Internet Curation 3.16.12

Oh dear. In a facepalming example of ignoring historical context, Nike has offended Irish people with a St. Patrick’s Day release of a shoe called the “Black and Tan.” Why don’t you just name one for the Ustasha while you’re at it?

Speaking of context, the V&A is using technology to tell the stories of clothes in the new Hollywood Costumes exhibit.

Everyday Carry, or EDC, great examples of real-life material culture.

Sotheby’s employee Alice Gregory dishes about life in New York’s premier auction house – art, its owners, auction protocol, the clothes, the Sotheby’s girl stereotype, and the Teamsters strike. She reminds me of the time I ate lunch in their cafe, dodging black-clad girls who looked like extras from The Devil Wears Prada.

What could a deaf and blind person say about material culture? Quite a lot, as Helen Keller’s reflection on visiting the top of the Empire State building shows.

You may have heard how Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be producing print editions, thereby joining the planet Pluto and VHS tapes among “Things schoolchildren of the future will have no clue about.” The living room encyclopedia set now seems like a quaint relic of the 20th century. Clearly the internet has made information ubiquitous, not a status symbol. Or are smartphones and tablets the new Brittanica of middle-class aspiration?

I hope you have a great weekend with some St. Patrick’s day revelry! If you need ideas, here are the 10 Best Museums to have a party in.