“Research that shows that the brain has to first accept a lie as true, only to analyze it, then refute it. Over time, the brain tires of that process and slowly starts to accept the lies as true. … What is most interesting is that processing falsehoods and processing certain types of satire appears to follow a very similar cognitive path.” Sophia McLennen looks at how this works, and argues that this is why the right hates political satire so much. (And satire worked so well in Weimar Germany, right?)
“Arts Council England (ACE) has launched a £14.4m fund for individual artists and creative practitioners in the early- and mid-stages of their creative careers. …Grants of between £2k and £10k will be available to individual creatives, or small groups of collaborators, to support research, the creation of new work or development of future ideas, training, networking or mentoring, or travel.”
It could be an early sign that the days of the barcode are numbered as technological improvements allow companies to replace them with more secure digital tickets with codes embedded in a fan’s phone or a Wi-Fi connected wristband that lets them track consumers for both security and data-collection purposes.
At first glance, the evidence isn’t encouraging. Following a loss, fans are more likely than usual to eat unhealthy food,  be unproductive at work,  and—in the case of the Super Bowl—die from heart disease.  What about fans of the winning team? Well, their testosterone levels tend to increase,  which may account for why triumphant fans are more likely than other fans to suffer a postgame traffic fatality if the score was close. 
The impact of cultural work is complex: it imparts insights, experience and attitudes that do not necessarily have to culminate in a ‘work’, but may create new networks, creative ideas, and extended action horizons. Here, the artistic process itself is often just as important as the result. In terms of intercultural understanding, it is sometimes even more so.
The goad for this stunningly resolute strike was deep cuts to retirement pensions, but as in all such vast, spontaneous outpourings from below, the issue is not the issue. The issue, rather, is the deteriorating quality of work life and morale in the higher-education sector. The Great University Strike of 2018 is a powerful statement on behalf of intellectual and humane values, new university priorities, and organizational structures and norms that better embody the principles of dignity, transparency, respect, and democracy.
Yikes: “Anna Harding, the chief executive of Space studios, which provides premises for nearly 800 artists including three Turner prize winners, blamed rising property prices and shrinking studios for dramatically squeezing the time and space available for creative activity. Artists now face a choice between working full time to pay the rent and fitting in a few hours in their studios at weekends, or giving up entirely.”
Andrew Marantz meets the co-founder/CEO of the fourth-most-visited website in the United States, looks at just what it took for the company to move past free-speech absolutism, and how the staff finds the bad stuff and decides whether or not to get rid of it. (He also watches the heartening results of a Reddit social experiment.)
“Cooper Union has a plan to gradually move back to free tuition for undergraduates over the next 10 years, reversing course from a controversial 2014 decision to start charging. Scholarships could begin increasing in two years … Costs to students will be bought down in increasing amounts over time as administrators find ways to pay for tuition by cutting costs and raising money.”
“We see quite clearly that students’ personalities change when they go to university,” Sonja Kassenboehmer of Monash University, the paper’s lead author, said in announcing the findings. “It is good news that universities not only seem to teach subject-specific skills, but also seem to succeed in shaping skills valued by employers and society.”
One answer is that academe’s devastation since the late 1990s has rendered it too grim and vulnerable a target for satirists. The gutting of public universities by right-wing politicians, the brute transformation of colleges into exploitative institutions that run on adjunct and graduate-student labor — these changes have resulted in a landscape so desolate it hardly seems worth mocking.
Editor in chief Susan Goldberg: “I’m the tenth editor of National Geographic since its founding in 1888. I’m the first woman and the first Jewish person – a member of two groups that also once faced discrimination here. It hurts to share the appalling stories from the magazine’s past. But when we decided to devote our April magazine to the topic of race, we thought we should examine our own history before turning our reportorial gaze to others.”
“The Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet will make their US debut by sending 350 musicians and dancers to New York with support from Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s right-wing government. The October 30-November 11 performances at Lincoln Center will highlight Hungarian works including Bánk Bán, a signature opera of national anthem composer Ferenc Erkel, and Bluebeard’s Castle, the only opera of early 20th-century giant Béla Bartók.”
For all categories of information — politics, entertainment, business and so on — we found that false stories spread significantly farther, faster and more broadly than did true ones. Falsehoods were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted, even when controlling for the age of the original tweeter’s account, its activity level, the number of its followers and followees, and whether Twitter had verified the account as genuine.
Among other provisions, the bill would eliminate the position of state secretary for Education and the Arts, which is currently held by Gayle Manchin, wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The bill passed the state House by a vote of 60-36, with Democrats opposing the plan that they say will destroy public funding for the arts in the state. “This is going to destroy arts in West Virginia,” Del. Larry Rowe (D) said. “Always, always the first thing to be cut is the arts.”
