“He loved the poetry section," Dave Dutton said as Dirk chimed in that Ralph Waldo Emerson was Jackson’s favorite. "I think you would find a great deal of the transcendental, all-accepting philosophy in his lyrics.”—Michael Jackson, the bookworm - Los Angeles Times
“I want people to look harder, deeper. There’s this constant self-consciousness, self-correction; I want flow! Young people are like cattle. They don’t realize the extent to which they are now in boxes, and their free movement, free speech, and free thought have been curtailed. This is not what the ’60s were about, certainly not what the leftism of the ’60s was supposed to be about. On Facebook and Twitter, some people are making constellations of connections. Something positive will come of it, even though right now these sites seem a little banal to me. There’s something oddly provincial about them. It all just seems so high school.”—Camille Paglia
“There are two things to say about him. He was a musical genius; and he was an abused child. By abuse, I do not mean sexual abuse; I mean he was used brutally and callously for money, and clearly imprisoned by a tyrannical father. He had no real childhood and spent much of his later life struggling to get one. He was spiritually and psychologically raped at a very early age - and never recovered. Watching him change his race, his age, and almost his gender, you saw a tortured soul seeking what the rest of us take for granted: a normal life.”—Andrew Sullivan — Thinking About Michael
“But having seen his fellow contestants flood Twitter with messages like “Vote for me! #hypercube” betrayed a fundamental paradox in social self-promotion. The people who are most adept at using social media are those who don’t, in Moore’s words, “whore themselves out” overtly.”—Is it social media if you’re being antisocial?
Students must have completed at least two of the following.
ENG: 232WR—Advanced Tweeting: The Elements of Droll
LIT: 223—Early-21st-Century Literature: 140 Characters or Less
ENG: 102—Staring Blankly at Handheld Devices While Others Are Talking
ENG: 301—Advanced Blog and Book Skimming
ENG: 231WR—Facebook Wall Alliteration and Assonance
LIT: 202—The Literary Merits of Lolcats
LIT: 209—Internet-Age Surrealistic Narcissism and Self-Absorption
“Iran blocks sites, such as YouTube, that are deemed controversial. To get around that, Iranians have used proxy sites—dummy sites with different addresses that, in effect, take browsers to YouTube. There’s a strong chance that work is being done by the tech-savvy Iranian diaspora, Rohozinsky said, “Iranians outside Iran who have the savvy to create such a proxy and email family and friends back in Iran and say, ‘Here, use my proxy.’”—Internet Surveillance And Iran: A Primer — The Atlantic Politics Channel
Is it really transgressive to go to a NY Starbucks in cross-dress? Claude Cahun did cropped hair and smoking jackets. There is a blog devoted to the subject, which probably emphasizes its faddish vogue.
This sort of comment annoys me, because we constantly celebrate a supposed ‘newness’ to girls dressing up as boys. Then again, maybe we keep recycling the idea because we have no idea of where else to take it?
“'The whole enterprise was driven by one fairly simple idea,' says Young. 'And that was that critics had a responsibility to take the best popular culture as seriously as the best high culture. It doesn't sound remotely radical now, because the entire broadsheet press is stuffed with Oxbridge graduates writing about The Terminator. But in those days, it was a new idea.'”—Julie Burchill: ‘I supplied talent and drugs’ | Media | The Observer