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  • Cathy Davidson « Liam McHugh-Russell
    That finding has now been quoted hundreds of times by bloggers some presumably delighted that their particular medium often the target of neo luddite laments regarding the prospects for digital age literacy shows real promise as a mode of written communication at least it should be noted among engaged top tier undergrads The implications are more complex A friend now completing her PhD in rhetoric at the University of Waterloo had intended to investigate the process by which students learn academic practices related to the use of sources Yet one of the key lessons of her research is just how poorly most undergraduate assignments are designed At best such assignments generally in the form of the poorly defined review paper require students to practice skills which will be useful to them neither in the real world nor in the academic practice of the professor who is teaching the class At first Heffernan uses these and other results drawn from Davidson s book to take somewhat arbitrary potshots at Tom Pynchon and Michael Ritchie s film The Candidate Of course attacking the content of critique and analysis in the undergraduate classroom is of course somewhat beside the point Luckily at the end of her post Heffernan gets back on point suggesting that higher education should be tied into the task of improving not deriding digital literacy What my friend s research highlights is that this is not simply a matter of insufficient room for collaboration web accountability or multimedia savvy instead improving learning outcomes may be simply a matter of designing assignments which allow students to write in a register which seems and is relevant like writing a blog post August 12th 2011 Tags blogs Cathy Davidson digital literacy education higher education learning technology Virginia Heffernan writing Category culture education One

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  • CBC « Liam McHugh-Russell
    a wrench It is possible to be better at some things to build a repertoire And the documentary points out that ironically Environment Canada is actually pretty good at predicting weather probabilities though not actually the weather I would say that the documentary itself probably isn t worth watching It seems pretty smug which violates the one rule that it proposes about expert advice if you have to rely on an expert there are ones you can trust The one who seems uncertain but offers ideas on how you can think about something He s not promising to save you but has five things that might help That s certainly one way to think of it but on the other hand October 4th 2011 Tags CBC expertise experts knowledge probability science Category irony Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy

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  • cities « Liam McHugh-Russell
    order role in the business formation decision In other words most small businesses are just that small businesses Essential to the economy but not engines of growth Small business owners don t generally have some better way of doing some old thing they don t usually plan to grow and they aren t motivated for the most part by a desire to work harder and reap more of the reward but simply by the desire to work at their own pace The undercurrent here these are University of Chicago economists after all is that there is no market failure which small business subsidies actually address Their point is that small businesses are a terrible proxy for innovative firms labour intensive production and services and growth industries Thus small business benefits are market distorting not market correcting The first problem with the conclusion is one of research design they don t have a negative case They are studying the intentions and outcomes in a US small business sector which already benefits from a network of subsidies and tax benefits The relevant question isn t given existing subsidies what portion of the small business sector is innovative It s without these subsidies would the economy as a whole see lower employment growth and less innovation I don t think they ve provided relevant data to answer that question The other problem I have with their conclusions turns on their narrow definition of market failure Now for the most part they are responding to a certain set of arguments so this isn t a failing of the paper so much as of the entire discussion Because the discussion seems to discount the overall social benefit of a rich ecology of small businesses One of the market failures which small business subsidies can provide

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  • collective bargaining « Liam McHugh-Russell
    this claim from the critical legal studies movement was that such derivation is non deterministic that there is no politically neutral logically coherent process by which legal conclusions can be drawn regarding the application of principles in specific situations However it is not this claim which concerns me even most crits have retreated from this version of the claim but rather a precondition for its possibility What bothers me is that in some cases it is not the interpretations of the principles which are contested but the principles themselves Lawmaking after all is a political process The players and participants in the process want different things In a review of Bauer Pool and Dexter s 1964 study of the political process surrounding antebellum US trade policy 1 Theodore Lowi notes an important finding The outcome depended not upon compromise between the two sides in Congress but upon whose definition of the situation prevailed If tariff is an instrument of foreign policy and general regulation for international purposes the anti protectionists win if the traditional definition of tariff as an aid to 100 000 individual firms prevails then the protectionists win The advantage of Langille s framing of the question what are we trying to do is helpful insofar as it sets aside debates between formalism and functionalism and implicitly sides with those who see no divide between principle and policy both are cast simply as a matter of what the law is meant to do and how it works to accomplish that task Once the problem has been defined and the successful policy choice promulgated into law legal adjudication and administration can be made to cohere on the basis of a purposive interpretation of the resulting rules Unfortunately purposive interpretation in international labour law is not so easy I have spent much of the last week scanning the record of the last ten years of discussions at the ILO s Governing Body regarding the reform of standards and supervision processes These are discussions of process mind you not discussions leading to actual international standard setting What these discussions reveal is unsurprising action being taken and rules amended despite the absence of any consensus about problem definition Without compromise at the level of problem definition except for an agreement not to agree the unfortunate result is a set of processes which reflect multiple often incoherent logics Each party tries to convert their interest into a principle but neither principle prevails Such conflict of problem definition is just as likely to be reflected in international labour standards While it is true that the ILO Constitution sets out high level normative aims the relevance of international regimes relies on their possession not only of a goal but also an operative logic i e an understanding of how specific norms will be realized by the policy or standard in question Reading those Governing Body decisions has made clear to me that the resulting rules or procedures may actually embody conflicting norms which are inherent

