Tag Archives: Anthropology

I am merely a music lover

“Polish Coldwave Journey” has the taste of a holiday adventure, but before everything else it is an important and unique documentary film about the contemporary Polish coldwave. The premiere of this film will be very soon. For this occasion I had a talk with the father of this idea – coming from Slovenia he is a blogger, music critic, musician, cultural anthropologist, a passionate lover of Polish coldwave – the list is endless… Get to know with me André Savetier!  Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala

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The term ‘coldwave’ recently re-appeared as a label for post-punk influenced music, which embraces a dark, gothic-like aesthetic. But what can be found behind this ambiguous term? The article on hand will outline the history of coldwave in general and then the development of a coldwave movement in Poland.

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Appleplexy

This article is part of a series about memes in popular culture. If you don’t know yet, what memes and memetics are, you will find the answer in part 1 and part 2.

Apple_Mac_mouse_funny_wallpaper_pictures-thumbOne of the most successfully spread memeplexes, which could be seen as a prototype of how culture is made in the 21st century, is the myth of Apple Macintosh. The company developed several computers and gadgets, like phones, music players and hand-held computers. The products of Apple have in the last ten years advanced to cult objects among their users.

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The Meme Machine

The Meme MachineIn 1976 Richard Dawkins coined the term ‘meme’ in his book The Selfish Gene and by that caused a revolution in thinking in several fields, most notably in sociobiology and sociology. Although often criticised the term stayed and became a concept to work with. His theory of memetics has since then been developed further, here Susan Blackmore with her book The Meme Machine (1999) shall be mentioned. Read More →

People you don’t want to meet at a concert

Going to a concert of a band you like can be one of the most amazing experiences. There are some people that can take the fun out of it, though. Voilà, here’s a brief typology of fun-decreasing concert goers.

The iFan

ifanWhen the first tune of the band reaches the audience the iFans take out their iSomething and play the photographer or camera man for the entire concert. They prefer to see the world through a small display (the reality is ‘too scary’). It is very difficult to find a right place near them at the concert: When you are standing behind them, you can see the concert also only on the display, in front you appear on the video (and you really do not want to be the protagonist of the next hipster tumblrrrr partey), next to these persons you are in danger of getting in contact with their sweaty armpit. Read More →

Dressed in Black · On Dark Culture

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The term ‘subculture’ is in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies defined as a group of people within a culture, which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong (Samovar 1998: 50). In other definitions the term ‘co-culture’ is preferred, “because it calls attention to the idea of dual membership” (Martin 2010: 9); “Co-cultures may share many of the characteristics of the dominant culture, but their members also exhibit distinct and unique patterns of communication” (Martin 2010: 9). Read More →

The Perpetual Appeal of the Coffee House

SacherThroughout Europe many cities are popular for a café/bar-culture, e.g. Vienna, L’viv, Prague, Kraków and Ljubljana, to name only a few. In urban centres people like to spend their spare time in locales to socialise with other people. It is important to point out that “[c]afés are places where we are not simply served hot beverages but are also in some way partaking of a specific form of public life” (Laurier et al 2001: 195). The bar society, which we are taking nowadays for granted, was an important step in the development of modernity. Read More →