Growing Up Online: Young people jump headfirst into the Internet's world

Teenagers, in particular, provide a moving target for Internet researchers, remarks psychologist Kaveri Subrahmanyam of California State University in Los Angeles. “By the time you publish research on one type of Internet use, such as blogging, teenagers have moved on to something new, such as myspace,” she says, with a resigned chuckle. –Bruce Bower –Growing Up Online: Young people jump headfirst into the Internet’s world (Science News Online) Another quote: “Still,…

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A Prairie Home Conundrum: The mysterious appeal of Garrison Keillor.

Keillor’s humor has always been a bit of a puzzle: What is its irony/sincerity ratio? Is he mocking Midwesterners or mocking the rest of us via Midwesterners? In 1985, when Time magazine called Keillor the funniest man in America, Bill Cosby reportedly said, “That’s true if you’re a pilgrim.” A decade later, a cartoon version of Keillor forced Homer Simpson to assault his TV and shout, “Be more funny!” -Sam…

Teachers Adjust Lesson Plans as Web Fuels Plagiarism

“The number of term papers assigned over the years has decreased significantly,” said Herman Clay, director of history and social sciences at Los Angeles Unified School District. Instead, Los Angeles teachers are assigning more in-class written exams, oral reports with visual aids and PowerPoint presentations, said Clay, a former principal of Van Nuys High School. It’s unclear how many teachers nationwide are doing the same, but it’s enough that some…

Summer Thoughts — I

In mid-May, the difference between the student summer and the professor summer seemed vast to me. One approaches the student summer the way Evel Knievel approaches a line of Ford Mustangs — a burst of frenzied acceleration as one heads up the ramp of stress and procrastination, a brief moment of giddy release as one floats tantalizingly close to success in the course of an all-nighter or three, and then…