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This Is All Donald Trump Has Left
A view from one step back. Trump’s in it for the lulz. We’re in it for the duration.

> The culture has been inching further and further into Trump’s gilded funhouse for years now, and you surely do not need me to tell you that it fucking sucks in there. But we are, by now, all the way in. Trump is nearly as ubiquitous in the culture as he has always believed he should be; the one deeply held belief that has been evident throughout his whole faithless disgrace of a life is people should be talking about Donald Trump more, on television, and he has just about seen that part through. All Trump wants, all he has ever wanted, is to be able to keep doing and taking and saying whatever he wants whenever he wants. He ran for president for this reason and this reason only
rhetoric  politics  trump  culture 
november 2018 by mcmorgan
There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick • The Register
The middle-aged Register speaks to the medicare-aged retiring. There's more time to stay further in front of the curve when you're old.

> The kids of my day bantered in rhyming slang and Nadsat; these days they speak StartUp and DipShit.

> Age has nothing to do with the definition of culture.

> In fact, the whole age thing is overrated if you ask me. All my neighbours are long retired but they are completely up to date on modern culture, from AI in healthcare to Facebook’s naughtiness. OK, admittedly one of them thought Stormy Daniels was a rapping conjurer but that’s what you get when you strike up conversation in the automated till queue at Waitrose.

> It’s simply because most people are thick. I realise now that I’m not an old geezer worried that modern culture has left him behind. I’m just a snob. Phew! I can live with that.
april 2018 by mcmorgan
Harmonizing Learning and Education -e-Literate
large OV in response to Cormier, Downes, et al concerning active learning, course design, lib Ed. The title says it all, but here's some more: "This is partly a workplace argument. It’s an economic value argument. It’s a public good argument. If Dave is right, then people who care about learning are going to be better at just about any job you throw at them than people who don’t. This is a critical argument in favor of public funding of a liberal arts education, personalized in the old-fashioned sense of having-to-do-with-individual-persons, that much of academia has ceded for no good reason I can think of. The sticky wicket, though, is accountability which, as Dave points out, is the main reason we have a schism between learning and education in the first place
pedagogy  assessment  coursedesign  culture 
january 2015 by mcmorgan
New Liberal Arts // Snarkmarket & Revelator Press
Collection of short pieces - call them discussion starters - on redefining the lib arts as digital. PDF, and the html is here:
book  culture  DH  libed  libarts2.0 
january 2014 by mcmorgan
Welcome to Quora. Do Yourself a Favor... Slow Down
Some instruction for noobs. Terse in places, a little narrow in others, but it defines one of the safer paths to take while you find your way around. See the apologia, too, if you want to see the culture in action:
en3177  etiquette  quora  culture  rant 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker
From ordering to unboxing to reading. I saved the article to Instapaper so I can read it later, in leisure, on my iPhone.

"I squeezed no new joy from these great books, though. The Gluyas Williams drawings were gone from the Benchley, and even the wasp passage in “Do Insects Think?” just wasn’t the same in Kindle gray. I did an experiment. I found the Common Reader reprint edition of “Love Conquers All” and read the very same wasp passage. I laughed: ha-ha. Then I went back to the Kindle 2 and read the wasp passage again. No laugh. Of course, by then I’d read the passage three times, and it wasn’t that funny anymore. But the point is that it wasn’t funny the first time I came to it, when it was enscreened on the Kindle. Monotype Caecilia was grim and Calvinist; it had a way of reducing everything to arbitrary heaps of words."
Kindle  reading  ebooks  books  design  culture  usability  iPhone 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction - Walter Benjamin
1937 essay, considering principles that are "useful for the formulation of revolutionary demands in the politics of art."
newmedia  academic  aesthetics  benjamin  copyright  essay  theory  culture  media 
may 2007 by mcmorgan

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