Snark’s guide to the World Cup and other links

BUSINESS
Mind over mass media
NY Times – The Internet and information technologies are helping us manage, search and retrieve our collective intellectual output at different scales, from Twitter and previews to e-books and online encyclopedias.
Too big to fail? The BP bailout as corporatism
rushkoff.com – The BP crisis recapitulates the entirety of corporatism in real time, transparently enough for anyone to see.
The gulf oil spill: No end in sight
The Economist – The oil has been flooding out for more than seven weeks now. The damage is becoming more apparent. The solutions are not.

FINANCE & ECONOMICS
Dismantling factories in a dreamweaver nation
english.caing.com – Rising labor costs will ultimately force factories closer to labor sources, and working conditions will turn more humane. The biggest losers will be coastal governments that side with the factories to protect their revenues.
Americans: Let’s stop investing in our kids
blogs.law.harvard.edu – Just as we’ve produced a health care system so expensive that we’d be better off without doctors and hospitals, we’ve managed to create an education system so expensive and ineffective that we’d be better off not sending anyone to school.
Greed’s not good for shareholders
psyfitec.com– Wherever you find over-rewarded executives presiding over companies whose main aim is to increase their market capitalisation we should pick up our skirts and get the hell out of it.

COOL THINKING
The bright side of wrong
Boston.com– A better relationship with wrongness can lead to better relationships in general — whether between family members, colleagues, neighbors, or nations.
The science of gaydar
nymag.com– If sexual orientation is biological, are the traits that make people seem gay innate, too? The new research on everything from voice pitch to hair whorl.
Female teachers’ math anxiety negatively affects female students
brainblogger.com– It is possible that even with male teachers, a relation between teacher anxiety and female student achievement might occur.

THE REST
World Cup preview
nplusonemag.com– A team-by-team analysis of the World Cup teams for a rough idea of what people will be talking about in the month ahead.
The ‘beauty bias’ at work, and what should be done about it
inthesetimes.com– The increasing prevalence of obesity in America has done nothing to curb virulent prejudice against fat people. Ironically, immobilizing obesity is protected as a disability, but discrimination based purely on cosmetic aversion to fat is totally legal.
Naughty by nature: Why has Britain become so rude?
independent.co.uk– How did we become addicted to rudeness – in the sense of fart-joke vulgarity as well as personal insult? Is it a phenomenon of British art history, a leitmotif of British popular culture, or something firmly engrained in the British character?

inthesetimes.com– The increasing prevalence of obesity in America has done nothing to curb virulent prejudice against fat people. Ironically, immobilizing obesity is protected as a disability, but discrimination based purely on cosmetic aversion to fat is totally legal.
Naughty by nature: Why has Britain become so rude?
independent.co.uk– How did we become addicted to rudeness – in the sense of fart-joke vulgarity as well as personal insult? Is it a phenomenon of British art history, a leitmotif of British popular culture, or something firmly engrained in the British character?

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