It’s a #campaign that achieves several goals at once. The trips help solidify political and #business ties between China and its partners on the #continent. Like other #development partners, China gets to help build capacity in African countries. Most importantly these exchanges cultivate partners on the continent who are more likely to be sympathetic to China and its way of doing things....
But not all lessons from China should be learned. Under Xi Jinping, China has tightened its stranglehold over civil #society. South #Sudan is already familiar with some of these tactics. Local journalists are intimidated into silence or killed.
And if so, what makes a meme better? The answer lies not in traditional memetics, but in the #study of jokes....
Memes capture and maintain #people’s #attention in a given #moment because something about that moment provides a #context that makes that meme attractive.source: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/12/a-unified-theory-of-meme-death/546866/
There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; (...) or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World wall map.
They seem amusing on the first day of #Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill.
#Social #isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others. A psychologist explains how to stop the feedback loop.#society #life #news #health
To many residents in Mrs. Ito’s complex, the deaths were the natural and frightening conclusion of Japan’s journey since the 1960s. A single-minded focus on economic growth, followed by painful economic stagnation over the past generation, had frayed families and communities, leaving them trapped in a demographic crucible of increasing age and declining births.source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/world/asia/japan-lonely-deaths-the-end.html
What concerns me is not just the #violence being done to #children here, although that concerns me deeply. What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects. As I said at the beginning of this #essay: this is being done by people and by things and by a combination of things and people.#economy #society #kids #infrastructure #manipulation #media
The spreadsheet is #anonymous, so no one can see who wrote what. It begins with a #disclaimer: “This document is only a collection of misconduct allegations and #rumors. Take everything with a grain of salt. If you see something about a man you’re friends with, don’t freak out.”...
The “SHITTY MEDIA MEN” document is supposed to be both secret and anonymous, a kind of physical manifestation of the interpersonal warnings women sometimes offer as protection against men who’ve done wrong. In almost every recent high-profile case of sexual assault or harassment by a man in the public eye—Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Donald Trump—the first accusation is followed by another, then another, and sometimes dozens more....
“Throughout my childhood, I have been harassed and bullied, and I always wondered ‘why do we have to accept this violence, just because we are women?’,” she said in an interview with The Jordan Times on Monday....
To those accusing her of encouraging violence, Khalifeh responded: “You are lying if you say there is no violence in #society; there is and always will be. So, when you encounter violence, you should be able to defend yourself.”#feminism #women #humanrights #violence #MiddleEast #news #equality #defense #problem
“I’m not blaming anyone for my current #situation in which I am utterly broke and still crossing my fingers that in the near #future my #career will finally take off,” she told Mongabay. “Indeed I was wrong in thinking that all my hard, unpaid #work would lead to something or that having a #degree from a … highly-respected #university would give me a leg-up.”#education #problem #job #money #debts #economy #society #youth #news
Today’s teens are also less likely to date. The initial stage of courtship, which Gen Xers called “liking” (as in “Ooh, he likes you!”), kids now call “talking”—an ironic choice for a generation that prefers texting to actual #conversation. After two teens have “talked” for a while, they might start dating. But only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.#teenager #question #news #technology #society #problem
The decline in dating tracks with a decline in sexual activity. The drop is the sharpest for ninth-graders, among whom the number of sexually active teens has been cut by almost 40 percent since 1991. The average teen now has had sex for the first time by the spring of 11th grade, a full year later than the average Gen Xer. Fewer teens having sex has contributed to what many see as one of the most positive youth trends in recent years: The teen birth rate hit an all-time low in 2016, down 67 percent since its modern peak, in 1991.
Over time, and across many simulations, the virtual labs inexorably slid towards less effort, poorer methods, and almost entirely unreliable results. And here’s the important thing: Unlike the hypothetical researcher I conjured up earlier, none of these simulated scientists are actively trying to cheat. They used no strategy, and they behaved with integrity. And yet, the community naturally slid towards poorer methods. What the model shows is that a world that rewards scientists for publications above all else - a world not unlike this one - naturally selects for weak science.#society #education #research #news #fail #problem
Louisianans are less likely than most other Americans to believe in man-made #climate #change. That's partly because of a long #campaign by fossil #fuel interests to muddy the science on global warming and fight #pollution regulation. In Rayne, many men work oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, including Jayden's own father at one time, and there's a natural sympathy for an #industry that has been painted as a victim of zealous environmentalists. Climate #science is not part of the public #school curriculum.