August 31, 2019

MayDay

While trying to decide a good Labor Day image for the blog, I was torn between these two, so I’m throwing them both in! The first because it’s iconic, and the second because it highlights how many rights and protections were not always in place for workers. And while we aren’t where we should be in terms of firm anti-discrimination and anti-harrassment protections, these posters make me appreciate how far we’ve come (thanks to labor movements!). Anyway have a great Labor Day weekend!

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  1. The Radical Kindness of Teenage Girls, Quartzy. There are a few quotes that resonated with me in this loving piece. “You have never seen such an outpouring of love and thoughtfulness. They are effusive in their praise of one another, but also specific. They build each other up, day in and day out. They seem to know how much the rest of the world will try to tear them down.” And later: “there is a safe space in which we can experience the emotions her music fires up in us—anger, rebellion, sorrow, delight—without judgment, without fear of what the outside world would do if we let our guard down. A place where earnestness won’t be mocked.”
  2. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers. This was a cool slice-of-life queer space soap opera. I would recommend it if you like the “found family” trope, the extended thought experiment of “what if humans and other space species had to learn to coexist,” or if you like your cozy stories with a side of technobabble. There were parts that were clunky and parts where the exposition was too much for me and I’d skim till I found more dialogue, but by the end all the characters had won me over. If you ever read “slow burn” fanfiction or spent a lot of time on Tumblr back in the day, you might know the vibe I’m trying to describe. And if this sounds like anyone’s cup of tea, please read it so we can talk about it together!
  3. Learning Why, Not How, Inside Higher Ed. “[Students] don’t connect composing citations with academic values: having an open mind, respecting evidence even if it doesn’t support your hypothesis, making sure readers know how you arrive at your conclusion, and honoring expertise. None of that is made obvious from the act of citing sources.” I like how this piece breaks down the problems with over-emphasis on academic citations. Citing your sources according to a specific style, like MLA or APA, is important in school but it’s only one way to give credit where it’s due. At my community college, we emphasize the giving-credit part over the commas-and-italics part, since showing your work and honoring the voices before you will be important no matter what you do after school. The author also talks about those “moments of curiosity turn into questions and how research is not about finding sources, it’s about finding out,” and that is EXACTLY what I am trying to teach students every day!
  4. A Plagiarism Scandal Shakes Up the True-Crime Podcast World, Vulture. Here is exactly why students need to learn why we cite (also how) — a real life example that is not going to be good for these women’s reputations or careers. It’s not the first time that plagiarism has been an issue on podcasts, but as a new type of media explodes and more amateurs get into it, I see this as a cautionary tale.  I think a lot of “content creators” cut corners on attribution in part because they’re amateurs, and because they think admitting that they used sources will make them look bad. Nothing wrong with getting your information (your “content”) from other sources. No one expects you to already know all the details about a crime or a historic event you’re reporting on. You just need to tell us where you got it!
  5. Can You Guess These Classic Novels From Their Library of Congress Subject Categories? Lit Hub. Cute library nerd stuff. Kinda funny how many classic novels have “psychological fiction” as a subject heading. Highlight the text under each entry to see the answer! These were pretty tough; I got 24/70. I think David would know this one: “Hotelkeepers–Fiction. Families–Fiction. Occult fiction. Horror tales.”

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