Algorithms are not editors

A friend shared this Huff Post article about a photographer using Disney princesses to highlight some of humanity's ills. What the article fails to do is think about the automatic "related story" link that comes after:   Disney Princesses: the epitome of femininity and so easily molded into anything. Purchase yours today!

The State of English Studies: Scatalogical Addendum

I occasionally wonder if I take my work seriously. Sometimes, when I’m researching or writing, I find the thread of a theme and I grab on for dear life, pulling, stretching, and, ultimately, tying myself up in knots. Then (and it always happens) I get a big “shit-eating” grin on my face and slice through …

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Enyaraya!

While I was in Seattle, I got a chance to do a little research at the University of Washington. Their library is huge and intimidating, yet everyone was wonderfully accommodating. In their Special Collection area I was able to go through two volumes of Japanese school readers from 1908 and 1903. Near the end of …

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I have never watched Buffy

Now, that doesn't mean I won't at some indefinite time in the future. The only reason for not having watched it thus far is that it came out at the same time I was edging into my thirties and felt the need to distance myself from my own teen angst. The reason I bring this …

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Lies I Tell Myself: Week $$%#$@#

I had started with good intentions, truly. But like all things that crash and burn, the flame of inspiration is the start. As I'm nearing the end of my time in the Masters program, I am beginning to look forward: to a PhD program, to the GREs, to the continued deferral of my undergrad student …

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Jam Tomorrow

In Dirlek's attempt to pinpoint the era of postcolonialism in his essay "The Postcolonial Aura", he suggests three definitions: "literal description of conditions in formerly colonial societies [...] "global condition after the period of colonialism" and lastly, "a discourse on the above-named conditions" (563-64).  Over the last weeks, we have focused on the last, learning …

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Resistance is futile

The word I keep coming back to is assimilate. Like a long ago episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “assimilate” is not only the command of The Borg, it is, in their mind, the inevitable duty of all species in the galaxy. And in both Pérez-Sánchez and Puar essays, I felt that assimilation was …

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It’s not about the head scarf, it’s about who decides the head scarf must be worn.

If this were a film blog, I'd love to talk about the sound design in Persepolis. The ominous sounds of the tanks as they moved in, the wheels of the bicycle as the children chased after it, the frantic footsteps as the young men were chased across the roof; if you weren't wearing headphones while …

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