Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tea Party for the Walking Dead: Engaging the Working Class Monster

The topic for this blog has been kicking around in my head – changing shape and meaning – since 2009, when Time Magazine contributor, Lev Grossman commented on the pop-culture zombie craze of that year in his brief piece, “Zombies … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin’s Presidential Strategy: Pretty Darn Smart

A number of commentators have noted in the past week that Sarah Palin’s political strategy is pretty darn smart — and that we shouldn’t be surprised if it actually works in 2012 to secure her the Presidency. Her brilliance — … Continue reading

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“E-days”: The End of Snow Days or the Storm of the Future?

As a child growing up near the “snow belt” in northeastern Ohio, I loved snow days. Whenever my favorite meteorologist (Dick Goddard – look him up) would say, “get out your yard stick, this one will be a doozie,” I … Continue reading

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All Part Of The Plan

Here’s a tip: If you ever find yourself qualifying a statement with “I’m not a bigot (racist, sexist, etc.), but…”, then you should probably think four or five times before finishing your sentence. Regardless of whether or not you think … Continue reading

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It Works Coz You Get to Fill in the ____

The first thing I do in the morning when I wake up is turn on the T.V. This morning, I became struck by the ad for a product I always keep in my house: SmartWater. The ad shows an image … Continue reading

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The Print on Demand Revolution in 21st Century America

A few weeks ago we discussed Elizabeth’s Eisenstein’s book and came to a class consensus that the printing press was not just a neat-o invention (although, yes, it was also clearly neat-o). For starters, it changed readers’ interactions with the … Continue reading

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Sophists Remediated

The above advertisement is scanned from a recent issue of Harper’s Magazine. “The Teaching Company” sells a variety of courses, mostly in the humanities but also in science and mathematics. The format is basically: the company hires a professor of … Continue reading

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