I’m lucky enough to know very little about the online dating world or what it can teach us, that said, finding a new source of data about self expressed interests IS a fascinating thing.
The folks at the OKTrends blog from OKCupid have a thoroughly interesting post about the differences between races, as expressed by self selected groups of those races. Very interesting indeed!
As for the interests of white women, you have romance novels, some country music, and a broad selection of Good Housekeeping type stuff. It’s also amazing the extent to which their list shows a pastoral or rural self-mythology: bonfires, boating, horseback riding, thunderstorms. I remind you that OkCupid’s user base is almost all in large cities, where to one degree or another, if you find yourself doing much of any of these things, civilization has come to an end.
via The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’ « OkTrends.
This is just one part of a rather great article, but it’s the part that struck me! The whole piece is well worth reading!
In addition to a much faster rate of adoption there is a second important distinction to be made between the print and Internet revolutions. The print revolution was merely a production revolution. We had books before 1455. Gutenberg did not invent a new thing, he simply changed the way an exiting thing is produced. This resulted, eventually, in mass literacy, enabled the creation of new information formats such as newspapers, journals, and magazines, and had other profound consequences—but at the end of the day, we are just talking about a more efficient means of production.
Networked computing has indeed revolutionized the means of production once again. With networked computers we can compose and produce information products far more efficiently than ever before. However, the net also impacts the means of dissemination. One no longer needs to print anything. Publishing, as readers of this blog well know, increasingly does not include paper. This a profound change, and one that impacts publishing to a far greater extent than other industries.
via Sounding the Revolution « The Scholarly Kitchen.
The folks at Nine Shift have been consistently brilliant at describing both the problems and their root causes in society. Their book is a great read and I think their solutions sensible:
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Industrial Age, and thus its components, are in decline. Here’s an example. The government is funding construction or rebuilding of 10,000 highways, yet driving is in decline. And since society does not really understand the Information Age, we are not “full speed” in the Information Age either.
via Nine Shift : Why We Have a Deficit.