Tag Archives: Social Media

Fresh Starts

In my December post, I wrote about my social media exhaustion and selective silence about issues of race, power, and social justice in the US. I wrote a little bit about some administrative experiences I’ve had, too, so I was nervous about that blog going out. I barely slept the night before it posted. The […]

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Don’t Knock #SafeSpace

Images like this one have been circulating on Twitter, mocking Safe Space.  It is in response to the thousands of students across the country who are trying to create room for themselves on college campuses across the country. Of course, these students are being depicted as cry babies. Or seen as those unwilling to hear differing opinions. […]

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Beyond Orwell – The Chinese “Social Credit Score”

Despite abundant blunders and constant criticism over murky business practices, the credit reporting industry has remained an entrenched part of daily life in the United States.  Credit scores, for all their faults, directly impact millions of Americans’ quality of life, either facilitating or thwarting funding for higher education, home and automobile ownership, and entrepreneurial business […]

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A Strong Affinity for Los Angeles

My partner, two children, and our two dogs just moved to Los Angeles from Oakland. Our friends from home often ask how we are adjusting. The family is decidedly split. My kids love our new city and I also have a strong affinity for Los Angeles. My dogs are indifferent (they’re dogs). But my partner, […]

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College Branding: An Oversimplification of Complex Institutional Identities?

When I was seventeen years old, I was one of approximately 150 eleventh and twelfth grade students selected to the Florida All-State Symphonic Band. During the week-long festival, a number of colleges and universities set up recruitment tables during a specified “College Night,” intending to bolster their music programs with students who had already demonstrated […]

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I Coded that Dress!

“I coded that dress!” is not an exclamation that most of us get to make every day–or probably ever. Many of us buy dresses, wear dresses, or perhaps on a bad day tear or stain one. We may love or hate them. Most of us have never coded one. But that’s exactly what a group […]

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Social Media and Technology in Schools–What We Can Learn from Sex Ed

I recently grabbed dinner with an educator interested in pursuing a PhD.  Before talking about preparing for graduate programs, we shared stories about our experiences teaching.  She told one story about social media, however, that bothered me. The middle school where she first taught banned all forms of social media by students on school property. […]

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The Top 10 List I Don’t Want To Be On

I. So this happens. I get an email from a respected colleague in Rossier, “We’re in the Top 10!” I already know what top 10 list we’re on, and it ain’t good. USC is one of the most expensive schools for graduate school debt in the US. I already knew this because I have been […]

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Race, Terror, and Tenure – On Collective Outrage

There’s been a lot of talk, criticism, and collective outrage about the decision to weaken tenure and shared governance at University of Wisconsin at Madison. The anger is well founded. Scholars from institutions across the nation and across disciplines expressed their opinions and often harsh criticism of the decision. The widespread response is not a […]

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Sounding like a Broken Record

Some years ago I was speaking with a young friend whose English was his second language.  We were on the phone and I mentioned that it was “raining cats and dogs.”  He laughed and said, “I’m not sure I understand you.”  One of my nieces has married a fellow from Nepal and when I first […]

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