September 25, 2014

The Fine Brothers - Teens React to the 90s Internet (2014)

The Teens watch the 90’s era instructional video, Kids’ Guide to The Internet and discuss how the internet has evolved over time. 

September 20, 2014

WordGirl - Mr. Big (2007) 

WordGirl battles villainy with super strength and a superior vocabulary.  In this episode (beginning at 13:30), she takes on the title villain and The Thing, the product he’s marketing.

The Thing is a cube—“scientifically designed by scientists” and “made from “a mixture of space-age polymers”— that does “stuff” and “things.” Through mind control, Mr. Big manages to create incredible demand for it.  Everyone buys it, except for WordGirl.  She doesn’t’ want vague descriptions’; she wants specifics.

It would be awesome of more consumers were like her, asking specific questions about the claims made in advertising.  Are real problems being described?  Are real solutions being offered?

Consider this description for the Schick® Quattro® Titanium:

a durable razor with 4 titanium-coated blades that stay sharp to reduce irritation. An edging blade provides extra precision in hard-to-reach spaces, and an ergonomically designed handle gives added control.

Or the GILLETTE BODY® RAZOR:

The first razor built for male terrain, designed to go where face razors aren’t. Experience comfort even in the toughest hard-to-reach areas every time you shave. Product features: Rounded head for the tricky spots; 3 Lubricating Strips for outstanding glide; An anti-slip grip for exceptional control, even in the shower.

Wow…they sound like exceptional products.  I never knew I needed a better handle for better control.  Maybe, I should get one…

September 19, 2014
The New York Review of Books - References, Please (2014)

Tim Parks writes:

September 19, 2014
The Daily Dot - 6 Reasons We Fall for Hoaxes on Facebook (2014)

Cabell Gathman writes:

September 19, 2014
wordbookstores:

oneofthejohns:

Hey! Banned Books Week is coming up starting this Sunday! This year has a focus on banned comics & graphic novels.
If you are looking for some resources to spread the word or to run events, you should head over to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website where they have lots of stuff including two free downloadable posters you can print up to help promote BBW. I did the design above.
Oh yeah, and something else you could do for BBW is read Americus, by MK Reed and myself, which is all about book banning, censorship, and coming of age. 

Come fight the good fight with us at the JC store on Tuesday.

wordbookstores:

oneofthejohns:

Hey! Banned Books Week is coming up starting this Sunday! This year has a focus on banned comics & graphic novels.

If you are looking for some resources to spread the word or to run events, you should head over to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website where they have lots of stuff including two free downloadable posters you can print up to help promote BBW. I did the design above.

Oh yeah, and something else you could do for BBW is read Americus, by MK Reed and myself, which is all about book banning, censorship, and coming of age. 

Come fight the good fight with us at the JC store on Tuesday.

(via libraryjournal)

September 19, 2014

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Equestria Girls (2013)

Twilight Sparkle travels through a magical mirror to recover a stolen tiara from an alternate dimension populated by humans.  Overwhelmed by the culture shift, she heads to the library to learn more.  It’s another great example of how MLP:FiM portrays research as a means of solving real-world problems.  

That said, this movie is a crass attempt to create a line of humanized ponies and cash-in on the popularity of the Monster High dolls.  The show is usually much more subtle and funny in how it pushes its product.  Information has value, I guess.

September 19, 2014
Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub - On Research (2014)

Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub - On Research (2014)

September 10, 2014
themediafix:

Happy Internet Slowdown Day! 
Take action to save Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1qLsc6U

themediafix:

Happy Internet Slowdown Day! 

Take action to save Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1qLsc6U

September 8, 2014
pewinternet:

Happy International Literacy Day! Above: A snapshot of reading in America.
As of January 2014, 76% of American adults 18+ said they read at least 1 book in the past year. 

pewinternet:

Happy International Literacy Day! Above: A snapshot of reading in America.

As of January 2014, 76% of American adults 18+ said they read at least 1 book in the past year. 

September 8, 2014
americanlibraryassoc:

Happy International Literacy Day! :D

americanlibraryassoc:

Happy International Literacy Day! :D

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