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theatlantic:

If He Lived Today, Plato Would Love Twitter and Be ‘Very Alarmed’ By TV

Imagining what the ancient Greek philosopher Plato would think of Google, Fox News, Tiger Moms, and neuroscience might seem like the sort of activity that would appeal only to undergraduate philosophy majors after a few drinks. But the novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein has just attempted the feat of imagining Plato in the modern world for the span of an entire book.
In Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, out this week, Goldstein revives the ancient form of the philosophical dialogue. Plato’s dialogues often explore basic questions about the nature of art, knowledge, love, and education, and as a result, Goldstein’s book ranges from the amusing (Plato carries a Google Chromebook and struggles with small talk) to the serious and ruminative (the Internet’s potential excites him, but he’s disappointed by the way it’s often used).
Goldstein holds a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton, and she has written studies of Spinoza and Gödel. I chatted with Goldstein recently to get Plato’s take on Twitter, the Olympics, novels, and celebrity culture. 
Read more. [Image: Wikimedia]


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein was on PBS Newshour last night discussing Plato at the Googleplex. I’ve seen her book pop up everywhere since I read it a couple of months ago.

theatlantic:

If He Lived Today, Plato Would Love Twitter and Be ‘Very Alarmed’ By TV

Imagining what the ancient Greek philosopher Plato would think of Google, Fox News, Tiger Moms, and neuroscience might seem like the sort of activity that would appeal only to undergraduate philosophy majors after a few drinks. But the novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein has just attempted the feat of imagining Plato in the modern world for the span of an entire book.

In Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, out this week, Goldstein revives the ancient form of the philosophical dialogue. Plato’s dialogues often explore basic questions about the nature of art, knowledge, love, and education, and as a result, Goldstein’s book ranges from the amusing (Plato carries a Google Chromebook and struggles with small talk) to the serious and ruminative (the Internet’s potential excites him, but he’s disappointed by the way it’s often used).

Goldstein holds a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton, and she has written studies of Spinoza and Gödel. I chatted with Goldstein recently to get Plato’s take on Twitter, the Olympics, novels, and celebrity culture.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia]

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein was on PBS Newshour last night discussing Plato at the Googleplex. I’ve seen her book pop up everywhere since I read it a couple of months ago.

theatlantic:

2014: The Year TV Starts Atoning for Its Lack of Diversity?

2013 was a great year for television. So great, in fact, that many critics’ best-of-the-year lists offered some especially enthusiastic and superlative praise. "One of the best years for TV in a long time," Time magazine noted. "One of the best years in TV history," the A.V. Club echoed a few weeks later.
But 2013’s stellar offerings didn’t come without their share of problems. Conversations about TV from the past calendar year raised questions about the character diversity and representations of minority groups. Why does Mindy Kaling only date white guys in The Mindy Project? Will Girls get over its race problem? Can Doctor Who overcome its disappointing whiteness and maleness? Given the success of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, why don’t more showrunners take cues from Shonda Rhimes and make diversity a priority? How can portrayals of bisexual people improve if television doesn’t even get female friendships right? Why is Orange Is the New Black the gold standard for TV diversity when even it could do so much better?
Read more. [Image: Sasheer Zamata; HBO; Netflix]


My favorite quotes:Some might minimize these complaints as the work of the PC police or rabid Tumblr social-justice warriors, but these questions matter. Seeing your lifestyle or identity represented on a television screen is validating, and it’s easy to take that validation for granted if you’re used to seeing people like you on every channel at every hour. When it doesn’t happen, the message is clear: You’re not important enough to have your stories told. Your identity—as a racial or ethnic minority, as a queer person, as a woman—isn’t important enough to bother with getting it right.And:Judy Berman wrote for The Atlantic that Girls was never going to get over its own race problem as long as [Lena] Dunham and company cast minority characters in roles that were completely defined by their race.Fin!

theatlantic:

2014: The Year TV Starts Atoning for Its Lack of Diversity?

2013 was a great year for television. So great, in fact, that many critics’ best-of-the-year lists offered some especially enthusiastic and superlative praise. "One of the best years for TV in a long time," Time magazine noted. "One of the best years in TV history," the A.V. Club echoed a few weeks later.

