Rankings & Results « Vision of Humanity through See the latest peace news and research Contact us Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. Kitsch Term used to identify spurious imitations of genuine artistic creations in the fine and applied arts, architecture, literature, fashion, photography, the theatre, cinema and music. Kitsch is sometimes used to refer to virtually any form of popular art or mass entertainment, especially when sentimental, but, although many popular art forms are cheap and somewhat crude, they are at least direct and unpretentious. On the other hand, a persistent theme in the history of the usage of ‘kitsch’, going back to the word’s mid-European origins, is pretentiousness, especially in reference to objects that simulate whatever is conventionally viewed as high art. As Hauser (1974) remarked, kitsch differs from merely popular forms in its insistence on being taken seriously as art or as expressing ‘civilized’ taste. Kitsch can thus be defined as a kind of pseudo, parasitic art, whose essential function is to flatter, soothe and reassure its viewer and consumer. Denis Dutton From Grove Art Online
Horatio Alger myth The "Horatio Alger myth" refers to a perceived characteristic trajectory - and attendant ethic or message - found in the novels of Horatio Alger, Jr.. Alger wrote over 120 books for young working class males, a well-known early example of which is Ragged Dick, which was published in 1867. His books have been described as rags to riches stories, although often 'rags to middle class respectability' might be more accurate. "By leading exemplary lives, struggling valiantly against poverty and adversity", Alger's protagonists gain both wealth and honor, ultimately realizing the American Dream. The characters in Alger's stories sometimes improved their social position through the aid of an older, kindly, wealthy helping person. Success of Alger's characters The association of Alger's stories with the 'rags to riches' trope is somewhat misleading, as his heroes rarely become extremely wealthy.
Data Visualization: Modern Approaches - Smashing Magazine Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data – tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data.
25 Stunning Alternate Movie Posters A semi-recent trend to pop up in the geek-ridden terrain of the internet movie blog is that of the alternate movie poster: basically, an amateurly produced piece of artwork intended to pose as marketing material for a full-length feature. Effectively kick-started by the sublime works of Austin-based company Mondo, the trend has ultimately stretched to the four corners of the earth, with movie-loving artists the world over designing and presenting their very own alternative posters to the ones displayed at one time or another inside a theatre near you. Ranging from the clever to the ingenious, the simple to the intricate, the classic to the contemporary, and the funny to the utterly spell-binding, alternate movie posters really can prove that sometimes an amateur’s work can be better than a professional’s, as you shall see in the 25 stunning examples assembled below.
Everyday Sadists Take Pleasure In Others’ Pain News Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think. Two studies led by psychological scientist Erin Buckels of the University of British Columbia revealed that people who score high on a measure of sadism seem to derive pleasure from behaviors that hurt others, and are even willing to expend extra effort to make someone else suffer. The new findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
We Feel Fine / Movements Movements We Feel Fine is divided into six discrete movements, each illuminating a different aspect of the chosen population. These movements are represented in the We Feel Fine applet. To navigate between movements in the applet, the viewer should scroll over the heart at the bottom left corner of the applet and click on the desired movement. Madness, the first movement, opens with a wildly swarming mass of around 1,500 particles, emanating from the center of the screen and then careening outwards, bouncing off walls and reacting to the behavior of the mouse.
Chad Oppenheim Talks About Turning Overtown Into "Ice Cream City" Last week we reported on a bold conceptual plan by Miami architect Chad Oppenheim and über-hip-hop mogul Pharrell Williams to convert Overtown into Ice Cream City, a whimsical neighborhood that would be home to the nation's largest indoor and outdoor skate park, a big box retailer, ateliers and specialty shops, and artist enclaves. I recently interviewed Oppenheim about Ice Cream City, including the involvement of affordable housing developer Carlisle Development Group; how far a long the plan is; and what's the strategy for protecting Overtown residents from gentrification. Read the brief Q&A after the jump. See also:- Pharrell Williams And Chad Oppenheim Want To Redevelop Overtown Into "Ice Cream City" Banana Republican: When and how did you and Pharrell come together on this idea?Chad Oppenheim: We have been working together on a bunch of projects in Miami and outside of Miami.
Chinese immigrants find Australian small talk too awkward Are language skills alone enough to ensure overseas Chinese fit well into their new home? The answer is no, according to a study of the social experience of recent Chinese immigrants in Australia, which found that their biggest barrier to communication is not language or knowledge, but the ability to make small talk. The experience of 25-year-old Fei - a financial adviser who has lived in Melbourne for seven years, speaks fluent English and considers himself outgoing - is typical. Every time the company holds a social function, he's reluctant to join, he says.