Marcus: “Who Cares?”: Lorenz from antropologi.info recently asked George Marcus about his views on AAA Open Access. Marcus’s response?
[Marcus] said: “Journals? Who cares?” There is little original thinking in journals, no longer exciting debates, he told me. “Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. I don’t care.” He explained that “journals are meant to establish people”. They are more important for one’s career.
Lorenz cites another interview in which Marcus expressed disinterest in current anthropology, saying that there were no new ideas in the discipline. What a buzzkill.
War of the Media: Communications scholar Michael J. Socolow wrote a great interpretation of the legend of suicidal responses to Orson Wells’s War of the Worlds. His neat summary puts a polemical twist on some commonly-held assumptions of media influence on individuals.
More on Cellphones…This just in. Cell phones are once again saving the third world. Long live technology! National Geographic reports that public health workers are now using text messages in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
The New York Times reported on the recent unearthing in Baltimore, MD by historical archaeologists of an African religious artifact dating to the 18th century. The object is currently on display at the African American Museum in Annapolis.
Tribute Film: According to UWire.com, two undergraduates from University of Kansas produced a film celebrating the life and work of late Amazonianist anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis. According to the short announcement, the film is up on the website of Cultural Survival, the NGO founded by Maybury-Lewis (although I can’t find it). It sounds as if the film might also have a small commercial distribution.
Uncool Beans: As folk economic theories go, this one is pretty funny, and it’s logic might not be that far off. Riffing off of Thomas Friedman’s McDonald’s theory (that one country with a McDonald’s will not invade another country with a McDonald’s), Daniel Gross at Slate has come up with the Starbucks Theory. Basically, the more Starbucks you’re country has, the more it is tied to the international market and will suffer economic repercussions of the U.S. fiscal crisis. How safe is your latte?