But 2013’s stellar offerings didn’t come without their share of problems. Conversations about TV from the past calendar year raised questions about the character diversity and representations of minority groups. Why does Mindy Kaling only date white guys in The Mindy Project? Will Girls get over its race problem? Can Doctor Who overcome its disappointing whiteness and maleness? Given the success of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, why don’t more showrunners take cues from Shonda Rhimes and make diversity a priority? How can portrayals of bisexual people improve if television doesn’t even get female friendships right? Why is Orange Is the New Black the gold standard for TV diversity when even it could do so much better?

Read more. [Image: Sasheer Zamata; HBO; Netflix]

My favorite quotes:

Some might minimize these complaints as the work of the PC police or rabid Tumblr social-justice warriors, but these questions matter. Seeing your lifestyle or identity represented on a television screen is validating, and it’s easy to take that validation for granted if you’re used to seeing people like you on every channel at every hour. When it doesn’t happen, the message is clear: You’re not important enough to have your stories told. Your identity—as a racial or ethnic minority, as a queer person, as a woman—isn’t important enough to bother with getting it right.

And:

Judy Berman wrote for The Atlantic that Girls was never going to get over its own race problem as long as [Lena] Dunham and company cast minority characters in roles that were completely defined by their race.

Fin!

theatlantic:

Finally, an Art Form that Gets the Internet: Opera

Brian, 16, is instant-messaging. He’s chatting with a girl he’s never met in person—a girl who, by the looks of her avatar, seems both his age and more beautiful than any girl who’s ever deigned to talk to him. And she just asked to take the chat private.

Sitting at his laptop, in his room, Brian pauses for a moment; his mouth hangs between a smile and an inhaled breath. He gets up, hurries to the door, makes sure his parents aren’t on the other side. He locks it. He hustles around his room again, around his bed and back to his computer—I can see the disbelief, awe, anxiety on his face—and sits back down at the computer. They’re in a private chat room now, this girl and him.

He faces the laptop. On his screen, words appear from the girl: “What’s going on?”

The words appear on a tower as tall as a house behind Brian’s head. Hazy music wafts around him, music over which the girl—her name’s Rebecca—sings: “What’s going on?” The music swirls again.

Thousands of us are watching him, watching him respond, seeing what he’ll do next.

Read more. [Image: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera]


I didn’t finish reading this review, but it sounds like the perfect gateway into opera for any millennial. I’m reblogging this post in order to archive this opera.

theatlantic:

Finally, an Art Form that Gets the Internet: Opera

Brian, 16, is instant-messaging. He’s chatting with a girl he’s never met in person—a girl who, by the looks of her avatar, seems both his age and more beautiful than any girl who’s ever deigned to talk to him. And she just asked to take the chat private.

Sitting at his laptop, in his room, Brian pauses for a moment; his mouth hangs between a smile and an inhaled breath. He gets up, hurries to the door, makes sure his parents aren’t on the other side. He locks it. He hustles around his room again, around his bed and back to his computer—I can see the disbelief, awe, anxiety on his face—and sits back down at the computer. They’re in a private chat room now, this girl and him.

He faces the laptop. On his screen, words appear from the girl: “What’s going on?”

The words appear on a tower as tall as a house behind Brian’s head. Hazy music wafts around him, music over which the girl—her name’s Rebecca—sings: “What’s going on?” The music swirls again.

Thousands of us are watching him, watching him respond, seeing what he’ll do next.

Read more. [Image: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera]

I didn’t finish reading this review, but it sounds like the perfect gateway into opera for any millennial. I’m reblogging this post in order to archive this opera.

cheatsheet:

Chick-Lit Remix: The simple brilliance of gender-flipping 

This article is especially good at combing through all the internet memes to find a very niche movement that aims to flip the genders of several forms of media. Folks out there take the time to flip news headlines, comic books, video games, billboards, etc., not to mention book covers. Who knew!

cheatsheet:

Chick-Lit Remix: The simple brilliance of gender-flipping 

This article is especially good at combing through all the internet memes to find a very niche movement that aims to flip the genders of several forms of media. Folks out there take the time to flip news headlines, comic books, video games, billboards, etc., not to mention book covers. Who knew!

