Articles for the Juniors

Sorry for the delay. Here are the peer-reviewed articles I discussed in class concerning the debate of emotions. Enjoy.

Article #1 – Ralph’s statement

Article #2 – Barrett’s response

np: Miles Davis Star People


Essay Helps packet

Here is the packet of helpful advice that we have been using in class. Though I have gone over sections of it in class, I do think that the more familiar you are with it, the more confident you will be going into the writing portion of the essay. Read it over.

Essay Helps Packet

and since you probably “lost” it, here is the rubric:

Essay Rubric

Nuance in approaches to accessing knowledge

Following today’s conversation about nuance and “no-easy” answers follows these three articles which all address the ways in which knowledge is accessed. What results is complicated but significant. Enjoy.

via Why Can’t I Put My Smartphone Down? Here’s The Science : Shots – Health News : NPR

Reading and how it is taught (incorrectly)

America’s Real Digital Divide

np: “Losing My Edge” LCD Soundsystem

A Change in Knowledge Production

I saw this today and immediately thought of several things almost at once but for now I am going to leave aside the English teacher excitement of such a finding. Instead I want to think through this wearing my ToK beanie/toboggan. Read through this and see how much of this is similar to the piece we are reading in class about how a discipline is altered/created by the technology used. I am of the opinion that the humanities have only begun to understand what the computer can do and as time goes on, a paradigm shift is in the works – not unlike what happened to ethnomusicology with the advent of the phonogram. If this kind of thing strikes your interest, then look up the Stanford Literary Lab and Franco Moretti – they are seen as being on the cutting edge of this. Enjoy.

via Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays – The New York Times

np: The Hair and Skin Trading Company (early stuff)

The intersection of ethics, science, and nature

Saw this yesterday and was greatly intrigued. It is easy to think that things will always be as they are now – some psychologists argue that is our default position. But in fact, nothing remains the same. So the question is, what to do about that? How to prepare for an ever-changing future?

Where those questions get really interesting is in the area of ethics. Here is one possible ethical response to an ever-changing future. And if you would like a more philosophical examination of this issue, then check out the pieces in your ToK Reader on pp. 303, 306, and 310.

And if you were looking for example ideas for your ToK Essay, you could do worse than this one

via No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It – The New York Times

Film from Iran

If you don’t know Abbas Kiarostami, you should treat yourself and find his earlier work. He is a wonder. In fact, a lot of Iranian cinema from the 80s and 90s is amazing. These filmmakers were not beholden to Hollywood and were, in a sense, self-taught so they see through the camera in an entirely different way, frequently in ways that will take your breath away. If this film makes it to Charlotte, you will find me in the theatre repeatedly.

via When A Still Life Isn’t Entirely Still: ’24 Frames’ : NPR

ps. plus the opening quote takes us right back to Fish.

np: Deepchord “Liumin”

A version of Fish regarding TV

This review of the new show,  “AP Bio” makes use of what I would refer to as “Fish lite” in discussing it. The reviewer does a good job of suggesting the ways in which context plays defining roles in both the creation and reception of this show, so it’s kind of a real-world application of what we have been discussing in class. See if you agree.

via ‘A.P. Bio’ And The Complications Of Context : Monkey See : NPR

On a side/more personal note: this show falls into a category that really bugs me – the category of using teachers to make some other point. I contend that one of the side effects of a show like this is to promote a kind of anti-intellectualism, and it does so by suggesting that teaching high school is about as low as you can go intellectually. For the record, the only show that I have ever seen on TV that does a good job of portraying the job I have is season three of “The Wire”, which my affinity for “Seinfeld” notwithstanding, is the greatest show to ever appear on TV – past or present.

All of the above written while listening to Jenny Lin play Philip Glass’ Etudes for Piano (a new recording).