Money Balls.

When a child has a football, it immediately makes a game of football. And everyone wants to be playing.

Which is pretty much just like finance. Once you have money, it makes more of itself. And everyone else wants some. And just like playground football, you set the rules and decide the teams. And if people don’t like it you can take football and go home.

As this short video from the NY Times demonstrates, if you’re a financier it’s a win-win. (Sorry about the link, can’t embed this vid unfortunately.)

The film is by Zach Wise, multi-media journalist at the NY Times. Though not really a nub, I’d also recommend this great video summarising the ’08 Presidential election, and this nice doc about a pro-boxer in Vegas (especially for the way he shoots the fight using stills).


guerrilla it up

This symposium video gives a good account of the work of the Guerrilla Girls, a feminist artists’ collective that formed back in the mid-80s. From the smatterings of info I’ve seen around, it appears that they are still active, but not to the level that they used to be, having split up into 3 tranches. This video is a nub in the sense that it’s sort of like a toolkit for all those budding feminist activists out there. The beauty of the Guerrilla Girls concept is that anyone can adopt it and it has an almost timeless quality. Accept for if you are a boy…’Guerrilla Boys’ just doesn’t have the kind of ring we’re going for here does it. One thing I wish about this nub though. I wish they hadn’t put that vertical neon green line there.


Came across this compelling visual essay by a sociology student that critiques the hollywood female action hero by triangulating it with Susan Faludi’s feminist ideas and Paul Willis’ cultural theory. It’s fairly long so you might want to have your dinner ready in front of you before you press play. Something that I would be interested in seeing would be a similarly comprehensive analysis of the hyper-masculinity of male heroes in film and media, which is just as damaging to gender equality. You can’t really have Disney Princesses without your Disney Princes.

What is lobbying?

Slick informational video from public affairs outfit Hill and Knowlton about what they do – crying out to be reworked from a different perspective (e.g. Billy didn’t have to give the cleverist kid in his class all his pocket money to talk to his dad on his behalf).