Rousseau, between diaper changes

In between diaper changes, and 300 pages later, I've finally made it to 1788 and the beginning of the French Revolution in Simon Schama's incredible narrative history - Citizens. Schama's primary thesis, that the Old Regime was in many ways not very old at all, and that the downfall of the regime was in large …

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Technology and Intellectual freedom: Postman vs Frye 1969

Aldous Huxley's dystopic prophecy from the Brave New World (1931), that no one would read books in the future because no one would want to read a book, has been at our doorstep for a while. Forget censorship, our modern civilization lulls itself to ignorance of its own accord. It would seem strange then, to mount a campaign …

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A 21st century taste of Solzhenytsin for World Issues

If you teach World Issues this year, you might be tempted to start out the course with the whole Pussy Riot Putin protest in Russia. Controversial yes, but it raises so many pertinent issues - freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the power of social media, propaganda, the rule of law, etc. If you are …

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