Comment on Polarization and provocation by Graham Mulligan

I once sat in a crowded session of school administrators listening to a communications specialist tell us how the media journalists (print, radio and television) seek to frame every story as a conflict. The duality of antagonist and protagonist sets up the interest in the story. Without this the story will sink to the back pages or not get told at all. Your suggestion of a fourth element in the misinformation tidewater is accurate, the ‘pundit/trolls’ masquerading as journalists drive the sale of corporate media.

Comment on Polarization and provocation by Graham Mulligan

I once sat in a crowded session of school administrators listening to a communications specialist tell us how the media journalists (print, radio and television) seek to frame every story as a conflict. The duality of antagonist and protagonist sets up the interest in the story. Without this the story will sink to the back pages or not get told at all. Your suggestion of a fourth element in the misinformation tidewater is accurate, the ‘pundit/trolls’ masquerading as journalists drive the sale of corporate media.

Comment on The network is still here by Tom

Gardner – I think you’ve started a resurgence of commenting! I worked with Eric back in my Henrico County days so it’s awesome to see him here.

I have a hard time criticizing optimism when it comes to trying to bring people together to think and communicate. Lots of garbage happens but I see it as evidence of what was there that we didn’t want to see.

For me, corporate greed is the driver for the continued corruption of possibilities and the entrenchment of all kinds of other bad things. Reminds me of Lessig starting with copyright reform and seeing the need to move up a level to campaign finance. Never-ending greed lies at the base of lots of our issues. To go back to the old days – Corporations see a bag of gold and think . . . “This is heavy. I bet I could use this to knock people out, steal their spare change, and charge them for the privilege.”

Comment on O Tempora! O Moira! by Tom Woodward

I encouraged our world language people do the manual submission to archive.org when they found something they felt was irreplaceable. With the browser plugin it’s pretty straight forward if a little slow. I don’t think it spiders the whole site but it’s a little start.

I last used site sucker with the ANTH101 vs1 site and it worked really well.

I did grab all the random stuff that’s not WP from augmenting.me. Somewhere on there is the old CTLE site as well.

Comment on Unabashedly anthemic by Gardo

Tommy was and is always a spiritual experience for me, embodied too because rock-and-roll.

I love the idea of the “size of the experience.” How big was this course of study this semester? Or to get all cosmological, how much of a macrocosm could you see, or begin to see?

I sometimes ask students if they think about the arc of the semester, the way the course takes them through an experience. They’re puzzled by the question, almost always. I get that the lessons come in a series, but why not like chapters and less like one thing after another? Every course is also a curriculum.

Thanks for the kind words. I’ve just graded a number of free-response analyses of a clip from Citizen Kane, and I’m not feeling like anything scales at all–certainly not whatever said it was college prep but seems not to have been.

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