laptop fundraiser

Hey gang, for awhile now people have been asking me for how they can pitch in financially. I always appreciate these questions, but often don’t know a good way to go about making that happen. I’ve decided to have a fundraiser for a new laptop. I haven’t had a functioning laptop in about a year. I’ve […]

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questions for the #4c16 crowd

I got into this years annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, but I am not attending. I got a professional opportunity for tomorrow morning that, lacking a job, I can’t turn down. Besides, for me, as is true for so many others I know who identify with the field of rhetoric and composition but […]

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outsource Brad Delong

We have entered another phase of journalists, raised in affluence and currently enjoying at least middle class incomes — who are thus, according to their own moral calculus, very economically privileged — telling Americans devastated by the collapse of the uneducated labor market that their poverty, marginalization, and hopelessness is Actually Good, because people in […]

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I am not yours to care for

Pop psychology provokes many sins. Perhaps none is more pernicious than the weaponization of therapeutic ideas. Terms and theories developed for the purpose of healing those who come seeking to be healed become, when deployed in the argumentative space, a way to rob others of the basic right to self-define. You say that, but in your […]

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me quoque

Today I was Yelling On The Internet that this New Inquiry piece by Nathan Jurgenson required a disclosure statement. As Alan Jacobs pointed out, Jurgenson works for SnapChat, and the type of digital engagement that Jurgenson is advocating in the piece is precisely the type that SnapChat provides. I said so and they have, to their credit, […]

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categorically imperative

I can’t remember the last time I got as many requests to cover a topic as I have about the Emory chalking controversy. I’ve avoided writing about it. I think the campus political debate is thoroughly broken; it’s been divided into ossified camps and I’ve been placed into one of them, which means the people […]

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Big Media Me

Yesterday, I presented my recent New America white paper on college assessment at their headquarters in Washington DC. It was broadcast live on C-SPAN. I can’t watch it myself, too painful, but I hope you’ll check it out. If you haven’t read the white paper itself yet, you should check it out here, or perhaps […]

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my report for the New America Foundation

Hey friends, I’m thrilled to share with you a new report that I developed for the New America Foundation, titled “Standardized Assessments of College Learning: Past and Future.” It’s available here as a PDF. A brief synopsis can be found here. Drawn in part from my dissertation research, the report discusses the touchy subject of […]

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not dead yet

A couple years ago, Adolph Reed published an essential essay on the capitulation of the American left to neoliberalism, austerity, and hopelessness. It followed, as you’d predict, that the New Republic published a hippie-punching piece in response, written by Mike Konczal. With eminent condescension, Konczal explained that in our Fukuyaman world, there’s just no place for actual left […]

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why not both (bad things)?

With the Gawker verdict upon us, the opinion-generation machine is purring along at an unprecedented pace. It’s not really surprising that so many in the media are quick to gloat or dismiss any concerns that this case may bring up about a free press; whistling past the graveyard is the industry hobby of journalism. I […]

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