Sunday spam: porridge and honey

What is cultural appropriation? The problem isn’t that cultures intermingle, it’s the terms on which they do so and the part that plays in the power relations between cultures. The problem isn’t “taking” or “borrowing”, the problem is racism, imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism. The problem is how elements of culture get taken up in disempowering, unequal ways that deny oppressed people autonomy and dignity. Cultural appropriation only occurs in the context of the domination of one society over another, otherwise known as imperialism. Cultural appropriation is an act of domination, which is distinct from ‘borrowing’, syncretism, hybrid cultures, the … Continue reading Sunday spam: porridge and honey

Sunday spam: French toast with bacon

The Myth of Looming Female Dominance [One] should always be wary of raw numbers in the news. In fact, when you look at the trend as published by the Census Bureau, you see that the proportion of married couple families in which the father meets the stay-at-home criteria has doubled: from 0.4% in 2000 to 0.8% today. The larger estimate which includes fathers working part-time comes out to 2.8% of married couple families with children under 15. The father who used the phrase “the new normal” in [the NYT story] was presumably not speaking statistically. Troy Hunt: I’m sorry, but … Continue reading Sunday spam: French toast with bacon

Did I miss the Amara memo? Easy subtitling!

Amara (Universal Subtitles) is great stuff! Apologies to everyone for whom it is old news: I had heard of it before but not bothered to check it out, assuming it would be super-hard and fiddly. I really didn’t find it so. How it works: you find a video on a popular video website (Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or several codecs downloaded directly for that matter) that doesn’t have subtitles. You submit the URL into the Amara website and a tool opens up that lets you enter subtitles for the video, in three steps: type in all the subtitles a line at … Continue reading Did I miss the Amara memo? Easy subtitling!

Sunday Spam: crepes and maple syrup

As just fed to my son, in fact. The execution of Troy Davis and the death penalty Death Sentences Linked To History Of Lynching In States A Grievous Wrong on Georgia’s Death Row I donated to the Innocence Project and the (US) National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, for what it’s worth. Fukushima Disaster: It’s Not Over Yet The impact of both radiation and fear of radiation on Japanese society, although it feels a little shallow. I’d love to read this argument from the perspective of a Japanese person. Debunking the Cul-de-Sac Struggles to come up with anything nice … Continue reading Sunday Spam: crepes and maple syrup