Gerry Canavan

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original* Apocalypse now: Nearly One In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is ‘Stressed.’

* Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa explains why the show is just going to get worse and worse and worse.

The protest took the form of three words, or three letters, scribbled onto equipment tape or actual equipment last Saturday during college football games. All Players United, or A.P.U., it read.

* Sensationalized bullshit gets around the world before nuance even has the chance to get its shoes on: Are Tenured Professors Really Worse Teachers? A Lit Review.

In 2006, however, Eric Bettinger and Bridget Terry Long published a book chapter that did address the graduation rate question by looking at student data. Analyzing the records of 43,000 undergraduates at public, four-year colleges in Ohio, they reached the “straightforward and unambiguous” result that freshman taught by adjuncts were more likely to drop out….

Of note here: The big divide wasn’t between tenured and non-tenured professors, but part-time vs. full-time.

Four years later, Bettinger and Long published a second study that added some interesting nuances to their findings. Ohio freshmen, they found, were actually more likely to take additional classes in a career-oriented field (think business, journalism, or computer science) if their first course was taught by an adjunct. In more academic departments (think English or History) students taught by adjuncts were less likely to come back for more. Once they looked beyond freshmen year, the authors found that adjuncts had a positive effect on student interest in every field, though it was still strongest in pre-professional areas of study.

Digital Craft and Humanistic Perspectives Beyond Academia.

  • We need to avoid the mentality of academic self-propagation – graduate studies should not focus on producing more academics, we should assume the norm is to form students for non-academic jobs (much as we do at the undergraduate level).
  • We need to better valorize the masters as a terminal degree – these aren’t the academic dropouts, they are super-graduates who have chosen not to further specialize.
  • We should explore an enhanced masters (or other designation) that fills an enormous gap between the short masters and the long doctorate.
  • We should, through example, encourage students to think of the value of their humanities knowledge, to be able to express it to others, and in some cases to imagine entrepreneurial opportunities for their expertise (have students feel empowered to create a job rather than searching for one).
  • We need to set a higher standard of digital literacy for humanities programs in simple recognition that graduates will be searching for employment in an information age (and more generally participating in a digital society).
  • We need to provide far more opportunities for humanities graduate students to become creators of contentbeyond text-based academic scholarship – producing such tangible works (digital or otherwise) can be valuable in a portfolio and lead to the development of differentiating skillsets on the job market.
  • We need to disrupt the dominance of the classroom-centric, multi-course per term format which seems to persist far more out of bureaucratic habit and convenience than pedagogical soundness. An alternative model is the “block plan” at Quest University, where students take intensive three-week courses. Graduate students might be expected to spend several consecutive days absorbing the more relevant and thought-provoking materials available, from published articles and monographs to blog posts and online videos. There may even be room for a MOOC-like component to provide some core concepts in highly produced and polished form (yes, as heretical as it may sound, I do believe that some aspects of knowledge in the humanities can be fairly neatly packaged, especially in a hybrid model where there are also more intensive small-scale interactions).

* Doin’ it wrong: Usually at the beginning of the semester a hand shoots up and someone asks why there aren’t any women writers in the course. I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth. UPDATE: An apology (kind of). UPDATE UPDATE: Hazlit has now published the full interview.

* Reforming campus rape culture and sexual assault unreporting.

* Public service announcement: Harvard is ridiculously rich. Please do not donate money to Harvard.

* Ballard, Miéville, Seinfeld, and the pornography of infinity.

Real-world Civilization game shows impact of war.

* It’s the utterly pointless prequel you’ve been dying to see, almost the ultimate crystallization of what’s wrong with this trend: Commissioner Gordon.

* 18 Products You’ve Been Using Wrong. At least one or two of these is actually helpful!

* Gawker announces plan to solve the privilege hierarchy once and for all.

* And a diver has finally captured our first photographic evidence of the creature scientists call “the Cookie Monster of the Sea.”

Stove Pipe Sponge, Aplysina archeri

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* Read the article on professor-mothers that set Twitter aflame. Guaranteed to be the worst thing you read this week!

