Times Higher Education – Just spell it like it is

Teaching a large first-year course at a British university, I am fed up with correcting my students’ atrocious spelling. Aren’t we all!? But why must we suffer? Instead of complaining about the state of the education system as we correct the same mistakes year after year, I’ve got a better idea. University teachers should simply accept as variant spelling those words our students most commonly misspell. – Ken Smith, Times…

Teen Using MySpace to Lure Bands to Los Angeles

A thirteen-year-old girl posing as a record executive on MySpace has lured several bands to Los Angeles with promises of a record contract. — BBspot The concept is good, but the writing doesn’t sustain the joke. The reason The Onion is so good is that the articles not only make the joke, but they do it completely within the form of good journalism.  A good journalist would know that the…

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Lord of the Memes

David Brooks, NYT: Today, Kindle can change the world, but nobody expects much from a mere novel. The brain overshadows the mind. Design overshadows art. This transition has produced some new status rules. In the first place, prestige has shifted from the producer of art to the aggregator and the appraiser. Inventors, artists and writers come and go, but buzz is forever. Maximum status goes to the Gladwellian heroes who…