Get to know Irma Boom (297)

When it comes to book design, Irma Boom is one of the best. I’m not in the book design business, so I hadn’t seen her work or heard her name before I saw a short video during the Adobe Max event. Her work is simply amazing. She studied in Enschede at the AKI, the art school in my former home town, but she decided she was not good enough to become an artist, creating something out of nothing. Then she got introduced in the world of books by Abe Kuipers and figured out she was a (graphic) designer instead.

The video I saw during Adobe Max is not available, but there are other videos available on Youtube. I recommend watching those of the Louisiana Channel (by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art). Boom: My Manifesto for a Book, Irma Boom Interview: Passion for Books and A tribute to Coco Chanel.

MoMa has bought some of her work. That does qualify her as an artist, don’t you think?

Door |2020-10-23T12:07:58+02:0023 oktober 2020|366, flow, kunst, vrouw|0 Reacties

Miss Americana (246)

Ever since you blogged about seeing the documentary on Taylor Swift, and disclosed being a fan, Miss Americana was on my to watch list. I never really listened to Swift’s songs. I put her in the box of teenage artists singing about teenage heartbreaks. Swift was a girl when she first made it to Dutch radio and her songs were too sweet for me. But girls grow into women. That’s what the documentary Miss Americana shows. Taylor Swift is no longer a girl, but a woman who dares to take ownership of her own life and artistic content. My respect for her as an artist grew by watching the documentary. Afterwards I browsed through her albums and listened to some of her albums. I definitely prefer her latest three albums. They sound like an adult musician. And folklore, her pandemic record released this July, is a real gem. Thanks for disclosing your admiration for Taylor Swift, Peter. It made me put Swift in the right box, that of great female artists.

Door |2020-09-02T10:36:27+02:002 september 2020|366, vrouw|1 Reactie

I discovered a new artist (169)

I produced another episode of my podcast (in Dutch). As always I was looking to find a song or sound that captured the mood of the interview. During that search I stumbled upon an artist from Mali (the person I interviewed lived in Mali for a number of years). Rokia TraorĂ©. Her latest album, NĂ© So (Spotify), is now in my favorite albums list. Of course it’s copyrighted material, so I couldn’t use it in my show (unless I’m willing to overpay massively for a song for my tiny audience), but instead I linked it in the show notes. And here for you.

Door |2020-06-17T14:21:25+02:0017 juni 2020|366, vrouw|2 Reacties

Samantha North on dissecting disinformation

Previously I wrote about Seema Yasmin on pre-bunking information. Another great interview I listened to recently that deals with the same topic is the episode of On the Edge in which Samantha North talks about dissecting disinformation.

She gives an informed advise (she researches the topic) on how to deal with disinformation spread by people.

  1. Keep factchecking and debunking, perhaps even more. There could be a backfire effect though. Conspiracy theorists will think it’s yet another tool of the establishment;
  2. There is a huge responsibility for big platforms such as Youtube and Facebook to deplatform certain people and certain groups. The much heard argument is that blocking people from using these platforms denies them freedom of speech. North argues that deplatforming people only deprives them of ‘freedom of reach’. They are still able to say what they want to say in their homes and on other websites (think of self-hosted blogs), but you have to deny them the amplification social media platforms give them;
  3. Ignore inflammatory messages. It is very tempting to respond, but the dopamine rush from engagement is what people spreading disinformation is exactly what they want.

The entire interview is worth listening to. Samantha North comes up with some great examples on how disinformation spreads and why people do it in the first place.

Door |2020-05-20T12:28:25+02:0021 mei 2020|vrouw|0 Reacties

Seema Yasmin on pre-bunking misinformation

I follow the podcast called The Future of Everything in which “host and Stanford bioengineering professor Russ Altman explores how technology, science and medicine are shaping our lives.” Over a month ago Altman interviewed Seema Yasmin, a medical doctor and journalist. She talks about how disinformation is spreading faster and wider than accurate information and the state of journalism in this pandemic era. I’m educated as a communication scientist so this topic is right up my alley. Her conclusion is that becoming better storytellers is an absolute must for medical scientists, public health experts and journalists too.

One thing Yasmin mentioned is inoculation theory. It’s like giving people a communicative immune response to false claims. Through pre-bunking you can teach people to be more suspicious of the information they take in. I’d never heard of this theory before (or forgot I learned about this at uni twenty years ago), but it’s something that is now on my list to research further.

Listen to the episode. It’s less than thirty minutes and well worth your time.

Door |2020-05-18T15:42:08+02:0018 mei 2020|flow, vrouw|1 Reactie
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