articles of interest - Sept 18


61% of young adults in U.S. watch mainly streaming TV  Pew Research Center

The magazine industry finds itself fighting on unfamiliar terrain, best suited to their rivals  Talking New Media


How to cover DACA as a student journalist: advice from professionals  Student Press Law Center

Journalist from Mexico denied entry to U.S. for D.C. press event  CBS News

Report for America aims to get 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms in next 5 years  Poynter

How the Birmingham Mail Separated Print from Digital to Save the Newspaper  PBS Media Shift


No Apology, No Explanation: Fox News And The Seth Rich Story  NPR

BuzzFeed News embraces video, skips the ‘pivot’  Columbia Journalism Review


WSJ, Getty unpublish fake photographs from phony conflict reporter  imediaethics


Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying (opinion)  Wired

Apple's Facial Recognition Software Has Privacy Advocates Worried  NPR

iPhone X price, features widen gap between haves and have-nots  CNET

What It Might Take To Stop The Data Breaches  NPR

A long-range, frugal new chip could be just what a smart city needs  Economist


Ever better and cheaper, face-recognition technology is spreading  Economist

Advances in AI are used to spot signs of sexuality  Economist 

Researchers produce images of people’s faces from their genomes  Economist


The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success  Forbes

How technology is changing the culture of the intelligence community  Federal News Radio


Dude is pumped to discover Snapchat's ridiculous new feature  Mashable

Confessions of an Instagram influencer: Brands just want big numbers  Digiday


Phones Are Changing How People Shoot and Watch Video  Wired

Tell a Story with your Data with StorylineJS  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Equifax hired a music major as chief security officer  Mediaite


The “No one to blame but themselves” rule  Becoming (my blog)

6 Reasons Good People Turn Into Monsters  Cracked


Science tries to make sense of humanities: This is your brain on art  Washington Post


The meaning of Entitlement  Chronicle of Higher Ed


How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy  Big Think  


Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?  NPR

Merriam-Webster adds 'alt-right' and 'sriracha' and 250 more words to its dictionary  LA Times


Women dominate journalism schools, but newsrooms are still a different story Poynter


What ESPN Employees Are Saying About The Jemele Hill Situation On Their Private Message Board  DeadSpin

How the U.S. Hispanic population is changing  Pew Research

4 Books That Will Help You Understand Race in Modern America  Study Breaks


Arguments over free speech on campus are not left v right  Economist

What Lies Ahead in the Campus-Speech Wars? Experts discuss the challenges they see on the horizon — and what colleges can do about them  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Free Speech-Hate Speech Trade-Off (opinion)  New York Times

What Lies Ahead in the Campus-Speech Wars? Experts discuss the challenges they see on the horizon — and what colleges can do about them  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Some Americans don’t believe Muslims, atheists have First Amendment rights  Religion News Service

Incidents at Harvard and Catholic Universities run counter to narrative about campus speaker controversies  Inside Higher Ed

How First Amendment Battles Are Shaping Up in the Social Media Age  Hollywood Reporter


Website Inaccessible to Visually Impaired Violated the Americans with Disabilities Act  Lexology

Facebook Wins Appeal Over Allegedly Discriminatory Content Removal–Sikhs for Justice v. Facebook  Technology and Marketing Law Blog

How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recovery  Billboard

If ESPN Wants to Discipline Jemele Hill, She Might Have Law on Her Side  New York Times

Conan O'Brien to Probe Whether Copyright Office Was Duped by Tom Brady Joke  Hollywood Reporter

Doubling (& Tripling) Down on Trademark Protection For Secret Menu Items–In-N-Out v. Smashburger  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


A Booming New Jersey Evangelical Church whose fiery founder who embraced the K.K.K.  New York Times

Houston Church Blocks Jewish Lesbian From Volunteering to Help Hurricane Victims  Newsweek

Died: Nabeel Qureshi, Author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’  Christianity Today

'Jesus People' – a movement born from the 'Summer of Love'  LA Times


Banksy is back with artwork that expertly skewers how institutions treat street art  Mashable


Liberalism and the Campus Rape Tribunals  New York Times

The Trump administration’s approach to rape on campus is welcome: Barack Obama’s government put undue pressure on colleges to secure convictions in return for public money  Economist


As U.S. marriage rate hovers at 50%, education gap in marital status widens Pew Research Center


What Makes People Like (and Dislike) Their Doctors?  Priceonomics


Science will win the technical battle against cancer. But that is only half the fight  Economist

