Folksonomy | International Relations is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:52:51 +1000 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:52:51 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 Sweden Truth Lies and Manipulated Narratives Good Sweden vs Bad Sweden Sweden is usually recognised as being innovative transparent and progressive with good healthcare welfare and gender equality More recently however a growing chorus of Sweden sceptics have emerged In this report Gabriel Gatehouse went to find out more about these competing narratives Sweden Truth Lies and Manipulated Narratives 2018 BBC Two BBC Newsnight 22 August 2018 22 30 18 minutes Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:52:51 +1000 Shimon Tzabar Israel should get out of the occupied territories Our right to defend ourselves from extermination does not give us the right to oppress others Occupation entails foreign rule Foreign rule entails resistance Resistance entails repression Repression entails terror and counter-terror The victims of terror are mostly innocent people Holding on to the occupied territories will turn us into a nation of murderers and murder victims Let us get out of the occupied territories immediately Shimon Tzabar 22 September 1967 Ha aretz Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:15:14 +1000 Understanding through Pictures versus an Understanding about Pictures When developing qualitative methods for the interpretation of pictures it seems to be important not to explain pictures by texts but to differentiate them from texts Nevertheless it seems equally important to develop common standards or methodological devices which are relevant for the interpretation of texts as well as for the interpretation of pictures Examples of common standards are to treat the text as well as the picture as a self-referential system to differentiate between explicit and implicit atheoretical knowledge to change the analytic stance from the question What to the question How to reconstruct the formal structures of texts as well as pictures in order to integrate single elements into the over-all context and mdash last but not least mdash to use comparative analysis The application or realization of these common standards and methodological devices in the field of the interpretation of pictures however has to be quite different from that of the interpretation of texts if we intend to advance to iconicity as a self-contained domain to its inherent laws and to its autonomy independent from texts Ralf Bohnsack 2008 Volume 9 No 3 Art 26 ndash September 2008 Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum Qualitative Social Research Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:43:49 +1000 Cognitive closure and the price of certainty during times of fear and anxiety mdash like for example right now mdash everybody rsquo s need for closure increases We tend to make judgments more quickly regardless of the facts We rsquo re also drawn to leaders who are decisive and paint solutions in simple terms After the attacks of Sept 11 2001 Dr Kruglanski and his team of researchers found that as the color-coded terrorism threat system increased support for President George W Bush went up accordingly The more uncertain our world seems the more we compensate by seeking out certainty Daniele Anastasion 1 November 2016 The New York Times Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:05:01 +1000 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