Sophistick

Sep 08

Greg Costikyan - Gamersgate: STFU -

It has been quite some time since I’ve read a Costikyan rant, and I am delighted by this one.

atomicovermind:

NOTE: This was originally posted by Greg Costikyan over at Gamesutra. It was taken down for excessive profanity. All I haveto say is “fuck that.” This needs to be read.

Gamersgate: STFU by Greg Costikyan

"As a male voice in the game industry," writes my daughter Vicky, "you should speak out…

Jul 30

“See, I look around technology today (tech and ed-tech) and I see an incredible reverberation of the work of the behaviorist BF Skinner, for example. Now if you turn to programs in “academia” that teach “educational theory,” you’ll find that Skinner, while taught, isn’t lauded. He hasn’t been for decades. He was resoundingly dismissed in other disciplinary circles too via Noam Chomsky. And yet, all around me, I see Skinnerism – click-for-immediate-feedback. People as pigeons. Zynga. Farmville. Gamification. But without the language and the theory and the history to say, “hey we recognized in the mid 1960s that this was a wretched path, one with all sorts of anti-democratic repercussions,” we’re not just making the same mistakes again, we’re actually engaging in reactionary practices – politically, pedagogically.” — Hack Education

Jul 29

NLRB recognizes McDonalds as joint employer

This means the corporation is jointly responsible for how franchises treat employees. Which is awesome news.

Standard industry sophistry ensues:

"David French, senior vice president with the National Retail Federation, called the decision “outrageous.” “It is just further evidence that the N.L.R.B. has lost all credibility as a government agency established to protect workers and is now just a government agency that serves as an adjunct for organized labor…."

Note the inability to conceive that organized labor is also involved in protecting workers.

The National Labor Relations Board was set up to help enforce labor law and mediate disputes between workers, their union reps, and businesses. It is met with fury every time it actually does this.

Jul 15

US media coverage of Gaza is deeply flawed, both sides in conflict say - CSMonitor.com -

"Both sides" is a flawed critical position on this. It assumes there are only two possible points of view, which is also lazy and reductive.

Firing rockets at civilians is bad. So is blowing up buildings full of them. Defending your civilians with the tools at your disposal is widely accepted as the first job of a government.

Jun 21

I just finished a lesson on GA Dash! Welcome to the Summer Blog Party.

I just finished a lesson on GA Dash! Welcome to the Summer Blog Party.

Meta-commentary. At a blogging workshop talking about themes, and this popped up.

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article:  Should We All Learn to Code?

Meta-commentary. At a blogging workshop talking about themes, and this popped up.

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article: Should We All Learn to Code?

Jun 15

National Security Pundits Panic

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was just on TV saying that the appropriate solution to the chaos in Iraq is to “get together a group of the military people and diplomats who won the war” to discuss what to do. Suggestion: if Iraq is in chaos shortly after our departure, perhaps we didn’t win.

May 19

The benefits of having your head in the sand -

I would favorite this twelve times if I could. I have read so much crap about this. It isn’t even that it isn’t an important story, it’s just that this is a totally valid response to it. By a highly informed person.

jkottke:

Ira Glass doesn’t have any idea who Jill Abramson was or that she was fired.

Jill Abramson was fired.
I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Jill Abramson got fired from the New York Times.
Okay. And she was who?

The executive editor.
Okay. I read the newspaper, but I live in my own…

May 14

Why Every Book About Africa Has the Same Cover -

Note to self: acacia trees are not Africa.

May 13

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