Bad American Ideas Are Worse in India | Bloomberg


Indian malls are symbols of what the two countries say they want less of in general

— Americans exporting their lifestyle and habits to India without considering how different India is,

and Indians taking up our finer American lifestyles and habits without considering how different the U.S. is.

via Bad American Ideas Are Worse in India – Bloomberg.

Together We Make Football


And integral to that notion of American masculinity is violence.

Football is our culture’s great spectacle of violence, our version of the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome.

You can see signs of football’s celebration of amped-up manhood in the pageantry of our own bread and circuses: the military jet flyovers, the Built Ford Tough commercials, the shiny uniforms, the amplified crunching sound of hard hits, the big-knotted ties, and the pregame show special effects that seem like something out of Transformers 12.

via Together We Make Football «.

A guide to American college football, the multibillion-dollar business where the labor is free | Quartz


So where do those billions in revenue go?

In part to pay coaches (the highest-paid government official in many states is the football coach).

In part to subsidize other student sports that make less money. And in part on an arms race to build the best stadiums and training facilities, to attract the best athletes, to sustain the success of the football teams, to generate more revenue, to pay the best coaches… and so on.

via A guide to American college football, the multibillion-dollar business where the labor is free – Quartz.

The world according to Google | The Observer

.. the deep-rooted nature of “symbolic capacity”. This ability, some anthropologists argue, is the significant development in human history.

When we evolved symbolic capacity, it allowed us to create “external memory stores” such as art, ritual, and eventually the written word.

It allowed us to invent culture, the prism through which every individual’s behaviour and experience is refracted. Eventually it helped us to build the internet – the place into which we appear to be pouring our culture for safekeeping.

But whose?

via The world according to Google | Lauren Laverne | Life and style | The Observer.

Gender-bending, torso-triangles, Amish ninjas, and seven other things that made us think at New York Fashion Week | Quartz


New York Fashion Week is a sensory overload, a late-summer spectacle of runway shows, performances, parties, photo ops, and social media.

But it’s also exciting, engaging, and inspiring—and can quickly dissolve any of summer’s lingering languor and ennui in time for autumn.

via Gender-bending, torso-triangles, Amish ninjas, and seven other things that made us think at New York Fashion Week – Quartz.

The Origins of the Anger Face | GovExec.com


While conventional scientific wisdom has previously held that the anger face is an arbitrary set of features that we’ve simply come to understand as an indicator of anger, new research suggests that it may actually serve a more specific purpose: On its own, each aspect of the anger face may make its wearer appear physically stronger.

via The Origins of the Anger Face – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.