Top AJBlog Posts for 01.07.14

A Voice To Be Heard — And Heeded? Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-08 MOCA’s Unfinished Revival: “Financial Stability” (but no director yet) Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-07 Arts Council announces cuts and raids the Lottery bank Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-07 Afrofuturism Arrives — With Sun Ra! Source: Artopia | Published on 2014-01-07 In Age Of University […]

How Amazon Has Changed How We Read

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“The story of contemporary publishing is largely that of what Amazon has done to it and of what it threatens – in publishers’ and booksellers’ nightmares – to do. It is the story of a huge contrast between the perceptions of readers, authors and Wall Street, and those of publishers and booksellers.”

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Reading Alters The Brain. Okay. And Then…?

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“The important result, according to the study authors – Gregory Berns and his colleagues – is that the participants’ averaged brain connectivity patterns at rest were altered by the experience of reading Pompeii.”

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More And More We’re Depending On Data (This Could Be A Problem)

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“The more a field is run by a system, the more that system creates incentives for everyone (employees, customers, competitors) to change their behavior in perverse ways—providing more of whatever the system is designed to measure and produce, whether that actually creates any value or not.”

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Music Streaming Is Great (It Is) But Arghhhh!

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“As with the endless smorgasbord of gummy bears, Froot Loops and other toppings at those frozen-yogurt chains, what starts as a tantalizing abundance of music can suddenly seem overwhelming. That’s one reason why we fall back on the same stuff we’ve been listening to since senior year in high school.”

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How MTV Changed The Way Movies Look

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All kinds of “social ills” have been blamed on MTV – elongating the period we consider “youth” for example, as well as homogenising it – but a charge much less contestable is simply its influence on the way film and TV looks.

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More Than 50,000 Books and Manuscripts Lost in Library Arson in Lebanon

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“Lebanese officials and religious figures mobilized Saturday to prevent a renewal of tensions in the northern city of Tripoli after unknown assailants torched a historic library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest” – allegedly because there was one pamphlet deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad hidden in one of the books.

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New Egyptian Pharaoh’s Tomb Found

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“The tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh King Sobekhotep I, believed to be first king of the 13th Dynasty (1781BC-1650BC), has been discovered by a team from the University of Pennsylvania at Abydos in Middle Egypt, 500km south of Cairo.”

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Charlie Chaplin’s Talking Pictures

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“Though most [silent film stars] made talking pictures, few made any to compare with their silent marvels; only those of Charlie Chaplin rival – and even surpass – his silent work.” Why did Chaplin succeed where his contemporaries faltered?

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Madrid’s Street Performers Must Now Audition

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“A new noise reduction law that took effect New Year’s Day prohibits amplifiers and requires buskers to move along every two hours and stay 75 yards away from the next crooner. Musicians also must now pass an audition to be granted a free, one-year renewable permit to perform outdoors. Those who don’t pass muster could […]

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French Interior Minister OKs Banning Comic for Antisemitism

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“Interior Minister Manuel Valls said he had advised local prefects of police that Dieudonné’s shows could be banned if they are deemed to present a threat to public order” – and one mayor has already done so. “But a ban is complicated legally in light of France’s powerful constitutional provisions on the freedom of speech.”

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