This touches on so many things for us it’s ridiculous. From Whitmire’s connection of rap as today’s folk music today in class to the conversation post-Monday’s speaker to Dylan’s unpacking of his world to the argument that I have been making (ala Egginton) that your knowledge is “pre-determined” by the knowledge before and around you.
This is why ToK matters – not to help you understand the article but to get you to think like Rodney Carmichael (he gets an A) – when you encounter a tweet, what questions do you ask? do you question the assumptions that are made? how do you respond to those assumptions? what are the “rules” of engagement for that discipline/subject?
Read, ponder, and turn it up.
via Why Questloves 201-Song Playlist For Keith Olbermann Is Bigger Than Hip-Hop : The Record : NPR
Ever so briefly discussed this in 3A today and will be returning to it next week. If you have time, it is a great read especially for how “knowledge” gets made. we’ll look into this next week.
via Should Women Make Their Own Pop Music Canon? – The New York Times
This article explores research in children concerning when they begin to develop awareness that others have minds that are different from theirs which is fascinating enough. But when you consider (which is beyond what the researchers are after here) the role that culture plays in constructing the very ideas that are being used to evaluate the children – lies, imagination, reason, belief, deception – well, then it starts to sound a little like the Egginton pieces. All of which means that you are likely to be doing ToK for the rest of your life.
via When Children Begin To Lie It Shows Positive Brain Development : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
In this Bookend section from Sunday, the discussion is essentially about whether rights are absolute or constructed. The point I want you to realize is that the class discussions have consequences in the outer world. How we frame the acquisition of knowledge does matter.
via Is Free Speech an Absolute Right, or Does Context Matter? – The New York Times
For what is coming, you are going to need this article. Need as in you will need to do things with it for a grade so bookmark it, listen to it, explore it, and come to class to find out.
via 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going – The New York Times
Of books – if you read, if you like books, if you think of yourself in some way as literary – then you should read this. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s opinionated, and she loves books. It’s like a little treat – try it, you’ll like it.
via Fran Lebowitz: By the Book – The New York Times
When Davis talks about the “cultural lineage” we are inheriting, I think of this kind of example – how a song, an artwork, became significant for constructions of race and gender. This little piece I think is like the beginning of ToK thinking. Listen to the included samples loud enough and you will see your parents dance.
via ‘Respect’ Wasn’t A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One : NPR