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'The Passion' is the Medium

‘The Passion’ is the MediumJerz’s Literacy Weblog) I hadn’t intended to write this today, but a student stopped me after class today to talk about the movie, and I just got an e-mail from a colleague asking my opinion, so I might as well write this down. Yes, I had to look away during the torture scenes — but no, not for the reason you probably suspect. Portrayal of Jews…

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Examining the '10%' Meme

Examining the ’10%’ MemeJerz’s Literacy Weblog) Many of my students are thinking and talking about the gay marriage issue. Johanna Dreyfuss mentioned the “10%” statistic, citing the Kinsey report, via http://www.socal-glide.org/statistics.html. I’ve encountered this statistic in student papers before, so I know that Kinsey didn’t actually claim that 10% of the population was gay. According to The Kinsey Institiute, “10% of males were more or less exclusively homosexual and 8%…

Why Drudge is bad for online journalism

What stinks about the whole affair is not the glee with which Drudge refuses to let the facts get in the way of a good lie, but that most of those lies (including, apparently, this most recent one) are supplied to him by print journalists who don’t have enough evidence to put them into their own pages. Thanks to people like Drudge, the internet is turning into a gigantic gossip…

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New Nietzchean Diet Lets You Eat Whatever You Fear Most

The Nietzschean diet, which commands its adherents to eat superhuman amounts of whatever they most fear, is developing a strong following in America. … “One must strive to eat dangerously as one comes into the Will to Power Oneself Thin,” Nietzsche wrote. “What do you fear? By this are you truly Fattened. You must embrace your Fears, as well as your Fat, and learn to Laugh as you consume them,…