everybody gets to use the same tools, again

Purdue has an active pro-life movement on campus, which is not surprising anywhere and certainly not in a heavily-Christian red state like Indiana. Today this was chalked on the landing leading to my building, with a lot more where that came from outside and flyers making the same point inside. Though this chalking is a […]

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fresh stuff

I just published my first piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a publication I’ve always wanted to write for. (I’m afraid the piece is behind a paywall.) I’m excited for the opportunity, and they’re paying me well. It’s about the pervasive sense of fear in academia, how it impacts the job market, and how the […]

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it’s a strategic mistake to get the case for equality bound up in aesthetics

  I have said, many times, that the deepening progressive obsession with pop culture minutia is a profound strategic and analytical mistake. It devotes scarce political resources to concerns that are inherently disconnected from the actual lived oppression of most members of marginalized groups. It convinces a generation of young liberal people that the work […]

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oppression is material

  So I want to talk for a minute about my writing on geek culture and why I think it’s relevant to the questions of racism and sexism and similar problems. I write, too often, about how frustrated I am with the self-definition of geeks/nerds/whatever as marginalized. I think that these claims are untrue, failing […]

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David Copperfield

I’ve been reading David Copperfield for the last month or two. I figured Dickens was perfect for the winter, and so far I’ve been happily proven right. Most of my Dickens reading came from a single, great college course, where we read outside of the usual suspects — Oliver Twist and Bleak House, yes, but also Martin Chuzzlewhit and Dombey and Sons, […]

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how “multi” is your multimodality?

Without ever really intending to, I have come to be seen by some of my colleagues as the Guy Who Doesn’t Like Multimodal Pedagogy. By multimodal pedagogy I mean the contemporary yen for teaching mediums and technologies in writing classes that are not what most people would think of when they think of writing. So […]

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how things work

For years I’ve said that there’s a wagon-circling function in media that makes criticism of certain connected people appear professionally risky. A lot of people in the media question the accuracy of that criticism, and I fully admit that at times I can be too sensitive to it. But I’m not inventing it, either. Here’s […]

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