Dangerous, Dirty and Demanding: China’s Migrant Workers Under the Hukou System

A Chinese migrant worker in her dormitory [source: World Bank Photo Collection]

China’s portentous and sustained economic growth has impressed commentators all over the world, and is widely considered to be a history of success. Lured by double-digit GDP growth, enthusiasts and apologists failed for decades to see the human cost of China’s economic miracle, a cost brought mostly by the millions of rural migrant workers who… Continue Reading ➤

Indie

Lana Del Rey [source: petercruise]

“Indie” is a cultural punching bag. Everyone loves to hate indie people and almost nobody would self-identify as one, though they might admit to being a fan of the genre. The steady drumbeat of magazine articles and blog posts dismissing the indie outlook as content-lessand paradoxically conformist is proof enough of this,  although relatively few… Continue Reading ➤

David Shrigley: Artist of the Absurd

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In his landmark book The Theatre of the Absurd, Martin Esslin argues that a cluster of playwrights from the 1960s dramatized the theories of Camus and Sartre more coherently than they had expounded them themselves. Beckett, Ionesco and Genet didn’t just describe the absurdities of the human condition, they made them palpable, evacuating characters of… Continue Reading ➤

Fair Trade?

Maxhavel/German Wikipedia under Creative Commons License

In 2001, leaders from 143 member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met in Doha, Qatar to begin a new round of talks. The aim of these talks, known as the Doha Development Round, was to reduce global barriers to trade, a mission in keeping with the increasingly globalised economy of the 21st century…. Continue Reading ➤

The Hunter-Uploader Society: Lights, Camera, Obsession

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“Quick! Take a picture!” “Get a snap!” “Film this!” “Hurry and record!” “You’ve gotta put that on Facebook!” Sound familiar? Well it should, because these are the stock phrases of the photo-mad digital world in which we live. Recording events on iPads before we think to breathe them in, snapping pictures with people we barely know… Continue Reading ➤

Should scientists bother to engage with skeptics?

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While the Globalist would not go so far as explicitly endorsing the sentiment, Salon writer Jarret Ruminski summed up the recent clash between American science educator Bill Nye and Founder of the Creation Museum Ken Ham pretty well: In the annals of great American nuttiness, the recent live-streamed creation vs. evolution debate between former kids’ television host… Continue Reading ➤