Samir’s Selection 11/24/2012

  • The Dunder Mifflin product line is an example of a trend that is becoming increasingly popular in consumer marketing, known as reverse product placement or “defictionalization”… Reverse product placement turns upside down the time-tested tactic of including an actual brand or product in the scenes of a television show or movie rather than fake ones with made-up brand names like Acme, Beautee, Klenzrite and Wham.

    tags: funny productplacement culture marketing

  • Highly critical assessment of Rahul Gandhi’s performance and capability

    tags: RahulGandhi

  • “we have to consider why we need press freedom. There are three classical arguments. The first, ever popular, appropriates John Stuart Mill’s reasons for protecting individuals’ rights of self-expression, provided it is harmless. But the media are not selves in the relevant sense, and are in the business of communication, rather than self-expression. The second is the venerable argument appealing to the needs of truth-seeking: it is too narrow, since it is silent about protecting media content where truth is not the issue (for instance, fiction, horoscopes). The most impressive argument is that our social, cultural and political life needs media communication that is not only accessible and intelligible but can be assessed for its reliability and provenance. And yet, parts of the media do too little to make their communication assessable.

    Regulation to make media communication assessable does not work by regulation of content, and does not permit censorship. It would require only that the media use processes that good journalism has long used but other journalism ignores. Communication is assessable only if audiences get the information they need about the evidence, the interested parties and funding behind media communication. It is reasonable to require the media to be open about their processes – as they often demand of others.”

    tags: freeexpression printmedia broadcasting regulation Leveson freedom

  • Today’s pop neuroscience, coarsened for mass audiences, is under a much larger attack. Meet the “neuro doubters.” The neuro doubter may like neuroscience but does not like what he or she considers its bastardization by glib, sometimes ill-informed, popularizers.

    tags: neuroscience science journalism communication MalcolmGladwell JonahLehrer badjournalism fMRI

  • A tribute to Carl Sagan in art and design at Cornell

    tags: Sagan Cornell

  • 1. The chunking concept
    2. “a fresh view of consciousness in which chunking is its essential function. He contends that human consciousness evolved to help us learn by extracting relevant information from our surroundings and organizing it into meaningful patterns. According to several studies, we can be aware of no more than four items at any time; chunking is key because it allows us to compress data so we can maximize the information we gather”
    3. The function of consciousness is to draw our attention to, and make sense of, salient stimuli

    tags: knowledge memory neuroscience chunking consciousness

  • On why politics matters — “you can do more good in politics than in any other sphere. You can end slavery, open opportunity and fight poverty. But you can achieve these things only if you are willing to stain your own character in order to serve others — if you are willing to bamboozle, trim, compromise and be slippery and hypocritical… politics is the best place to develop the highest virtues. Politics involves such a perilous stream of character tests: how low can you stoop to conquer without destroying yourself; when should you be loyal to your team and when should you break from it; how do you wrestle with the temptations of fame”

    tags: politics DavidBrooks

  • tags: marriage homosexuality equality law infographic foreign 2012

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