Category Archives: Anti-intellectual Thuggery

The Making of an Elder Culture

Forty years ago, pop sociologist Theodore Roszak tried to explain a dominant meme of the sixties with his book The Making of a Counter Culture. The tag “counter culture” was widely adopted in the media and served as a convenient label to bound a set of activities that went against the grain of the values [...]

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Roll Over Yeats

It has been brought to my attention that this blog is the number one Google search result for “mere anarchy is loosed…” That is so stupid. [tags]kathy sierra, robert scoble, head crash of the american way of life[/tags]

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We are, of course, doomed

“The LHC is super-duper fly…” yeah, but is it safe. Not everyone agrees. The Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Bible thumpers and snake handlers all across Jesusland agree that the last days are upon us. We are in the end times. Sadly, it’s not even because Jesus is pissed. No, it’s more high tech than [...]

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Them and Us, We and They

Sarah Palin wanted to ban books from the public library when she was mayor of the little town of Wasilla, Alaska. That type of anti-intellectual thuggery is typical of extremists on the left and on the right. Moving away from the frame of constipated values and interpersonal smack-downs towards the more issues-based interactions we can [...]

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twitter whore, parts one and two

Lisa Nova tweets that her new video “Twitter Whore” has been posted to YouTube. Later she tweets that “Twitter Whore - part two” is up too! OMFG! OMFGZ! WTF? OMG! I kan haz 2 twitter hos? [tags]lisa nova, twitter whore, follow her[/tags]

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Dude, what’s wrong with this sentence?

There has been, historically, a great way of enumerating the difference between skills-based writing instruction and the discipline that I have chosen to commit myself to. - Jeff Ward Irony rears its informal head from the slough of academe. [tags]Golden Mean, meaning, child-like, rhetorical challenges, not my lai, not rachel corrie, triumph of the average, [...]

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Cronin on Post-modernism

I was reading an Edge interview with Dr. Helena Cronin of the London School of Economics and I ran across the following passage. It so eloquently spoke my own mind, that I had to capture it here. The more often that rationalists and humanists have the courage to speak these truths, the sooner we will [...]

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Ceci n’est pas un mot

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