* China Miéville: Marxism and Halloween.
* The Halloween candy to avoid if you don’t want orangutans to die. This is why consumerist approaches to struggle will never work. Horrors lurk everywhere.
* Anti-Humanism and the Humanities in the Era of Capitalist Realism. A reminder.
That table reveals that in 1970-1971, 17.1% of students who received BAs in the United States majored in a humanities discipline. Three decades later, in the midst of the crisis in the humanities we hear so much about, that number had plummeted to 17%.
* There is little talk in this view of higher education about the history and value of shared governance between faculty and administrators, nor of educating students as critical citizens rather than potential employees of Walmart. There are few attempts to affirm faculty as scholars and public intellectuals who have both a measure of autonomy and power. Instead, faculty members are increasingly defined less as intellectuals than as technicians and grant writers. Students fare no better in this debased form of education and are treated as either clients or as restless children in need of high-energy entertainment – as was made clear in the 2012 Penn State scandal. Such modes of education do not foster a sense of organized responsibility fundamental to a democracy. Instead, they encourage what might be called a sense of organized irresponsibility – a practice that underlies the economic Darwinism and civic corruption at the heart of a debased politics.
* The academic career path has been thoroughly destabilised by the precarious practices of the neoliberal university.
* A new study suggests interdisciplinary PhDs earn less than their colleagues.
* How to be a tenured ally.
* Scenes from the academics’ strike in the UK. Another report from the trenches.
* Most Colleges Still Haven’t Implemented The Right Policies To Prevent Rape.
* A Marxist consideration of white privilege.
* The women in magazines don’t look like the women in magazines.
* Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they’re now worth $886k. Exactly how currencies are supposed to work!
* Jane Austen: The Massively Multiplayer Role-Playing Game.
* America as Walter White.
* The tragedy of Michelle Kosilek. A better treatment of the issue than the headline’s framing would suggest.
* “Being condemned to death is unlike any other experience imaginable.”
* Macy’s security has arrest quota, ‘race code system’ for nonwhite shoppers. An exemplary case, I think, of the phenomenon Adam Kotsko describes in “What if Zimmerman had been a cop?”
* And speaking of which: George Zimmerman’s Hometown Bans Guns For Neighborhood Watches.
* Boy Who Shot Neo-Nazi Dad Sentenced to 10 Years in Juvenile Detention.
* Appeals Court Gives NYPD Go Ahead to Restart Stop-and-Frisk.
* There’s something really revealing about how the Daily Show can’t process this story about an unaccountable shadow government running the national security apparatus, and so just punts to a random n-word joke instead. Liberalism, I think, characteristically flinches whenever the conclusion that the system is fundamentally broken is inescapable.
* Honorary vertebrates?
* U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network. MOOCtastic!
* And in honor of the last pop culture lunch of the semester, my favorite zombie short: “Cargo.”