- The truth about Donald Trump’s jokes – CNNPolitics – Calling it a joke makes Sanders and the other functionaries complicit. Just following orders. But it’s an attempt at making us all complicit. The language of dictators.
> More importantly, though, is the rhetorical usefulness of playing off a smiling accusation — of treason, a capital offense — as a gag. To start, it immediately diminishes those who find it upsetting. Implicit in Sanders' defense is a taunt: What's wrong, can't take a joke? It's a conversation ender, and for Trump, one he used successfully on his way to the White House and in his first year in the job. – (none)
- Trump’s Dangerous Treason Accusation Against Democrats – The Atlantic – Call the opposition treasonous. Then add a military parade. What do you have?
> But (and this is important), there’s no reason a federal employee can’t criticize a sitting president.
- Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name – The Atlantic – Naming matters. Action n comes of naming.
> Or it is time to call this era flat-out a return to fascism.
> For him that is not “populism” (or the U.S. version, “economic anxiety,”) nor garden-variety corruption nor even longer-term democratic distress. Instead it is the reawakening of the force that began destroying Europe a century ago, outright fascism:
The term populism, being the preferred description for a modern-day revolt of the masses, will not provide any meaningful understanding concerning that phenomenon … The use of the term populist is only one more way to cultivate the denial that the ghost of fascism is haunting our societies again and to deny the fact that liberal democracies have turned into their opposite: mass democracies deprived of the spirit of democracy. – (trump naming rhetoric categorization politics )
- The Psychological Trick Behind Trump’s Misleading Terror Statistics – POLITICO Magazine – A psychologist tries a hand at rhetorical analysis.
> People perceive risk based largely on emotion, and terrorism is unquestionably frightening.
- Donald Trump Owns This Shutdown | The Nation – I love an essay loaded with goads. It simplifies analysis. – (rhetoric politics trump )
- Blogging Practices: An Analytical Framework | Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication | Oxford Academic – – (blogging socialpractices #en3177 )
- Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’ – The Washington Post – – (none)
- London’s new US embassy: a very diplomatic America on Thames | Art and design | The Guardian – Architecture speaks volumes.
> The new embassy is bland, vanilla, just as a diplomatic dinner is rarely riotous and a diplomatic speech is rarely spellbinding. Its use of art and nature and decoration are somewhat Starbucks – a grande vanilla latte then – and with approximately the same relation to real architecture as that has to real coffee. Timberlake’s multiple objectives are all good and worthy, but like wishing for world peace and an end to hunger are a touch platitudinous. They also contain the occasional conflict and contradiction – most obviously between being fortified and being nice – which the architects have chosen to smooth over rather than dramatise. The basic shape of the building is a cube, which Timberlake explains as being a timeless form. It does give the embassy a presence, but – because it minimises the amount of expensive external skin in relation to the volume – it also happens to be the most efficient shape for an office building. – (london ekphrasis trump )
- The fabulous new US embassy is best not tainted by a Trump visit | Oliver Wainwright | Opinion | The Guardian – Now on my must-visit list.
> Nine Elms was a shrewd choice. It was one of the only places in London where the US could dictate the evolution of a masterplan that would put its shimmering cube at the centre of a fortified arc of paranoia, its building set back behind a militarised terrain of berms, mounds and moats, and surrounded by a necklace of some of the most expensive new apartments in the city, whose developers have been eager to cash in on being part of a new high-security “diplomatic quarter”. – (rhetoric london ekphrasis )
- Trump’s Immigration Remarks Outrage Many, but Others Quietly Agree – The New York Times – Watch the Right – (trump politics fascist_rhetoric EU fashion )
- Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment is his new rock bottom – CNNPolitics – One more step toward fascism. The White House is gaslighting. – (politics gaslighting fascist_rhetoric trump )
- ‘Never Trump’ Will Be the Only Faction Still Standing When He’s Gone – The Atlantic – Not mere decorum.
- FBI Agents Sending Anti-Trump Texts Is Not a Scandal – News commentary with irony – (trump rhetoric irony politics )
- [toread] How 6 words got Donald Trump into big trouble today – – (trump politics linguistics )
- Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation – The New York Times – At a turning point, the NYT reflects. But there are shades of a Hitler regime tamping down opposition and resistance by delegitimization. – (trump politics fascism )
- Yet more proof: Donald Trump is a fascist sympathiser | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian – It's in the language. A discourse community identifies its constituents by their language.
