15 July 2010

Interesting Reads July 15

  • So glad my latest blog obsession has a new post!  Found this about two months ago and am excited when a new post comes out. You are Not So Smart a really interesting blog that addresses misconceptions across all ranges of topics.  This time, David takes on ‘The Illusion of Transparency.’ He always opens with misconception and truth, so here will get you started and should make you want to read the rest:

    The Misconception: Most of the time people can look at you and tell what you are thinking and feeling.

    The Truth: Your subjective experience is not observable, and you overestimate how much you telegraph your inner thoughts and emotions.

  • Buy a Burger, Buy Sex: South African Media Representations of Women (Is a comment really necessary for this title?)
  • @Good_Intents reflects on disasters she has experienced during her life and confirms herself to be a magnet for them.  Teaching us to always know where she is and live somewhere else. Sorry Utah. http://ow.ly/2bzXQ
  • @MotherJones reports on the ex BP media wrangler in the Gulf who blows the whistle on the company's information stranglehold: http://bit.ly/aim2sp (HT @penelopeinparis
  • Glenna Gordon aka Scarlet Lion posts photos by Richard Mosse of Eastern Congo. Go and see the New Yorker Photobooth blog’s explanation of his process.
  • Tanzania lawyer at ICTR Rwanda genocide court shot dead - http://icio.us/abvzyq HT @texasinafrica
  • Bunmi Oloruntoba offers a nuanced view of Kristof's response 2.0 http://ow.ly/2bW9M
  • Why trends in development funding are bad for programs http://aidthoughts.org/?p=1381 HT @alanna_shaikh
  • @itsjina lists journalists who report well on the developing world. Will be checking out the suggestions today! http://bit.ly/al2eOC
  • Bill Easterly creates a little bit of a stir with his most recent post: Was the poverty of Africa determined in 1000 BC? http://bit.ly/cNut0q  Not too sure how I feel.  The nakedness of the stats is a little troubling, but it is interesting that growth of nations can be tied back thousands of years.  If well connected and proven, what does this mean for future of the way people view aid?
  • @ithorpe asks after seeing my post from yesterday, “I wonder how market forces can be brought to bear to weed out bad ideas?”
  • Economist: Brazil's foreign-aid programme - Speak softly and carry a blank cheque http://bit.ly/chWrn9 (HT @aidwatch)
  • Nancy Birdsall offers advice: Dear Clinton, Jones and Summers: Five Step Improvement Plan for U.S. Development http://bit.ly/9Autrr
  • Former USAID Administrators on the future of USAID in Huffington Post: http://huff.to/9uBIyF (@aidwatch again) In short, they ask congress not to cut the budget.  Things are already saddled enough with financial needs, a cut will only make things harder.
  • Look out for TED Women, 1st ever TED event 'revealing the ideas of women & girls worldwide':http://bit.ly/b6iahg (HT @ecoblips)
  • Rethinking some health assumptions globally: http://bit.ly/b5GGWh HT @BonnieKoenig