New types of therapy mean cancer is going to become ever more survivable  Economist

Understanding cancer’s unruly origins helps early diagnosis  Economist

Enrolling the immune system in the fight against cancer  Economist

Today’s anti-cancer tools are ever better wielded  Economist

The developing world needs better cancer strategies  Economist


Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors  Bloomberg

Millennials mostly watch TV after it’s aired: Older people still watch more live TV, but that’s changing  NPR


The Social Life of Opioids: New studies strengthen ties between loss, pain and drug use  Scientific American


Feminism and the Future of Philosophy  New York Times

Philosophy, Descartes and the dance of life  The Guardian


The Silicon Valley avant-garde have turned to LSD in a bid to increase their productivity  1843 Magazine


This search engine makes finding public records less painful  Poynter

 “Do You Expect Me to Just Give Away My Data?”  Eos

Creating Incentives to Address the Replication Crisis in Science  Undark

COPE Ethical Guidelinesfor Peer Reviewers  Pub Ethics

Publishing in parallel: when two societies work together  Royal Society


How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus  Politico 

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained with a cartoon  Vox

Report Faults U. of Virginia on Response to White-Supremacist Rally  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Christian Universities: Moving Ahead by Standing Still (opinion)  Context


Atmospheric scientist at Illinois is on leave after refusing to provide lecture slides to student with disabilities  Inside Higher Ed


Five reasons you should join your college newspaper  Medium

UT Austin journalist assaulted while covering protest  Student Press Law Center


Georgia Tech Student-Activist Shot Dead by Campus Police  Fox 5 Atlanta

Student reporters kicked out of “open” student government meeting  Student Press Law Center

Students lose roughly four in 10 of the credits they accumulate before transferring: The transfer route in California is a "complex and costly maze”  Inside Higher Ed

How Successful Valedictorians Are After High School  Money Magazine

As Millennials Get Older, Many Are Buying SUVs To Drive To Their Suburban Homes  NPR

Why Millennials should be really worried about the Equifax breach  Money Magazine

DACA student targeted by classmate says university has done nothing to help  CBS News

Yale University will discontinue the terms “freshman” and “upperclassman” in its official documents  Inside Higher Ed

How to choose a student credit card  USA Today

How to Decide If Moving Off Campus Is Right for You  Study Breaks


Evergreen professor at center of protests resigns; college will pay $500,000  The Seattle Times

Republicans view professors more ‘coldly’ than Democrats do  Pew Research Center

How a Group of Instructors Is Standing Up to the Right-Wing Outrage Machine  Chronicle of Higher Ed

College puts adjunct on leave over tweet about teaching 'future dead cops'  Inside Higher Ed


No one to blame but themselves

The “No one to blame but themselves” rule “implies that once someone breaks a rule, you can do whatever you want to them and you cannot be blamed. We need that one mortal sin which will let us revoke a person's status as a human worthy of dignity, respect, empathy or anything else.

I think the reason so many racists could pass an ‘Are you a racist?’ polygraph test is that they don't think minorities are inhuman due to their color, but rather their supposed criminality.. The single hint of a single minor crime meant absolutely anything done in response is justified.. They all think their daily cruelty is in response to some extreme provocation.

If cruelty wears justice as a disguise, then anyone who believes in justice is at risk.”

David Wong writing for Cracked

The Backfire Effect

The backfire effect happens when the myth ends up becoming more memorable than the fact. One of the most striking examples of this was seen in a study evaluating a “Myths and Facts” flyer about flu vaccines. Immediately after reading the flyer, participants accurately remembered the facts as facts and the myths as myths. But just 30 minutes later this had been completely turned on its head, with the myths being much more likely to be remembered as “facts”.  The thinking is that merely mentioning the myths actually helps to reinforce them. And then as time passes you forget the context in which you heard the myth – in this case during a debunking – and are left with just the memory of the myth itself.

Mark Lorch writing in Business Inisder

Confirmation Bias

You probably like to believe that your beliefs are the result of years of experience and objective analysis of the information you have available. The reality is that all of us are susceptible to a tricky problem known as a confirmation bias. While we like to imagine that our beliefs are rational, logical, and objective, the fact is that our ideas are often based on paying attention to the information that upholds our ideas and ignoring the information that challenges our existing beliefs.

A confirmation bias is a type of cognitive bias that involves favoring information that confirms previously existing beliefs or biases. For example, imagine that a person holds a belief that left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people. Whenever this person encounters a person that is both left-handed and creative, they place greater importance on this "evidence" supporting their already existing belief. This individual might even seek "proof" that further backs up this belief while discounting examples that do not support this idea.