>He shares their worldview as easily as he shares their language and videos. He gives their voice and values the biggest platform in politics. He is a neo-fascist sympathizer in the mainstream of American politics, sitting at the heart of the West Wing and world power. – (trump rhetoric politics )
- DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Introduction Volume 11 Number 3 – special issue.
> This article serves as the introduction to DHQ's Special Issue, "Imagining the DH Undergraduate: Special Issue in Undergraduate Education in DH." Co-editors Emily Christina Murphy and Shannon R. Smith introduce the issue–its signficance, theoretical underpinnings, structure, articles, and case studies. The special issue is organized into four thematic clusters: 1) program models; 2) disciplinarity and DH pedagogy; 3) tool development; and 4) professional concerns. – (DH pedagogy undergrad )
- North Korea best not … – Trump remixes Truman – (linguistics )
- US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal – Just leaving a trace of the accepted terms here.
> “These records reveal Trump’s active censorship of science in the name of his political agenda,” said Meg Townsend, open government attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. – (linguistics trump rhetoric semantics )
- Weblogs: Learning in Public- Jill Walker Rettberg | ETC Press – Meh become me. – (#en3177 digital_literacy blogging )
- Storyspace 3: index to articles – The Eclectic Light Company – Story space is back, and so are tutorials and notes. – (DH Storyspace tinderbox hypertext en3177 )
- The Labyrinth Unbound: Weblogs as Literature, Himmer – – (en3177 blogging )
- E-Portfolios Are Not the Fitbit of Higher Education – I'm forever dubious of e-portfolios, esp as they tend to be forever trumpeted by those who don't use them. Students: get your own domain, keep a blog and a wiki, set your own terms. "e-portfolios come to represent the Fitbits of higher education, then we will have utterly failed our students." – (efolios assessment corporateculture corporatecrawl )
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick – The Pleasure of the Blog: e Early Novel, the Serial, and the Narrative Archive – – (DH #en3177 en3177 )
- Jan Schmidt – Blogging Practices: An Analytical Framework – "This article proposes a general model to analyze and compare different uses of the blog format. Based on ideas from sociological structuration theory, as well as on existing blog research, it argues that individual usage episodes are framed by three structural dimensions of rules, relations, and code, which in turn are constantly (re)produced in social action. As a result, ‘‘communities of blogging practices’’ emerge-that is, groups of people who share certain routines and expectations about the use of blogs as a tool for information, identity, and relationship management. This analytical framework can be the basis for systematic comparative and longi- tudinal studies that will further understanding of similarities and differences in blog- ging practices. – (#en3177 blogging analysis literacy )
- I am a blogging researcher: Motivations for blogging in a scholarly context | Kjellberg | First Monday – The number of scholarly blogs on the Web is increasing. In this article, a group of researchers are asked to describe the functions that their blogs serve for them as researchers. The results show that their blogging is motivated by the possibility to share knowledge, that the blog aids creativity, and that it provides a feeling of being connected in their work as researchers. In particular, the blog serves as a creative catalyst in the work of the researchers, where writing forms a large part, which is not as prominent as a motivation in other professional blogs. In addition, the analysis brings out the blog’s combination of functions and the possibility it offers to reach multiple audiences as a motivating factor that makes the blog different from other kinds of communication in scholarly contexts. – (DH #en3177 blogging research2.0 ethnography )
- Education: Where the “Customer” is the “Product” – Ah, welcome back to university. Pity no one's listening. – (none)
- How the Internet changed the way we read – Er, tl;dr. No evidence, nothing new. So read 'em and weep. – (reading literacy attention_economy )
- The future of blogging is blogging – An end of year comment from Martin Weller. "So, no the edublogosphere isn’t what it was. And that’s just great. Becoming a blogger is still the best academic decision I ever made. – (weblogs blogging academicblogging )
