Database of images 1700-present from advertising, architecture, design, books, famous people, fashion, magazines, maps, music, sports, toys, tv and film
From Paul Ford: One can spend a lot of time defining a medium in terms of how it looks, what it transmits, wavelengths used, typographic choices made, bandwidth available. I like to think about media in terms of questions answered.
An attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated every weekday. Edited by Shaun Usher.
From Newsweek: “Celebrity” has become a tarnished word, for which we may largely credit the late Daniel Boorstin, the eminent historian who defined it in The Image, his 1961 survey of what he saw as the devolution of America. “The celebrity,” Boorstin proclaimed, “is a person who is known for his well-knownness.” Boorstin was writing at a time of great cultural flux, with the rise of the mass media and an effulgence of what he considered trash, and he placed celebrity within the larger context of an America whose citizens were increasingly enthralled by imitations of reality rather than by reality itself — by the pretense of substance without the actual substance. He coined the term “pseudo-event” to describe counterfeit happenings like press conferences, photo ops, and movie premieres that existed only to advertise themselves. He called celebrities human pseudo-events: hollow façades illuminated by publicity. So it has been ever since.
From ChangeThis: CQ, or cultural intelligence, is more than just a kitschy catch phrase for cultural competence. It’s a fresh, new approach to leading in our multicultural, globalized world. Cultural intelligence is defined as the capability to function effectively across national, ethnic, and organizational cultures. And research demonstrates a leader’s CQ may easily be the single greatest difference between thriving in the 21st century world and becoming obsolete.
Offering you an opportunity to get “inside the story” of world famous art and culture with expert instructors in their fields. Our programs are detailed explorations into a particular artistic genre or movement aimed at satisfying the curiosity of those who want to develop or enhance their appreciation of the creative mind at work.
From BBC Scotland: Musical tastes and personality type are closely related, according to a study of more than 36,000 people from around the world.
by Alex Ross in The New Yorker: Most people are aware that classical concert routine — reassuringly dependable or drearily predictable, depending on whom you ask — is of recent origin, and that before 1900 concerts assumed a quite different form.