* No one can figure out how Borislav Ivanov is cheating in chess. Via Boing Boing.

* The rise and fall of the American arcade.

The Earwolf podcasting network (beloved home of Comedy Bang! Bang!) has added live mimages to its offerings.

* The intentional fallacy: Kathryn Bigelow says Zero Dark Thirty’s fine because she’s a lifelong pacifist.

* Single charts that explain everything.


* #nodads: California convicts twelve-year-old boy for murdering his neo-Nazi father at ten-years-old.

Finally, proof that all movie trailers use the same color palette.

Todd Glass looks back on a year since “the Marc Maron thing.”

Here Are Obama’s 23 Executive Actions on Gun Violence. 11. Nominate an ATF director. That’ll solve it!

You can carry a loaded firearm into national parks and can tuck your rifle and ammunition into stowed luggage on Amtrak trains. Federal product-safety law subjects everything from toys to toasters to safety inspection and recalls, but exempts guns. Little-known laws shed light on NRA influence.

* I know people will believe anything, but I have to believe Sandy Hook Trutherism is almost entirely a media phenomenon.

* And when the GOP has lost the Koch brothers…

If Only There Were Some Historical Analogy That Could Help Us Evaluate These Proposals

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But Sometimes They Deserve It!

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November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

Ruining ‘Superman’ One Day at a Time

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In the Christopher Nolan produced reboot, Kent’s “a young journalist, traveling for the globe, who would rather solve problems and help people without resorting to using his special powers.”


In the same article, they also dropped the name of Anne Hathaway as a possible candidate for Lois Lane.

Double oy.

True story: a few weeks ago we actually mentioned Anne Hathaway by name as one of the actresses we least wanted as Lois Lane. I should have known then it was inevitable.

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November 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Two Days Left Links

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You’re Doing It Wrong

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March 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

You’re Screwing Everything Up

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UPDATE: Leaving aside some room for hope that this is more gimmick than policy, Krugman’s headline says it all: “Obama Liquidates Himself.” Biden’s economic advisor tried to justify the announcement on Maddow last night; video here.

Obama is trying to pivot out of the Scott Brown disaster by embracing Hoovernomics: a three-year aggregate spending freeze that is arguably worse than the across-the-board freeze McCain supported, and Obama campaigned against, in 2008. At least McCain’s version would have frozen the military budget too; this version only cuts the federal spending people actually need. As I tweeted, the only way promising a spending freeze makes sense is if it’s what the House Blue Dogs need to pass health care—and really only then if they all know it’s a lie. If this is intended to be real policy, it’s moronic, and potentially disastrous. 1937 already happened once. The only upside is that the promise barely means anything.

What the hell are these people thinking?

in ur peace prize wagin ur wars

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Obama’s Nobel lecture is the talk of the Internet today. Props to Obama, I suppose, for turning the raw absurdity of a first-year American president fighting two wars receiving the Nobel Peace Prize into the major theme of his speech:

I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King Jr. said in this same ceremony years ago: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there’s nothing weak — nothing passive — nothing naïve — in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

Look, they call it the Peace Prize. Ur doin it wrong.

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December 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm

You’re Doing It Wrong

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You’re doing it wrong. Via Boing Boing.

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July 9, 2009 at 4:14 am

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Link Dump #1

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Lots of links to dump today. Here’s a preliminary batch…

* There’s a new Springsteen album out today, which all right-thinking people have undoubtedly already purchased on iTunes. Slate and Salon both have Boss-centric coverage in celebration.

* The banking crisis has brought down the government of Iceland. More here.

* At one point, The Simpsons was funny. Eye on Springfield has proof. Via Kottke.

* Regional pizza styles of the U.S.

* LEGO Vipers. Oh, BSG, I can’t stay mad at you.

* Favorite photos of George W. Bush. My favorite is probably this one, which I’ve linked to before, but they all have their charms.

You’re doing it wrong…

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January 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm

The Headline Reads

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January 7, 2009 at 5:01 am

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