- Fitzpatrick – The Pleasure of the Blog: The Early Novel, the Serial, and the Narrative Archive – Nifty thesis:” “All blogs, for Himmer, are in some sense literary, because of the nature of their readers’ interactions with them. … Such a claim begins to suggest that the reasons we read blogs may be slightly different than we have often imagined; through this understanding, blogs offer not simply a voyeuristic peek into someone else’s life — though, obviously, that numbers among their pleasures, too — but they also offer a form of writing that engages the reader by requiring her not simply to consume the content presented but also, in some sense, to produce that content, to complete what is present through a knowledge of what is past, an exploration of the ways that that present is situated, and a commitment to return in the future.” – (blogging narrative identity genre reading )
- Can the Student Course Evaluation Be Redeemed? – Takes a broad look at student evals across the country and across fields. Seeking an alternative to student evals: “He cast doubt on their validity and reliability, proposing that instead, professors complete an inventory of the research-based teaching practices they use.” Looks at IDEA student ratings system, and critiques it lightly. Comments support IDEA.IF the idea is to guide the faculty in develop=ing a better course, then IDEA would make a fair model to use. But if that’s how it’s used, there is no reason to report to administration semester by semester. – (student_evaluation assessment )
- [toread] Moments in man-made ‘music’ and the machines behind it – – (dh )
- Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away… — Medium – It's interesting that we're *still* debating this one. Shirky emphasizes that it's not so much the machine as the content that lures – content that is *designed* to distract. – (distraction attention_economy attention )
- BEST PRACTICES IN CURATED PUBLICATION: A GUIDE – Joan Fragaszy Troyano, Ph.D Stephanie Westcott, Ph.D. White paper on establishing a scholarly filter blog. Consider it a syllabus for a collaborative grad project. Or a project for Weblogs and Wikis. Thank you to Troyano and Westcott, DHNow, and the Sloan Foundation. – (dh blogging curating filter socialmedia weblogs )
- The Rise Of The Screenshort™ – BuzzFeed News – – (blogging twitter screenshort )
- R.I.P. Blogging, Killed By Screenshorts – Using screenshots of a text note. – (blogging twitter )
- Why Free Is Not the Future of Digital Content in Education | WIRED – The good stuff is in the comments. Sometimes it's a joy to watch a self-serving educational publisher blather on about things outside her understanding. A brush this wide helps tar the entire enterprise. Well done MARY CULLINANE – (DE CC OER )
- Deploying a wiki – – (fedwiki )
- Fedwiki as a mockup prototype – Show FedWiki as a "mockup" prototype of Ward's next vision. Where as WikiWiki is a means for many to work on one piece of content (convergence) stored in one server, what if the similar mechanisms were in a place where we each manage our own small wiki, but through a network means, we can share and have it federated with collaborators. – (fedwiki rhetoric )
- Reflections on Federated Wiki Happening 2014 | catherinecronin – Forget if I tweeted this @catherinecronin reflection on #fedwiki yet, but it's well worth a read. – (fedwiki chorusofvoices )
- Reflection on #fedwiki: Two Tales of Two Forks | Francesbell’s Blog – This is a really thoughtful piece by @francesbell on forking in #fedwiki cc @WardCunningham – (fedwiki )
- Federated Wiki, Slow Cooperation, and a Kindle Parable | Hapgood – A Kindle Parable for #fedwiki participant's and a very partial reply to one part of @francesbell's post ;) – (fedwiki )
- Newsweek designer defends his controversial tech sexism cover – – (dh a&e visual_argument visual_culture )
- Blogging is very much alive — we just call it something else now — Tech News and Analysis – a shift from a place where we publish our stuff and a blogospherical network to your own little corner of the market. – (weblogs blogging en3177 socialnetworking socialm )
- [toread] Reflections from the Trenches in the Cloud: Temporal Differences – – (none)
- Hashtags Hammer Grammar (or Not) – Lingua Franca= – This is more a remark on the rhetorical use of the hashtag in tweets than the grammatical construction of it – and that's at the center of the "It follows no rules!" whinge. It does, but they are rhetorical guidelines, not grammatical rules.
- [toread] Rethinking Wiki Lifecycle: Sites as Bounded Conversations – Reconsidering the long slow death of revisions in federated wikis as conversation. Moving to a new party re-enlivens the talk. “Each wiki site is the product of a bounded conversation, expected to die, but also expected to be raided for the next conversation” – (sfw wiki federatedwiki )
- The Value Of Links | Six Pixels of Separation – Nifty consideration of the link in blogging. – (WCW weblogs links blogging #en3177 )
- [toread] Is running old content a social hack, a handy feature or a trick? — Tech News and Analysis – – (wcw )