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The Uses of History

For almost all important social and political issues, a view of the past is essential, and the most powerful analyses of issues requires a historical framework that reflects all the complexity and ambiguity of the past. Yet, for most people, it seems that their concept of history settled into a fixed evaluation (usually a negative one) based on a class taken long before college. Every time someone asks me what…

Sharing Teaching Resources

Would it make sense to create a group blog devoted to teaching English language and literature, one where ideas could be exchanged, resources shared, pointers to already existing sites posted, websites collaboratively created? Consider these questions: What have you created that you’d like to share with others? What have you found on the web that has been most useful in your teaching? What have you not found that you wish…

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The Click Heard Round The World

It was December 1968. An obscure scientist from Stanford Research Institute stood before a hushed San Francisco crowd and blew every mind in the room. His 90-minute demo rolled out virtually all that would come to define modern computing: videoconferencing, hyperlinks, networked collaboration, digital text editing, and something called a “mouse.” –The Click Heard Round The World (Wired) Interesting tidbits: Engelbart credits Vannevar Bush with inventing the concept of links: “I’d…

The Decline of Fashion Photography

Today, 30 years into feminism, we have models who look not just weak and unsophisticated, but also dumb and victimized. Academic feminists haven’t complained because the models are supposedly playing a subversive role and subversion is inherently politically correct. Moreover, many of the young photographers are female. But now we?ve moved into ?fashion vérité? and the models still look stupid. Is this how women in fashion see themselves? –Karen Lehrman…

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How to grow a man-eating plant

A good man-eating plant needs a deep root structure to anchor it in place when the man it’s eating flails and fights for its life. So the deeper the seed, the stronger the root system. This is why you need so much blood meal. The man-eating plant doesn’t care where it gets its blood. Whether in the hellish depths of earth or in the burning shine of the sun, it…