Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eurovisiopsephology + World Telephone Cultures

A couple of culture-related items that have been candidates for blog
posts, but didn't seem to fit anywhere.  So I've lumped them together
as part of a mid-year clearance...

1. "The science of Eurovision - a song for eurovisiopsephology"

Refers to the following paper:
"Comparison of Eurovision Song Contest Simulation with Actual Results
Reveals Shifting Patterns of Collusive Voting Alliances."

"The voting patterns in the Eurovision Song Contest have attracted
 attention from various researchers, spawning a small cross-disciplinary
 field of what might be called 'eurovisiopsephology' incorporating
 insights from politics, sociology and computer science... In
 particular, the period since the mid-90s has seen the emergence of
 large geographical voting blocs from previously small voting
 partnerships, which initially appeared in the early 90s."

2. "World Telephone Cultures"

Looks at the differing approaches to phone call procedure and etiquette
from around the world.