Confirmation biases impact how people gather information, but they also influence how people interpret and recall information. For example, people who support or oppose a particular issue will not only seek information that supports their beliefs, they will also interpret news stories in a way that upholds their existing ideas and remember things in a way that also reinforces these attitudes.

A number of experiments conducted during the 1960s demonstrated that people have a tendency to seek information that confirms their existing beliefs. Unfortunately, this type of bias can prevent us from looking at situations objectively, can influence the decisions we make, and can lead to poor or faulty choices.

Kendra Cherry writing in

Articles of Interest - Sept 11


New AI can work out whether you're gay or straight from a photograph The Guardian

What machines can tell from your face  The Economist

Strong password strategy to protect against hackers  The Washington Post

The NFL is putting data-collecting chips in all its footballs  Fast Company

Identity Theft Feeds on Social Security Numbers Run Amok  Bloomberg

The Password Game   Survey Gizmo

Apple’s iOS 11 Will Make It Even Harder for Cops to Extract Your Data  Wired


News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017


How Podcasting Became Hollywood's Latest Obsession  VICE


News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017 Pew Research

What journalists can do better to cover the disability beat  Columbia Journalism Review

Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use  Pew Research

Washington Post’s Aggressive Video Journalism is Paying Off in Hurricane Coverage  Editor and Publisher


The New York Daily News bought by publisher Tronc for $1  CBS News

Turnaround at San Francisco Chronicle Shows Way for Legacy Newspapers  Editor and Publisher


5 studies about fact-checking you may have missed last month  Poynter

Trump backers’ alarming reliance on hoax and conspiracy theory websites, in 1 chart  Washington Post

Facebook undermines its own effort to fight fake news  Politico

How We Can Filter Fake News and Make Media More Trustworthy Singular Hub

How Russian & Alt-Right Twitter Accounts Worked Together to Skew the Narrative About Berkeley Arch Digital

A 25-Year-Old CEO Emailed Mark Cuban to Pitch His Anti-Fake News Startup for Investment — and It Worked  TIME


Why a squeegee used on 9/11 is in the Smithsonian  Becoming (my blog)


Is it elitist to call out Donald Trump’s typos and errors?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why Can’t I Start a Sentence With a Numeral?  Mother Jones

A Philosopher-Grammarian Gets Something Right  Chronicle of Higher Ed


A campaign to stop calling car collisions accidental  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Rough Translation: How 'Anna Karenina' Saved A Somali Inmate's Life  NPR

Publisher pulls book by Hillary Clinton's pastor, citing plagiarism  CNN

The Forgotten Value of a Literature Course  Chronicle of Higher Ed


DeVos Pushes New Approach on Title IX Enforcement  Inside Higher Ed

The New Science of Sex and Gender  Scientific American


Younger men play video games, but so do a diverse group of other Americans  Pew Research

Study finds that students who deliver microaggressions are also likely to harbor racist attitudes  Inside Higher Ed

Virtual Reality Project Captures Experience Of Crossing The Border  NPR

Key facts about Asian Americans, a diverse and growing population  Pew Research


Judge to Rule on White Nationalist's Speech at University  New York Times

Discipline against Creston students is 'significant free speech issue,' says Drake Law professor  Des Moines Register

Three Textbooks on Campus Free Speech  Inside Higher Ed

Public Library staffer arrested for defending mans free speech rights is acquitted  The Kansas City Star

Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech  NPR


PETA, Photographer Reach Settlement In ‘Monkey Selfie’ Case  San Francisco

Amazon's 1-Click Patent Is About To Expire. What's The Big Deal?  NPR

'We Shall Overcome’ Verse Not Under Copyright, Judge Rules  New York Times

Hulk Hogan’s lawyer sets sights on new target: Jezebel  New York Post

Lawsuit Against Trump Starts The Battle To Define 'Emolument'  NPR

What if the majority of a book was copy and pasted from discussions on LinkedIn?  Is it legal?  Agile Scientific

No “Contract By Tweet” for Plaintiff Who Pitches Movie Idea via Social Media  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


Americans work harder than any other country’s citizens: study  New York Post

The Surprising Upsides To Getting Angry At Work  Fast Company


White Christians no longer majority in United States, especially California  Sacramento Bee

White Christians decline in U.S., but still dominate Republican Party  USA Today

Robert E. Lee Relative Who Denounced White Supremacy Resigns As Pastor Of N.C. Church after Bethany United Church of Christ moved to vote on his tenure there  Chicago Tribune

God and the Gridiron Game  Christianity Today

Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it (opinion)  Aeon

The Private Faith of Hillary Clinton  New Yorker

More Americans now say they’re spiritual but not religious  Pew Research

Christians And DACA  NPR


When Hollywood Went To Washington: The History Of Politics In Movies  NPR 


An explanation of Title IX and its Sexual Assault Protections

California, New York and other states have embraced Obama’s approach on campus sexual assault -- what happens if Trump reverses course?  Inside Higher Ed

The Bad Science Behind Campus Response to Sexual Assault  The Atlantic

Protecting Due Process in Sexual-Assault Cases on Campus  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Education secretary’s speech on Title IX implied she could end many policies suggested by Obama administration but many policies on campus sexual assault investigations are enshrined in law  Inside Higher Ed


How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction  National Geographic

So Your Kitchen Sponge Is A Bacteria Hotbed. Here's What To Do  NPR

Oxford University scientists gave African babies trial TB vaccine 'that did not work on monkeys'  Telegraph


Could disruptive technologies also reform academia?  eef


To put it bluntly, academic psychology’s public reputation seems to be in free fall Psychological Science


What to Do When Nazis Are Obsessed With Your Field  PS magazine


Peer Review in a World of “Alternative Facts”  Scholarly Kitchen

How does one detect scientific fraud – but avoid false accusations?  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

To improve reproducibility, listen to graduate students and postdocs Naturejobs Blog

These Scientists Got To See Their Competitors’ Research Through Public Records Requests  BuzzFeed


Revoked admissions offer at Rochester raises questions about homeschooling transcripts  Inside Higher Ed

Marchers protest 'Nashville Statement' at Moody Bible Institute  Windy City


Virtual desktops to give students access to popular professional software tools for the entirety of their academic career  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Snapchat wants to get deeper into news, so it’s adding college newspapers to Discover  Recode

What Title IX reform could mean for student journalists  Student Press Law Center


In a survey of more than 50 Universities the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education awarded 85 percent a D or an F for not ensuring students' due-process rights  The FIRE

Faculty turns away student reporters at post-Charlottesville “all are welcome” discussion at  university named after the man who wrote the First Amendment  The Breeze  

For Students Imperiled by Trump’s DACA Rollback, a Scramble for Answers  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Millennials mostly watch TV after it’s aired  Recode

The hardest test of freshman year? Survival  The Washington Post

Reed College course lectures canceled after student protesters interrupt class to protest Eurocentrism  Inside Higher Ed


Professors Arrested at DACA Protest  The Crimson (Harvard Student newspaper)  The Crimson

Breaking Through The Wall

The squeegee of window washer Jan Demczur is in the Smithsonian. It got there because of his determination and willingness to use what was handy on the morning of September 11, 2001.

The Polish immigrant was riding in a north tower World Trade Center elevator when a hijacked plane hit the building. The elevator came to a stop on the 50th floor. That's when Demczur and other stranded workers preyed open the door, revealing a solid wall.

Rather than give up, Demczur used his brass squeegee handle to hack away at it. He eventually broke through the wall and lead the group to safety just moments before the tower fell.

Got a wall to break through in your life? There's probably a tool at your disposal that will deserve a place in the Smithsonian if you are willing to work with what you've got and refuse to give up.

Stephen Goforth

Using Peer Pressure to our advantage

In a 1994 Harvard study that examined people who had radically changed their lives, for instance, researchers found that some people had remade their habits after a personal tragedy, such as a divorce or a life-threatening illness. Others changed after they saw a friend go through something awful... Just as frequently, however, there was no tragedy that preceded people's transformations. Rather, they changed because they were embedded in social groups that made change easier… When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real.

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

It takes a Villiage

Of all the new experiences parenthood has brought into my life, I was least prepared for the public rebukes. I was standing at a bus stop recently after a long workday with my 2-year-old, worried that we would be caught in an imminent downpour. As I searched my phone for the status of the next bus, a car sped by. “Watch your kid!” the driver yelled unkindly. An immediate panic seized me, but my toddler, who had been holding my hand until a few moments earlier, was perfectly safe, intently examining the wall of a coffee shop not two feet away. The driver assumed he’d seen a neglectful mom absorbed in her phone, too busy scrolling through her Facebook feed to watch a wandering child. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t true; the reproach still stung.

Passing public judgment on a stranger’s parenting has become a national sport. Whole corners of the internet are dedicated to shaming mothers who decline to breast-feed, let their kids cry it out, or dare to sit the little one in front of the TV. Practices that were commonplace 30 years ago, such as allowing a child to walk alone to the playground or sit solo in the car for a few minutes during an errand run, now can lead to calls to the police and moms in handcuffs (see Last Word). This parenting paranoia makes little sense: Statistics prove it’s never been safer to raise a child in the U.S., though we act as if the opposite were true. Raising a child used to take a village of neighbors helping you. Now it takes a village telling you why you’re doing it all wrong.

Carolyn O’Hara, The Week Magazine

articles of interest - Sept. 4, 2017


The Guardian Sets Up a Nonprofit to Support Its Journalism  New York Times

The Newseum Deserves to Die  Politico

Quartz created a bot that can break news — and wants to help other news orgs develop their own  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

After a CNN interviewee erupts in anger, disaster reporting standards come into focus  Washington Post

Court rules that MSU can’t sue ESPN for requesting open records  Student Press Law Center

How a 171-year-old news agency is the hidden mainstay of news on Facebook  The Drum


Researchers teach AI neural network to write fake reviews, with implications for fake news  Business Insider

When it comes to the academic study of fake news, “bullshit receptivity” is a thing  Nieman Journalism Lab

Why fact-checking can’t stop Trump’s lies  Vox

Fact-Check That Viral Image in Two Clicks  Life Hacker

There’s a long list of old-fashioned parallels to today’s fake news. Here’s one that’s actually helpful  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Fake news is nothing new: This photo hoax went viral a century ago  Salon


 Google-Funded Think Tank Fires Scholar Who Criticized Tech Giant  NPR

'Smart' Campuses Invest in the Internet of Things  Campus Technology

Doubts raised on key points of Nature paper on CRISPR gene editing of human embryos  The Niche

Scientists Can Predict How You Look Using Only Your Anonymous DNA  KPBS


Using recurrent neural networks to create fake yelp reviews-and how to fight it  Business Insider

The first quantum-cryptographic satellite network will be Chinese  Economist

Intel unveils tiny chip to run deep Neural Networks at high speed and low power while retaining accuracy  Alphr

How Walmart is using Machine Learning, AI, IoT and Big Data to boost retail performance  Forbes

Google researcher comes up with new technology to bring neural networks to mobile devices  Infoq


Facebook Prepares To Launch New Video Streaming Service  NPR

How media companies are creating episodic series for Instagram Stories  Marketing Land


711 million email addresses ensnared in "largest" spambot  ZDNet

How to Diagnose Pages that Rank in One Geography But Not Another  Moz


To Have Good Ideas, Remember to Get Bored  Life Hacker 

Proof that I was a worthless piece of Garbage (Jenni Berrett)  Becoming (my blog)

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking Magic Is Real  Life Hacker


Believing widely doubted conspiracy theories satisfies some people’s need to feel special  Research Digest

Adam Ruins Everything goes after itself  College Humor


This is How Canada Talks  The 10 and 3

How to Lose an Accent, According to a Dialect Coach  Life Hacker


Tolkien's Plant Passion Moves Botantist To Create Guide To Middle Earth  NPR


Why Female Students Leave STEM   Inside Higher Ed


Teaching White Students Showed Me The Difference Between Power and Privilege  BuzzFeed News

Is Doxxing the Right Way to Fight the “Alt-Right?”  Jstor


First Amendment Protects Cinema's Right to Show Unicorn Masturbation Scene While Serving Alcohol, Says Judge  Reason  

The Most Shortsighted Attack on Free Speech in Modern U.S. History  The Atlantic


Dr. Phil Video Leads to Novel Copyright Decision Involving Woman Alleging False Imprisonment  Hollywood Reporter

H3H3 Wins Summary Judgment on Fair Use YouTube Lawsuit  Plagiarism Today

Charlotte School of Law bilked $285 million from taxpayers, former faculty member says  Charlotte Observer

Google Researchers Create Algorithm to Remove Image Watermarks  Plagiarism Today

Prediction: It's CNN Not the N.Y. Times Headed to Supreme Court in Defamation Battle  Hollywood Reporter


DeviantArt and Copyright issues  Plagiarism Today

A Short Documentary on Artist Jeff Koons  Open Culture


The secret rhythm in Radiohead’s “Videotape”  Vox


Market power and competition explain every problem in the US economy, new research argues  Quartz

Silicon Valley employees celebrate their own exploitation  New York Times


Traditional Radio Faces a Grim Future, New Study Says  Variety

Brown University radio station sold to K-LOVE for $5.63 million  Providence Journal

National Association of Broadcasters, Nielsen Respond to Study Predicting Terrestrial Radio’s Downfall  Variety


What to Say When an Interviewer Wants You to Talk About Yourself  Life Hacker


Why Giving Birth Is Safer In Britain Than In The US  Digg

Utah hospital nurse roughed up and arrested for doing her job  Washington Post

Microscopic lasers may stop tumours spreading around the body: How to blow cancer cells up from the inside  Economist


Physicists Want to Rebuild Quantum Theory From Scratch  Wired


Psychology offers a simple rule to consider before you tell someone your woes  Quartz

Could a Videogame Strengthen Your Aging Brain?  Wired


Wittgenstein on Whether Speech Is Violence  Jstor


The Myth of American Universities as Inequality-Fighters  The Atlantic

Most Colleges Will Change Overtime Policies Despite Judge’s Blocking of New Rule  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Almost 40 percent of Texas's flagship state university's undergraduates are from counties declared disaster areas  Washington Post  


Diverging Trends in Completions of Advanced Humanities Degrees  American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Are Students Doing Their Own Work in Online Classes?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check  New York Times


A College Seminar Tells Students to Masturbate to Prevent Sexual Assault  Cosmopolitan


Under Fire, These Professors Were Criticized by Their Colleges  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Professor Fired for Blaming Harvey on Texas Voting GOP  NBC News

Fill Out This Bingo Card During Your First Faculty Meeting of the Year  Chronicle of Higher Ed

If professors can be fired for comments that show hostility toward certain groups, then colleges and universities should stop claiming that they respect academic freedom (opinion)  Washington Post

Why I’m Leaving the Political Science Association (opinion)  Minding the Campus

Faculty Members Organize to Fight ‘Fascist’ Interlopers on Campuses  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Let’s Talk about cocks (opinion)   Journo Terrorist


The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students  New York Times

Professors at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton say their advice to incoming freshmen can be 'distilled to 3 words'  Business Insider

Why You Should Read That Whole Text Book Right Now  Wired

College Students evacuated after being stranded by Hurricane Harvey  Washington Post

A new Stanford study suggests first-year students can judge who will help them have fun and who can be a shoulder to cry on  Inside Higher Ed 

A Few Telling Freshman Trends  New York Times


Spicer gets his audience with the pope  Politico

The Joel Osteen Fiasco Says A Lot About American Christianity (opinion)  BuzzFeed News

The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen (opinion) associate professor of religious studies)  New York Times

Evangelicals to Trump: Don’t Deport Our Next Generation of Church Leaders   Christianity Today


More than 150 evangelical religious leaders sign 'Christian manifesto' on human sexuality  USA Today

Nashville's mayor is denouncing a statement against same-sex marriage that evangelical leaders named after the city  Huron Daily Tribune

I signed the Nashville Statement. It’s an expression of love for same-sex attracted people (opinion)  Washington Post

The ugly ingratitude of the 'Nashville Statement' (opinion)  Patheos

Why even conservative evangelicals are unhappy with the anti-LGBT Nashville Statement  Washington Post

Jenni Berrett: Proof that I was a worthless piece of Garbage

I spend days at a time in bed, staring at the ceiling and thinking of all the things I could be doing but can’t because I know I would do them imperfectly. I lose countless hours to inner monologues filled with self-hatred and all-or-nothing thinking. I don’t read anything, instead preferring to slowly crush myself with the existential weight of knowing that I will never be able to Read All The Things.

For a very long time, I thought that I did this because I was lazy. I figured that if I just worked a little harder, tried a little more, then I would be able to accomplish the things I set out to do. Failing to do them was a failure of my character. It was because I was a bad person, or at least bad at being a person.

I told myself that I had to get my act together; I had to do all of these things so that I could prove I wasn’t the worthless piece of garbage I thought I was. When I inevitably cracked under that pressure, I took it as proof that I was a worthless piece of garbage.

If all of this sounds repetitive, that’s because it is. It’s a vicious, repetitive, monotonous cycle. It moves at breakneck speed, but also not at all. Experiencing it is the most damning case against perfectionism I have ever come across. Expecting perfection only leaves you with two options: do everything right on the very first try, or don’t even bother. Which is actually only one option, since 9 times out of 10, human beings don't do things right on the first try.

Jenni Berrett writing in Ravishly