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The 35 words you’re (probably) getting wrong

I freely acknowledge that, in a list of this sort, “glossary” is a fancy Latin word for a collection of pet peeves (noun, 1919), meaning an annoyance or irritation. One of my peeves is that, as a noun originating in America, it had not been admitted into the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (1968) …

Kellyanne Conway

Tech skills are seriously lacking in universities – take it from the IT guy

“Moodle Man!” came the cry from behind me. I cringed. I’d made the fatal mistake of walking through the campus helpdesk area during lunchtime on assignment hand-in day. I turned, clutching my meal deal, to see a student, and one of my regular customers, come barrelling towards me, laptop in hand. …

College & University

Eternal Return

<b>Twin Peaks: The Return, 2017,</b> still from a TV show on Showtime. Season 3, episode 1. Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan).<p><b>EUCALYPTUS TREES, WEAKENED BY</b> …

Diary

Then I received an invitation from Tommy Sheridan, MSP, who was shunning the Edinburgh carnival and holding a party in his People's Republic of North …

City Politics

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Switzerland’s recent changing relationship with the EU research and mobility programmes gives the UK some interesting lessons about how our own …

On the Unhappy Consciousness of Neoreactionaries - Journal #81 April 2017 - e-flux

1<p>Peter Thiel, “The Straussian Moment,” in <i>Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture: Politics and Apocalypse</i>, ed. Robert Hamerton-Kelly (East Lansing: …

Peter Thiel

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<i>“The helter-skelter expansion of higher education in the past twenty-five years – and the elevation of educational success into the gold standard of</i> …

The Financial Times: Uber is doomed

On FT's Alphaville, Izabella Kaminska takes note of the excellent, deep series on Uber's Ponzi-economics that Hubert Horan published last year on …

We need a “slow food” movement for higher education

The academy has moved to the fast lane. Corporatization has sped up the clock, compromising teaching, scholarship, and collegiality. The “slow movement”—originating in slow food—challenges the frantic pace and homogenization of contemporary culture. We believe that adopting the principles of “slow” …

Higher Education

Before 'Fake News' Came False Prophecy

From medieval Britain to the present, fantastic stories speaking to readers’ darkest fears have proven capable of altering reality.<p>The revelation that fake news deceived voters in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election generated real outrage in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s electoral …

Why Some Conservative Thinkers Seriously Want the Return of the Middle Ages

Of all the political and intellectual surprises that come at us every day now, one of the more unusual is the strange resurgence of the Middle Ages …

Middle Ages

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.<p><i>This article was originally published January 28, 2017.</i><p><i>Update: March 17, 2018:</i> <i>Facebook lawyer Paul Grewal announced in a blog post Friday that the company has suspended Strategic Communication</i> …

On Bureaucracy and the Left

I’VE WANTED TO read a book like David Graeber’s <i>The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy</i> for a long time. …

The hysteria over Bollywood’s baby Taimur shows that critics just don’t understand India’s medieval history

In most human cultures, the birth of a child is an unambiguously happy event. This moral framework does not, it seems, apply to some sections of social media, where for the most part of Tuesday, Tweeters bemoaned the birth of a new Bollywood baby. Born to A-list film stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena …

India

Parkinson's law

Not to be confused with Parkinson's law of triviality.<p><b>Parkinson's law</b> is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its …

Why time management is ruining our lives

The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a writer and self-avowed geek named Merlin Mann. Their biggest professional problem was email, the digital …

Time Management

Universities undergo "quiet revolution" as they switch to open-plan learning, Haworth report finds

<b>Haworth white papers:</b> higher education institutes around the world are undergoing radical change as they swap old-fashioned lecture rooms for …

What is anchor individualism?

Brian Epstein has attempted to shake up some of our fundamental assumptions about the social world in the past several years by challenging the idea …

What I Learned Binge-Watching Steve Bannon’s Documentaries

He has the next president’s ear. Here’s what 13 hours and 11 minutes of fever-dream conservative viewing says about his dark worldview.<p>Before he directed Breitbart News, before he directed Donald Trump’s insurgent campaign to a surprising victory in November, and before he directed the …

Tea Party

How not to write: 14 tips for aspiring humanities academics

Good writers are often fooled by the lure of plain English. Most academics in the humanities are not duped so easily, though. They understand the …

Princeton University

The Colleges Are Watching

With access to predictive analytics and more data than ever before, how can universities avoid invading students’ privacy while promoting academic success?<p>A college degree may be the golden ticket to a better job, but that incentive alone isn’t enough to stop millions of students from dropping out …

Facebook blocks insurance company’s plan to base premiums on your posts

Plan would have set fees based on excessive use of exclamation points, among other things.<p>Facebook has ruled out the launch of a new car insurance …

Personal Information

Crystal Ball

Shingy believes in storytelling—more story, less telling. A story can be anything—text or image, six seconds or thirteen hours. According to Shingy, we are no longer living in the age of information; it’s the age of social, and social is all about conversations. How does Shingy know? Because he is …

Fred Turner weighs in on the accelerationism debate

[image] Fred Turner is a professor of communications at Stanford and author of the canonical text From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, …

Inventions

Trump, the University of Chicago, and the Collapse of Public Language

A while back, I went to San Francisco to report a piece about some protests happening in town. The conflict, as narrated in the local papers, puzzled me. Although it supposedly centered on private buses for tech workers, the concerns had a more broadly political air. This was not surprising—San …

Credentialism and Corruption: Vile College Administrators Edition

<i>By Lambert Strether of Corrente.</i><p>There is no better proof of Kenneth Arrow’s thesis that college degrees signal salary expectations (“conveying …

Supervisors can do a lot more to support PhD students

A growing literature exists on the emotional issues faced by undergraduates, but far less attention has been paid to the psychological needs of …

Treasury to 'guarantee' post-Brexit funding for EU research projects

Philip Hammond is to “guarantee” that research projects currently funded by the EU will be “underwritten” by the UK government after Brexit.<p>Funding …

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