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Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy | Moira Weigel | US news | The Guardian
For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph by Three weeks ago, around a quarter of the American population elected a demagogue with no prior experience in public service to the presiden via Pocket
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My So-Called Media: How the Publishing Industry Sells Out Young Women
On November 30th, Tavi Gevinson published her last ever editor’s letter at Rookie. The 22-year-old started the site when she was just 15, and in the intervening years it had spawned a pastel-hued community of girlhood, which, if not always sparkly, was always honest. via Pocket
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4 Mentorship Archetypes
I am a big believer in the value of mentorship, both providing and receiving. As a mentor I have found that it has frequently helped me clarify my thinking on a number of topics, and crystallize some of the ideas and ways of doing things which have worked for me (or not) throughout my career. via Pocket
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Opinion | Everything Is for Sale Now. Even Us. - The New York Times
There is something about the consumer madness of the holiday season that makes me think of my friend Rebecca’s mother. When I was in middle school, she had a side hustle selling acrylic-rhinestone bug brooches. via Pocket
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2 days ago
What’s behind a recent rise in books coverage? - Columbia Journalism Review
If it occasionally feels like nobody reads books, anymore—that we are indeed witnessing the slow death of the literary novel, and the rapid decline of leisure reading, and the steady increase of American non-readers—why is it that mainstream publications are writing more about them? via Pocket
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2 days ago
The philosophy and practicality of Emergent Ventures - Marginal REVOLUTION
Let’s start with some possible institutional failures in mainstream philanthropy.  Many foundations have large staffs, and so a proposal must go through several layers of approval before it can receive support or even reach the desk of the final decision-maker. via Pocket
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2 days ago
I, LPC – Everything Studies
When you spend all-ish of your screen time on the English-language internet you have to deal with its mangled political terminology that’s largely a result of American peculiarities and therefore doesn’t work that well for the rest of us. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Eve Ewing’s Lesson in Grassroots Sociology | The Nation
When Marvel Comics needed a writer for its character Riri Williams (the “new Iron Man”), a suggestion came promptly—via Twitter, of course: “@eveewing 100%,” suggested one user. The next day, a Change. via Pocket
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4 days ago
We Need to Destroy the Blurbing Industrial Complex - The Millions
In 1856, an obscure-ish writer, frustrated by the non-recognition of his newest self-published oeuvre, took matters into his own hands. He sent copies of his book of poems, unsolicited, to the literary luminaries of his day. One luminary, Ralph Waldo Emerson, replied with a polite thank-you note. via Pocket
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5 days ago
Private Lives - latimes
What comes now? Another outsider, another potential threat. * This time, I'm the outsider. David Loyd's 22-foot aluminum work skiff carries us through blue-gray waters dotted with the thickly wooded hilltops of a submerged mountain range. Together they make up the San Juan archipelago. via Pocket
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6 days ago
Time Capsules — Real Life
In one of my favorite scenes from Absolutely Fabulous, Patsy Stone, the fashion editor and professional drug user played by the inimitable Joanna Lumley, comes to work in the morning and goes to a light box to look at contact sheets. via Pocket
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6 days ago
The Friendship That Made Google Huge | The New Yorker
One day in March of 2000, six of Google’s best engineers gathered in a makeshift war room. The company was in the midst of an unprecedented emergency. In October, its core systems, which crawled the Web to build an “index” of it, had stopped working. via Pocket
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8 days ago
Page Not Found | Patreon Blog
If you’ve looked at what other creators are doing on Patreon, it can be daunting to see how many different ways they leverage their resources to run a successful business. Every creator has a unique take on Patreon that works. So where does your business fit in? via Pocket
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9 days ago
Racism’s Cost to Black Homeowners: About $48,000, Says Study
There’s more proof that blaming poverty on individuals’ moral failings isn’t accurate. A new study by the Brookings Institute in conjunction with Gallup puts a price tag on institutionalized racial bias. Authors Andre M. via Pocket
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11 days ago
Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015
This is an aspirational post. After some 35,000 words in a series that has been pretty critical about the state of education technology in 2014, I want to write about something that gives me hope. I believe we can do better. via Pocket
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11 days ago
C M Taylor on ‘keystroke logging project’ with British Library - English and Drama blog
a guest blog by Craig Taylor, whose latest novel, Staying On, is published by Duckworth in 2018. In 2014 he began a project with the British Library to document the creative process of writing the book, using key-logging software. You can reach Craig on Twitter at @CMTaylorStory. via Pocket
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13 days ago
Remembering the Howard University Librarian Who Decolonized the Way Books Were Catalogued | History | Smithsonian
In a 1995 interview with Linton Weeks of the Washington Post, the Howard University librarian, collector and self-described “bibliomaniac” Dorothy Porter reflected on the focus of her 43-year career: “The only rewarding thing for me is to bring to light information that no one knows. via Pocket
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13 days ago
Cryptoforestry: Cryptoforestry
According to biological theory all properly drained lands left to themselves will eventually become forested as the final phase of ecological succession. It is not the whole story as forests do change overtime but for now it will do. via Pocket
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17 days ago
Could California's Camp Fire Have Been Avoided? - The Atlantic
There was no horizon in Oakland on Saturday, and the air smells dirty. It’s not like fresh smoke. It’s a staleness. If you stay outside too long you get a little headache. The newest numbers say 71 people have died, more than a thousand missing, and 12,000 buildings burned in the Camp Fire. via Pocket
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17 days ago
Is it finally time for media companies to adopt a common publishing platform? » Nieman Journalism Lab
One of the most important lessons I learned as Vice’s chief technology officer was that while the operational needs of the company might feel unique, fundamentally those needs were no different from any other media company. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Thanksgiving Promotes Whitewashed History, So I Organized Truthsgiving Instead
In this op-ed, Christine Nobiss, MA (Religious Studies), Plains Cree/Saulteaux of the George Gordon First Nation and Decolonizer with Seeding Sovereignty, explains why she organized Truthsgiving in resistance to Thanksgiving. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Everything on Amazon Is Amazon! - The New York Times
The infinite retailer appears to be ushering untold numbers of stealth brands into your life, even as it plans to take over the East Coast. If you like Ween Charm, you’ll love Austin Mill! In 1618, an aspiring alchemist in Constantinople named Avedis created his first copper alloy cymbals. via Pocket
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