Moral Dilemmas [...]

Moral dilemmas are therefore better models ass situations in which it is unknown whether two (or more) moral obligations can be simultaneously met, rather than as situations in which the meeting of two obligations is known to be impossible.

Van de Poel, I. (2017). Dealing with Moral Dilemmas through Design. In J. Van den Hoven, S. Miller, & T. Pogge (Eds.), Designing in Ethics (pp. 57-77). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9780511844317.004

Choosing Online or Face-to-Face [...]

Whereas it may be true in the aggregate that no significant difference exists between the performance of students who take a class in an online setting and those who take a class in a traditional face-to-face setting, this study demonstrates that, for any individual student, choice may be very important. For the sample used in this study, 31.5 percent of the students who took the online course and 41.8 percent of the students who took the face-to-face course would have received a grade of at least 3 full grade units higher or lower if they had chosen to take the class in the other format. Such important differences cannot be ignored because they “wash out” in the aggregate. Exploring the notion that online learning may not be equivalent to face-to-face learning (and vice versa) for individual students is not equivalent to rejecting the format. Instead, this research points to the importance of proper advisement processes for students trying to decide whether to take a class online or face-to-face. (Source)

Systemic Gender Subordination [...]

We achieve true equality not when the first woman Einstein is named and celebrated, but when normally competent – no less especially accomplished – women are treated the same as the most ordinary of men. (Source)

Three Acts of Online Media Literacy [...]

An initial focused investigation (with our 90-second fact-checks) A broader look at structural issues and social impact A move to personal and civic interventions (Source)

Why Domains? [...]

I guess if you really want to incorporate domains as part of your program, one of the foundations would be asking faculty to dig a bit deeper. This does not mean they need to become sysadmins or programmers, but they would need to get a strong sense of how these infrastructures work and what is possible with open source tools like WordPress. This would mean discussions about open source applications, running multiple applications, encrypting your site, exploring plugins and themes, information architecture, files structure, file naming, archiving, etc. All things that push against the seamless solutions that often elide the underlying logic of the how and why these tools work. So, a domains initiative without a focus on the technology that undergirds the web never really made much sense to me (Source)

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Computational Propaganda and Totalitarianism [...]

Arendt goes on to explain the main trick of repetition in propaganda — it isn’t about helping the population remember, it’s about providing a consistency in a world where most things are uncomfortably inconsistent. People see things that are universal and consistent as feeling “true”. That’s why conspiracy theories are so attractive, and that’s why the lifting up the right sustained topic and framing is more useful than the organic, shifting dialogue. (Source)

Thinking Structurally [...]

Trusting Black women is not about every individual Black woman always being right. It is about you assuming that she could be right even if doing so means you may be wrong. (Source)

Attention Capital [...]

extracting a good return on investments in “attention capital” (to use a term from Nixon) requires that you balance two things:

providing your employees’ brains timely access to the right information; and providing these brains the right conditions under which to process this information effectively. (Source)

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Personal Online Sustainability [...]

I’m really lucky I start blogging 12 years ago, because I could not imagine the fresh hell of having all of these memories strewn across third party social media services without the overarching organizing archive of my work that is the bava—it’s a mess, but its my mess.  (Source)

Badging and Ranking [...]

Pitting students against one another for the status of having the best grades takes the strychnine of extrinsic motivation and adds to it the arsenic of competition. (Source)