Weekend Reading: End-of-August Edition

I met my fall classes for the first time today, and so I must admit that summer is finally over. The coming year presents a great deal for me to look forward to, however, so I’m not going to complain. Instead, I’m going to take advantage of my weekend and share with you these five links plus a video.


  • Cory Doctorow warns us of “The Coming Civil War over General Purpose Computing“: Even if we win the right to own and control our computers, a dilemma remains: what rights do owners owe users?
  • Jordan Weissman reflects on “The Beginning of the End of Print: The Lessons of an Amazingly Prescient 1992 Washington Post Memo“: Robert Kaiser, then the Washington Post’s newly appointed managing editor…accurately predicts the explosion in computing power, growth of multimedia, and shift of readers to the web that would define the next 20 years of news publishing. It’s a truly prescient document..
  • Jeff Rice takes us “To the End of General Education“: Overall, Gen Ed is a mish mash of scattered courses distributed by categories: Math, Science, Humanities, etc. The concept goes: if you take two courses of this category, and two of another, and maybe two of another, you will be a well rounded individual. No doubt that does, indeed occur. But what also happens is that the average student takes a variety of courses with no connection to one another for reasons that seldom involve being well rounded. .
  • ProfHacker emeritus Nels Highberg asks, “Is Writing Necessary?“: So, last Saturday, the New York Times published an article entitled “Is Algebra Necessary?” by Andrew Hacker, and it’s been making the rounds. I do not teach math and rarely deal with numbers in my teaching. But the entire time I read this article, I kept thinking of how it might apply to the teaching of writing.
  • Laura Grace Weldon gives us “35 Ways to Make Summer Last“: There’s still plenty of time to fit in summer-y pleasure for your family. We don’t mean pricey vacations or waiting in line at the amusement park. Just the sort of fun that can stretch the barefoot, carefree feeling well into autumn’s first chill. .

In this week’s video, Jane McGonigal shares some new findings regarding “Gaming and Productivity”:

Have a great weekend!

[Creative Commons-licensed flickr photo by bcgrote]

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