June 7, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston A comment on the previous post claimed that political correctness is “bullying people.” This comment confuses two dimensions – ideas and tactics. It’s a common enough mistake. Even the Wikipedia entry doesn’t keep ideas distinct from tactics. Show More Summary
There are a lot of reasons to go to therapy; after all, life is stressful. But what about when the process of finding a therapist is, itself, a stressor? Enter Princeton grad student Heather Kugelmass‘ research, recently published in the Journal of Health of and Social Behavior. Kugelmass’ experimental data is discussed at length in […]
There is a new paper in PLoS One by Daniel Silver, Monica Lee, and C. Clayton Childress about the structure of genres. They use MySpace co-mentioning data to understand which genres are mentioned together, which maps out the space of pop music in the mid-2000s. From the abstract of “Genre Complexes in Popular Music:” Recent […]
Rose Eveleth’s piece for Fusion on gender and bodyhacking was something I didn’t know I needed in my life until it was there. You know how you’ve always known something or felt something, but it isn’t until someone else articulates it for you that you truly understand it, can explain it to yourself, think you […]
By Peter Kaufman Is there a connection between sociology and compassion? Do you know of any sociologists who explicitly and unabashedly frame their work in the context of compassion? Do you consider yourself a compassionate sociologist? For years, I've been...
Don’t worry, I won’t give away state secrets. In the 2000-01 and 2002-03 academic years, I worked at the American Journal of Sociology as a member of the manuscript intake group and later as an associate editor. I also worked for a while, roughly at the same time, as the managing editor of Sociological Methodology, […]
I read Iain Martin's piece on the dying press with interest. Everyone knows the papers have been in a spiral of decline since their peak influence in the late 90s, and that there are significant challenges in monetising internet operations that keeps the cash flowing in sustainable quantities. Show More Summary
50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street
June 4, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingsto nPolitical correctness. Donald Trump scoffs at the idea, but he loves the phrase. It’s what he uses to avoid questions and dismiss his critics. This strategy is what Sykes and Matza called “Condemning...Show More Summary
Keith Murnighan, a dear friend and colleague, passed away yesterday after a hard fought battle with cancer. It was a sad day for those of us who knew him. Keith was a vibrant member of the Northwestern community, but his influence extended well beyond Evanston, which is evident from the outpouring of support and sentiment […]
Let's be clear. Voting remain is voting for the status quo. There is no welcoming political dawn around the corner, it is quite simply supporting what we have now with all its problems and possibilities. The judgement then is on theShow More Summary
I wanted to start this post with a dramatic question about whether some knowledge is too dangerous to pursue. The H-bomb is probably the archetypal example of this dilemma, and brings to mind Oppenheimer’s quotation of the Bhagavad Gita upon the detonation of Trinity: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. But really, […]
Flashback Friday. Russ Ruggles, who blogs for Online Dating Matchmaker, makes an argument for lying in your online dating profile. He notes, first, that lying is common and, second, that people lie in the direction that we would expect, given social desirability. Men, for example, tend to exaggerate their height; women tend to exaggerate their […]
Invasive species are now the second biggest cause of extinction and cause numerous ecological problems. A new movement has a delicious solution – eat the invaders
Guitars? WTF? No, I haven't taken leave of my senses. This is a cover of one of my favourite ABBA tunes by Swedish metal'ers Therion. And because I can't be fussed to blog tonight, enjoy in all its absurdist pomp.
Vox released the following figure this month, illustrating the results of an analysis by social media analytics company Crimson Hexagon. Excluding neutral stories, it shows the percentage of positive and negative media coverage for the final five candidates in the presidential primary. Clinton has received the most negative coverage and the least positive coverage. As […]
By Jonathan Wynn The Black Lives Matter movement was made possible by social media, and offers an opportunity for different groups to have a conversation about race in America. My grandparents were very religious and active in the civil rights...
In Stoke-on-Trent Labour, we have some experience with behind-the-scenes documentaries. And so my advice to the team surrounding Jeremy Corbyn would have been a firm "don't!" while they were negotiating with Vice. Their short documentary,...Show More Summary
June 1, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Ah, litotes: “a figure of speech which employs an understatement by using double negatives.” I recently came across this quote from John Kenneth Galbraith. Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive. Show More Summary
Jane Mayer’s recent book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right is a powerful account of how the Right influences public opinion via a network of think-tanks, lobbyists and other forms of direct and indirect funding in the guise of objectivity, but which in fact support right-wing […]