300: Rise of a Empire isn’t even a sequel to 300 — it’s set in a parallel timeline. That’s just how intellectually challenging this film is. The scathing, multi-layered political commentary begins with the movie’s very first scenes: As Queen Gorgo describes the fall of Athens in voiceover, a soldier grabs a woman and jiggles her bare breasts in front of the camera. Producer/writer Zack Snyder has recreated the depth of King Lear, only elevated to the sophisticated level of a YouTube comment thread.
I think io9 took the shots fired at Gilliam personally.
Phil Ivey just followed me on Twitter.
That’s weird. Why would he do that? I mean, I’m barely on Twitter anymore.
Every time you feel yourself getting drawn into other people’s nonsense, repeat these words. (via Sweatpants & Coffee)
Must remember this.
A friend put it to me this way: Don’t talk to the monkey, talk to the organ grinder.
Clark Gable playing golf
Money, it’s got to be the shoes.
Paul Ryan = another careless idiot.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) asserted on Thursday that liberals did not understand that kids who got free lunches at school did not have parents who cared about them at home. Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former Republican vice…
And Ryan cribbed this story from a book.
Do the Republicans ever have an original idea? Between Rand Paul’s habitual plagiarism and this nonsense, I am beginning to doubt their honesty.
I think that once I finish my grading for the term some where around Monday afternoon, I’m going to treat myself to these:
My current pair is just about worn out (in the sole—I wish Puma would resole them—the uppers on my current pair are perfect). $60 isn’t too bad, right?
I think FOX News people think that being on SNAP means you have to live like the Wilders.
Now, go on down to the Oleson’s general store, get a bucket of lard, a sack of flour, a mess of potatoes, and not that fancy lard either!
It has moved from blogs and into college classes. Can it be stopped?
Very interesting discussion. The comments are especially so.
But I think the question ‘Can it be stopped?’ is the wrong question. The question is about what can and should those of us in academia do to make the learning environment both intellectually challenging and safe for students to function and learn in.
As an instructor, I must consider the texts that I choose and how students will respond to them. And so I might excuse a student from reading or viewing any and all texts that might trigger her or him into a debilitating condition or attack, but have I created an unfair situation? Or one that puts more pressure on me to create different syllabi and assignments for different students? Do we need an ADA disclosure form? We might.
And I do also wonder, are trigger warnings effective? What if I fail to put a warning on Olaudah Equiano and Frederick Douglass’ Narratives or Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, or Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, e.g.; have I created a disruptive learning environment? Have I directly and negatively affected a student’s health? I certainly don’t want to do that.
When I first began teaching as a professor, I got a film and lit class; I assigned Doyle’s The Commitments, among other texts, having read the book several years before. It’s a good book (better film in some ways), but I had forgotten the language. It’s excessively vulgar to my tastes, but accurately reflects the language of its subjects. Several students complained, and I haven’t taught it again. I would never teach Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting for such a class for the same reason. There are other texts to get to the same learning space, you know?
It is certainly not the case that I seek out texts that contain, e.g., a sexual assault, so that I can teach that moment in the text. There’s little to be gained there. But a novel that has high literary merit may trigger a student’s disability. Their Eyes Were Watching God contains scenes of violence against Janey; should it go? It’s an amazing novel, one that was largely lost to readers until Alice Walker and others brought Hurston back, quite literally, from the dead.
I don’t know the answer to this question of trigger warnings on syllabi, but I think TNR’s utter rejection of the discussion is dead wrong.
Pedant, table for One.
RIP Jam Master J
The style of basketball played in native communities across North America is physical, fast, and inventive. Follow us courtside to the All Native Basketball Tournament.
I’d rather go to this than the SEC or ACC Tournaments.
Actually, Honda dealers have had real issues with exactly that sort of thing - the cars are in such demand that dealers almost operate above the marketplace, with few to no restraints from market pressures.
That’s totally how the front desk operated. When I told him the new estimate to see if he’d beat it (ha!), he snorted. Literally snorted, and said, ‘Good luck.’ As if the transmission guy is going to screw us? He has a perfect rating everywhere. The dealer? Not so much.