We never do anything for just one reason, and Populational is proving to be a very interesting project in the realm of design research. Visual memes have evolved quickly, and there is little to be found on how the visuals operate. There’s a good bit online about how visual memes should be launched or circulated on various social media sites, and that one should make memes fun and catchy – but not much beyond that.
Describing best practices will be challenging in a field so driven by whim and fashion, but stay tuned!
What began as a tagging, stenciling, and stickering campaign evolved into a tagging, documenting, and retouching effort. From there is was a short move to a full-fledged online campaign consisting largely of memes. The ease and speed of social media; the ability to share images without defacing the property of others; the widespread dissemination, and the growing popularity of memes made the spray paint seem surprisingly … inauthentic. I decided to create images to suggest to the others what they COULD do to trash piles, were they so inclined. Yet it seems taggers see the practice of virtual tagging as cheating in some way, and it is certainly far more convenient to not have to buy spray paint/scale walls, etc. and just work in Photoshop. I’m curious if others see the practice as a logical evolution, something devious, or both.
Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu made some profound observations about social class in France based on extensive field research. Of course most of us don’t care who liked Edith Piaf back in the 1970s, but Bourdieu’s approach is profound: he teases out how everybody’s material desires are arbitrary. We don’t want a steak dinner because it’s delicious, we want it because it represents the good life to our kind of people. We don’t want children so much as we long to perpetuate our tribe, if you will. If you are skeptical, I urge you to read his book <em>Distinction</em> despite its tortuous long sentences and overlapping concepts. (Please post if you know of a good synopsis of this work!) Bourdieu stresses that humans make a virtue of necessity, that we desire those things which we think we can achieve, those things that … Read More »
Updated Mar 1, 2011
Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi insisted “all my people love me” as unrest continued across the country … “They love me. All my people with me. They love me all. They would die to protect me,” the veteran Libyan leader said speaking in halting English in an interview with Western media shown on the BBC’s world news website.
The UN says more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 100,000 people have fled the strife into Egypt and Tunisia over the past week as Mr Gaddafi attempts to put down an uprising.”
Denial is saying something isn’t so. Denialism is a pattern of saying something isn’t so, despite overwhelming and reasonable evidence to the contrary.
Population denialism seems to be a phenom not unlike climate change denialism, or holocaust denialism, or evolution denialism. It seems some people will say … Read More »