Categories are interesting to anthropologists. They are the "buckets" into which we organize the world. More exactly, they are the buckets with which we read the world. We have a bucket called "bird." Inside that is a bucket called "Robin." As spring approaches, we see winged creatures on our lawn and the buckets leap to the ready. Robin! Bird! Spring! This is culture in action.
Mourning is murkier now. It is less regulated, less public, less prescribed. The 20th century brought a reshaping of grieving as an institution, Meghan O'Rourke argues, transforming it from a public ritual to a private burden and reframing it as something that could be kept, anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer had it, "under complete control by strength of will and character, so that it need be given no public expression." Or, more specifically, no time for public expression.
This week, Brian Joseph Davis launched The Composites, a Tumblr that imagines the appearance of literary characters using both the text that describes them ... and composite sketch-rendering software used mostly by law enforcement. The resulting mugshots are as creepy and incredible as you might imagine -- IQ84 meets CSI.
Guy Pierce stars as Peter Weyland, “a magnet for controversy” and would-be builder of “the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade”, in this awesome sci-fi TED Talk directed by Luke Scott with conception and design by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof.
The solar system is a network of planets, each of which has its own network of moons, so it provides a picturesque (if inexact) analogy for social networks, which are also networks of networks. Everyone seems to be on the social media bandwagon now, with the most enthusiastic advocates often competing to build up their networks of Twitter followers, Facebook friends, or LinkedIn connections.
But rather than counting how many moons you have in your network, what you ought to be doing is figuring out how to get the most benefit from the right ones.
Burberry is right on the mark with the release of their product photography as animated GIFs. Easy to share on Tumblr, more interesting than stills, but without all the weight of video. Cinemagraphs are the new hot, and Burberry is all over that GIF.
Sony has developed an authentication outlet that can manage and allow electricity use by identifying a user or device (or both) based on authentication. This new technology aims at an outlet, an infrastructure that electricity always flows through when used. Using this outlet, the user can actively control and manage power consumption on a user basis as well as on a device basis.
For Boy, a line of Chanel bags designed as an homage to Coco’s lover Boy Capel, Karl Lagerfeld gives us “My New Friend Boy”, a mini silent film featuring Alice Dellal.
The style is blurred and alternates from grayscale to colour. The backdrops are lush but Dellal moves through them with troubled impatience, and great shots of the bag seem only incidental. We agree with Blog en Bois when he says the loneliness is palpable. It’s strange to see that, for once, the heroine toting the merch of choice doesn’t win the man or look the prettiest. She’s disheveled, anxious and sad. She gets stood up.
How content is crafted and presented is a huge determinant of its social success. So how do you relate it to the reader so it resonates and ideally motivates them to retell the story and spread the word? Here are 6 ways you can practice the art of storytelling in your content creation to see more success with your social media networks.