Weekend Reading: Pink Is a Strong Color

It’s Friday! Let’s get to those links that give you some reading material for your weekend!

  • How To Tell Fake News From Real News In ‘Post-Truth’ Era,” by Steve Inskeep: “It’s all right for Americans to be skeptical of what they read and hear. How could I say otherwise? I’m a journalist. It’s my job to question what I hear. While I shouldn’t cynically dismiss everything people tell me, I should ask for evidence and avoid buying into bogus narratives. What we all need, as citizens, is to develop more skill in applying our skepticism. We need to spot false narratives, and also turn aside those who would replace them with pure fiction. Either we get this right or we cease to be free citizens.”

  • Bruni should visit and write about the other 99%,” by Steven Krause: “Why is it that whenever the mainstream media wants to make sweeping generalizations about higher education, they always seize upon things that happen at the most elite and exclusive institutions in the country? Why are all of the examples of students generally being ‘coddled’ drawn from colleges and universities that cater to the 1%?”

  • Middlebury, Murray, and the Problem of False Equivalence,” by Kevin Gannon: “The condemnations of the students seem to be based upon the image of college as an Athenian lyceum, where Socrates takes on all comers, and ideas rise or fall on their merits. But that image rests on two erroneous assumptions: first, that both parties in the dialogue have equal power; and second, that all the ideas addressed in the dialogue possess merit. Neither of these is true in l’affaire Middlebury.”

  • To protect the arts and humanities, go local,” by Jason Rhody: “Local is where these cuts will be felt the most, and most especially in rural areas. Despite assumptions that such cuts would most harm intellectual elites in the cities, cultural funding has wide influence across all states and territories, and broader impact for Americans who are not near cultural centers most often found in larger communities.”

  • Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed,” by Ijeoma Oluo: “I know you were kind of hoping to sneak in the back of class in the middle of this semester and then raise your hand in a few days to offer up expert opinion like you’ve always been here — but you’ve been spotted, and I have some homework for you, because you’ve missed A LOT and we don’t have the time to go over it all together. I’m glad you are here (I mean, I’d really rather you arrived sooner and I’m a little/lot resentful at how often we have to stop this class to cover all the material for people who are just now realizing that this is a class they should be taking, but better late than never I guess) and I know that once you catch up, you can contribute a lot to the work being done here.”

  • Rationalizing Those ‘Irrational’ Fears of inBloom,” by Audrey Watters: “While those making sweeping promises about data collection and data analytics wanted to suggest that, thanks to digital technologies, InBloom offered a unique opportunity to glean insights from data from the classroom, many parents and educators likely had a different sense — a deeper history — of what data had already done or undone, of what data could do or undo. They certainly had a different sense of risk.”

Our Friday video is for “Pleasure,” a track from Feist‘s first album since 2011:

Above All: Pink flickr photo by Ian Sane shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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