The current obsession with curating content

Curation is a buzzword and a practice permeating every sphere of life, from music to food. This article considers the connotations and political associations of the word, finding that curation is associated with liberals who dream about the ability to select, judge,...

Matters of the Afterlife: New study on race, ethnicity and religion

The Pew Research study looked at fourteen aspects of spiritual life to paint a picture of how they intersect with ethnicity and race. These ranged from the obvious (religious affiliation) to the abstract and metaphysical (spiritual peace) and delved into matters of...

DON’T GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT, LET THEM MAKE IT

Producers are no longer in charge. User-Innovators are taking the lead and modifying products to fit their needs, filling in gaps that producers couldn’t see.This MIT Sloan article looks at what companies can learn from niche user-innovator communities, and how they...

COSMOPOLITANISM AND BALLOTS

What do softball and Indian food have in common? The New York Times series “The Upshot” looks at connections between politics, policy, and everyday life. A political scientist asks seven questions about leisurely choices and looks at their relationship to political...

BRANDED FACES: SEEING RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

What happens when you wear your religion on your sleeve – or your forehead? Culture and religion often go hand-in-hand, and for many people around the world, faith is displayed on the head or body at all times. But these visual markers rarely appear in American film...