Demolition of Moscow flats

4000Following an official decision, some 4000 apartment blocks, the so called Krushchevka flats, will be demolished. Scattered all over the city, the buildings are home to around two million people. The Guardian covers the story in an article and a great photo essay.

A science of queueing

Queueing looked at through truly psychological lenses. The last paragraph of the article includes a sort of garfinkelian breaching experiment with queues:

Social psychologists Stanley Milgram’s “students visited places they expected to find queues […] and systematically cut in between the third and fourth person, saying: “Excuse me, I’d like to get in here.” If someone protested, they would leave; if not, they would leave after one minute. His students reported finding it extremely stressful, yet only about 10% of the time were they ejected from the line.”