(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣
Awareness Reduces Racial Bias
Preprint: https://www.nber.org/papers/w19765 "Can raising awareness of racial bias subsequently reduce that bias? We address this question by exploiting the widespread media attention highlighting racial bias among professional basketball referees that occurred in May 2007 following the release of an academic study. Using new data, we confirm that racial bias persisted in the years after the study’s original sample but prior to the media coverage. Subsequent to the media coverage, though, the bias disappeared. Several potential mechanisms may have produced this result, including voluntary behavior changes by individual referees, adjustments by players to new information, and changes in referee behavior due to institutional pressure. These results suggest a new kind of Hawthorne effect in which greater scrutiny of even subtle forms of bias can bring about meaningful change."
Guerrilla Media Collective: A Wiki for Distributed Cooperative Practices
"The Guerrilla Translation/Guerrilla Media Collective Wiki is the main knowledge base for the Guerrilla Media Collective and its offshoots (Guerrilla Translation, Guerrilla Graphic Collective, etc)."
Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽
Thinking about “Abandon statistical significance,” p-values, etc.
"We had some good discussion the other day following up on the article, “Retire Statistical Significance,” by Valentin Amrhein, Sander Greenland, and Blake McShane. I have a lot to say, and it’s hard to put it all together, in part because my collaborators and I have said much of it already, in various forms. For now I thought I’d start by listing my different thoughts in a short post while I figure out how best to organize all of this."
Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺
Sci-Hub and Alexandra basic information
Basic information about sci-hub and Alexandra Elbakyan.
Articles from blogs I follow around the net
We all know about the Silk Road (which is actually a recent term), and some of us also know about the Bronze Road, the Iron Road, the Horse and Chariot Road, the Fur Road, the Glass Road, the Spice Road, and the Tea Road. Now we really have to take serio…via Language Log April 12, 2021
One of the goals of a new World Wide Web: the Decentralized Web was to help people make money by publishing on the web. There are approaches to this such as Coil, but the vision in the paper has not … Continue reading →via Brewster Kahle's Blog November 16, 2020
Attention conservation notice: I have no taste, and no qualifications to opine on the sociology of radio and the music industry, or on movies. (I didn't finish a lot of books this month, since I'm not counting re-reading bits and pieces of arcane tome…via Three-Toed Sloth January 1, 0001
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