: Russell Banks
, Susan Orlean
, Tibor Fischer
, Azar Nafisi
Writing on social justice
: Susan Power
on Bosnia. Barbara Erenreich
on poverty. |
, Emma Goldman
Hundreds of Reviews
. Graphic Art, Poetry, Music, and much more from identity theory
, one of the best literary websites I've encountered, thanks to an incredulity-inducing amount of work by what seem to be volunteers. Wow. (Specific interviews already MeFid in these threads.)
posted by louigi
on Jun 1, 2005 -
comes in the genre of LiveJournal
, and Friendster
- except with a focus on digitally connecting pre-existing friendships on college campuses rather than finding new friends worldwide. Subsequently, it has thus far avoided the stigmas I’ve seen attached to its predecessors by non-users. Its use has skyrocketed: about 15% of my campus has signed up since this past winter. All of it through word-of-mouth. One of the neat tricks it does is show a visualization of your friends on the network in a spider webbed vectored graphic connecting them based on their mutual friendships. It’s also proven very useful in tracking down those “where do I know him/her?” names through a prominently displayed list showing up to two-degrees of separation to the mystery person. Oh, and you can send text messages to cell phones through it. Did I mention it also reminds you of birthdays
posted by trinarian
on Mar 19, 2005 -
For those who throw good manners, common decency, and proper etiquette to the wind, here is a website collecting stories about social gaffes that are often hilarious.
posted by livingsanctuary
on Jan 26, 2005 -
is like groupware for neighbors. The site lets members define neighborhoods and provides tools for meeting and talking to your neighbors, like posting reviews and building a mailing list. It sounds like MeFites want to meet people nearby
, a desire this site is banking on. (via Smart Mobs
posted by revgeorge
on Aug 16, 2004 -
is a remotely hosted app that will let you quickly add links, which you can integrate into your site like the pros
posted by riffola
on Nov 20, 2003 -
Every town must have one. This is an interesting story about the bar that I imbibe at most often. I'm sure there are more like this. Please share.
posted by TurkishGolds
on Apr 12, 2003 -
US income distribution moves towards 3rd world profile?
- US Census Bureau
data on growing family income inequality, 1947 to 2001. Also see: The
(for a graphic depiction of current US wealth distribution).
"The most egalitarian countries have a Gini index in the 20s. European
countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Norway, and Sweden all fall in that
range, according to World Bank figures. Canada and Australia are just over 30. The United States
is around 40...Once inequality reaches 50 percent, disparities become glaringly obvious, to the
point where they undermine a society's sense of unity and common purpose....Sierra Leone takes
the prize. At 63 percent, it offers the world's most extreme example of inequality."
By multiple measures, income
in the US is rapidly increasing, and a substantial percentage of middle class Americans may be gradually sliding into poverty.
posted by troutfishing
on Jan 15, 2003 -
On Solidarity, Community Spirit And Going Meerkat-Mad:
They're cute, they're smart; they're funny, they're sociable; they're even considered the epitome of cooperative living
. In fact, they could probably teach MetaFilter a lesson or two. In their September issue
, National Geographic
has gone stark, raving meerkat-bonkers
- and not a moment too soon either. We're talking new desktops here, no mistake..[Flash needed for first link - definitely worth waiting for it to load - Real or WindowsMedia for some other on-site features.]
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Aug 24, 2002 -
to the "cult of Turn Off Your Computer," or as might be more familiar here: "It's Only a Website."
Curious about others' views on this. I've been on-line for so long(shut up, not consecutively), avatars/personas/whateveryoucallem just seem like silly extra work to me, outside appropriate contexts like on-line RPGs and the like.
posted by Su
on Aug 11, 2002 -
Question concerning the notion of the social construction of reality
. If enough people cease to believe in the Holocaust, or if enough of them have just never heard of it, as detailed in another MeFi thread
, does that mean it didn't happen?
If it only means "well, as far as those people are concerned it never happened" then that's a truism and hardly worth any hoo-hah. But does social constructivism, if I can call it that, go on to make the much stronger claim that if the millions cease to believe in it, or forget about it, then it reallyo-trulyo never happened?
posted by jfuller
on Jul 12, 2001 -
This is pretty damn cool: your bookmarks, napsterized
. A new app (windows only, sorry) to let you share your favorite sites with everyone and allow others to search for them. If they add a hotlist, ala napster, this could be one killer app.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 28, 2001 -
Maybe there's hope for our social lives after all.
A new study (complete report here
) seems to directly contradict February's study
which claimed that the Internet makes people antisocial hermits. This new study is particularly focused on the habits of women who use the web but offers many interesting numbers that apply across gender lines, i.e.
"Nearly three-quarters of Internet users (72%) say they visited family or friends "yesterday," while 61% of nonusers report they had visited someone".
posted by Sapphireblue
on May 10, 2000 -