Can San Antonio Displace Austin as Texas’s Tech Hub?I feel like saying the city has “quietly been establishing itself as a center for computer industries” sounds underhanded & malevolent. Like, no, San Antonio has been doing its own thang for years, folks. And so many Austin defenders among The Atlantic commentor community! Can’t San Antonio get a little love too?

Can San Antonio Displace Austin as Texas’s Tech Hub?

I feel like saying the city has “quietly been establishing itself as a center for computer industries” sounds underhanded & malevolent. Like, no, San Antonio has been doing its own thang for years, folks. And so many Austin defenders among The Atlantic commentor community! Can’t San Antonio get a little love too?

(Source : facebook.com)

theatlantic:

HBO’s Looking: Not ‘the Ultimate Gay Show About All Gay People’

While television has, in recent years, offered a growing cast of gay characters on shows from Modern Family to Orange is the New Black to The New Normal, (cancelled last May), few series focus solely on the nuances and complexity of contemporary gay relationships. This is about to change, however, with the premiere of HBO’s Looking, (Sunday at 10:30pm), a half-hour drama exploring the lives of three gay men in San Francisco.
The three friends—Patrick, a 29-year-old video-game developer (Jonathan Groff); Agustin, a 31-year-old artist (Frankie J. Alvarez); and Dom, a 39-year-old waiter (Murray Bartlett)—are based on the characters in Michael Lannan’s short film Larimer. Lannan, the creator of the show, also serves as its co-executive producer along with Andrew Haigh, who directed the 2011 indie film Weekend. I spoke with Lannan and Haigh from their office in L.A.
Read more. [Image: HBO]


This is a lengthy interview, and since I both want to purge a few of these saved posts and already love Looking, I’ll just say that I’m content that Looking doesn’t necessarily portray the full spectrum of homosexual culture. The show reminds me a lot of this essay by Bret Easton Ellis.

theatlantic:

HBO’s Looking: Not ‘the Ultimate Gay Show About All Gay People’

While television has, in recent years, offered a growing cast of gay characters on shows from Modern Family to Orange is the New Black to The New Normal, (cancelled last May), few series focus solely on the nuances and complexity of contemporary gay relationships. This is about to change, however, with the premiere of HBO’s Looking, (Sunday at 10:30pm), a half-hour drama exploring the lives of three gay men in San Francisco.

The three friends—Patrick, a 29-year-old video-game developer (Jonathan Groff); Agustin, a 31-year-old artist (Frankie J. Alvarez); and Dom, a 39-year-old waiter (Murray Bartlett)—are based on the characters in Michael Lannan’s short film Larimer. Lannan, the creator of the show, also serves as its co-executive producer along with Andrew Haigh, who directed the 2011 indie film Weekend. I spoke with Lannan and Haigh from their office in L.A.

Read more. [Image: HBO]

This is a lengthy interview, and since I both want to purge a few of these saved posts and already love Looking, I’ll just say that I’m content that Looking doesn’t necessarily portray the full spectrum of homosexual culture. The show reminds me a lot of this essay by Bret Easton Ellis.

theatlantic:

Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God

This lost liberal art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.
Read more. [Image: The National Library of the Netherlands]


