Weekend Reading

I’d like to say this is late because of something awesome–alas, it was just Little League field triage after the inevitable pre-Opening Day rainstorm. But hey–baseball!

On to the links:

  • Florian Cramer explains how Wikipedia’s neutral point-of-view guideline is the translation of Ayn Rand’s school of thought and other libertarian influences into the project. Wikipedia, as well as other FLOSS movements, are built on consensus. The main problem is that this consensus is built on fictions. (The website, which I also linked to last week, are notes and papers from the “Wikipedia, Critical Point of View” conference a couple of weeks back.)
  • Last week I spotted two articles on the same day about quitting social media.
  • What if we named graduate student slots in the same way we do distinguished chairs? A thought experiment by Sisyphus: The advantage to naming each slot is of course that it makes it easier to keep track of. You can’t “accidentally” let more 18th-century scholars in and forget about your struggling stragglers if they have a labeled slot set aside for them and go every where with a big sign on them, or their cv (although I like the literal big sign idea too — a scarlet letter? a leprosy bell? What is metaphorically more appropriate?).
  • Who says you can’t create on an iPad? Austin Kleon shows how to make newspaper blackout poems with the new shiny. (Austin’s poems are great–why not pick up Newspaper Blackout, debuting Tuesday?)
  • It will be interesting to see how this contract for part-time faculty in New Jersey plays out. (For example, our school adopted two-semester contracts a couple of years back, but they’re underused, for reasons that are enigmatic.)

And, a video: David Wiley offers “A Brief Parody of the Future of Education”:


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