Thank you, New York City - last night, we got over 500 letters to the city protesting our $40 million proposed budget cut! Those who brought 25 letters to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building last night got their photos taken with our lion and a copy of our book “Know The Past, Find The Future.” They also got to check out our LEGO lions, from artist Nathan Sawaya. Here is a photo of two girls enjoying themselves - many more pics here. It was a fun night! If you couldn’t come, don’t fret - you can still sign a letter and help save the Library from the worst cut in its history!
I think I know, and it ain’t that hard to figure out, but I really don’t want to know. I’m pushing it out of my brain. I hope he/she has a long and glorious career doing exactly what he/she is doing. Just the repartee between Ruth Bourdain and Tom Colicchio makes it all worthwhile. So, I don’t want to know. I’ve expunged it. Anyone who tells me who it is or who they think it is, I’ve pushed it out of my brain and I don’t want to hear it and I don’t want to know.
Exciting day for the Community team!
Today, we’re announcing the first class of the SoundCloud Community Fellows. Three of the six Fellows are pictured above and we have an extensive blog post outlining a first set of four Fellowship projects. In short:
Katie from Toronto is encouraging you to participate in her project called Sounds Of My City. Follow her Tumblr: http://soundsofmycity.tumblr.com
Eddie is going to audio-capture how people interact with public art installments in New York City and other locations along the East Coast. Follow his Tumblr: http://withoutwallsproject.tumblr.com
Alex from Toronto will encourage as many audio versions of the United Declaration of Human Rights. Bear in mind, there are over 370 translation of this most widely translated document. Know anyone who speaks one of the many languages? Have them record their version here: http://soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox
Kara just embarked on a 10,000 km journey along the Silk Road, taking her from the UK to Mongolia. The project will be dedicated to collecting the sounds of the diverse landscape, she’ll capture as much of the soundscape as possible – markets, conversations, performances, bazaars, traffic, nature, and anything else that comes across our recorders. Follow Kara here: http://silkroadinstereo.com/
We have more details and sound bites about these first four Fellowships here:
Check back soon and we’ll introduce you to two more SoundCloud Community Fellows.
1) By “top 10” we mean in terms of circulation.
2) This only includes business, news and opinion columnists.
3) Here are the sources:
The psychologists call it “deindividuation”. It’s what happens when social norms are withdrawn because identities are concealed. The classic deindividuation experiment concerned American children at Halloween. Trick-or-treaters were invited to take sweets left in the hall of a house on a table on which there was also a sum of money. When children arrived singly, and not wearing masks, only 8% of them stole any of the money. When they were in larger groups, with their identities concealed by fancy dress, that number rose to 80%. The combination of a faceless crowd and personal anonymity provoked individuals into breaking rules that under “normal” circumstances they would not have considered.
Deindividuation is what happens when we get behind the wheel of a car and feel moved to scream abuse at the woman in front who is slow in turning right. It is what motivates a responsible father in a football crowd to yell crude sexual hatred at the opposition or the referee. And it’s why under the cover of an alias or an avatar on a website or a blog – surrounded by virtual strangers – conventionally restrained individuals might be moved to suggest a comedian should suffer all manner of violent torture because they don’t like his jokes, or his face. Digital media allow almost unlimited opportunity for wilful deindividuation. They almost require it. The implications of those liberties, of the ubiquity of anonymity and the language of the crowd, are only beginning to be felt.
Daily chart: endangered species. Over 19,000 species of animal and plant are in danger of extinction, up from just over 11,000 in 2000, according to the latest “Red List of Threatened Species” from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.