a divine messenger locked my gaze
but for a fleeting moment
(reblog contest, 1 free copy of The Tortured Page will be sent to 1 randomly chosen re-blogger of this post, i will only ship within the continental usa for free, reblog by May 16th 2013 to be eligible for a free copy)
The Tortured Page exhibition catalog, 60 pages black and white, Edition of 100. Comes in black plastic bag with one nail from the exhibition.Features exclusive one page comics by:
Chris Adams, Lala Albert, Heather Benjamin, Clara Bessijelle, Brian Blomerth, Zoe Burke, Andy Burkholder, Jon Chandler, Brian Chippendale, Michael Comeau, Anya Davidson, Chris Day, Michael Deforge, A. Degen, Anna Ehrlemark, Austin English, Eamon Espey, Kodi Fabricant, CF, Chuck Forsman, Mr. Freibert, Ash H.G., Billy Grant, Julia Gfrörer, Katbus, Joe Kessler, Patrick Kyle, Dunja Jankovic, Lando, Benjamin Marra, Jesse McManus, Anthony Meloro, Jason T. Miles, Max Morris, Max Mose, Molly O’Connell, Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Sister Arrow, Conor Stechschulte, Ben Stiegler, Panayiotis Terzis, Matthew Thurber, Tom Toye, Zach Hazard Vaupen, Leslie Weibeler, Lauren Weinstein, Lale Westvind, Leah Wishnia
last day to rebog
hey guys I have a comic in this :)
The discipline of sociology probably provides the most inherently important set of skills for understanding the way that people operate. On the largest level, sociology can teach us about how cultures shape people’s belief systems as a whole; while on the smallest level, it determines that the rules designated by our environment can affect all choices, even ones as personal as what the person we fall in love with will look like. Soon after I began studying sociology, I realized that I had been thinking sociologically for most of my life, and studying this discipline more formally and closely has armed me with the skill set needed to better understand my fellow humans on endless levels.
Sociology teaches us to “see the strange in the familiar”, in other words, to teach ourselves to recognize patterns in the ways that people live and behave. These patterns can be initially hard to recognize because we are taught that we live in an individualistic society. The first challenge sociology presents to us is to demand that we have enough humility to recognize that most of the choices we make are actually results of social constructs & paradigms.
These paradigms can be perceived as neutral or harmful to society in nature; the way you choose to see a social paradigm reflects which sociological approach you are choosing to take. For example, take the practice of prostitution. Prostitution is a social pattern that frequently involves impoverished women taking desperate measures to survive. If you choose to see prostitution as an unhealthy social practice that deprecates the lives of impoverished women, you are taking the social conflict approach. But if you see prostitution as a different, albeit unlawful marketplace that provides a service in exchange for a demand, you are looking at this issue from the structure-functionalist perspective. In this example, we can clearly see that sociology teaches us that one issue can be (and is, every day) examined in multiple ways. Aside from statistical facts, there is never a black-and-white absolute in sociological practice. This is the first and arguably most important lesson that sociology presents us; once we develop the habit of seeing things in various shades of grey, we expand our understanding and tolerance of the wildly varying cultures and behaviors exhibited by the world around us.
A huge plus about sociology is that it helps us reevaluate certain biases that we might hold about other classes of people; biases that have been ingrained into our daily lives by media and social messages and cultural stereotypes. We all have relatively similar ideas about what is “right” and “wrong” – these messages started making their way into our personal psyches as early as when your parents praised or scolded you for “right” or “wrong” behavior as a young child. As people come of age, they fall into a subconscious understanding of what greater society approves of and disapproves of. People who violate societal taboos (laws) are deemed deviants or criminals.
If we take an additional step back and consider that not all classes of people are offered the same opportunities as one another, another pattern becomes visible: it is commonly understood by Americans that media messages dictate that underprivileged members of lower social classes are more likely to violate the law. Take for example, the amount of poor Hispanic males living in Harlem, New York that have turned to drug dealing to support themselves. Society condemns these people as deviants, and if they are caught in the act of lawbreaking, they are sent to jail. However, it can be argued that because of the level of poverty and low social standing Hispanic males in Harlem have, they weren’t given as many career opportunities as, say, a middle-class white male from lower Manhattan. What society considers a violation of good behavior that should be punished, some sociologists consider an innovative effort to “pursue the American dream” that was denied to them at birth because of their low social standing.
Sociology also teaches us that the messages we receive from society might not always be truthful or beneficial for the strengthening of relations between different classes and races. An example of this is the amount of negative press that is released when young black men commit heinous crimes, versus positive stories about young black men doing charitable or productive things. This has led to the buildup of a negative stereotype of young black men as lawbreaking wrongdoers. The social conflict approach of sociology states that young black men observe people looking at them this way, and begin generating a stigma, or “a powerfully negative label that greatly changes their own self-concept and social identity”. [Erving Goffman (1963)] In other words, in the worst cases, young black men begin feeding into this oppressively negative stereotype, whether they want to or not, because of the negative way that they are generally treated and perceived by society.
Seeing the poor behavior of a class of people as it is presented by society for what it is: the result of an unfair social system that marginalizes and denies opportunities to certain people, is one of the main goals of social conflict sociology. Developing this perspective can teach us to unlearn prejudices that we might not even know we had about each other and people of our own race or social standing.
Sociology helps people rationalize and balance out injustices in the world. It creates room for a dialogue about why certain groups have higher social standing than others, and what can be done to change things for the better. I think sociology should be a required course for all schools, starting at an early age and developing into more complex topics as children progress through the educational system.
It is the role of the educated person to attempt to expand the minds of others; to lead them out of the dark cave of unknowing and prejudice and into the light of rationality and acceptance. Equipping new generations with the sociological tools to understand and be tolerant of people that are at first glance unlike them will lead to a greater future of social acceptance, and the general realization that, albeit some visual or behavioral differences, we are all equally human.
Karl and I have been working on an extraterrestrial synth project called Myconids. We’re playing tomorrow night at Tribal Haus with some great PE & noise acts from Providence. Come check it out if you’re in Baltimore
The name of Lauryn Hill’s breakout album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill but it now appears that the powers that be would like her to record a new album called The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill. After appearing in court for tax evasion, Hill was sentenced to three months in jail PLUS she must attend “counseling” due to her “conspiracy theories”.
According to the IBTimes, Hill told the court: “I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me.” Furthermore, Hill also believes that artists are being oppressed by (what the article calls) “a plot involving the military and media”. Because of these statements, Hill was ordered to undergo “counseling”, which is a way of saying that she is mentally ill and that she needs some sort of re-programming session regain “sanity”.
In 2012, Hill published a thoughtful letter describing the corruption, the oppression and the control of the music industry and her desire to escape it. In one part of the letter, Lauryn states
“It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else. Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking. To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights! These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech! Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!”
(See my article entitled Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr Letter on the Music Business for the full letter).
wow, way to fucking delegitimize and pathologize the experiences of a Black woman by abusing mental health resources and language to avoid the real shit she brings up.
I don’t want to be around people anymore. Bring me back to silence sea and sky