50 Shades of Misconceptions


I found this while searching for bibliography for a sociology college paper, very interesting.

Understanding Social Media

In 2011, a book titled “50 shades of grey” became a best selling novel. It focused on an intense relationship between two protagonists that became very controversial through introduction of moderate BDSM (Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, Masochism) sexual scenes. Following the book, BDSM as a sexual lifestyle became a topic of mainstream discussion. At the same time, the book outraged the BDSM community since it hinted that their culture would stem from deep childhood trauma and include abuse. I’ve read “50 Shades of Grey” as well as the two following books and I did find the descriptions of relationships very disturbing. That’s why for this assignment I decided to look into the practices of an online BDSM community and see how do they present who they are.

287546-fifty-shades-of-grey One of the official “50 Shades” promos

To achieve that goal I proceeded with an online ethnography. That means I observed a forum and…

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These Books Can Teach You to Be the Best at Anything


TIME

After my post What does it take to become an expert at anything? a number of people have written, curious about where to learn more on the subject.

A few of the best sources I pulled from are below, with links and descriptions:

Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

“Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will.”

Check it out here.

Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To

“Dr. Sian Beilock, an expert on performance and brain science, reveals inChoke the astonishing new science of why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. What happens…

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The Psychology of Writing and the Perfect Daily Routine


WP Writers Group

brainpickings-showup‘…Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and prolific writers were women and men of religious daily routines and odd creative rituals. (Even Buk himself ended up sticking to a peculiar daily routine.)…’
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Seeing Through the Otherness of Others
Will you admire repulsive persons in the future?
“Maria Popova: This particular book explores the rather common experience of seeing someone as both frightening and repulsive until we get to know them — one manifestation of our broader, fundamental fear of the unfamiliar. Did you have such an experience yourself, either with a teacher or with another figure in your life, that inspired the book?

Peter Brown: When…

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About the Primal Need of Connection


I’ve read this on the LinkedIn’s TED Talks Discussion Group.

Do you agree with the proposition that we have a primal need to connect with others? – Debate Started by Damien Schulze

Social media is a representation of our primal need to connect with those around us. It is the digitised conversation that we share with our immediate and extended audience. Using it correctly can build incredible influence and at the same time develop great relationships that would not be possible without social platforms.Damien Schulze

See also:

The Primal Connection‘ By Mark Sisson

Damien Schulze speaking with professionals about connecting through social and the importance and power of sharing your message and intent through social media platforms. Ultimately this provides a deeper connectivity into the audience of audiences.

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