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Will the Next Generation Know how Magazines “Work”?

According to this video, there is a chance they won’t.

On the High Price of Journals

I’ve commented before on the (shameful) prices of scholarly journals, especially when the research itself is taxpayer funded. If we all paid for the research, it is a shame that we can’t read the results without having more to pay. Barbara Fister comments on this at Inside Higher Ed: What is it we are getting […]

Fea on Historians as Activists

In today’s installment of Dr. John Fea (friend and chair of the Department of History here at Messiah College), Fea turns his attention to the role of historians in modern culture. Here is a bit of his take: There are a variety of ways to think about how a historian might be an agent for […]

TMQ on Football and Mortality

In this week’s TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook revisits the debates about the effects (positive and negative) of playing football. Are the mortality rates for football high enough to warrant reconsidering whether football is dangerous? It depends on whether we care only about mortality (if so, it is not that dangerous), or care more generally about smaller […]

TMQ on “Secret” Meetings

In this week’s TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook wonders about the abuse of the English language: TMQ Wrote This Item in Secret: Commentators across the political spectrum are complaining that the debt-reduction supercommittee on Capitol Hill is meeting “in secret.” Televised public hearings would turn the supercommittee into yet another political sideshow. That is what many interest groups […]

Josh Wood on the TSA

My friend, and blog fodder provider, Josh Wood has started a website for his purported presidential campaign. He has two recent posts about the TSA, and his high priority on disbanding the TSA and privatizing security. Here are his takes: Abolish the TSA I reiterate my pledge that mty very first action as president will […]

Lord of the Rings: October Style

After last week’s Star Wars: October Style post, comes this:

Too Much of a Good Thing?

I think that there is too much of a good thing. This might just be proof. Why would anyone need this much Hot Wheels track? Unless there is a ton of editing tricks involved, there is no need for this much track. Also, the kids seem excited at the beginning, but I doubt that this […]

Where Is the Outcry?

There are people come to the defense of almost any group you can think of, from people groups, to animals, to trees, to all sorts of other groups. I was recently reminded of the one group no one seems to be willing to defend:

Star Wars: October Style

Too fun not to share: