Links: Rigor in universities?, the culture of the U.S. and the Internet, small apartment buildings, SpaceX, and more!

* “AAUP report says adjunct professor was likely fired for insisting on rigor in courses.” Then again, who knows for sure? Still, see also my post, “What incentivizes professors to grade honestly? Nothing.”

* “The Like Button Ruined the Internet.” The best responses to this blog are always emails or other blog posts.

* “Toronto Schools to Cease Field Trips to U.S.,” and the Board cites “concerns that some students may be turned away at the border in the wake of President Trump’s latest travel ban and the American immigration authorities’ newly implemented ‘extreme vetting’ procedures.” Makes sense to me. I remember talking to a student with dual New Zealand and American citizenship and observing that, if I were her, New Zealand universities would be looking very good right now. See also “
Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border
.” One can see why Canadians would not be eager to visit!

* “America Needs Small Apartment Buildings,” and zoning reform more generally.

* “The age of offense.” See also me, “How do you know when you’re being insensitive? How do you know when you’re funny?

* “How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive.” Unexpected throughout.

* “How SpaceX’s Historic Rocket Re-Flight Boosts Elon Musk’s Mars Plan;” by far the most important news last week is that SpaceX launched and re-landed a previously launched and landed rocket booster. The price of getting to space is about to plummet.

* “The Reckoning: Why the Movie Business Is in Big Trouble.”

2 responses

  1. The “Like button” link: very interesting. Where do you include comments on that spectrum? I’ve experienced this pattern on my own blog–posts consistently get likes but no comments, which is frustrating when I’m trying so hard to start a conversation!

    re: age of offense: agree, agree, agree! Just ran across an article (sort of) about this subject:

    We also discuss these issues frequently in my Master’s classes, with the general consensus being that it’s safer and easier just to keep your mouth shut (or edit your writing!) than to risk offending, especially online. But then there are issues of self-censorship and the whole thing is a mess. I would not want to be a professor in today’s world.


    • Where do you include comments on that spectrum

      I wonder if many people get the commenters they deserve, at least up to a point: I’ve mostly gotten very good commenters on TSS. But enough people read to make writing TSS interesting, yet not so many read that I’m a natural troll target.


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