What are you saying when you cite a person or organisation? Are you endorsing poor practices by lending your weight to bad entities?
One of the splendid things about the internet is that it provides a wealth of publicly accessible research material for those interested in tracking evolving social norms, attitudes, and other things. For social scientists as well as people in some other aspects of academia, the internet is a fountain of data, coming with none of […]
A few months ago, I watched an interesting conversation with Elon James unfold on Twitter—his Twitter feed is well-worth adding if you haven’t already—as he started talking with followers about religion and morals. Like me, Elon James is a nonbeliever; I specifically identify as an atheist. I do not believe in G-d or another higher […]
Many people are surprised to learn that I’m not a feminist, despite the fact that this information is readily available and it’s a topic I actually discuss rather a lot; I can’t identify with a group that is represented primarily by people who behave in oppressive ways, and has shown no sign of interest in […]
My father and I both tend to be rather outsized, loud, dramatic people, the sort of people who enjoy being the centre of attention, who are also blunt and sometimes appear to ride roughshod over everything around us in much the way that a clumsy puppy tramples the garden. At our hearts, though, both of […]
I’m huge fan of The Big Picture, a curated collection of photography from newsworthy events around the world. At any given time there might be an assortment of images from protests, or holidays, or natural disasters, and the editors have a good eye for really fantastic images. Sometimes I like to get my news visually, […]
Discussions about pop culture that touch upon oppressive content are often countered with the argument that pop culture is ‘just’ entertainment, and has no actual obligation to be responsible. The social role of creators of pop culture is to make art that people enjoy, and find fun, and consume with pleasure, not to provide social […]
If you want to practice law in California, and in much of the United States, you must go to law school, you must pass the bar examination, and you must be of good moral character, part of the background check administered by the State Bar before it will allow you to work in the legal […]