Are We Becoming Slaves to Technology and Social Media?

Are human beings increasingly becoming slaves to technology and social media? Answering this question can be a tad challenging since there cannot be any one definitive answer to the same. Technology has enhanced our lives at many different levels. It has uplifted the quality of lives and made formerly difficult-to-access things more accessible to us.[…]

“Third-Wave” Coffeehouses as Venues for Sociality

Authentic sociality flourishes in these places as seen by baristas and their interactions with customers. By Dr. John ManzoAssociate Professor of SociologyUniversity of Calgary Abstract Contemporary social life is often depicted, in and out of the social sciences, as an ever-worsening subterfuge of alienation, ennui, and the systematic destruction of traditional, human-scaled, publicly-accessible, “organic” sociality[…]

Conversation and a Cuppa Joe: Coffeehouse Culture Today

Elements of modern coffeehouses include slow-paced gourmet service, alternative brewing techniques, and inviting decor. Introduction Coffee culture is the set of traditions and social behaviors that surround the consumption of coffee, particularly as a social lubricant. The term also refers to the cultural diffusion and adoption of coffee as a widely consumed stimulant. In the[…]

The ‘New Right’: The Transformation of American Conservatism since the 1970s

The ‘New Right’ that emerged in the 1980s can trace its roots back to the so-called ‘Old Right’ of the 1950s and 1960s. Sociology, Social Commentary, and the Rise of the Right In the 1950s and early 1960s, most Sociologists believed that the era for ideologies had ended and was replaced by a rough consensus[…]

Prehistoric Human Footprints: A Snapshot of Ancient Human Behavior

The footprints of over 20 different prehistoric people show possible evidence for sexual division of labor in this ancient community. Introduction When it comes to reconstructing how ancient creatures lived, palaeontologists like us are as much detectives as we are scientists. We’re used to partial evidence, dead ends and red herrings. It’s especially hard to[…]

An Historical Overview of Modern Counterculture

A number of freedoms have been endorsed within countercultural communities. Introduction Counterculture is a term used to describe a group whose values and norms of behavior run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. Although distinct countercultural undercurrents exist in all societies, here the term “counterculture”[…]

A History of Art Remaking Society

In modern society, we are used to political art. One hundred years ago today, fighting raged in the streets of Berlin. Kaiser Wilhelm II had abdicated in November 1918, and a new socialist government, led by reform-minded members of the German Socialist Party (SPD), had declared a democratic republic. Thousands of workers and sailors, dissatisfied[…]