Around the Web

Savage Minds’ own patented high-tech webpage filtering software combs teh interwebs for interesting, urgent, and provacative links that usually have something to do with anthropology.

Extractive Colonialism or Globalization?

Culture and American Politics

  • Maxine Udall, one of the best written blogs on my RSS feed, provides some compelling supporting arguments to why well paved roads are an economic necessity, and why letting them go to gravel to keep taxes low is a bad idea. Salon commentator Glenn Greenwald comes to the same conclusion for different reasons, but without the nostalgia for Eisenhower. They’re both talking about this WSJ article.
  • Where do angry Tea Partiers go on vacation? Colonial Williamsburg, of course.

Illegal drugs and new research

Anthropology on the interweb

  • I just got turned on to Somatosphere, a really excellent anthropology blog. Recent posts have included video of the plenary talks by Judith Farquhar and Donna Haraway at the 2010 Society for Cultural Anthropology conference in Santa Fe. And links to an archive of video interviews with prominent anthropologists including: Geertz, Leach, Douglas, Mintz, Rabinow, and the Comaroffs.
  • Zero Anthropology has an interesting piece on the culture concept and the many permutations of the Luftwaffe quote, “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun.”
  • Kudos to the blog Anthropology in Practice for making it to the big board over at Boingboing for their three part series on coffee! Readers, just to let you know, you can submit Savage Minds to Boingboing anytime. Illustrated Man was pretty good, right? I really want one of these nerd merit badges!

Reports from “the Field”

Meat eating and human evolution

Issues in Academia

  • Articles like, “Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go” and its sequels (here and here) put English majors on notice that the job market was terrible and their participation in grad programs exploitative. The market has gotten rough for the social sciences too, as many underemployed Ph.D’s can attest. But the hard sciences? Yup, its officially bad for them too.
  • Dean Dad notices an unusual pattern at his community college this season. Applications are up — makes sense, its a recession — but registration is down. A little legwork revealed that even at the c.c. level, students who have been unemployed for too long are getting priced out of higher education.

Seen something around the web that you’d like to share with the Savage Minds community? Yes you have! Shoot me an email, mdthomps AT

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is Project Cataloger at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and currently working on a CLIR ‘hidden collections’ grant to describe the museum’s collection of early 20th Century photography. He has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a Masters in information science from the University of Tennessee.

2 thoughts on “Around the Web

  1. About the book info under the topic Extractive Colonialism or Globalization?:
    The hyperlink for anthropologist Padel’s book to amazon provides an erroneous product description, apparently transferred from some other title.

    Buy the book from South Asia Books (USA), same price. (I checked– there is no discount price available anywhere)

    Here’s the link to the Indian publisher if needed:

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