Digital Divide: Looking for Controversy

A student writes: “I’m not quite sure how I could make the topic of ‘digital divide’ into something controversial that allows the reader to form their own opinion.” Digital Divide: Looking for ControversyLiteracy Weblog) I did a Google search: “digital divide” controversy and came up with a few good leads. While links from the first site returned by Google weren’t working, the next one featured a comment by a college…

Random Act of Gratitude

After my 1:00 class today I saw a colleague at the other end of a hall, struggling with a load of books that was about to drop. I momentarily interrupted a conversation with a student to try to pick up the items my colleague was dropping. The colleague looked at me with that familiar “I’ve-got-the-flu-please-kill-me-now” expression, and stumbled along his way. Later I got this e-mail: “I was seriously ill…

LA Photographer Fired for Digitally Altering News Photo

“On Monday, March 31, the Los Angeles Times published a front-page photograph that had been altered in violation of Times policy. The primary subject of the photo was a British soldier directing Iraqi civilians to take cover from Iraqi fire on the outskirts of Basra. After publication, it was noticed that several civilians in the background appear twice. The photographer, Brian Walski, reached by telephone in southern Iraq, acknowledged that…