Asked for his feelings on meeting the Spice Girls in 1997 – shortly after Mel B had compared their “girl power quest” with the anti-apartheid movement – Nelson Mandela obliged. “I don’t want to be emotional,” he explained, “but this is one of the greatest moments of my life.” The twinkly-eyed gag was taken at face value by the group and plenty of dullard commentators, who were bemused, when they should simply have been amused. Mandela was a very funny man.
Houses in Japan rapidly depreciate like consumer durable goods – cars, fridges, golf clubs, etc. After 15 years, a home typically loses all value and is demolished on average just 30 years after being built. According to a paper by the Nomura Research Institute, this is a major ‘obstacle to affluence’ for Japanese families. Collectively, the write-off equates to an annual loss of 4% of Japan’s total GDP, not to mention mountains of construction waste.
Well, music is more collaborative. In the art world, originality is seen as a precious commodity and it’s increasingly difficult to get because the territory of art is so trampled. I always think that painters are fighting over the last original brushstroke. To find your own voice is incredibly hard. There’s very few people who have a revelatory, original thought; I think they’re almost mythical. Most people start off being someone else and then they make mistakes. – Grayson Perry
The current Thought Catalog aesthetic, speaking broadly — one that exists at the corner of thoughtless prurience and a nihilistic insistence upon mocking your prudish sensibility — is close to objectively bad. And it is aware that its readership stems not from its brilliance but its brilliance at trolling the reader
Attention, thus conceived, is an inert and finite resource, like oil or gold: a tradable asset that the wise manipulator auctions off to the highest bidder, or speculates upon to lucrative effect. There has even been talk of the world reaching ‘peak attention’
No US TV shows, including ones with titles such as The Office (2005-13) or Men at Work (2012‑), depict actual work. The best they do is depict workplaces — the office culture, not the mental life of the job itself. The reason for this is simple: most work looks dull. You can’t fill screen time with people typing, reading, hammering, standing, thinking; in fact, the more intensely focused someone is, the less visually interesting they’re going to be.
The idea is that everyone can see everyone and that this will somehow encourage human contact and collaboration. It’s post-Panopticon," she said. "Not authoritarian but more about visual peer pressure, the built version of social media.
The problem with using renderings to advertise is that the public can be easily fooled into thinking: What’s pictured is exactly what we’re going to get.
Technology is the answer but what is the question?