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Postby mc-lunar » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:11 pm

we're allowed to talk about the articles in here yeah?

Ques wrote:http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/09/11/im-an-introvert-and-i-dont-need-to-come-out-of-my-shell/


Hey man I was homeschooled through middle school (which i'm very grateful for, overall), i am strongly introverted, while i agree with the conclusion of the article, i pretty much disagree with everything the author has to say to get there. Also, how he gets from his points to his conclusion is a little bit confusing to me.

The whole concept that we need to send our children to government facilities to be “socialized” makes me shudder.


Socializing isn't about changing your personality it's about learning how to connect with your peers. That is important and something that should be part of growing up. The only friends i had during that time period were the friends I already had bonded with over, you know, elementary school soccer or whatever, and when i moved across the continent as highschool started i found myself completely floundering socially and spending two years trying to figure out how to make friends. And that was at a really, really small highschool that was full of kids that were pretty far from what you'd imagine the average highschool to have - I can only imagine how much harder it would've been if I was at a large, more judgemental school.

the article wrote:kids who are homeschooled tend to be much better in “social situations” because they learned how to socialize from adults, rather than aping the personality traits of their peers


you know what's a really good way to not get along with the peers that you're going to see every day in highschool and university? taking your social cues from adults. You don't start copying people's personality traits when you hang out with them, you learn how to act appropriately.

the article wrote:I’m stuck deep inside my own head, somebody comes along and yanks me out of it in order to make meaningless small talk, I somehow fumble the exchange, and we both walk away feeling awkward and regretful.


Maybe the author could have learned how to make small talk instead of remaining willfully obtuse? He clarifies that he's not talking about people with social anxiety or anything like that as his definition of introverted is someone who is energized by being alone and emotionally drained by socializing which is pretty much agreeable.

Also that random rant he goes on in the middle about techno at the deli (using "techno" as a catch-all for electronic music, come on man, this isn't 2000 anymore) and then the bit where he assumes that none of his 25+ year old white friends enjoy rap music ("not a single one of the mostly white, adult, blue collar dudes in that establishment came there to get their twerk on", wtf)

there's so much strawmanning going on here as well, reading this honestly annoys me. This dude is making people think worse of people who say "yeah i'm introverted"
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby starfox64 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:21 am

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby ramseames » Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:55 am

When did the word introvert transform from "people who just like having lots of time to themselves" to "people who are shit at social interaction"
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby can- » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:08 am

if social interaction tires you out you're doing it wrong and mismanaging your feelings.
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby freddy » Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:39 am

what if you're introverted because you're fucking baked tho? 8)

but most importantly, what if you're introverted because you're permanently baked i.e. psychosis? 8)8)

idk I get pretty tired of social interaction after my hypo-manic periods runs its course...

sometimes i'm introverted and extroverted, it depends on how I feel, and how I feel about the social situation.

sometimes the social situation is out of your control, thus it's difficult to manage it, only to dissociate/retreat into your inner world.

i think people can be extroverted given the right opportunities despite their introversion

sometimes introversion is a conscious choice that I prefer because of the illusive and mystical fantasies within my psychosis

external day-to-day reality with engaging with other people isn't always that cracked up to be

we need recluse hermits to write novels, poetry, stories, philosophy, manifestos and draw shit and make fashion that fuck with our world too you know
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby can- » Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:54 pm

situations can be out of your control but you can decide how you respond to them
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby freddy » Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:34 am

from a philosophical perspective, in a perfectly just world everyone has absolute free will I guess. for me, I know sometimes for me the paradox of choice can lead me to into more introversion by over-analyzing the infinite possibilities forestalling my ability to ever reach a conclusive and definitive choice. Though that's the crux of modern man's issue in civilization of balancing our primitive urges vs external circumstances and pressures - "situations out of our control". however, it's also relative to individual perception and a simple change of insight can transcend the perspective that it's "out of control" and such actualizes into something that is actually tangibly in our reach. sometimes it's not necessarily always a clear-cut conscious choice, but obviously choices that are made the person is to be accountable. if one can achieve choosing how to respond to situations out of their control in the most harmonious manner they have a better self-experience of having such grasp of their life.

