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I am working on a syllabus and lesson plans for the first-year writing course I’m teaching in the fall. I’m excited about asking students to create an audio photo essay as part of their last portfolio. Here is a cool one I’ve been looking at as model:
This, here, is what I am talking about. According to the story, the cheering coming from the Alamo Heights High School (a predominately white school in an affluent part of Houston) took a decidedly racist tone as the boys’s basketball team secured its win over over San Antonio’s Edison High School boys’ basketball team. Edison High School is a predominantly Hispanic/Latino school.
The superintendent overseeing Alamo Heights stated:
That’s not who we are as a community and that’s not who we are as a school. It’s not something that’s acceptable for us. Our kids are very respectable. We have to remember that they’re teenagers, and kids make mistakes.
I wonder: were parents also present in the stands? do the kids deserve all the blame?
iPhone users beware: in a Siri-aided world you better not find yourself with an unwanted pregnancy as Siri won’t help you find a clinic to help you get rid of it. According to a story by Megan Carpentier posted on rawstory.com, “it’s an experience that’s being replicated by women around the country: despite plentiful online information about actual places to get an abortion, Siri doesn’t seem to provide it.” Instead, Siri will anti-abortion help and crisis centers, if she/it provides any information at all.
In one of my classes this term we’ve discussed (at least twice and in no actual detail) the ideologies behind technologies that are sometimes manifested through use but otherwise go unregarded. We all seem to think that technology is an ideologically-free zone when in fact, under even minimal scrutiny and use, it reveals blatant ideas as to how and what end-users should be reading/thinking/doing, living our lives.
And yet, while Siri may not be able to help you get an abortion, she/it will help you find all sorts of things, including:
- hospitals to go to if you’ve had an erection lasting more than five hours;
- where to score marijuana;
- who to contact if you have a hamster stuck in your rectum;
- where to get an allegedly-free blow job (same place where you get help with the hamster)
You can read Carpentier’s full story here: “Then things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an abortion”
Hillbilly Handfishin’ Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Animal Planet. Check your local listings.
Two locals named Skipper and Trent lead city folk and solid suburbanites on fishing trips and, all in all, offer a redneck safari experience. There is very much wading, plashing, ploshing, and galumphing through water that, legend has it, owes its rich golden-brown color to the dust tracked in by the wagon trains and its sparkle to the tears of the American Indians. (Patterson, Slate.com)
Deedee Garcia Blase (R-AZ) forms the National Tequila Party in the hopes of motivating would-be Latino voters to get out to the polls in 2012 in response to the anti-immigration rhetoric of the Tea Party. Note that Garcia Blase is Republican, and note that National Tequila Party doesn’t overtly identify with either the Left or the Right (increasingly, Latinos are demonstrating that they are not the monolithic group of people U.S. society has made it out to be–in race, ethnicity, culture, class, or politics).
The National Tequila Party comes in the wake of other parties which have appealed to minority groups on the grounds of “talking back” to national discourses: Corey Dade’s “Identity Politics: A Brief History”
Terrorist Assmeblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times
Puar, Jasbir K. Duke University Press Books: 2007
How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon
Roediger, David R. Verso: 2008