Broadcaster says serious news at risk

“Truth no longer matters in the context of politics and, sadly, in the context of cable news,” said Aaron Brown, whose four-year period as anchor of CNN’s NewsNight ended in November, when network executives gave his job to Anderson Cooper in a bid to push the show’s ratings closer to front-runner Fox News. Brown said he tried to give viewers a balanced diet of light and serious news with NewsNight.…

Time to get tough: Managing anonymous reader comments

Though there is a rich history of pseudonymity in American journalism, there is none of anonymity. It has long been understood that if the publisher of a reputable periodical grants a writer use of a pseudonym, then that publisher knows the writer’s true identity and takes responsibility — legal and otherwise — for that writer’s words. Printed periodicals grant pseudonymity but never anonymity. Imagine the cacophony that would result if…

Mary Ann Buckles bucked academia, and found the poetry in computer games

In 1985, Buckles wrote “Interactive Fiction: The Computer Storygame ‘Adventure,’ ” a scholarly look at the early text-based game Adventure and the people who played it. Buckles was hardly a devotee of the game herself, and the topic didn’t have a lot to do with her main area of study at UCSD, which was German literature, particularly poetry. But something about players’ passionate attraction to Adventure piqued her interest. Like…

'Earth-like' planets are plentiful

Scientists recently have found a few rocky planets, including one last year just seven times the size of Earth, but all are very close to their stars and so extremely hot. The planetary discovery announced Wednesday and reported in today’s edition of the journal Nature is the smallest and coldest yet. –Ian Hoffman –‘Earth-like’ planets are plentiful (Tri-Valley Herald)

When textbooks cost too much (which is often)

I‘m not saying that textbook companies don’t serve a valuable purpose in the composition community; there‘sa lot of textbooks that I have used in the past that I like a great deal, and I also know, that when I started teaching first year composition many moons ago, I learned a lot from the textbook that was assigned to both my students and to me. I do and I will continue…