"News is rarely just news anymore. We as a culture demand to be entertained, and thus everything becomes entertainment. Look at the pressures on schools to also be entertaining and engaging. I argue this is all related."
"Sadly, yes, one of the ways media constructs our view of the world is bullying. I read an interesting piece of research that said Internet trolls for the most part do not act that way in their real lives. The way communicating on a screen changes us…"
"What's frightening is that for many in the older generation, they watch cable news CONSTANTLY. And it is dangerously skewing how they see America."
"If we don't "give a crap" about the opinions of others, aren't we already hopelessly divided? Why should we expect anyone to "give a crap" about our own opinions? Or do we only not "give a crap" about opinions that we disagree with?
People are all…"
People are all…"
"Excellent point, Alexis. Memes taking over social media is a relatively recent phenomenon. We will be looking at this phenomenon next week."
"You think this because one of the unwritten rules (at least for your social group) is that if you have a boyfriend, your profile picture should include him. That has become a social norm."
"How is the magic in The Magicians both "real" and symbol for what Quentin, and perhaps all of us, have lost in our contemporary culture?"
"How was the "other slavery" both similar to and different from the African slave trade in the Americas?"
"Prospero is the name of the magician in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Do some quick research and explain the connections between Shakespeare's Prospero and the Prospero readers find in Morgenstern's novel."
"How can having a solid background in the psychology Somer and Wertheim discuss in their book (like, say, Coach McCartan) make a coach more successful?"
"How do we bridge this divide without abandoning the capitalist principles on which America was founded?"