Overall, the social networks of whites are a remarkable 93 percent white. White American social networks are only one percent black, one percent Hispanic, one percent Asian or Pacific Islander, one percent mixed race, and one percent other race. In fact, fully three-quarters (75 percent) of whites have entirely white social networks without any minority presence. This level of social-network racial homogeneity among whites is significantly higher than among black Americans (65 percent) or Hispanic Americans (46 percent).
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From the article “Inside YouTube’s Fame Factory.”
Kirchner photographs her subjects right after a game. The women’s pupils are wide open, the adrenaline is still pumping dramatically in their blood. The images seem to cater to expected clichés. But one should be careful, because the photographer’s intention is exactly the opposite. These are portraits of athletes who love their sport and play it with passion. She is not working with a specious emancipatory agenda and she does not want to simply provoke. Her work is all about showing people who do what they love. Nothing more, but also nothing less. With her expressive portraits she simply points out that these women are not marginal, but that society is marginalizing them.
From the article “To Become Another Being: Indian Dance and Music at the Drive East Festival.”
Our preference for social thinking makes explanations that make people the most important thing in the universe very attractive. modern cosmology shows that we are not, but maybe, some believe, aliens are—this is the extraterrestrial hypothesis. There is a disturbingly widespread belief that intelligent extraterrestrials abduct people to perform medical-like examinations on them. Social groups of socalled abductees have shared their stories and developed a subculture with its own mythos, including different alien types with different roles. What we now think of as the prototypical alien (naked, large head, large slanted eyes, small mouth, small or missing nose) is considered by the abductee subculture to be a “grey,” and believers discuss the greys’ nature, the greys’ motives, and probably the greys’ anatomy.
Any reader of ladymags has seen enough of those “$10 face vs. $100 face: Can you tell the difference?” features to know that it’s easy enough to replicate the look of pricey makeup. But makeup isn’t an investment in a person’s looks; it’s short-term, washed off at the end of the day. Skin care, body care, hair care—just the repetition of the word care here shows that these forms of beauty work require something more than just slapping down some money at the Clé de Peau counter. (I mean, that terminology is deliberate, framing beauty work as “care” instead of as, well, work, but go with me here.) The word care reflects the investment factor—and sure enough, it’s those forms of investment that mark the most visible differences between your average rich lady and your average not-rich one.