2015-01-19

 

D.I.S.C.O. or Dance Interpretations of Skeptical Cultural Objects.

Trying to think of my favorite postmodern music, I came up with this list. Who better than Umberto Eco to describe it: 'I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot say to her, "I love you madly", because he knows that she knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still there is a solution. He can say, "As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly."'

Someday with more time I will make a proper Mix out of it.... Authenticity in art is overrated.

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2015-01-14

 

Variations on white

Another year without a single african-american in my (aprox. 40 student) undergraduate class at IU School of Informatics and Computing, Bloomington. This is even more under-represented than the national statistics, which are already so bad, especially for african-american males: olny close to 10% of bachelors degrees in all fields go to african-americans, and only 3.5% to african-american males. I guess in computing we approach the near-zero and diversity is in practice dealt with variations on white. Some thoughts for MLK day next monday. I guess we have to keep going west to that multicolor utopia.


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