Muslims speak out against NPR's political correctness

While a Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), was instrumental in getting National Public Radio (NPR) to fire Juan Williams, some Muslims are speaking out against succumbing to the censorship of political correctness. –Caroline May, The Daily Caller “But it’s just Facebook gossip,” my students sometimes say — even my journalism students — when I point out the rules of libel, defamation, and common courtesy apply everywhere, all…

Bloglines: Killed by the Butler, in the Conservatory, with a Need for Brand Focusing

On November 1st, my longtime favorite RSS reader website, Bloglines.com, will be kaput. It’s being put down by its corporate master, Ask.com. You know, that other search engine that no one uses. The one that used to be Ask Jeeves, with that happy little butler…. Flash back a year ago: my good friend over at Rick’s Cafe Americain was trying to talk me into trying out Google Reader. I was…

Views: The 20-Something Dilemma

For most of the 20-somethings I know, which is an admittedly small group of graduates from some of the country’s best four-year colleges and universities, life’s third decade offers a disquieting mix of uncertainty and promise. Faced with friends scattering across the globe after graduation, the high stakes and complexity of modern life, a tough job market, admonitions to enjoy youth to the fullest, and a dearth of self-knowledge, many…

Webcamgate case resolved. Badly

Amazing. The educators who used school-provided laptops to spy on teenagers — snapping pictures of them while they were sleeping or not fully clothes–are still on the job, and the taxpayers get to pay the legal bills. There’s a science fiction trope where aliens do something their unearthly mindset considers virtuous, but anyone with normal human emotions finds horrifying: “Smile, Earthlings! When we release our genetically engineered virus, you’ll only…

Livetweeting the 1970s Buck Rogers Movie

Soon I will start tweeting the series pilot for the 1979 Gil Gerard Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. #buckrogers 7:44 PM Oct 15th Just from the promo, my son recognized a reused laser sound effect from the original Battlestar Galactica. #buckrogers 7:54 PM Oct 15th I had totally forgotten the flying-through-four-light-blobs warp effect. #buckrogers 7:57 PM Oct 15th I had not forgotten the opening song. But I had forgotten…