My Week In Thought and Hermeneutic Suspicion

My Week In Thought
This PBS essay neatly summarizes almost all the arguments I would ever make - or in some cases have made - in defense of video gaming.

OK, there may be a fine line between vanity and self-referentiality but here we go.

There's no Wikipedia entry for 'moral responsibility' | The Register

There's no Wikipedia entry for 'moral responsibility' | The Register
The first, and the most immediately absurd of these two defenses, is that since nothing at all can be trusted, er, "definitively", then Wikipedia can't be trusted either. This is curious, to say the least, as it points everyone's expectations firmly downwards.

Online scholarship

"I've read the internet, and it's rubbish" - a comedian on a BBC Radio 4 show.

Complexities of women's rights

BBC - Radio 4 - Today Programme Listen Again
David Cameron promised to tackle the lack of women MPs from his party. What can he do? Audio here

Salient cases and social causality

The great 'On the Media' had an interview with 'the devil' - Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard. But he did bring up an interesting point regarding the actual influence of the magazine in particular and the media in general.

On The Media-- OLD STANDARD
BROOKE GLADSTONE:: What do you think the world would be like if the Weekly Standard hadn't come along?

Conceptual integration and the creation of news

On The Media-- OFF-YEAR COVERAGE
The President gave a major speech on Wednesday, and TV news reacted. For every story there's a formula, whether earthquake, missing child, sex scandal or State of the Union, but this event was none of those. So the anchors reached into their bags and pulled out the mode that fit the best - campaign reporting. They covered the plan for victory in Iraq as a stump speech.

How we should judge torture - Los Angeles Times

How we should judge torture - Los Angeles Times
Naturally, human rights groups are appalled by the suggestion that harsh treatment is ever justified. Similarly, blogger Andrew Sullivan dismisses the ticking time bomb as a "red herring" and argues that "you cannot raise or lower the moral status of mass murderers with respect to torture. The only salient moral status with respect to torture is that the mass murderers are human beings."
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Cultural images of the powerless

One article, two thoughts. Good going!

TPM Online Article
One of the things you notice, both as a skeptic and as an American in the UK , is that according to the British media – and a lot of non-media folks, too, I might add – pretty much all foolishness comes from the US.

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