8/29/2005 Add a comment
snap culture: August 2005
8/25/2005 Add a comment
8/23/2005 Add a comment
Two Asian guys are "acting black" with their hats turned sideways and saying things like "Yeah Dog" and frantically gesturing or something. They're at the convenience store, getting 40s out of the refridgerated section, when a well-dressed black guy (wearing the new Jay-Z uniform of sportcoat and jeans) goes by them and takes out a six-pack of Heineken. He calmly says into his cell phone, "No, for real real." Then cut to a shot of clearly-mellowed Asian guys at the cash register, each carrying a six-pack of Heineken. One of them says into his cell phone, "For real real."
Why don't they go all the way and make Heineken's new slogan:
Black people are cooler than you, and black people drink HeinekenApparently these Asian guys changed their entire personas when they saw how a "real" black person was behaving. This ad takes the cake for egregious racial stereotyping as far as I'm concerned. Let's see how long it takes for Slate's advertising reviewer to slice and dice it.
8/22/2005 Add a comment
8/19/2005 Add a comment
* Is it just me or does "Pope Benedict" sound like somebody who would be the third receiver on Florida State or something?
And this one is too close to home:
* Hey, have they held the funeral for Muhsin Muhammad's roto career yet?
8/16/2005 Add a comment
8/05/2005 Add a comment
There are several reasons why fake research is so effective. One is that nonscientists sometimes find it hard to tell the difference between research and advocacy - if it's got numbers and charts in it, doesn't that make it science?If you don't read Krugman twice a week, you're missing out.
Even when reporters do know the difference, the conventions of he-said-she-said journalism get in the way of conveying that knowledge to readers. I once joked that if President Bush said that the Earth was flat, the headlines of news articles would read, "Opinions Differ on Shape of the Earth." The headlines on many articles about the intelligent design controversy come pretty close.
Finally, the self-policing nature of science - scientific truth is determined by peer review, not public opinion - can be exploited by skilled purveyors of cultural resentment. Do virtually all biologists agree that Darwin was right? Well, that just shows that they're elitists who think they're smarter than the rest of us.