Having my Bachelor’s degree in Religion makes me consistently excited to read articles like this one here, but I should have recognized the author of this particular piece was talking about theology, which is more of a divinity school thing than it is a liberal art. That being said, this article starts off haphazardly but ends up right where it needs to be. Theology (ugh, do we have to call it that?) is important, and here’s why according to Tara Isabella Burton:A good theologian, [Oxford’s Dr. William Wood, a University Lecturer in Philosophical Theology and my former tutor,] says, “has to be a historian, a philosopher, a linguist, a skillful interpreter of texts both ancient and modern, and probably many other things besides.” In many ways, a course in theology is an ideal synthesis of all other liberal arts: no longer, perhaps, “Queen of the Sciences,” but at least, as Wood terms it, “Queen of the Humanities.”Yet, for me, the value of theology lies not merely in the breadth of skills it taught, but in the opportunity it presented to explore a given historical mindset in greater depth. I learned to read the Bible in both Greek and Hebrew, to analyze the minutiae of language that allows us to distinguish “person” from “nature,” “substance” from “essence.” I read “orthodox” and “heretical” accounts alike of the nature of the Godhead, and learned about the convoluted and often arbitrary historical processes that delineated the two.Such precision may seem—to the religious person and agnostic alike—no more useful than counting the number of angels on the head of a pin. But for me, it allowed me access into the fundamental building blocks of the mentality, say, of a 12th-century French monk, or a mystic from besieged Byzantium. While the study of history taught me the story of humanity on a broader scale, the study of theology allowed me insight into the minds and hearts, fears and concerns, of those in circumstances were so wildly different from my own… To study theology well requires not faith, but empathy.If history and comparative religion alike offer us perspective on world events from the “outside,” the study of theology offers us a chance to study those same events “from within”: an opportunity to get inside the heads of those whose beliefs and choices shaped so much of our history, and who—in the world outside the ivory tower—still shape plenty of the world today.Stick with this article toward the end. I promise it’s worth it.

theatlantic:

Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God

This lost liberal art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.

Read more. [Image: The National Library of the Netherlands]

Having my Bachelor’s degree in Religion makes me consistently excited to read articles like this one here, but I should have recognized the author of this particular piece was talking about theology, which is more of a divinity school thing than it is a liberal art. That being said, this article starts off haphazardly but ends up right where it needs to be. Theology (ugh, do we have to call it that?) is important, and here’s why according to Tara Isabella Burton:

A good theologian, [Oxford’s Dr. William Wood, a University Lecturer in Philosophical Theology and my former tutor,] says, “has to be a historian, a philosopher, a linguist, a skillful interpreter of texts both ancient and modern, and probably many other things besides.” In many ways, a course in theology is an ideal synthesis of all other liberal arts: no longer, perhaps, “Queen of the Sciences,” but at least, as Wood terms it, “Queen of the Humanities.”

Yet, for me, the value of theology lies not merely in the breadth of skills it taught, but in the opportunity it presented to explore a given historical mindset in greater depth. I learned to read the Bible in both Greek and Hebrew, to analyze the minutiae of language that allows us to distinguish “person” from “nature,” “substance” from “essence.” I read “orthodox” and “heretical” accounts alike of the nature of the Godhead, and learned about the convoluted and often arbitrary historical processes that delineated the two.

Such precision may seem—to the religious person and agnostic alike—no more useful than counting the number of angels on the head of a pin. But for me, it allowed me access into the fundamental building blocks of the mentality, say, of a 12th-century French monk, or a mystic from besieged Byzantium. While the study of history taught me the story of humanity on a broader scale, the study of theology allowed me insight into the minds and hearts, fears and concerns, of those in circumstances were so wildly different from my own… To study theology well requires not faith, but empathy.

If history and comparative religion alike offer us perspective on world events from the “outside,” the study of theology offers us a chance to study those same events “from within”: an opportunity to get inside the heads of those whose beliefs and choices shaped so much of our history, and who—in the world outside the ivory tower—still shape plenty of the world today.

Stick with this article toward the end. I promise it’s worth it.

quoteThe macho pose, the loud talking, the insistence on violence as resolution, the boastfulness, marks the formative portion of my life. The men who participated in this behavior were no more sexist then the men I know now. But they lacked power. And they came from generations of men who lacked power. And they came up in society that claimed such power as the essence of manhood.quote - Ta-Nehisi Coates, on manhood. (via theatlantic)

theatlantic:

Starbucks Thinks It Can Stop the Fiscal Cliff with These ‘Come Together’ Cups

Is this actually happening? 

[Image: AP]

I’m just reblogging these photos because the image on top is from San Antonio! At least according to the Salt Lake Tribune which offers this caption:

In this Feb. 14, 2010 photo, a sign outside a Starbucks hangs over the Riverwalk with the Navarro Street bridge in the background in San Antonio, Texas. Starbucks plans to begin paying a 10-cents-per-share cash dividend to investors.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BAM! San Antumblrans, you can thank me later for this investigative work*.

* Honestly, it took me all of two minutes to research it on tineye.com.

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