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Douglas Rushkoff on “Team Human” and fighting for our place in the future

The ethics of technology is not a competition. But if aliens happened to descend upon our planet right this moment, Arrival-style, demanding to speak with our top tech ethicist, Douglas Rushkoff would be a reasonable option. Rushkoff — a prolific writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker once named by MIT as “one of the world’s ten leading intellectuals,” recently published a new book, Team Human, that certainly would be a strong contender for tech ethics ‘book of the year’ thus far. Team Human is both...
Tags: TC, Education, Government, Book Review, Tech, Mit, Policy, Adler, Douglas Rushkoff, Rushkoff, Greg Epstein, Felix Adler, Capitalism UBI

Scholar Mel Stanfill's 'Exploiting Fandom' Takes on Big Business and Media Manipulation

A basic premise: fans are deeply engaged with the media texts, characters, and teams they love, and creating content related to what they love is an extension of the pleasure of fandom. Or, to use Mel Stanfill's term, they are engaged in "loverbor", the labor of fan love. Another basic premise: the media industry benefits tremendously from the works that fans create. Stanfill's Exploiting Fandom lays out the framework for media's manipulation of fans and considers the consequences of these compl...
Tags: Music, Review, Book Review, Intellectual Property, Media Studies, University of Iowa Press, Media Industries, Mel stanfill, Fan studies

When Rationalism Tangled with Magic: 'A Supernatural War'

When the First World War did not end by Christmas 1914, contrary to expectations of some British leaders, many men in the freshly dug trenches and the many women left behind at home grew anxious. Tanks, chemicals, and suicidal charges against foes heightened fear among millions trapped within a vast theater of combat across much of Europe. When soldiers were thrown into the chaos of continental conflict, some turned to traditional, rather than modern, means of comfort. They reverted to, or susta...
Tags: Music, Review, Book Review, War, WWI, Supernatural, Magic, Social history, Oxford University Press, Owen Davies, Supersition

Turning the Pages: “Training for the Uphill Athlete”

“Training for the Uphill Athlete ”– Kílian Jornet runs down the Täschhorn, Switzerland. Photo: Steve House For many who read FasterSkier, going uphill remains the name of the game. Although we assume the fidelity to nordic skiing is strong we know many dabble in several outdoor pursuits. Some athletes nordic ski as a means to remain aerobically and anaerobically sharp to parlay their fitness into proud adventures or race efforts far from a PistenBully’s corduroy. In many mountain towns, Creste...
Tags: News, Washington, Book Review, Sport, Skiing, House, Italy, Switzerland, Jason Thompson, Kilian Jornet, Johnston, Steve House, Methow Valley, Scott Johnston, Stina Nilsson, Jornet

Neil Chapman: Perfume

Perfume PosseNeil Chapman: Perfume Hi there Posse! It’s not every day your mate releases a book about perfume. Last week it happened for me. Neil Chapman, longtime blogger under the guise of The Black Narcissus, has written a book about perfume and the finding… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseNeil Chapman: Perfume
Tags: Reviews, Shopping, Review, Book, Book Review, Reading, Beauty, Fragrance, New Book, Portia, Amazing Perfume Bloggers, Neil Chapman, Perfume: In Search Of Your Signature Scent, PosseNeil Chapman, The Black Narcissus

Review of ‘SoccerWomen’ book: A chance to remind yourself of women soccer history

In the U.S. soccer world, the women’s game has more success than the men’s game, but rarely does it receive more attention than the men’s. This month and the months to come may change that.... Visit for the rest of the story.
Tags: Book Review, Sport, Soccer

Summer Brennan's 'High Heel' Combines Memoir and Epic Poetry

Before she spent almost a decade working on progressive projects for the United Nations, like disarmament and human rights, award-winning investigative journalist Summer Brennan studied painting and poetry at Bennington. Her first book was about oysters and the fishing industry (The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America , Counterpoint, 2015). Her second is High Heel, for Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series. For my money, Object Lessons ...
Tags: Music, Review, New York City, Shoes, America, Book Review, United Nations, Cinderella, Brothers Grimm, Dorothy, Sylvia Plath, Object Lessons, Christian Louboutin, Bennington, Brennan, Ginger Rogers

'Ashes to Ashes' Is the Second Half of Chris O’Leary’s Deep Dive into all Things Bowie

For those who have ever wondered if a blog can become a book, Chris O'Leary would respond with a hearty yes: his blog, Pushing Ahead of the Dame yielded two books. The current edition, Ashes to Ashes, begins in 1976, as David Bowie and Iggy Pop are planning to escape the dregs of life in Los Angeles and set up shop in Berlin. O'Leary adds a quick note to bring the reader up to date, had they missed his first volume, Rebel Rebel (Zero Books, 2015) covering Bowie's creative work from 1964 to 1976....
Tags: Music, New York, Review, Berlin, America, Los Angeles, Experimental, Book Review, Pop, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Nile Rodgers, Electronic, Blackstar, Repeater, Simon

Action Bronson Cooks with the Ultimate Herb in 'Stoned Beyond Belief'

As far as 21st century renaissance men in our time of bro culture go, it might be harder to find one more entertaining – or unabashedly authentic – than Queens native Action Bronson. Since firmly cementing his place in the pop culture landscape during the early part of the decade, the epically bearded, heavily tattooed rapper has delighted hip-hop heads with his jubilant, idiosyncratic lyrical style. (He's also raised concerns about misogyny in his lyrics, as explored in "When Do Misogynistic Ly...
Tags: Music, New York, Review, Book Review, Queens, West Coast, Action Bronson, Guy Fieri, Grateful Dead, Jared, Bronson, Rachel Wharton, Hans Rollmann, Stoned beyond belief, Food writing, Bronson Cooks

Review: What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book

Two years ago, I reviewed Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt's highly-recommended Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC, a collection of deep-nerding conversations between these two musicians about beloved XTC tracks. While that book was a wonder, it understandably focused on Andy and Andy's contributions to the band. While deepening my love and appreciation for the music of XTC, it left me hungry for more. Enter What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book. I didn't think I could love ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Book Review, Musicians, Andy, Zines, Mark Thomas, Mark Fisher, XTC, Andy Partridge, Swindon England, Debbi Peterson, Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, Todd Bernhardt

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.I needed to escape into an engrossing read this weekend to both take my mind off unalterable life circumstances as well as reintroduce myself to reading, something I seem to have stopped doing very frequently. There's a host of reasons for that I will probably discuss at some future distant time, but I am glad to say this weekend I was able to complete a whole book! Even though it was mostly a book read for the p...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Book Review, Harry, Alice, Peter Swanson

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