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Interview: Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”

Interview: Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”
Zygmunt Bauman has just celebrated his 90th birthday and taken two flights from his home in the northern British city of Leeds to get to an event in Burgos, northern Spain. He admits to being tired as we begin the interview, but he still manages to express his ideas calmly and clearly, taking his time with each response because he hates giving simple answers to complex questions. Since developing his theory of liquid modernity in the late 1990s – which describes our age as one in which “all agreements are temporary, fleeting, and valid only until further notice” – he has become a leading figure in the field of sociology. His work on inequality and his critique of what he sees as the failure of politics to meet people’s expectations, along with a highly pessimistic view of the future of society, have been picked up by the so-called May 15 “Indignant” movement in Spain – although he has repeatedly highlighted its weaknesses. QUESTION. ANSWER. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Related:  IdeasVideosAlt Governance

Habitus | Social Theory Rewired Cultural Capital While he didn’t consider himself a Marxist sociologist, the theories of Karl Marx heavily influenced Bourdieu’s thinking. Marx’s influence is perhaps most evident in Bourdieu’s theory of cultural capital. Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital refers to the collection of symbolic elements such as skills, tastes, posture, clothing, mannerisms, material belongings, credentials, etc. that one acquires through being part of a particular social class. According to Bourdieu, cultural capital comes in three forms—embodied, objectified, and institutionalized. Habitus Habitus is one of Bourdieu’s most influential yet ambiguous concepts. Habitus also extends to our “taste” for cultural objects such as art, food, and clothing. Field Along with Bourdieu’s notion of a “feel for the game” came his theory of the game itself.

YouTube Tout Google avec un seul compte Connectez-vous pour accéder à YouTube. Besoin d'aide ? Mot de passe oublié ? Se connecter avec un autre compte Créer un compte Tout Google avec un seul compte A New Era of Global Protest Begins Protesters demonstrate against austerity in London, June 20, 2015. (Photo: D B Young / Flickr) Research by Dr. David Bailey provides empirical evidence for what many activists and campaigners have long suspected: that we have entered a prolonged period of dissent characterised by an escalation in the magnitude and diversity of public protest. The UK-based data clearly indicates that the catalyst for this upsurge in social unrest was the financial crisis of 2008, which continues to have a detrimental impact on economic security for the vast majority of citizens – even while the combined wealth of the richest 1% continues to soar. Although many would regard 2011 as the year that mass civil disobedience peaked across the world (as exemplified by the emergence of Occupy and the Arab Spring, or "The Protestor" being named person of the year by Time magazine) Dr. Unsurprisingly, most of the protests reviewed in Dr. Rising Protest as a Global Trend A New Expression of Democracy

Grandhotel Cosmopolis - tak trochu jiný uprchlický tábor - HateFree Culture Grandhotel Cosmopolis budí od prvního momentu údiv. „Skutečně jsem v uprchlickém táboře?“ proběhne člověku hlavou. Zpoza baru se usmívá kudrnatá žena, mluví lámanou němčinou a mou objednávku kávy provází bohatou gestikulací. V roce 2011 se skupině umělců podařilo přesvědčit augsburskou radnici, aby dala zelenou jejich plánu na zprovoznění unikátního uprchlického tábora v centru města ve spolupráci s německou Diakonií, která má na starosti odbornou práci s uprchlíky. Umělci se rozhodli propojit umění a práci s uprchlíky. Jak říkají sami umělci, navázat kontakt a vzbudit zájem o účast v uměleckých projektech bylo zpočátku u obyvatel tábora poměrně složité. V pohádkovém lese nebo Utopii Aby nevznikl jen další izolovaný tábor, byť v centru města, bylo od počátku zřejmé, že jedním z hlavních cílů ambiciózního projektu bude propojit žadatele o azyl s tamní komunitou a vytvořit přirozené podmínky pro vzájemné poznávání. Pravidelně pospolu Je krátce po jedné hodině po poledni. Happy end?

Stuart Elden: Confessio - berfrois Legend of St Francis: 27. Confession of a Woman Raised from the Dead, Master of Saint Cecilia, 1300 by Stuart Elden Du gouvernement du vivants: Cours au Collège de France 1979-80, edited by Michel Sennelart, Paris: Gallimard/Seuil, 2012; translated by Graham Burchell as On the Government of the Living: Lectures at the Collège de France 1979-80, London: Palgrave, 448 pp. Mal faire, dire vrai: Le function de l’aveu en justice, edited by Fabienne Brion and Bernard E. Foucault promised various books on the relation between power, subjectivity and truth in his career. On the Government of the Living and Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling, comprising his Collège de France lectures from 1980 and a Louvain lecture course of 1981 respectively, go a long way to filling in those gaps, though neither can be seen as a substitute for abandoned, reworked or uncompleted books. On the Government of the Living can be seen as pointing forwards and linking back. About the Author:

Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers This week's announcement of a new initiative called TED-Ed caused a flurry of excitement about the new videos TED is creating to spread powerful lessons beyond the classroom walls. It's not just a new home for education-related TED videos; it's a call to action -- anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher or suggest a fantastic lesson, and the TED team will work with the educators chosen to record and then animate those lessons. You can already see the first few of these gems on the TED-Ed YouTube Channel. Though it can sometimes feel challenging to find twenty minutes to sit still in our multi-tasking lives, the videos below are worth it. Video Playlist: TED Talks for Teachers Keep watching the player below to see the entire playlist, or view this playlist on YouTube. More Resources for Teaching with TED You can find many articles with lists of great TED Talks for learning, for teaching, and for just plain compelling viewing.

