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Can Television Personalities—Media Personas–Even Have Personal Histories?

When 24/7 cable news channels were introduced, it seemed as if the great promise of television as a tool to educate the citizenry was about to be realized. Some optimistic … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

In Praise of Scott Walker—An Annotated Response to a Wall Street Journal News Story

Colleges are usually at the forefront of radical politics [The word “radical” suggests extreme and abrupt change driven by ideological rather than practical concerns. These days there is much more … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Numbers Support Patricia Arquette, Not Her Critics (And They Indicate a Truth about “Right to Work” as Well)

Patricia Arquette is being slammed from both the Left and the Right for her comments during and after her acceptance speech for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Two Oscars-Related items

The first item is from the Huffington Post. Written by Andy McDonald, it is a fill-in-the-blanks template for the acceptance speeches made by those who win Academy Awards. It is … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wright State Was in the News Again, and If It Was an Entirely Good Thing, I Probably Wouldn’t Be Writing about It

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I have hardly been reluctant to address issues that have arisen at my own university. So I was not … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Student Debt as a Percentage of Total Household Debt, Q4-2014

The following chart shows total household debt in the United States, broken down into its major components, in the fourth quarter of 2014: In effect, although total household debt increased … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Legislating History, Legislating Science, Legislating Reality

Much of what is coming from the Far Right these days could come straight out of George Orwell or Jonathan Swift. An Oklahoma legislative committee has just voted to forward … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Why a White Guy Doesn’t Want to Belong to a “White” Group

This post is an addendum to Aaron Barlow’s post on the attacks on Prof. Bebout’s course on “Whiteness,” a post which you should probably read before reading the rest of … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

For Presidents Day, See if You Can Identify the President Who Made Each of the Following Observations

Business Insider found an inspiring quotation from each of the presidents. The full item from Business Insider is available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-inspirational-quotes-from-us-presidents-2015-2 You will probably be surprised by how often the … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 1 Comment
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