Part of the Thought for the weekend series
Facebook is capping one of the longest weeks in American history by telling everyone that they are dead. Log on to your profile and there’s a good chance it will have a memorial banner sitting on top of it, urging your friends and family members to remember you. “We hope people who love Casey will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life,” the banner reads, because I am dead. — Casey Newton, The Verge
It’s not a black swan event when it’s 50:50, the only reasonable way to approach this election is say 50:50, because the more volatility you have in the system the more you’ve got to treat probabilities as half half. And each person should be prepared for the consequences. Now let me tell you, I’ll tell you up front. I don’t have an insider view on the election because I’m not voting for any of the two major candidates. Out of ethics I’m going to vote for someone outside of these two. Because your vote should be according to your preferences not according to who you think will win. — Nassim Taleb, author of “The Black Swan” and “Antifragile”, CNBC Nov 3.
This paper focuses on the structure of mediatized discourses on the former Greek minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis, which are labeled Varoufakiology. Through a multimodal discourse analysis of cartoons and photographs, which have been collected systematically in social and mainstream media through hypermedia ethnography, it is argued that neolectal stylistic features, including body posture, clothing and negotiation style are the emerging themes that prevail in mediatized communication with and about Varoufakis.