also despite being accountable for one's own actions, from a cognitive psychology/neuroscience perspective, some mentally ill or developmentally delayed people may not necessarily posses the self-reflective capacities to process reality in a productive manner along with their decision making abilities to make a conscious choice, whilst implying the one they make is rational. some people are born predisposed with innate aggression and may bias their decision-making ie. psychopathy that can lead to consequences such as criminality

i'm working on achieving harmony myself with the world at large alongside my condition for what it's worth - hindsight is 20/20 too, just because one has made a decision that is regrettable or cost-benefit-wise unproductive/inefficent and the seemingly unvaoidable emotionally devestation of such sequence doesn't mean later on in life that they rediscovered that it apparently isn't so anymore
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby Iliam » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:57 pm

The Internet’s First Family by Stephen Thomas.

MetaFilter began in 1999 as a sort of humane proto-Reddit. Why did a site for sharing "best of the web" links become a place where strangers help each other in real life in extraordinary ways?


Thought this article was an interesting part-history, part-analysis, part-paean to metafilter. I've never had any experience of metafilter but the article made it seem like an internet utopia of intelligent people discussing intelligent things. Reading against the grain of the article, I feel like it trades in a bit of community-based snobbery that's at odds with "a place with a premium on humility and other-centeredness". It could be subtitled "MetaFilter: We're not like the rest of the internet".

The article (perhaps inevitably) made me me think a lot about the comparison between the seeming utopia of metafilter and culture of care-tags.
People connect to each other here, is what I’m saying. They get to know each other and they treat each other well. If Twitter is people you don’t know at their wittiest, and Facebook is people you do know at their most mundane, then MetaFilter, I would say, is a family of strangers.

I think that care-tags also has a similar "a family of strangers" quality to it and I'm hoping that we can retain this even as the forum grows larger.

Anyone interested in the different communities of internet and online culture in general should take a squiz at the article.
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby starfox64 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:38 pm

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/good-game

Robert Morris University, in Illinois, has added League of Legends, a “multiplayer online battle arena” game, as a varsity team sport, and this semester the program began awarding athletic scholarships.


he probably should have specified that robert morris in aurora and aurora sucks (except for waynes world)
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby JtotheWhat » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:05 pm

starfox64 wrote:http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/good-game

Robert Morris University, in Illinois, has added League of Legends, a “multiplayer online battle arena” game, as a varsity team sport, and this semester the program began awarding athletic scholarships.


he probably should have specified that robert morris in aurora and aurora sucks (except for waynes world)


One of the few well written ''outsider'' articles I've seen on StarCraft..surprised to see it so recently published with how much bigger LoL and DOTA2 are now.
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby mc-lunar » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:30 am

http://www.kalzumeus.com/2014/11/07/doi ... -in-japan/

I’ve been in Japan for ten years now and often get asked about how business works here, sometimes by folks in the industry wondering about the Japanese startup culture, sometimes by folks wishing to sell their software in Japan, and sometimes by folks who are just curious. Keith and I have discussed this on the podcast before, but I thought I’d write a bit about my take on it.
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby ballast » Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:54 pm

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1993/ ... -the-magus

i really liked this article on ricky jay, a famous magician and his obsession over magic
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby Iliam » Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:53 pm

today, instead of doing work, I read Joan Didion's Insider Baseball, which made me think of David Foster Wallace's essay The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys And The Shrub, and which I also procrastinatoraly (re)read.

They're both long articles that cover the campaign trail of presidential hopefuls. Joan follows the '88 presidential election and David tracks McCain's 2000 presidential campaign. Both stress their outsider status, neither are 'professional' political writers, and the way that this gives them special insight into the vulgarities of the campaign trail, which they are equally great at chronicling.

