But allowing students to substitute MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by for-profit companies doesn’t give them access to the courses they’re locked out of. It provides a substitute for those classes — a simulation of them. And given that the reason that those classes aren’t available is that the state of California has chosen to defund public higher education, diverting more money from the state’s once-great public colleges into the pockets of discredited corporate rent-seekers is a mind-bogglingly audacious act.http://studentactivism.net/2013/03/13/privatization-naked/
Hey, Maria Bustillos says that it’s status quo for inexperienced writers to not get paid for their work, so keep on working for free, youngins, until all those editors out there decide that you’re “experienced enough”.
I’ll hold my breath for that.
Not quite; I said ‘nobody gets paid much at first, in almost any industry.’
Lawrence Lessig has written a post comparing Aaron Swartz to Martin Luther King Jr., so just, you know, heads up on that one.
Lessig clearly states in the post that “King’s cause was greater”; the comparison is made principally with reference to the relative leniency with which political dissidents were treated by the federales in King’s time. A salient point:
How many felonies was Martin Luther King, Jr., convicted of? King, whose motives were political too, but who, unlike Aaron, triggered actions which caused real harm. What’s that number?
And how many was he even charged with in the whole of his career?
Two. Two bogus charges (perjury and tax evasion) from Alabama, which an all-white jury acquitted him of.
This is a measure of who we have become. And we don’t even notice it.
2012 was a good year for me at Gawker. I was able to really take time on stories for the first time since I started as a part-time night blogger back in the fall of 2009. Here, in no particular order, are the ten favorite things I wrote for Gawker in 2012:
In the essay “Freedom Is Overrated,” the theologian and scholar Sancrucensis contrasts the humanism of Jonathan Franzen with that of David…
A very striking feature of being in David Foster Wallace’s orbit was his ability to focus on you absolutely…. He had a very penetrating gaze, and as he listened it was if you were the only other person in a five-mile radius. His deep capacity for rapt, complete absorption is a big part of the attraction; it militates against the fatal authorial trap of egocentricity. Wallace almost invariably draws you into his own fascination with the world outside.
philipchristman asked: OK. I just read your essay on the Awl about romance novels as underground lit. And it rhymed with this idea that I've had for a long time that there HAS to be--somewhere--a writer working for Harlequin or Mills and Boon, or who is at least habitually shelved in "Romance" at bookstores, who is writing unnecessarily beautiful sentences or subverting the assigned structure in an awesome way or something. I have faith that this person exists. Have you read him/her? Any genrecommendations in romance?
Thank you for this very interesting note, and for reading the Awl piece. In answer to your question it seems to me that beauty may be found anywhere; the determining factors are personal, and to do with a kind of harmonic resonance between reader and author.
Just like with any other kind of fiction, the stuff that really moves me might do nothing at all for you (?)
There is no such thing as not voting; you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.
We are altered first by the act of watching, as in a fine description I once read of a Rembrandt self-portrait: all absorbed in the greed of seeing. And now we begin to be altered again and again, recursively, observing ourselves as we observe. Seeing one another as fellow-observers, fellow makers of records; they are observing themselves observing; observing us observing.
Human self-awareness is multiplying itself onto an altogether new plane.