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The Banality of Internet Death Threats

So I was going to write something about this when after Oisin Tymon, the producer attacked by man-child Jeremy Clarkson received death threats on social media for, um, having the temerity to be attacked by man-child Jeremy Clarkson. Fitting then that Top Gear should be at the centre of the latest crop of threats. Show More Summary

the internet is an unstable research environment

I am a huge advocate for big data research and it pains me to see otherwise rational people get in a tizzy over what is simply very interesting and rich observational data. What I find puzzling is that there actually is a big drawback to “big data” that few people mention – the lack of […]

Safety Nets and Success: America’s Culture of Risk-Taking

  “You remind us that anything is possible,” President Obama tweeted at Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson after they summited El Captain in Yosemite National Park. The pair “free climbed” the world’s largest block of granite, only using ropes and harnesses in the case of emergency. Many of the world’s best climbers are those who […]

Happy Birthday, Emile Durkheim!

Source: Anthropology of this Century. Have a scholar we should commemorate? Send us a cool pic and we will!

Getting a Job with a Criminal Record

By Karen Sternheimer In a competitive job environment, having a criminal record might effectively exclude someone from legal employment. For some jobs, it makes sense to exclude people who have committed specific offenses in the past. No one wants their...

The Mystery of the Unfunded Tory Pledges

If you're the tiny section of this blog's readership contemplating voting Conservative, be aware that you're voting for communism! Yes, we've had the £8bn NHS pledge, the policy of freezing rail fares, the promise of 30 hours a weekShow More Summary

Sweden Sees Progress in New Pronoun

  Swedish nursery school teachers and LGBT groups have banded together over the addition of a gender-neutral pronoun to the official Swedish language. It all started five years ago. These two groups were among the first to use the gender-neutral hen as an alternative to the female pronoun hon and the male han. Now the […]

The Quinoa Economy

Within the last decade, the grain quinoa has emerged as an alleged “super food” in western dietary practices. Health food stores and upscale grocery chains have aisles dedicated to varieties of quinoa, packaged under many different brand labels, touting it to be a nutritional goldmine. A simple Google search of the word returns pages of […]

On the Far Left's General Election Campaign

As well as being a pretty weird general election, 2015's will see a record number of far left candidates standing. As if to underline the peculiarity of the campaign, even anarchists are standing. So let's have a bit of a burrow into the lists then and see what it says about the far left party family. Show More Summary

Cuban American Political Shifts Could Spell Trouble for GOP

  With presidential hopefuls gearing up for the 2016 election, shifting views about the relationship between the United States and Cuba could influence electoral outcomes, especially in the swing state of Florida. Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, both Cuban Americans running on the Republican ticket and hoping to secure the Cuban-American vote, should […]

Culture and Privacy: A Sociology of the Shotgun House

In the working and middle class neighborhoods of many Southern cities, you fill find rows of “shotgun” houses. These houses are long and narrow, consisting of three or more rooms in a row. Originally, there would have been no indoor plumbing — they date back to the 1800s in the U.S. — and, so, no bathroom […]

Seeing Others as Us

By Peter Kaufman In 2012, there were over 1,000 documented hate groups in the United States. A hate group is pretty much what it sounds like: a collection of individuals who come together based on their shared animosity toward others....

One year ago today, Cersei Lannister sent the greatest memo of all time

Tonight is the beginning of Game of Thrones, Season 5, and thus it also marks the anniversary of when Cersei Lannister circulated what was perhaps the greatest memo ever written in Westeros. Titled, “issues with various Houses,” it noted in passing that basically none of House Lannister’s unification and pacification efforts were working well, and […]

George Osborne's Car Crash Interview

If a confrontation with Paxo or Brillo is like going ten rounds with a grizzly bear, spending time on Andrew Marr's sofa is the political equivalent of a smooch by a pound puppy. Yet this giver of the most gentle of interviews had George Osborne on the ropes in seconds. Show More Summary

let the conversation begin!

Hi everyone! Thanks to Katherine for inviting me back to blog a bit on Do-It-Yourself Democracy, Democratizing Inequalities, and other projects on my plate. I promise I won’t bring up federal agency mascots this time. A little bit about me: My #sociologicaldesk is currently covered in okra and tomato seedlings but my couch has books […]

The Problem with Patriotism

By Tom Gauld. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

West Midlands Tory Party Shambles

I was out doing my bit for the Tories' coming defeat in Stafford yesterday with Kate Godfrey and the local Labour team. As we were busily knocking on doors and stuffing letter boxes, Kate bumped into a postie out on his rounds. And what he had to say was very interesting. Show More Summary

always use some red clay

Great cover by Jack Wilkins. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street!!

UK Marches Against South Korean Puppet Regime!

Britain-based friends and comrades of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea held a mass action outside the London embassy of the fascist, puppet regime of the so-called Republic of Korea last month. Here you can see them in action. Show More Summary

Odd “Even”

April 10, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston The “Mad Men” exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image shows how scrupulously Matt Weiner and company sought historical authenticity. They are proud of their period-perfect props, objects that...Show More Summary

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