Reading both pieces is a great way to see how different writers approach similar material. 'Dividing' by the the common denominator (the campaign trail) allows you to see/ think about the writer's approach, selection and construction etc. of events into an organised, coherent piece of writing, and the pros/cons of each approach. Interestingly, this kind of writerly comparison is something that both Joan and David do to the other (political) writers around them. They show how the campaigns' constructed set-pieces of political play acting, designed for and aimed at the other political journalists and media professionals, are then filtered by this same group, so that when these events appear in the paper or on the news, they seems almost like reality.

Both pieces are superb, both are well worth reading, if not for the incredible incredible talent of these two writers (wow! really? [i know]), then for a look at the absurdities of political journalism and the general bizarreness of western democratic elections.
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby starfox64 » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:18 pm

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby vgtbls » Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:08 am

https://medium.com/culture-club/daquan- ... a9de9fba95

This speaks a lot better than I can in regards to my feelings on the popularity of Black Twitter. You, dear reader, are free to disagree (as always) but I'd rather not instigate a debate about it. Just read it, think about it. If you want to discuss, feel free to PM me but let's not subject a lovely board to a fruitless argument. Toodles
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby starfox64 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:34 pm

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby Iliam » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:10 pm

Into the Underworld - Iain Sinclair on the constant excavations of London and its obsession with digging

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby fun_yunchables » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:42 am

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby starfox64 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:05 pm

yung_lunchables wrote:kino, by haruki murakami


this is a short story
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby starfox64 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:33 pm

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby zayg » Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:55 pm

Super interesting back and forth interview between Rick Owens and photographer Lise Sarfati. Didn't expect to find this on ASX.

http://www.americansuburbx.com/2010/05/ ... rfati.html
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby inherently » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:58 am

I Had a Stroke at 33.

Courtesy of a recommendation made by @Schiaparelli
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby momjeans » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:36 pm

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby teck » Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:34 pm

i was mad skeptical of nordic-awkward-guy-experiences-america-while-chain-smoking-mumblecore shit but it won me over.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/magaz ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby hooplah » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:06 pm

not super long, but: inside america's toughest federal prison

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/magaz ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby _str » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:24 pm

article about the attorney defending the Boston Bomber

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/03/judith-clarke-dzokhar-tsarnaev-lawyer
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby hooplah » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:03 pm

another interesting one: the secret life of passwords

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/magaz ... words.html

the writing is a little overly romantic but very interesting concept

i remember finding out my best friend's password was "puppylove" and making fun of her for it. she indignantly changed it and i said, "haha, what is it now, 'puppylove89'?" and her eyes got big as dinner plates and she yelled "HOW DID YOU DO THAT"
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby Cowboy » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:02 pm

Suppose this is the best place to put this, haven't really found another thread that this request truly responds well too, if it doesn't I apologize for my misplacement

I'm tasked to write a piece on the topic "Elitism/Classism in the fashion industry." The idea is to highlight the problems runway fashion (I want to focus on this instead of general department stores) have with the inflated standard fashion holds itself at. I understand the extent classism holds and the different definitions and sub-definitions it can be given, and using that fact I decided to focus on racial classism and subjugation. For elitism: weight-based elitism that holds back women larger than the standard of the industry. With that in mind, I was wondering if anyone has specifically looked in on this, and what's some of the best stuff you've found? I don't want to come across as asking people to do my work for me, and I'm sorry if I do, but I am curious to see the golden articles and criticism that you've put into a little folder, or always had in the back of your mind.

Thank you to anyone who responds, and again, I apologize if this is misplaced or comes across as lazy from me, I just know that some of you have probably got some great stuff!

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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby alby » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:11 pm

I don't know if this would be useful to you. I have only read one chapter that was relevant to me, but it seems like some of those might be useful. I'm also not sure if you would find this interesting/useful. I have read this, and this is more about the rise of fast fashion and the social/law implications it has on designers. It also discusses piracy and if it is necessary for fashion. It's a good read regardless. There was brief talk about class, if I remember correctly. Hope these help a little bit or give you more ideas!
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Re: Long articles that are worth reading

Postby anshin » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:26 pm

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