Mark Sample posted his recent work. Lockdown, isolation, resistance, despair. All good, but The Infinite Catalog of Crushed Dreams (April 2020) is my favorite – a mid-summer report on the state of the nation.
A superb set of reviewed links by the editors of Digital Humanities Now.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a range of reflections and resources related to digital humanities, especially on digital pedagogy, labor, data visualization, and online collections.
- 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 )
- Introduction – – (DH undergrad pedagogy )
- Building a Toolkit for Digital Pedagogy – – (DH e-pedagogy embedded_pedagogy pedagogy )
- Digital Oulipo: Programming Potential Literature – – (DH )
- This Is What the Trump Abyss Looks Like – For Trump, hell is other people. For other people, Trump is hell.
> Yes, the forms of the Constitution remain largely intact after nine months. But the norms that make the Constitution work are crumbling. The structure looks the same, but Trump has relentlessly attacked their foundations. Do not therefore keep your eyes on the surface. Put your ear to the ground.
> In a country led by a swirling void, all sorts of inhibitions slowly slip away. Nativism, racism, nationalism: these are very potent catalysts of human darkness. Usually it is the president who takes responsibility when these demons appear to emerge, and attempts to refute, or discredit or calm them. But this one amps them up. – (trump politics existentialism )
- As Harvey Drowns Houston, Trump Struggles to Contain Himself | Vanity Fair – Who knew leadership could be so HARD! Cultural tourism can be so tedious. Especially at a distance. Look to the sequence of statements.
> Since the rain began falling, however, Trump has struggled to respond to the first natural disaster of his presidency with anything other than contrived seriousness at best, morbid fascination at worst.
> “Record setting rainfall,” Trump observed, before quickly getting in a plug for a friend’s book. “Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground,” he noted. “Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!” – (rhetoric politics trump )
- What authoritarianism experts think of Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio – – (authoritarianism politics trump power )
- notes very necessary || Barbara Bridger & J. R. Carpenter – > Notes Very Necessary is a collaboratively authored web-based multi-media essay that aims to addresses climate change by remixing images, text, and data generated by centuries imperialist, colonialist, capitalist, and scientific exploration in the Arctic. The title is borrowed from an essay authored in 1580 by the Englishmen Arthur Pet and Charles Jackman offering detailed instructions on how to conquer new territories by taking copious notes. In 2015 Barbara Bridger and J. R. Carpenter attempted to follow these instructions by making, finding, and faking notes, images, data, and diagrams online and reconfiguring them into a new narrative. – (DH digitallierature en3177 WCW mapping psychogeography )
- Pigeons and Personalization: The Histories of “Personalized Learning” – Take your pick, says Audrey. Show your politics.
> But “personalization” is not simply how we cope with our desire for individuality in an age of mass production, of course. It’s increasingly how we’re sold things. It’s how we are profiled, how we are segmented, how we are advertised to. – (education globalcapitalism )
- Donald Trump Poisons the World – With toxic positioning – Trump's "cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage" makes the global community a global hallucination. Asserts the only position is his. Closes debate. Explains his spectacle. Illustrates how politics differs from business. Assigns us each our role. – (trump rhetoric politics globalcapitalism )
- A Parallax Reading of Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” | samplereality – Bringing close reading into focus. Method! – (modernism litcrit DH )
- To Read Well on Screens, Change Your Mindset | Culture Mulching – – (DH dgital_literacy reading_onscreen literacy_practices )
- Annotated Bibliography on Digital Reading | University of California – Berkeley – "annotated bibliography of articles, studies, surveys, and blog posts centered in various ways on the question of how people engage with digital texts " Some are solid, some are potboiler complaints. Range is from pop press to academic work – (DH reading digital_literacy attention_economy )
- Loco Parentis: Another Look at “Unwanted Advances” – The fall of university community and the influence of Title IX. – (none)
- jwz: The Library of Babel – Imagined in diagrams and sketchup. Derive this, my psychogeographical friends. – (none)
- Will the last person to leave social media please – Another set of reasons to establish one's own blog, wiki, and domain: social sites serve policies for dollars and fold when the dosh runs short. Emerson, Self Reliance. – (DH weblogs socialmedia en3177 )
- Cut ‘n Paste Creative Commons Flickr Attribution Helper Now For Medium – Alan shows how to work with attribution. – (none)
- Why Monica (Crowley) Matters | ACADEME BLOG – "Crowley was actually breaking a law and also fraudulently claiming academic work as her own. Whatever we think of our copyright laws (and I do find them overly restrictive), they need to be respected at least as long as they are on the books." – (webpublishing copyright en3177 cc )
- DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: A Review of Memes in Digital Culture – – (memes DH )
- The rhetorical style of spontaneous speech – – (linguistics orality erhetoric )
- Hypothes.is as a public research notebook – – (annotation DH notetaking )
- Choral Explanations and OER: A Summary of Thinking to Date | Hapgood – Mike's OV of choral voices. I'm connecting the choral with the Greek chora. – (oer wiki fedwiki chora )
- (Higher) Education as Bulwark of Uselessness – I'm deskilling in the wake of Pokemon GO. " I am being completely straight in claiming that the role and glory of education is that it can be useless, not being bounded by criteria of production and pre-determined purpose." – (gaming polemic corporateculture )
- Beyond Academic Twitter: Social Media and the Evolution of Scholarly Publication – Beyond the branding there is scholarship. – (dh erhetoric social_media twitter )
- Why Online Programs Fail, and 5 Things We Can Do About It – Hybrid Pedagogy – > The failure of online education programs is not logistical, nor political, nor economic: it’s cultural, rooted in our perspectives and biases about how learning happens and how the internet works (these things too often seen in opposition). – (DH DE )