5 Interesting Links for 12-13-2013

Conservation (Environment)

Jurassic Park’s science is nearing viability but questions remain as to the implications of its use:

Perception (Life)

I’m one of those people who is forever seeing faces and images in things, but this is a clever collection of 50 that are, I think, visible to everyone.

Advertising (Psychology)

Interesting bit of research on the true reaction to celebrities and skinny models, but what makes this article all the more disturbing is the underlying message that if done right, advertising that teaches us to hate ourselves and desire the dangerously impossible is fine:

Self-Publishing (Publishing)

Janice Hardy gives an overview of the key points she picked up at Romance Writers of America about self-publishing.

Illegal Immigration (Sociology)

A look at illegal immigration that runs counter to the accepted beliefs but works with the data:

Beneath the Mask by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

In the flash and glitter of the Regency Era, a young noblewoman craves to dance not in the ballroom but on stage, blending music, movement, and soul. Will these scandalous dreams destroy her family, or gain her a loving patron?
Beneath the Mask

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 12-13-2013

  1. Linda says:

    The skinny model thing is interesting, but really, it’s a no brainer. If they did the same study, but with a male audience, they’d probably get a different result. And that’s where the problem lies. The ad agencies have to aim the ad first at the client, usually male executives. If they don’t like it, the agency loses the business. If you look at ads where the products are aimed at men you see not only more prominent female models, but more suggestive poses. So, I don’t think things will change, despite this research because their first client, the executive, is more drawn to the ads with the prominent models unless they can do what not many people seem to be able to do-put themselves into the perspective of their customers and base their decision on that perspective rather than on what they personally like.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      That’s always the risk with gatekeepers. Too many think that their likes and dislikes are fit examples of the whole.

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