All posts filed under ‘Culture & Sociology

The internet, but not as we know it: life online in China, Russia, Cuba and India | Technology | The Guardian

In Cuba, internet access is limited. But if you can’t get to the internet, there are ways of bringing it physically to you.It’s known as “el paquete semanal” or “the weekly packet”, an external drive loaded with thousands of hours of media content that is delivered to customers by enterprising ‘suppliers’ like Alberto Jorge.“With el […]

The World Would Be a Better Place Without the Rich

So why do we spend more? “Because people at the top have so much more,” he notes. They’re spending more on their own celebrations, and they set the consumption standard, unleashing what Frank has labelled “expenditure cascades.” People at every income level feel increasing pressure to reach the higher consumption bar those directly above them […]


Einen ähnlichen Hauch von Endphasenkapitalismus mögen Leser eines weiteren, äußerst lesenswerten Artikels der New York Times über „Pop-up Experiences“ verspüren. „Pop-up Experiences“ sind temporäre, meist rein auf Visualität und die perfekte Oberfläche ausgelegte „Ausstellungen“, die Inhalte höchstens Alibi-haft vermitteln, und in allererster Linie ebenfalls als Selfie-Kulissen dienen. In der New York Times schildert Autorin Sapna Maheshwari ihre […]

The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial

Premium mediocre is the finest bottle of wine at Olive Garden. Premium mediocre is cupcakes and froyo. Premium mediocre is “truffle” oil on anything (no actual truffles are harmed in the making of “truffle” oil), and extra-leg-room seats in Economy. Premium mediocre is cruise ships, artisan pizza, Game of Thrones, and The Bellagio. Source: The Premium […]

After Authenticity

One widely cited study shows that tourists who are concerned with authenticity reject souvenirs that are made for sale to Western consumers. For these tourists, authentic objects must not be “manufactured specifically for the market.” They have to have an “original” use value and purpose as intended by a native craftsperson (Cohen, 1988). This gives […]


Die New York Times ging sogar so weit, die Millennials gleich als „Generation Slasher“ auszurufen. Durch die Entwicklung der digitalisierten Arbeitswelt fühlen sich immer mehr Menschen zu einer multiplen Karriere „eingeladen“. Wer einen Blog betreibt und Bilder sowie Texte erstellt, beschreibt sich gerne mal als “writer / photographer”. Dazu kommt, dass viele Blogger auch als […]

The Downside of Radical Honesty

The problem with the culture of radical honesty is that we are not transparent to ourselves. Radical honesty works if everyone is fully rational—and we have given out Nobel Prizes to economists who show that we are not. We are always biased, and so the evaluations that we provide are as well. Source: Catapult | […]

Handbook of Tyranny 

Handbook of Tyranny portrays the routine cruelties of the twenty-first century through a series of detailed non-fictional graphic illustrations. None of these cruelties represent extraordinary violence – they reflect day-to-day implementation of laws and regulations around the globe. Every page of the book questions our current world of walls and fences, police tactics and prison […]

How the Mom Internet became a spotless, sponsored void

Some bloggers use social networks to push people to their websites, but more and more, Instagram or Facebook is the destination. Mom bloggers “used to be able to easily reach their audience through search, RSS feeds or newsletter updates,” notes Elizabeth Tenety, a former Washington Post colleague who co-founded the website Motherly, “but now that their […]

aporofobia and “low-end population”

These two together signify the way inequality is entering lexicons worldwide. “Aporofobia” was named Spanish word of the year, and means “rejection of or aversion to the poor.” Meanwhile, in China, “low-end population” was first used by the government to describe the relatively poor migrant workers it wants to remove from Beijing. The phrase was […]

Kardashian statt Kopftuch

Es sind inflationäre Komplimente. Sie verlieren und gewinnen gleichzeitig an Bedeutung. Die täglichen Bemerkungen über unseren Körper rücken das Thema Schönheit in den Mittelpunkt. Gleichzeitig wurde es zu einem selbstverständlichen Teil unseres Lebens, und wir konnten locker mit unserem Körper umgehen. Klar wollen wir auch später schön sein, wenn wir es als Kinder stets gesagt […]


Der Pastiche [pasˈtiːʃ] (von frz. pastiche „Nachahmung“, ital. pasticcio „Pastete“) ist ein künstlerisches Werk literarischer, musikalischer, filmischer oder architektonischer Art, das offen das Werk eines vorangegangenen Künstlers imitiert. Die Art der Imitation kann dabei entweder von Hochachtung oder von Satire geprägt sein. Im Fall von Hochachtung liegt eine Hommage vor, bei Satire spricht man von […]

The Brutalist Kitchen Manifesto 

In this sense, Höller’s manifesto for eating and cooking goes way beyond the now ubiquitous notions of “slow food.” It is an eccentric thought experiment that could be read as a stance against a twenty-first-century context in which content and meaning have been baked into a homogenous lasagne. As Höller explains, food is an inherently […]