he is just a very bad mayor for a cosmopolitan city with a budget of about $10 billion a year"
[Star Trek: The Next Generation] is a series that, appropriately enough, opens with nothing less than a trial of all humanity heard by an omnipotent trickster god. It is a Star Trek that fully realizes Fukiyama’s decree that we are living at the end of history and all that is left to do is reconcile past differences and perfect an already spectacularly efficient system of exchanging goods and services.
The cosmopolitan multiculturalism of Deep Space Nine and the late second wave feminism of Voyager are one 14-season-long transgression of the never-ending-present that The Next Generation sets up"
"Cars didn’t end up awarding us freedom, nor did they serve to better connect us to our friends and communities. On the contrary: they turned out to be temporarily exciting engines of isolation that sort of despoiled the environment along the way"
So, weather dot com links out to a site that has a store that includes this CD. Is this really real? From the description,
- Why “using” people isn’t wrong at all.
- Why every single encounter with another person is an opportunity to further your aims in life
- How some basic research before a party or gathering can help turn contacts there into assets
- How to treat the world like a “cafeteria of wit” to get people to listen to you
- How to look for the “aperture of intimacy” when meeting a member of the opposite sex
- Why listening to others is “the most flattering kind of espionage”