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Monthly Archives: November 2015
Signing off with your fortnightly dose of science news. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere recently surpassed 400 parts per million, higher than it has been anytime in the past 400,000 years. But only half of the human produced carbo… Continue reading
I used to love the Maximum Rider book series. It had everything: a strong female lead, genetic engineering, romance based on companionship, and humans with wings. On the long car rides from Florida to Mobile in the summer, my dad would play the audio b… Continue reading
Cinderella is one of the most popular European folk tales in all of history, and hundreds if not thousands of different versions and retellings have been recorded. Most Western children are familiar with the “classic” Cinderella story told in traditional tales and movies such as Disney’s titular 1950 film. However, there are now many versions […] Continue reading
From the author and illustrator who is well-known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle wrote a traditional story of change in the life cycle with his book The Tiny Seed, published in 1970. The story begins with a seed pod releasing all of its seeds into the air, with one especially tiny seed included. […] Continue reading
Several of my fellow classmates have written blog posts about their discomfort with the misogynistic angle that several science fiction stories adopt. Rightfully so, I would argue — the hypermasculine protagonists and the passive, meek female cha… Continue reading
Blackout by John Rocco tells the story of a family during a power outage in New York City. The book won the Caldecott Honor in 2012, and from the beautiful scene on the cover alone, it’s clear why. The book begins with a boy, wanting to spend time with his family who is all much […] Continue reading
“Some teens see privacy as a right, but many more see privacy as a matter of trust. Thus, when their parents choose to snoop or lurk or read their online posts, these teens see it as a signal of distrust.” In this quote from her book It’s Complicated, danah boyd points out the potential effects of […] Continue reading
It’s easy to think of privacy and publicity as opposing concepts, and a lot of technology is built on the assumption that you have to choose to be private or public. Yet in practice, both privacy and publicity are blurred. (danah 76) As with many of the issues surrounding cryptography, privacy versus publicity […] Continue reading
Taking a structuralist tactic, legal scholar Alan Westin argues that privacy is “the claim of individuals, groups, or institutions to determine for themselves when, how, and to what extent information about them is communicated to others,” (boyd, 59). With all of the definitions and specifics of privacy that dana boyd gives in Chapter Two of […] Continue reading