Thursday, April 19, 2012

Assorted Links

1) I'm looking forward to Paul Seabright's new book The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present which is not coming out till April 29th. The title came to my attention recently and I'm looking forward to getting a non-lit theory perspective on a topic I have spent too much intellectual time on. A bit from the book description says:

"Men and women became experts at influencing one another to achieve their cooperative ends, but also became trapped in strategies of manipulation and deception in pursuit of sex and partnership. In early societies, economic conditions moved the balance of power in favor of men, as they cornered scarce resources for use in the sexual bargain. Today, conditions have changed beyond recognition, yet inequalities between men and women persist, as the brains, talents, and preferences we inherited from our ancestors struggle to deal with the unpredictable forces unleashed by the modern information economy. Men and women today have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve equal power and respect. But we need to understand the mixed inheritance of conflict and cooperation left to us by our primate ancestors if we are finally to escape their legacy."

The urban datasexual? I suppose it's a term now. I never liked the term metrosexual when pop culturalists starting toying with the term on network TV till the rest of the channels picked it up. A bit from the article states, "The datasexual looks a lot like you and me, but what’s different is their preoccupation with personal data. They are relentlessly digital, they obsessively record everything about their personal lives, and they think that data is sexy. In fact, the bigger the data, the sexier it becomes. Their lives - from a data perspective, at least - are perfectly groomed." 
I doubt I'll be heard using this term any time soon, however. The picture that accompanies the article, however, is mesmerizing. More here.

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