Joel Shaver

Sep 26 2014
Sep 25 2014

(via Brian Reed - The Craft Of Storytelling - Video Archive - The Conference by Media Evolution)

Some of the same insights from the Ira Glass videos on storytelling, but more condensed and with different examples.

Sep 24 2014
But the real message of our technology is something entirely unexpected— a writerly, anarchic text that is more useful than the readerly, institutional text. Useful and practical not in spite of its anarchic nature, but as a natural consequence of the speed and scale that inhere in all anarchic systems. This is, if you like, the basis of the Screwmeneutical Imperative. There are so many books. There is so little time. Your ethical obligation is neither to read them all nor to pretend that you have read them all, but to understand each path through the vast archive as an important moment in the world’s duration—as an invitation to community, relationship, and play.
Is it possible to imagine this kind of highly serendipitous journey replacing the ordered mannerism of conventional search? It’s important here to note that the choice is not between Google and Stumble — between surfing and asking Jeeves. It’s not a matter of replacing one with the other, as any librarian will tell you. It is rather to ask whether we are ready to accept surfing and stumbling — screwing around, broadly understood — as a research methodology. For to do so would be to countenance the irrefragable complexities of what “no one really knows.” Could we imagine a world in which “Here is an ordered list of the books you should read,” gives way to, “Here is what I found. What did you find?” Because this is the conversation I and many other professional scholars and intellectuals are having on Twitter every single day, and it’s not clear that we are worse for it.
Stephen Ramsay - The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; or What You Do with a Million Books (found while screwing around instead of preparing for class)
Aug 14 2014
Understanding the ethos of Black Twitter can be a high bar to clear if you’ve never socialized significantly with black people. You may not understand that when someone says, “sips tea” they don’t mean it literally. It’s shorthand for conveying a low, barely perceptible drone of contempt, similar to the backhanded compliments and clever passive-aggression that comprise shade. Plenty of cultures have shade, even if it’s not identified as such. When a Southerner wraps a well-concealed insult with a treacly “Bless your heart,” she is being shady. There are levels.
Jul 15 2014

To begin, however, we must overcome the smug sense of superiority that sneaks over us when we read the one-word title of this tome. As Turner concedes: “for most of the twentieth century, philology was put down, kicked around, abused, and snickered at, as the archetype of crabbed, dry-as-dust, barren, and by and large pointless academic knowledge. Did I mention mind-numbingly boring?”

We need to get back before that sneer. Philology was once the most capacious of terms. As it encompassed all study of languages and texts, it was at the heart of education and scholarship, reigning as “king of the sciences.” Turner’s study is dazzling in its scope and erudition, and one manifestation of this is that he starts his story at the dawn of civilization: “The earliest schools, in Mesopotamia, taught not augury, astrology, or the art of war but how to handle written language.” In the beginning was the word.

Jul 14 2014
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How to Use INDEX MATCH MATCH (Better formula)
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Jul 11 2014

"Speaking Proper English"


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