A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse What is a revolution? We used to think we knew. Revolutions were seizures of power by popular forces aiming to transform the very nature of the political, social, and economic system in the country in which the revolution took place, usually according to some visionary dream of a just society. Nowadays, we live in an age when, if rebel armies do come sweeping into a city, or mass uprisings overthrow a dictator, it’s unlikely to have any such implications; when profound social transformation does occur—as with, say, the rise of feminism—it’s likely to take an entirely different form. It’s not that revolutionary dreams aren’t out there. But contemporary revolutionaries rarely think they can bring them into being by some modern-day equivalent of storming the Bastille. At moments like this, it generally pays to go back to the history one already knows and ask: Were revolutions ever really what we thought them to be? Revolutions are thus planetary phenomena. The ironies are endless.

Může Západ za uprchlickou vlnu? • Blogy Respektu Matěj Stropnický, čerstvě zvolený předseda Strany zelených, dal svůj první rozhovor v nové funkci, a ten vyšel pod krásným titulkem „Stropnický: Západ destruoval některé státy a důsledkem je migrace“. Moje setkávání s papírovou MF Dnes se omezuje na to, že si občas čtu jejich titulky v trafice, a proto mě překvapuje, že tam není rovnou STRANA ZELENÝCH: ZA VLNU UPRCHLÍKŮ MŮŽEME MY. Samozřejmě, migrace se dotýká jen jedna z mnoha Stropnického odpovědí, která je v článku pro jistotu hned na začátku. Nutno uznat, že titulek ji shrnuje celkem přesně. Ok. Teorie protipřistěhovalecké nálady Předtím, než se pokusím odpovědět na titulní otázku, musím poznamenat, že kdokoliv se zastává v Česku uprchlíků, nepochybně se setkal s argumentem, že to dělá proto, že má raději cizince než „vlastní lidi“, což je údajně znak sluníčkářského pseudohumanismu a dotyčný je zrádce národa. Tak může za to Západ nebo ne?!

Simone de Beauvoir Interview and photography | ART & Thoughts The interview took place in Miss de Beauvoir’s studio on the rue Schoëlcher in Montparnasse, a five-minute walk from Sartre’s apartment. We worked in a large, sunny room which serves as her study and sitting room. Shelves are crammed with surprisingly uninteresting books. “The best ones,” she told me, “are in the hands of my friends and never come back.” Apart from her classically featured face, what strikes one about Simone de Beauvoir is her fresh, rosy complexion and her clear blue eyes, extremely young and lively. Simone de Beauvoir in Deux Magots, by Robert Doisneau For the last seven years you’ve been writing your memoirs, in which you frequently wonder about your vocation and your profession. It’s very hard to review one’s past without cheating a little. Have you been influenced by English literature? The study of English has been one of my passions ever since childhood. Dusty Answer? I had a real passion for that book. What about her journal? It interests me less. No, in English.

See inside Buckingham Palace as Google and YouTube take the public on a 3D tour Visitors can stand at the bottom of the grand staircase and, although not able to move, have an almost 360-degree view of the architectural wonder. They can also look down the picture gallery at the Old Masters such as Canaletto hanging on the walls, then turn around to see paintings behind them. Other highlights include tours of the lavishly decorated Green and White drawing rooms and the ballroom - where knighthoods and OBEs are presented by the Queen during investitures - all accompanied by a virtual tour guide. It follows similar "indoor Streetview" projects which have taken visitors inside the British Museum, Royal Shakespeare Company and galleries around the UK. Google is behind the project and it has created a similar experience for schools under its Expedition pioneer programme, but instead of having a virtual guide, teachers dictate the tour and highlight interesting topics for pupils.

Work and Pleasure: Theodor Adorno on the Psychology of “Gadgeteering” and How the Cult of Efficiency Limits Our Happiness Few thinkers have advanced our understanding of the machinery we call popular culture more than the great German sociologist, philosopher, musicologist, and media critic Theodor Adorno (September 11, 1903–August 6, 1969). In the 1950s, Adorno embarked upon a rather unusual project: He began analyzing the horoscopes published in the Los Angeles Times as an inquiry into “the nature and motivations of some large-scale social phenomena involving irrational elements … fused with what may be dubbed pseudo-rationality.” From these investigations, eventually published as The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture (public library), sprang expansive and enduring insight into many of the myths that bedevil modern culture and still limit our lives on a daily basis. In a magnificent essay titled “Work and Pleasure,” Adorno dissects one of the most perilous such modern myths — the tyranny of work/life balance. Labor-saving devices … are invested with a halo of their own.