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Broken English

Cracked open the CD case for David Byrne’s The Forest today, returned to the liner notes, and had a thought about why it is that “bad English,” Engrish, Spanglish, Finglish, and other nonstandard forms of my native tongue appeal to me so much.

Support The Media Show!

In case you haven’t heard it from me elsewhere, we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next few episodes of The Media Show, the YouTube show I’ve been producing since 2008. Among other things, we’re offering the complete back archives of the show on DVD — useful if you’re teaching a media literacy or […]

Personal Advances In Geek Feminism

Had a remarkably productive day Tuesday, the latest in a series. The surprise was how much it had to do with women and technology. Future research, a panel on Thursday, a survey at my dance class, and my own little scraps of code.

Invisible Knapsack of Linguistic Privilege

Last August I had cause to think about the “invisible knapsack of white privilege” article, beyond where I originally found it. I don’t quite remember what prompted me to do this, but I started writing up a piece parallel to the original, about linguistic privilege. It’s been lingering in my post queue forever, and I […]

How we know what we know: A personal intellectual history

While I’ve been applying for faculty positions, I’ve frequently been leading by saying “I’m interested in how we know what we know.” I’ve tried calling this “epistemology,” but a number of people have made it clear to me that I really don’t know what philosophers mean when they use that term; I’m not familiar with […]