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We Have Been Here Before | Easily Distracted
A useful review of the past 60 years of controversy over college speakers.
political-correctness  college  speech  campus  controversy  activism  history  america 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Teachers Should Address Controversial Issues in the Classroom - The Atlantic
book excerpt that discusses the ways high school social studies teachers have wrestled with controversy in their classes.
teaching  teaching-moment  controversy  high-school  pedagogy  history 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Glaciers, gender, and science
Paper has been criticized by global warming denialists as political correctness run amok. "Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions."
geography  glaciers  feminism  sts  science  political-correctness  controversy 
march 2016 by tsuomela
Yes, We Have “No Irish Need Apply” | Easily Distracted
Interesting post on Rebecca Fried, a high school student, who published an academic article, on the presence of 'no irish need apply' signs, debunking another article by a much older academic.
history  historiography  expertise  immigration  academia  controversy 
august 2015 by tsuomela
Galileo's Middle Finger by Alice Dreger - Penguin Books USA
"An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo’s Middle Finger is one American’s eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. For two decades, historian Alice Dreger has led a life of extraordinary engagement, combining activist service to victims of unethical medical research with defense of scientists whose work has outraged identity politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger offers in Galileo’s Middle Finger an unforgettable vision of the importance of rigorous truth seeking in today’s America, where both the free press and free scholarly inquiry struggle under dire economic and political threats."
book  publisher  research  controversy  trends  science  reputation  harassment  ethics 
july 2015 by tsuomela
Taking the road less traveled | Science Careers
“The cost of standing up for controversial results can be devastating to researchers and their families, Dreger makes clear.”
research  controversy  trends  reputation  harassment  ethics  science  sts 
july 2015 by tsuomela
Classroom Saints and Fiends | Dissent Magazine
"The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein Doubleday, 2014, 368 pp."
book  review  education  teaching  controversy  history  america  20c  reform 
may 2015 by tsuomela
​We're All Tired Of Gamergate
"I'm worried, frankly, that all the anger and hyper-tweeting and Internet fury involving Gamergate is unhealthy. I'm worried, as I said to Wu, that this will become status quo, that this is how we'll be talking about games and gamers and games media from now on— this with-us-or-against-us stance, this assumption of perpetual corruption and complaint, the suspicion that any harassment is a given for the unlucky people, mostly women, who reach a certain level of prominence in the gaming scene."
games  online  culture  controversy 
october 2014 by tsuomela
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate
"What we have in Gamergate is a glimpse of how these skirmishes will unfold in the future—all the rhetorical weaponry and siegecraft of an internet comment section brought to bear on our culture, not just at the fringes but at the center. What we're seeing now is a rehearsal, where the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved. Tomorrow's Lee Atwater will work through sock puppets on IRC. Tomorrow's Sister Souljah will get shouted down with rape threats. Tomorrow's Tipper Gore will make an inexplicably popular YouTube video. Tomorrow's Willie Horton ad will be an image macro, tomorrow's Borking a doxing, tomorrow's Moral Majority a loose coalition of DoSers and robo-petitioners and scat-GIF trolls—all of them working feverishly in service of the old idea that nothing should ever really change."
games  online  culture  culture-war  journalism  media  business  controversy  trolling 
october 2014 by tsuomela
A Thousand Kinds of Life: Culture, Nature, and Anthropology | Dissent Magazine
"In the latest twist in an unusually public academic dispute, one of the world’s most influential and highly regarded anthropologists resigned in protest from the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in late February. In quitting the academy, Marshall Sahlins took aim in part at the work of fellow anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon, whose contentious memoir, Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes—The Yanamamö and the Anthropologists, was recently published by Simon & Schuster. But his action is also a skirmish in a much longer and very important debate over what it means to be human—a debate with consequences for the broader public discussion."
anthropology  controversy  human-nature  definition  ethnography 
april 2013 by tsuomela
The Production of Nonknowledge « through the looking glass
"UCL’s Science and Society reading group discussed an interesting paper on the production of non-knowledge, what science decides not to look at, why and how. It’s interesting because the growing literature on the sociology of ignorance – e.g. agnotology – often sees it as a problem, but as this paper points out, it’s a routine part of science. I thought I’d share my notes. "
science  knowledge  bias  controversy  public-understanding  agnotology  ignorance  forbidden  risk 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Engaging the Controversy in Science Education | NCSE
"The cultural controversy over the science curriculum is not really about evolution, but rather is a debate about what knowledge is and who decides."
creationism  evolution  education  teaching  school  american-studies  controversy  science 
february 2013 by tsuomela
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