weeklies 12-5-12

Hello there, reader.

– Here’s an interesting read on Game of Thrones on the New Yorker.

– Speaking of Game of Thrones, The Atlantic has a great analysis of the women of Westeros from last Monday’s episodes The Old Gods and The New. Highly recommended reading.

– Here’s cute article on Ljubljana – “the cutest European capital you can’t pronounce”. Well, I can pronounce it, and it is still pretty cute. And pretty. And full of little details. It is also small, but full of awesomeness. Proper pronounciation inside the article.

– Here’s a midem panel on the future of copyright with U2’s manager Paul McGuinness and author Robert Levine.

– I came across this interesting article in the Psychological Science journal:

It may be intuitive that people would make the same choices regardless of the language they are using, or that the difficulty of using a foreign language would make decisions less systematic. We discovered, however, that the opposite is true: Using a foreign language reduces decision-making biases. Four experiments show that the framing effect disappears when choices are presented in a foreign tongue. Whereas people were risk averse for gains and risk seeking for losses when choices were presented in their native tongue, they were not influenced by this framing manipulation in a foreign language. Two additional experiments show that using a foreign language reduces loss aversion, increasing the acceptance of both hypothetical and real bets with positive expected value. We propose that these effects arise because a foreign language provides greater cognitive and emotional distance than a native tongue does.

Interested? Click on the link above and read!

On happy news, my current adopted country of residence, the Netherlands, is the first country to adopt a crucial legislation to safeguard an open and secure internet. Tip of the hat to NL.

– Here’s an important article on the current art market structure and art investors: Sothebys and Christie’s are the Goldman Sachs’ of the Art World.  forbes.com

And I would like to end this edition of the weeklies with a mash-up of The Avengers and Where The Wild Things Are:

Source: twitpic.com via Sirin on Pinterest

weeklies 28-4-2012

We’ve gone through another week, and writing to the blog I feel like that’s all that happens to the week, they just whizz by. It’s been a busy week, in non-virtual life as well as on the blog. And we continue with more interesting stuff.

– Let’s start with The Five Myths About Contemporary Classical Music.

– Foreign Policy’s sex issue includes Mona Eltahawy’s (@monaeltahawy) must-read piece on hatred of women in the Middle East. Please read her ‘Why Do They Hate Us’?. Here’s a particularly disturbing bit:

How much does Saudi Arabia hate women? So much so that 15 girls died in a school fire in Mecca in 2002, after “morality police” barred them from fleeing the burning building — and kept firefighters from rescuing them — because the girls were not wearing headscarves and cloaks required in public. And nothing happened. No one was put on trial. Parents were silenced. The only concession to the horror was that girls’ education was quietly taken away by then-Crown Prince Abdullah from the Salafi zealots, who have nonetheless managed to retain their vise-like grip on the kingdom’s education system writ large.

In response to the quick and polarizing twitter discussion around Eltahawy’s piece, @alexhanna did a network visualization and came up with very interesting results. @jilliancyork

Of course, one has to also take into account that part of the backlash Eltahawy received relates to her simplifying some of the reasonings behind her arguments. Men hate women is easier to say, yet does not explain most of the situation. It may be a good way to start people to think about it, but for those who are already at work in the Middle East, this may not be constructive. An article on Jadaliyya criticizes Eltahawy.

– Continuing with gender, here’s an interview from Gender Across Borders with Flavia Dzodan, an Argentinian immigrant in the Netherlands. Click to read ‘The immigrant body is a gendered body’. Great observations regarding the election cycles and the immigration rhetorics in the Netherlands and in Europe.

– If you have been following the blog for a while, you might have noticed my interest in academic publishing and how the current set-up of academic publishing is unsustainable and makes no sense (copyright to the journals, and work not public despite public funding for most research). Here’s Harvard University starting to encourage their professors to use open access journals as well. Hope more universities (nudge nudge Brown) join this trend.

– Turkey and the Netherlands are celebrating 400 years of relations between the Dutch and Ottoman Empire, and one way to do this is through culture. While Rijksmuseum has exhibitions such as Ottomania, while all modern museums of Istanbul are hosting a Dutch focused exhibition. So, naturally, NYTimes does a piece on it. The comments of Mr Roelof, however, are so Netherlands focused, it is a bit entertaining. Luckily he admits that despite preaching multiculturalism that even the Netherlands doesn’t practice it as much in politics. Go ahead and read From Amsterdam to Istanbul; Art and Diplomacy.

– And to finish off this week, here’s another Game of Thrones drinking game to enjoy for the rest of the season. It looks good!

Game of Thrones drinking game // Source: annalucylle.wordpress.com