Category Archives: Culture

On Retronaut

Mashable calls itself “a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world.” (Mashable web site, footer, retrieved January 24, … Continue reading

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Quote: Hyper-specific Businesses

Jerry Seinfeld: “What if everyone just did what they liked? Would the world work?” Fred Armisen:  “Boy, that’s a good question.” Jerry Seinfeld: “Isn’t that Portland? Isn’t everyone in Portland doing just what they want?” Fred Armisen: “Yes. There’s a … Continue reading

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Quote: Frasier on Gentrification

Frasier Crane: The whole area is undergoing what they call a ‘revitalization.’ Of course, they’ll probably just tear it down and put up a Benetton… a Bath and Body Works… a Sunglass Hut. Niles Crane: Actually… I sort of like … Continue reading

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Quote: On Data versus Knowledge, and the Uber Economy

“Searches for keywords will not provide contexts for keywords. Patterns that are revealed by searches will not identify their own causes and reasons. The new order will not relieve us of the old burdens, and the old pleasures, of erudition … Continue reading

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Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972)

Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972) from Repazzo on Vimeo.

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Quote: Art’s Next Phase is Producerism

“Producerism,” we can call this, by analogy with consumerism. What we’re now persuaded to consume, most conspicuously, are the means to create. And the democratization of taste ensures that no one has the right (or inclination) to tell us when … Continue reading

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Urban possibility

What anti-urbanists seem to forget is that most of the great creations of humanity were not solitary, but socially constructed, and that such things require the development of relationships, the in-person interaction even in (or, perhaps, especially in) a digitally-mediated … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Finals Exams

Finals day is tough for students, but it is tough in an entirely different way for those who, like me, teach. I do not mean the grueling hours of early mornings and lengthy grading days that come after finals—though to … Continue reading

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Apostrophe as an idea

» From Evelyn Shih’s “Sidewalks,” on the blog Photopos: “As I delve back further into my photographic archive, I feel more acutely what was always true of this blog: that we write of the absent, of the past. That photography cannot escape … Continue reading

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Somewhere West of Vale, Oregon

[View larger image on Flickr.] The idea of Oregon is a slippery one. Much of the population is concentrated in the western third of the state, primarily in the Portland metropolitan region and the fertile, lush Willamette Valley to its … Continue reading

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