The Friday Five: Seeing Things Differently

This week, we joined the rest of the nation in reflecting on the Trayvon Martin case and the verdict issued on Saturday evening.  Among other things, the case has raised questions about how our perceptions are shaped, as well as the consequences of those perceptions.  This week’s five tries to take a deeper look into these questions:

  • A side-by-side comparison of the same crime with different culprits illustrates how our sometimes subconscious and often taken-for-granted assumptions about race can frame our interpretation and response to people’s behavior @ Soc Images
  • What do hoodies and miniskirts have in common? Apparently, they make others uncomfortable and the wearers responsible for what happens to them @ OnTheMarc
  • With questions regarding the Arab Spring’s failure abound, Paul Pillar reverses the gaze, asking what influences Westerner’s tendency to draw such quick conclusions. @ The National Interest
  • New mapping technologies unveil slum realities to others around the globe @ NPR
  • Unsure of what wealth inequality looks like? This visual and interactive website illustrates the current wealth divide and how we got here: http://inequality.is/

Did we overlook something great this week? Let us know in the comments!

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