Online Reviews – Not Quite The Broad Public Opinion You Might Think


“The appeal of online forums on Yelp, Amazon, TripAdvisor, and countless other sites, is to offer a wide range of opinions that, taken together, give consumers the scoop about the real quality and worth of a product or service. But recent social research into how these sites work reveals that they may fall short of providing a representative sample of broad opinion.”

How To Start Your Own Opera Company


“You and your librettist (and co-collaborator for most artistic things in your life) decide that the way around the non-performances and non-workshops of your work is to create a small opera company. This totally can be done, you think. You got this.”

How Stories Work On Our Brains (And Why They Can Be So Powerful)


“Your brain on story is different than your brain when it is receiving any other form of information, including straight facts and data. There are proven intersections between neuroscience, biology, and story we cannot ignore. The threads of stories that we read, hear, watch, and click on affect us intrinsically. And tempt us as well.”

Abramovic, McQueen, Paulus Among ‘Time 100’ For 2014


“Artist Marina Abramovic and theater director Diane Paulus are among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2014. The annual list, which covers fields as diverse as arts, politics, science and sports, was released on Thursday and also included artist-filmmaker Steve McQueen and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.”

The Utopian Origins Of The Symbol-Signs We See At Airports


“I refer to those minimal pictographs of man, woman, child, car, sink, toilet, etc., that … are intelligible to all.” They’re from a system called Isotype, invented in the 1920, now seen on signage everywhere, and the biggest influence on current concepts of data visualization. Yet Isotype’s creators were far more concerned with human development than with helping us understand an economics chart or find the restrooms.

A History Of Office-Speak

office speak

Emma Green drills down into the origin of corporate lingo, runs it up the flagpole, provides added value, and brings increased mindshare to the bottom line. (Don’t worry: the article itself is not stupefying. And don’t forget to take the office-speak quiz!)

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.24.14

The Baltimore Symphony And Arts Journalism: Don’t Let This Spread
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Herb Wong, 1926-2014
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“Satellite Museums” Panel: My Interchange with Guggenheim’s Richard Armstrong on Abu Dhabi Human-Rights Concerns
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Can Impulse Records Come Back? Plus, Shakespeare’s Acting
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That Dangerous Impulse To Ever-Expand
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The Science Behind Why We’re Neurotic


“Highly neurotic individuals do not avoid action despite acknowledging its usefulness, the data suggest. Rather they represent action less favorably and inaction more favorably than emotionally stable individuals do.”

How A New Ivory Ban Is Worrying Musicians


“Under new regulations that began to take effect in February, musical instruments that have even the smallest amount of ivory are banned from entering the U.S. unless it can be proved that they were purchased before 1976. That includes any violin bows with a small piece of ivory at the tip, and also some bassoon bells and piano keys.”

Warhol’s Lost Home Computer Art (Yes, On A Commodore Amiga) Found


“The artworks, made by Warhol as part of a collaboration with Commodore Amiga, had been stranded on Amiga floppy disks for almost twenty years after the artist saved them in the mid-1980s. They were only discovered and rescued from their obsolete format thanks to the chance viewing of a YouTube clip.”

Ben Heppner Retires From Singing


“At his peak during the 1990s, Heppner was in demand around the world as one of the few tenors able to succeed in the demanding heroic tenor roles of German opera, as well as in Italian works such as Verdi’s Otello and Puccini’s Turandot.”

Well, Here’s One Good Thing Coming Out Of Russia’s Annexation Of Crimea: Antiquities Looting Is Being Addressed


“Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a region rich in archaeological sites that are routinely targeted by looters, has thrust illegal excavations around the shore of the Black Sea onto the political agenda. Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, which has run archaeological digs in Crimea for decades, addressed the topic in a presentation to the Russian parliament in March, shortly after the peninsula voted to join Russia.”

This Will Be Britain’s Most Viewed Piece Of Public Art

new sculpture heathrow expected to be most viewed

“Artist Richard Wilson jammed a cardboard plane into a plastic hamster ball and bowled it along the floor, saying to engineers: ‘This is what I want! The result? An enormous 77-tonne aluminium artwork” called Slipstream that will be a centrepiece of Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2.