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This Week in Fandom, Volume 86
This week in fandom: Send us your questions for Ngozi Ukazu; Star Wars fans and #FanArtForRose; networks distance themselves from Chris Hardwick; and JSTOR talks fandom.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Gender-and-Sexuality  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality  Movies  Fan-art  Academia  Comics  Television 
3 days ago by otw_news
Stop Trying to Sell the Humanities - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I've encountered a little of this with (certain kinds of) pure mathematicians as well: the certainty that what they're doing is valuable for society because it requires a high degree of education.
It's not that I think the state shouldn't fund people who want to spend their lives in contemplation; it's just that it's hard to argue that they should be funded while people who want to make art (or some other not-strictly-beneficent occupation) aren't (for the most part)
academia  humanities 
4 days ago by tkmharris
If You’re A Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject - Bloomberg
The free gifts are just one of the little-known and complicated ways Facebook works with academic researchers. For scholars, the scale of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users provides an irresistible way to investigate how human nature may play out on, and be shaped by, the social network. For Facebook, the motivations to work with outside academics are far thornier, and it’s Facebook that decides who gets access to its data to examine its impact on society.
facebook  ethics  research  academia 
4 days ago by jomc
Stop Trying to Sell the Humanities - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The question then is to what internal purpose should a university be true, a question that requires us to identify the university’s core activity. Aristotle named it in the 10th book of his Nicomachean Ethics. It is contemplation. "This activity would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating," as opposed to "practical activities" which are measured by their effects. Contemplation — turning matters over and then turning them over again — is "superior in serious worth" because it "aim[s] at no end beyond itself, and [has] a pleasure proper to itself."
academia  humanities 
4 days ago by atbradley

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