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Was there an Arab Spring?

January 25, 2016 admin 0

I recently attempted to crowdsource an answer to the question, was there a unitary Arab Spring? I asked because a friend who has worked in Iraq and today teaches military personnel commented on a draft, questioning the entire idea of an Arab Spring that had guided my selection of cases […]

Use judgment…when using Judgmental Maps

January 21, 2016 admin 0

According the Austin American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski (see the article here), an Austin city employee is on leave after using a Judgmental Map of Austin as the background for a presentation. The map consists of pithy, off-color, comments overlaying the more typical map content most would expect. For example: RICH HIPPIES house flippers […]

What I am reading – Memes

January 21, 2016 admin 0

How do we understand humor memes and their role in an increasingly globalized society? Limor Shifman tackles this in Memes in Digital Culture by exploring what exactly is a meme in terms of scholarly approaches and how we should conceive of them.

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Univision buys controlling stake in The Onion.

January 21, 2016 admin 0

Nope, I am not joking. The satirical news source has been the subject of some interesting news reports by unsuspecting foreign outlets unfamiliar with the publication,  such as 2012 when Iran’s Fars News Agency believed a story claiming rural whites in America preferred President Ahmedinijad to President Obama (CNN story here). […]