Manuel Betancourt

Links Next Door (03/14/2014)

March 14, 2014 · in Links Next Door

Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working on my dissertation.

The 10 Worst Pieces of Advice From Susan Patton’s ‘Marry Smart’ – Claire Fallon singles out just 10, but I’m sure there’s plenty more classism and patriarchy-entrenched ideals masked as advice in that horrid sounding book by the “Princeton Mom.”

Selfiecity – It may have been the word of 2013 and the talk of the town after Ellen’s Oscar selfie with Julia, Meryl, Lupita & co. but what can we learn about how people take selfies and what would data mining such a trend yield? Selfiecity grapples with this question, showing us what great digital projects can look like.

What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong – TIME magazine tries to wonder what the click-bait is doing to the web (and its readers). And yes, the irony of me sharing an article that calls into question the idea of sharing = reading. But I promise, I did read it, and so should you!

3.14 – It’s Pi(e) Day so why not celebrate it with Nine Kinds of Pie?

There Will Be Blood Through Numbers – “There will be blood // Golden ratio // One point perspective // Tracking shot.” A beautiful video analysis of Anderson’s directing style. Catch the second one on close-ups here.

There Will Be Blood / Through Numbers from Ali Shirazi on Vimeo.

Hollywood’s Problem With Women of Color Is Even Worse Than You Realize – “In a new infographic, the Representation Project analyzed the top 500 films of all time based on worldwide box office numbers from Box Office Mojo, and found that just six starred a woman of color. That’s 1% of the top 500 films — a startling stat that poses serious implications regarding how people of color and women are valued in society.” Click through to see the rest of their report/infographic. (Aside, all those six films are fantastic, with progressive representations of women, community and family)