Some highlights from what I have been reading this weekend:
- The Deification of Hugo Chávez, by Xavier Marquez (Abandoned Footnotes), a Venezuelan who teaches political theory and political science at Victoria University of Wellington.
- A long essay on interaction rituals, by Randall Collins, professor of sociology at University of Pennsylvania:
IR theory is an explanation of what people will think, as well as what they will do. At any particular moment, people are speaking certain words or thinking certain thoughts; the thoughts that go through one’s head are internalized from previous talk with other people; more innovative thoughts are assembled out of the ingredients of verbal ideas already internalized. The world is a network of conversations, and what people think at any point in it is a product of what has circulated in previous conversations.
It has interesting applications for entrepreneurs, companies and startups. In my personal experience, the most successful companies I worked for where the ones who had the best organizations and cultures. They also were the most innovative and the less competition-shy ones, but that was as much an effect as it was a cause of their success.
- My friend Ilaria Mauric reports her experience attending a UX course at Cooper U (in Italian): intro, day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4.