gershwin by steichen, the moral corruption model of politics, 14th century social networks

George Gershwin

George Gershwin (26 Sep 1898 – 11 Jul 1937), 1927. By Edward  Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 – 25 Mar 1973. This photo is small, but to post anything larger by Steichen would require that I search the sofa cushions for gold doubloons. Most of Steichen’s work, if not all, is still under copyright. Though there are a few like this one that are small, low resolution that are available for display. Edward was one of the pioneers of the modern art photography movement that began with is friend Alfred Stieglitz. Picture credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired in memory of Agnes and Eugene Meyer through the generosity of Katharine Graham and the New York Community Trust, The Island Fund.


Blackburn (2002) by © 2002, Ron Adams ( b. Detroit, MI 1934). Subject Robert Blackburn. Again, small, but free because of the size. There is a little satire here of the art world with the art connoisseur pondering three exact copies of the same work, in the background. The transparent mating used by Blackburn is a cleverly drawn detail.

Aerial view, 8th Avenue Subway Station 1937-1939

Aerial view, 8th Avenue Subway Station. 1937-1939. part of the World’s Fair of 1939. “Colored axonometric drawing (airbrushed pen and ink on board) of Independent 8th Avenue subway station showing streamlined building serving as entrance to Fair in Amusement section, with bridge across Flushing River.”

If you cannot win on principles. If all you have if some nationalistic blather, combined with misogyny, racism and social-Darwinism, run on character assassination, How Low Can Morally Corrupt Republicans Go, GOP Opposition Researcher Names Drudge As A Propaganda Model.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin interviewed Tim Miller, executive director of a new conservative political action committee centered on opposition research, who reminisced about how conservative operatives successfully used blogger Matt Drudge to push debunked or thinly-researched smears against Democrats in 2004, describing it as a “great model” that needs to be updated.

Pre-Hispanic Southwest Artifacts Shed Light on Social Networks of the Past

Their findings illustrate dramatic changes in social networks in the Southwest over the 250-year period between A.D. 1200 and 1450. They found, for example, that while a large social network in the southern part of the Southwest grew very large and then collapsed, networks in the northern part of the Southwest became more fragmented but persisted over time.

“Network scientists often talk about how increasingly connected networks become, or the ‘small world’ effect, but our study shows that this isn’t always the case,” said Mills, who led the study with co-principal investigator and UA alumnus Jeffery Clark, of Archaeology Southwest.

“Our long-term study shows that there are cycles of growth and collapse in social networks when we look at them over centuries,” Mills said. “Highly connected worlds can become highly fragmented.”

I feel old when I think I was part of a generation that did not text or tweet in class, we passed hand written notes using  writing instruments called pens and pencils.