Folksonomy | International Relations is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:46:38 +1000 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:46:38 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts This thoughtful troubling film from Don Letts shows how a joyful movement became hijacked by thugs and bigots To the point where even the title of this programme will be off-putting to some But the precursor to all the hooliganism was a teen obsession with Jamaican ska Kevin Rowland recalls We saw the Pioneers we saw Desmond Dekker and we loved them It was completely multiracial And Letts is at pains to celebrate both the fashion before the fascism ndash reflected in increasingly ugly 70s archive ndash and the style revival Mark Braxton Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:46:38 +1000 HyperNormalisation our retreat into a simplified version of the world The documentary is inspired by the unpredictable events of recent times ndash from the rise of Donald Trump to Brexit the war in Syria the endless migrant crisis and random bomb attacks It seeks to explain both why these chaotic events are happening and why we and our leaders can t understand them Curtis s theory is that Westerners - politicians journalists experts and members of the public alike - have retreated into a simplified and often completely fake version of the world But because it is all-encompassing we accept it as normal HyperNormalisation explores this hollow world by looking back at 40 years of events and profiling a diverse cast of characters such as the Assad dynasty Donald Trump Henry Kissinger Patti Smith the early performance artists in New York President Putin intelligent machines Japanese gangsters and suicide bombers Holly Barrett 22nd September 2016 Royal Television Society Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:59:11 +1000 Examples of parody video remixes using omission Bush 2004 State of the Union Remix Obama State Of The Union remix OBAMA State of the Union Address 2014 - PARODY Palin s Breath Donald Trump s sniffling and heavy breathing David Cameron s Conservative Party Conference Speech 2012 Disrupted Nigel Farage and Independence day SPOOF Cassetteboy vs The News Cassetteboy vs The Bloody Apprentice Jeremy Corbyn s nuclear u-turn and David Cameron s approach to poverty Cassetteboy remix the news The Queen responds to Brexit BREAKING Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:04:54 +1000 Digital Sociology Beyond the Digital to the Sociological Where sociologists differ from many other social researchers in researching digital media is their awareness that digital data like any other type of data are socially created and have a social life a vitality of their own They are not the neutral products of automatic calculation but represent deliberate decisions by those who formulate the computer algorithms that collect and manipulate these data boyd and Crawford 2012 Cheney-Lippold 2011 Ruppert et al 2013 The data that these devices and software produce structure our concepts of identity embodiment relationships our choices and preferences and even our access to services or spaces Without the knowledge of digital technology users algorithms measure and sort them deciding what choices they may be offered Beer 2009 2013a Algorithms and other elements of software therefore are generative a productive form of power Lash 2007 Deborah Lupton 2013 p 4 Deborah Lupton Digital Sociology Beyond the Digital to the Sociological Paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association 2013 Conference Monash University 27 November 2013 Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:15:20 +1000 Universal resilience patterns in complex networks Resilience a system s ability to adjust its activity to retain its basic functionality when errors failures and environmental changes occur is a defining property of many complex systems Despite widespread consequences for human health the economy and the environment events leading to loss of resilience mdash from cascading failures in technological systems to mass extinctions in ecological networks mdash are rarely predictable and are often irreversible These limitations are rooted in a theoretical gap the current analytical framework of resilience is designed to treat low-dimensional models with a few interacting components and is unsuitable for multi-dimensional systems consisting of a large number of components that interact through a complex network Here we bridge this theoretical gap by developing a set of analytical tools with which to identify the natural control and state parameters of a multi-dimensional complex system helping us derive effective one-dimensional dynamics that accurately predict the system s resilience The proposed analytical framework allows us systematically to separate the roles of the system s dynamics and topology collapsing the behaviour of different networks onto a single universal resilience function The analytical results unveil the network characteristics that can enhance or diminish resilience offering ways to prevent the collapse of ecological biological or economic systems and guiding the design of technological systems resilient to both internal failures and environmental changes Jianxi Gao Baruch Barzel amp Albert-L aacute szl oacute Barab aacute si 17 February 2016 Nature Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:01:18 +1000 Humanities aren t a science Stop treating them like one I don t mean to pick on this single paper It s simply a timely illustration of a far deeper trend a tendency that is strong in almost all humanities and social sciences from literature to psychology history to political science Every softer discipline these days seems to feel inadequate unless it becomes harder more quantifiable more scientific more precise That it seems would confer some sort of missing legitimacy in our computerized digitized number-happy world But does it really Or is it actually undermining the very heart of each discipline that falls into the trap of data numbers statistics and