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Firms Taking Action Against Worker Blogs

Annalee Newitz, a policy analyst at the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said employees often “don’t realize the First Amendment doesn’t protect their job.” The First Amendment only restricts government control of speech. So private employers are free to fire at will in most states, as long as it’s not discriminatory or in retaliation for whistle-blowing or union organizing, labor experts say. A few companies actually do encourage personal,…

Ten unmissable examples of New Games Journalism

Last week‘sblog on the state of videogame writing, and the possible solution offered by New Games Journalism, attracted plenty of debate, but many of you wanted to see a few more examples of the NGJ style. –Keith Stuart –Ten unmissable examples of New Games Journalism (Gamesblog) I’ve been kicking around an idea for a games-related writing project that combines my interest in computer gaming history with my role as a journalism…

Newspaper Humor: A Classic Recycled

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by people who run the country. 2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. 3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles. 4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand…

Methuen school faces parents' queries on student's gender issue

Dozens of parents flooded the Methuen school system with phone calls yesterday after a local newspaper reported that a fourth-grade girl had returned from the February school break requesting to be treated as a boy. The child’s parents told school officials that he had always considered himself a boy, rejecting feminine dress and name, and they were agreeing to raise him as a male. –Tracy Jan –Methuen school faces parents’…

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What's wrong with academia, part two hundred and twenty-four

Is anyone else bothered that our primary feedback on our work comes from children? I’m talking, of course, about course evaluations. But if you think about it for a minute, it’s true: most jobs, you complete a project, someone tells you good job (or should). Moreover, the people who observe and evaluate your work are peers and superiors. In academia, the people who observe and evaluate you on a day-to-day…