Sunday Speed

Here are some interesting items that have recently run across my screen. (Photo by Horia Varlan.)

  • Slavoj Zizxek on the Problems of Ethical Consumption” at Sociological Images includes an interesting video, but I appreciated this paragraph all on its own:
    • “He suggests that, say, buying fair-trade coffee at Starbucks is unlikely to relieve inequities that are directly related to global capitalism (of which Starbucks is a part and beneficiary), and may in fact reinforce them by making individuals in more privileged nations feel like they’ve done something to address the problem, thus relieving them of any obligation to look more deeply into the problem.”
  • “How Your Playboy Centerfold Sausage Is Made” from Jezebel shows off some auctioned Playboy memorabilia that shows what kind of Photoshopping edits are requested on centerfold shots.
    • “The message is clear: even after a genetic bounty, all-but-certain plastic surgery and dieting, good lighting, a pro-photographer, and dozens of shots, even the fantasy woman is not fantastic enough.” (h/t)
  • “America – The Grim Truth” comes from an anonymous writer on ClubOrlov. I don’t agree with the whole piece, and I don’t like the conclusion much at all, but I found it an interesting read, nonetheless.

What do you think of any of these links and/or what have you been reading this week?

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