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Zooming Past Equity in Higher Education: Technocratic Pedagogy Fails Social Justice Test - Censored Notebook

Zooming Past Equity in Higher Education: Technocratic Pedagogy Fails Social Justice Test - Censored Notebook

The response to COVID-19 by governing institutions has altered the lives and practices of people across the nation, including the students, faculty, and staff in higher education. One of the biggest changes in educational institutions has been the increased reliance on Zoom conferences in-place of traditional face-to-face classroom meetings. For example, in May 2020, the website for Ohlone College, a community college in Fremont, CA, had an announcement that read, “IMPORTANT: All classes will be held online during the 2020 Summer Term. Classes that have scheduled meeting days and times will...

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The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It

The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It

It’s 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again — history is repeating itself as the cadre of neoliberal Democratic Party leaders who worked to derail Sen. Bernie Sanders’s previous presidential bid four years ago are once again projecting their confirmation biased, pro-corporate agendas into the primaries. Along with an establishment media that frames the issue of “electability” in favor of party centrists and moderates, these interests work against more popularly polling progressive candidates, like Sanders, first by ignoring them, then by attack. Back in 2016, Democratic National...

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Jan 31
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In Praise of Whistleblowers

In Praise of Whistleblowers

While corporate media spread distraction and propaganda, whistleblowers step up to reveal abuses of power the public has a right to know. In their new book, United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It ), Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff sketch out our current media landscape, one cluttered with propaganda, confusion, and distraction. They argue that while corporate media do not serve the public’s right to know, whistleblowers should be regarded as defenders of democracy. Whistleblowers are the brave people who risk employment,...

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Nov 8
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When Bitcoin Emits as Much Carbon Dioxide per Year as Las Vegas

When Bitcoin Emits as Much Carbon Dioxide per Year as Las Vegas

Use of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin causes approximately 22 megatons in CO2emissions each year, an amount comparable to the total emissions of entire countries such as Jordan and Sri Lanka, Gregory Barber reported for Wired in June 2019. The Wired article reported the findings of a 2019 conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Munich on the energy consumption of bitcoin mining. “Coal is fueling Bitcoin,” Christian Stoll, the leader of the research team, told Wired. “The question is how to prevent it.”Barber’s Wired report also noted that a previous study that, if Bitcoin...

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