Monthly Archives: December 2010

The fascinating emptiness of North Korea’s public spaces

Sociological Images brought to my attention this excellent photojournalism looking at North Korea’s public spaces.  Beyond the typical political propaganda, the cities are virtually devoid of any advertisements, due to all media being centralized under the state.  On the … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate repeals “don’t ask, don’t tell”

Finally. Didn’t think I’d ever give a major thumbs-up to Lieberman. Of course, cue obligatory John McCain lowlight: “I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage,” Mr. McCain said. “And … Continue reading

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Herzog’s chilling Christmas tale…

A holiday classic for the whole family! Werner Herzog Reads Twas The Night Before Christmas

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Neoliberalism – boring and inefficient or radically unfair?

As per usual, I Cite puts it very well.  I’m inclined to agree with this assessment, though I wonder to what extent we ought to treat these two faces of the problem of neoliberalism (boring and homogenizing vs. socioeconomic inequality) … Continue reading

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Controversy over U of T student’s thesis on Holocaust exploitation and Jewish privilege

In my last post, I touched on the problems associated with uncritically adopting and reinforcing common narratives of victimhood.  This issue, as it turns out, is the topic of a Toronto MA student’s thesis on Jewish white privilege and exploitation … Continue reading

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Assumed power dynamics in incest cases

Check this out, via Slate. This is an interesting example of how presumed stereotypes in power dynamics between male and female, old and young, father and daughter tend to filter into how prosecutors treat incest cases.  As the author of … Continue reading

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Ontario Ombudsman’s report comes down hard on G20 summit security law

Finally, some progress in the investigation regarding the illegality of the security laws enacted prior to the G20 summit: In their haste to bump up G20 security, Ontario authorities kept silent on a convoluted amendment to 71-year-old legislation that was … Continue reading

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