Sunday, February 2, 2014

Diversity Not Really A Strength

Wonder what the Diversity King's take on these articles would be. 

Interesting excerpts:


Ambient cultural disharmony?

Mr Chua argues that creativity in multicultural settings is highly vulnerable to what he calls “ambient cultural disharmony”. Tension between people over matters of culture, he says, can pollute the wider environment and reduce “multicultural creativity”, meaning people’s ability to see non-obvious connections between ideas from different cultures. “Ambient cultural disharmony” persuades people to give up on making such connections because they conclude that it is not worth the trouble.

From: The downside of diversity


Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also…A Police State Superbowl

...the US is an increasingly heterogeneous empire, with a Police State required to hold it together.

An awful lot has changed since the first playing of the Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 ... How could you convince those fans, who had casually strolled into a stadium with almost no security, that to enter Super Bowl 48, they’d be subjected to an invasive search of their person, presumed a potentially terrorist threat until deemed innocent and worthy to enter the stadium?

More than 30 federal agencies, 100 law enforcement agencies, 700 state troopers, 3,000 private security officers, snipers hidden on among the crowd, US Army Black Hawk attack helicopters enforcing a 10-mile “no fly zone” around the stadium, and US Air Force F-16s on emergency stand-by will protect this XLVIII playing of the Super Bowl.

The America of 1967, when the first Super Bowl was played, was 90 percent white, bursting with social capital and upward mobility for its citizens. But, thanks to the 1965 Immigration Act and the simultaneous collapse of immigration enforcement, the America of 2014 is a country where the majority of births are non-white, the middle class is shrinking—and the state of social capital is devastatingly summed up by the Police State measures required to ensure the safety of a football game. that the US is an increasingly heterogeneous empire, with a Police State required to hold it together.

1 comment :

  1. Oh, I missed this one, since it uses my title rather than my name.


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