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  • communications « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the age of Gutenberg Sure it s impossible to summarize big ideas in 140 characters But a huge portion of people use Twitter not as a way to communicate directly but only as a way to encode other kinds of communications Why does the NY Times have its own dedicated microurl Because of how frequently people were using Twitter to link to articles in the Times So when Gabler claims that Twitter is bad because tweeting is largely a burst of either brief unsupported opinions or brief descriptions of your own prosaic activities a form of distraction or anti thinking he s providing an unfairly narrow image of how social media is used Another example It s true that I waste some amount of time on facebook watching videos of cats chasing lasers though my favourite online video remains this classic of cats who shoot lasers But most of my time there is spent following links posted by friends reading the comments they write on these articles commenting on their positions and when I m lucky getting into an even more extended conversation on these topics The reality is the majority of my discussion of ideas now happens not IRL but on facebook This concerns me certainly But not because it heralds the doom of thought itself One could respond that among those using online technologies my network of friends is anomalous and that though Gabler s vision of Twitter may be narrow he s right about the majority of online content Well fine but then the only important question is are people talking about big ideas more or less than before Twitter Because I am willing to wager with 1 to 1 odds that most of Western societies has always talked about the mundane details of their lives most of the time Were the biggest celebrities in 1899 intellectuals actors or war heroes But let me get back to Gutenberg no doubt reading a lot of articles online is different from reading an entire book But it s not clear to me which form of reading allows more thinking As I read Gabler s piece I stumbled on his use of Gresham s Law which is sad because I spent much of August reading political economy So I looked it up on wikipedia It turns out that basically Gresham found by accident that bad money will always replace good where both are available in the market Which also implies that my bothering to provide a hard link to the wiki page on Gresham is kind of silly because as my experience indicates if people stumble with ideas in their traipsing through the blogosphere they will do the legwork to find out more Indeed a lot of my online activities will lead into a web of related readings some followed links some watched videos It s not deep reading but rather networked reading What are the implications of this change in the nature of reading for thinking for ideas and

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  • conference « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Forum for Young Leaders from Monday October 4th to Thursday October 7th Chosen participants will have all costs covered including travel expenses to and from Montreal accommodation and conference fees covered for the full 6 days They re looking for under 30s who Hold a social science degree in law political science economics sociology history cultural studies anthropology or any other relevant field preferably at a graduate level Have relevant field experience Show a demonstrated commitment to the area of human rights and or social justice Show a demonstrated commitment to work independently Here s the application form Deadline is February 28th Here s more info about the conference itself February 2nd 2010 Tags conference diversity education human rights scholarship university Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy digital literacy economics education finance inequality knowledge labour law law

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  • corporations « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Mr Todd says of McGill We re arguably one of the best 25 universities in the world We say it should have one of the best 25 MBA schools philosophy departments in the world Quebec should want that and I think Quebec does want it These all too cute editing nonetheless provides fodder for some head scratching about a change which amounts to a complete refutation of the relationship the department has with society and with the rest of the University Why does it cost so much to educate these people when there are no lab materials no medical supplies nor specialized software needed to educate them Why should the prestige of this particular department be just as high as the university s overall reputation and not some other department Why should we care what the Financial Times has to say about the work done in this department More importantly if this program is essentially a training program for tomorrow s corporate elite then why is it offered by a university at all The purely practical answer is that students willing to pay an 8000 premium on the delivery costs of the program provde a convenient cashcow for an institution constantly facing fiscal drought To that a modest proposal the school could make even more money by simply selling degrees recognizing the excellence of those already successful in the business field in return for a hefty fee disposing of the need for a library professors or administrative staff The Globe s averaging of salaries hide the students who would have otherwise done something thoughtful something innovative something revolutionary with the education they now received Little time for that with a massive debtload to pay off In his recent book on universities Ian Angus argues that business has replaced the clergy

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  • democracy « Liam McHugh-Russell
    t see how that makes things more democratic The last 40 years of financial innovation brought us near unprecedented levels of wealth inequality and the largest economic crisis since the 1930s Why would anyone believe that the next 40 years of financial innovation are going to automatically create a utopia of equal democratic citizenship How can Al Erian keep using this word empowerment to describe things like kickstarter Kiva and bitcoin It s inconceivable July 31st 2014 Tags democracy disruption finance inconceivable Mohamed A El Erian Oprah Princess Bride techno determinism Category economics politics Leave a comment Dear Professor Johnson I hope that you won t mind too dreadfully me searching for your contact information online beyond the bounds of the forum where I found this piece to which I have a quick response The thing is one thing that is often missed by Zizek s critics is that he makes otherwise difficult theory lucid which is at least in part why he is so adored by undergraduates that he also makes otherwise lucid theory difficult is perhaps why he is less appreciated in other circles As someone on the left who believes that changing the world also requires really seeing it the thrill in reading his work is that seldom do I find myself disagreeing with what seem to be quite astute characterizations of numerous situations Berlusconi as clown Paris riots checking the connection financial crisis as yet indeterminate Yet overall I share some anxiety that someone whose orientation toward Stalinism seems so hazy is more dangerous than he is worth Bravo for taking his work seriously enough to critique it I ve signed up for the Dissent blog just for a chance to read your ongoing posts on the matter But I have a question hence the email At the core of your most recent post you quote from Did Somebody say Totalitarianism an excerpt which ends with the following So what if one is accused of being anti democratic totalitarian I recently framed an essay after laying out a troubling picture of the relationship currently existing between reporters and politicians with a similar apparently glib so what Yet my intention was not to dismiss the problem out of hand but while obviously being a bit provocative to suggest that solutions to the problem lay in better understanding the nature of our anxiety That is I intended that the question be read in the register not of we should not be worried about it but in the register of what exactly is it as a matter of principle that we are worried about Your latest piece depends on an interpretation in the former register and I am not sure it provides enough evidence to justify that interpretation Can you say more about why you think that Zizek is being glib Does his argument in the book following this quote support your reading This is especially important given that there is evidence that this wasn t his intention First

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