Department of Design
Curated by Timoni West.
Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.
It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that: if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game world would feel too unrealistic or not historically accurate.
What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics, and no one bats an eye, when dragons, ogres, and magic are inserted into historically-influenced settings without objection? We’re perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration, and the ability to carry dozens of weapons in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow, the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange, and too bizarre, to be believable.
Women as Background Decoration (Part 2), on Feminist Frequency.
Anita Sarkeesian is so great. Too bad she didn’t feel safe sleeping at her own house last night after being physically threatened for saying nothing more inflammatory than what you just read, above.
Ever seen Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs? Forget about it. Marketers still learn it in school, but psychologists left it behind a long time ago.
There are 14 things that humans will always be motivated to gain or protect: Avoiding death, avoiding pain, air, water, food, homeostasis (bodily functions), sleep, sex, love, protection of children, status, affiliation, justice, and understanding each of those things better.
All of those things will have an audience — and trigger emotional responses to different degrees — but on the internet, Status, Affiliation, Justice, & Understanding are particularly useful because they are just ideas. They are also unlimited, and you can create them from scratch, for free.
Over the past few years, I’ve been focusing on reducing what I own, and working towards having a more minimal and flexible life, one where I can travel freely. It’s been going well, and while I’ve casually picked up a few blogs and subs that are inspiring or written by like-minded people, I started collecting a list in earnest a few weeks back. I’m looking for more recommendations. Here’s what I have so far:
Elsewhere Man http://www.elsewhereman.com
Intelligent Travel http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/
Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site http://www.nomadicmatt.com/
The Four-Hour Workday (really!) http://www.thefourhourworkday.com/
Global Goose http://global-goose.com/
And of course…
Any other recommendations or favorites would be much appreciated.