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16 years ago
Take a look at the recent article on Second Life in the Economist. Although some of this information will be redundant for those familiar with Second Life; I think it serves as a decent introduction to this virtual space. Further, it was interesting to learn that money earned in Second Life could be converted to dollars, and that, “The top ten in-world entrepreneurs are making average profits of just over $200,000 a year.â€? Finally, I am interested in the tone of this article; the author takes a well-tempered skepticism to this subject.
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16 years ago
Did anyone else feel insulted from the reality of American schooling when they took a look at one of the cover stories, on the use of corporal punishment, in the Times this weekend? I had no idea that it was still legal practice; and I was almost shocked to hear that more than 300,000 students a year experience it. It makes me wonder: What else am I missing?
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16 years ago
I really enjoyed today's seminar. I think there is something compelling about the entire project, and I believe it is worth our continued attention. One thing that struck me–while reading the list of the recent class of MacArthur Fellows after the talk–was the work of fiction writer George Saunders. Saunder's work often offers descriptions of “a near future where capitalism has run amok. Consumption and the service economy rule the earth.â€? Well...
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16 years ago
I really appreciated Wyatt Mason's essay My Satirical Self in the New York Times Magazine. In his essay, he contrasts the political activism of his father with his ‘taking shelter in the ridiculous.' Instead of reading editorials and putting together reasoned arguments to support his views, the author prefers reading the Onion and watching the Daily Show. The author argues that this isn't bad in itself; there is something powerful about well pointed satire. But, the ...
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16 years ago
TimesSelect–one must be a member to view content–is running a section called Lesson Plans. In this section, five teachers will blog about their first month of school. As this project is so similar to our proposed publication project, it will be instructive to chart its progress. The first blog generated a large number of comments on day one, but activity has since declined (23 comments; 16 comments; 10 comments; 0 comments). Will this be compelling; what do readers want?
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16 years ago
While looking for information on Sacvan Bercovitch's The American Jeremiad using Google, I came across The Berkman Center's H2O. I was immediately intrigued; how, I wondered, is a playlist different from a syllabus, what would I find looking around this site? Watch their video, browse the site; it is pretty interesting.
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16 years ago
The New York Times ran an article about LibriVox an archive of free audiobooks. Although I can't say I like the voices of some of the readers–a bit melodramatic for my taste (but, they are volunteers, so how can I really complain)–I do think this is a great resource.
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16 years ago
Does anyone know of any good book review databases? We are thinking about creating a database of TCR book reviews, and are looking for compelling models. I often visit Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, I have visited education book reviews and education review. I don't think any of these do what we want to do–though Notre Dame comes the closest (good design, strong reviews, decent usability). As such: What are better models?
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16 years ago
Miranda Fricker, one of my favorite contemporary philosophers, is publishing Epistemic injustice: Power and the ethics of knowing with Cambridge UP later this year. While the press has nothing listed on their site for this title yet, the entire manuscript can be read at Birbeck ePrints, an online archive developed by Birbeck College. The site itself is not very user friendly or innovative. I came for the conten...
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16 years ago
Recently, I have spent a lot of time on the Tanner Lectures website. It is a tremendous resource; here is an archive of lectures given by some of the smartest and most interesting people writing today. Similarly, I came across another archive site, this time with video. The Simpson Center hosts a lecture series featuring some tremendous speakers. Having spent some time on these sites, I wonder: What can they do better? In particular, is there something about the...
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