LA ice cream.
Writing on the road again :) (at Deus Ex Machina)
Rainy LA coffee morning (at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea)
Not a turkey.
My cofounder decides to make me Thanksgiving w a whole pigeon today.
Children have to catch up with life as it was -
We are having dinner in Fes, Morocco. We are here with two of my six children, Leo (7) and Tom (19). Dinner is taking time to arrive and Leo has become a non stop asking machine. Fes puzzled him. He is shocked that Fes is so different from any other city he’s visited. That there are no cars and…
Good morning! Perspective - the Aral Sea was our 4th largest lake, now gone due to bad policy, visible from space.
Selfies Are Art
When the Oxford Dictionary declared “selfie” the 2013 word of the year, it inadvertently kicked off a familiar argument about the relationship between women—or more precisely girls—and culture.
On Slate, Rachel Simmons took the standard third-wave-feminism, girl-culture-is-good line. She argues that selfies are an example of young women promoting themselves and taking control of their own self-presentation: Think of each one, she says, as “a tiny pulse of girl pride—a shout-out to the self.” In response, Erin Gloria Ryan on Jezebel opted for an old-school, second-wave-feminism, culture-is-oppressive argument. Selfies teach girls to obsess over their appearance and judge themselves on the basis of beauty rather than accomplishments, she says: “They’re a reflection of the warped way we teach girls to see themselves as decorative.”
Both perspectives have their strengths and their drawback. What’s interesting, though, is that, beneath Simmons and Ryan’s disagreements lies a broader consensus: that all selfies share an essential selfie-ness. Ryan, for example, acknowledges that a selfie of the first female Marines to finish infantry training (and one who was injured before she could complete the course) is awesome and empowering. But then she brushes it away as irrelevant and not a “typical” selfie. Simmons, meanwhile, says she worries about girls who spend hours editing out the blemishes in their selfies, but concludes by insisting that “The selfie flaunts the restrictions of ‘good girl’ culture.” The selfie may be good or it may be bad, but Simmons and Ryan agree that its essence is all one thing or all the other. Aberrations are to be explained away.
But is there really an essential selfie-ness?
Read more. [Image: AP/Mal Fairclough and Kevin Wolf]
the new photopage -
I think the new Flickr photopage is pretty much baked in now, but I can’t tell if these ‘beta’ views are permanent or not. I suspect it’s pretty much the way it is going to be now. I wrote a long post a couple months ago when I saw the first public iterations, but deleted it. (I wipe my tumblr…