“Should they fund a current art project or pay down debt? Should they rent a studio or buy one? Should they sit on a beach and think of great ideas or get health insurance?” Ted Loos looks at the programs several foundations offer to help grantees figure all this out.
HBO created an entire theme park set in the American frontier, where “Westworld” fans can experience what it’s like to be a guest of the sci-fi show’s park. Actors playing the town’s residents live out elaborate storylines, and visitors interact with them like they’re AI hosts from the show.
“The Celebrate Freedom Rally completely sold out the Kennedy Center with thousands in attendance, and a television audience of millions who watched live on July 1 via Daystar — an evangelical Christian, broadcast television network. The entire event was then re-broadcast four times on July 4 via Daystar. Several weeks later, Dr. Jeffress’ Pathway to Victory website began mailing DVD copies of the Celebrate Freedom Rally to any who requested it via an online registration form. The Celebrate Freedom Rally and Concert taking place inside the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts represents a coup d’état of the cultural and artistic life of the United States.”
Armando Iannucci: “This act of censorship gave me no joy; the overwhelming emotion has been one of sad disappointment that in the world of instant communication, and the anarchic dissemination of information, people still think it’s O.K. to ban stuff they don’t like. That they should ban a film making fun of repression is wonderfully ironic, I know, but I still don’t get any kick out of it.”
Sickeningly, the Nazi-looted art led to a boom in the global art market from 1941 onward. They stole so very, very much art to fund the war effort: “In the decade leading up to 1945, it’s estimated that the Nazis stole one-fifth of all the artworks in Europe.”
Jo Min-Ki, a veteran of both stage and screen in Korea, was fired from his teaching role at Cheongju University’s drama department after accusations of rape and harassment. He was found dead just before he was due to be questioned by police. The #MeToo movement is having an impact in South Korea in general: “Jo is one of the a string of high-profile figures to have been accused of sexual misconduct in South Korea in recent weeks.”
The showrunner shot the episode in November, and it was supposed to run in February. Instead, it will never be shown. The episode “features Anthony Anderson’s patriarch Dre caring for his infant son on the night of an intense thunderstorm that keeps the whole household awake. Dre attempts to read the baby a bedtime story, but abandons that plan when the baby continues to cry. He instead improvises a bedtime story that, over the course of the episode, conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the current state of the country.”
The code, unveiled Thursday by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), requires all signatories to enact a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. It also requires them to implement consequences for violations, designate people to receive complaints, provide a process for resolution and protect complainants from reprisals.
BAE Systems has now put out a statement saying it “remains supportive of the aims of the Great Exhibition” but has decided to “redirect our support to other initiatives better suited to both our skills and innovation objectives”.
“Largely due to the commercial success of RuPaul’s Logo-turned-VH1 reality competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag has become perhaps more mainstream and visible than ever. But … drag kings still perform on the fringes of mainstream pop culture. Even though the medium has existed, in different forms, for decades, performances of masculinity aren’t privileged the same way performances of femininity are.” Reporter Hazel Cills meets some of the folks trying to change that.
According to numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department, economic activity generated by Missouri’s arts and cultural industries grew 12.6 percent in 2015, which was faster than any other state.
“New data released Tuesday suggest that in a single year, the US arts and culture sector contributed a whopping $763.6 billion to the nation’s economy – more than the entire GDP of Switzerland. That translates into 4.2% of the US economy, suggesting that the arts and culture sector is worth almost as much as the food and agriculture industry (valued at around a trillion dollars a year).”
Lyric Opera entered into a swap agreement in 2006 to cover $40 million in bonds. The fixed rate that Lyric’s paying is 3.8 percent, while the variable rate it’s getting in return is now 1.58 percent. Over the 12 years that the swap has existed, Lyric’s paid about $16.8 million for it. During that same period, the cost of interest on the bonds amounted to about $4 million. But Lyric is hardly alone in this. A look at financial statements from a few randomly selected cultural organizations suggests that it’s the rule for our major institutions, not the exception.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts on Tuesday unveiled their most recent analysis of the economic impact of arts and culture in the U.S. In 2015, the year with the most recent reporting data, goods and services generated by museums, architecture firms, artists and other artistically inclined businesses and agencies accounted for 4.3 percent of the Colorado’s GDP, the feds say. It was part of $763.6 billion arts and culture contributed to the U.S. economy as a whole that year, 4.2 percent of GDP and more than mainstay industries like agriculture and transportation. Creative industries accounted for a $20 billion trade surplus that year, according to the analysis.
The most pro-Brexit regions potentially have the most to lose in terms of culture funding, as EU per-capita investment in these regions averaged £13.02 between 2007 and 2016, compared with £6.11 in the regions where a lower proportion voted leave.