charts Because here s the truth most of these disciplines aren t quantifiable scientific or precise They are messy and complicated And when you try to straighten out the tangle you may find that you lose far more than you gain It s one of the things that irked me about political science and that irks me about psychology mdash the reliance insistence even on increasingly fancy statistics and data sets to prove any given point whether it lends itself to that kind of proof or not Maria Konnikova 10 August 2012 Scientific American Bruce McLean Pose Work for Plinths 3 1971 12 photographs black and white on paper on board 75 x 68 cm Tate Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:30:53 +1000 Hans Rosling Don t Panic - The Truth About Population Don t Panic is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:38:22 +1000 Came by Boat Vietnamese refugee who calls Australia home The riveting story of fleeing war-torn Vietnam for the safety of Australia winner of the Audience Award in the Australian Shorts section at the Human Rights Arts Film Festival Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:42:37 +1000 Artists Against TTIP The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP pronounced tee-tip is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated ndash largely in secret ndash between the European Union and the USA The scope of the negotiations is very broad The stated goal is to reduce barriers to trade between the EU and US In practice TTIP would lead to a huge transfer of power from democratically elected governments to large corporations The implications for public health the environment public service provision financial regulation labour standards and social protections are profound On top of this research produced for the European Commission estimates that TTIP will lead to the loss of 1 million jobs Tue, 09 Jun 2015 23:19:52 +1000 Berta C aacute ceres 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient South and Central America In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations Berta C aacute ceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world rsquo s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam Goldman Environmental Foundation Fri, 01 May 2015 12:44:55 +1000 Research Methods for Cultural Studies Analysing Visual Experience Although some disciplines and n Aelds have been more successful in ignoring it cultural studies has always implied the analysis of the visual Indeed since cultural studies is concerned with how culture is produced enacted and consumed Lister and Wells 2000 61 it is inevitable that scholars working in this area would engage with the visual As Martin Lister and Liz Wells argue it is seldom if ever possible to separate the cultures of everyday life from practices of representation visual or otherwise 2000 61 Most scholars working in the n Aeld of visual studies agree that any analysis of culture would benen At from attention to the visual experience knowledge and practice that in part constitutes what culture is Pink 2007 Sarah Pink 2008 p 128 Pink S 2008 Analysing Visual Experience In M Pickering Ed Research Methods for Cultural Studies Edinburgh University Press Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:02:48 +1000 Emile Durkheim social explanations Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:14:29 +1000 The virtual is a liminal space that consists only of its becomingness-state One of the simplest ways to conceptualize the becomingness of liminal space in media is to think of the virtual In his essay The Reality of the Virtual Slavoj 381 i 382 ek addresses Gilles Deleuze s notion of the virtual as pure becoming without being which is always forthcoming an already past but is never present or corporeal 7 The virtual is a liminal space that consists only of its becomingness ndash state and not an actual being or object to become It exists as pure becoming that suspends both sequentiality and directionality it is a passage but there is no line of passage 8 Allison Wright The Chicago School of Media Theory Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:28:25 +1000 Edmund Burke on the sublime Some things that move us are beautiful others are sublime But the sublime moves us more profoundly than the beautiful See how Edmund Burke tied the experience of the sublime to the possibility of pain and how the idea went on to influence the artistic Romanticism movement Voiced by Harry Shearer Scripted by Nigel Warburton Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:26:52 +1000 Organisations practices actors and events Exploring inside the distance running social world This paper revisits Unruh s notions of social worlds exploring the organisations practices events and actors involved within the culture of distance running as an increasingly popular leisure activity An ethnographic research design was utilised using a combination of interviews observation and participant observation Data was collected over a two-year period on a weekly basis at two local distance running clubs and also at a series of international distance running events This study examines the distance running world from the emic perspective of the twenty participants involved The key findings illustrate how the distance running social world permits both development and confirmation of a running identity and with it social fulfilment In addition to the four main components of a distance running social world this paper highlights a paradox whereby individuals follow an individual pursuit within the social world of the distance running community ndash highlighting that the focus is on both the individual and the social an area which sociologists have to date not extensively analysed within the context of sport Richard Shipway Immy Holloway and Ian Jones 2013 Richard Shipway Immy Holloway Ian Jones 2013 Organisations practices actors and events Exploring inside the distance running social world International Review for the Sociology of Sport 2013 48 259-276 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:41:04 +1000