How The West Has Fallen Behind In The New Propaganda Wars

As Russian troops advance into Ukraine, and as ISIS forces ravage parts of the Middle East, the world is being forced to confront an uncomfortable fact: these belligerents aren't just winning battles on the ground, they're also winning over minds. Here's what propaganda looks like in the 21st century — and how the… » 9/04/14 11:00am 9/04/14 11:00am

Where Did All the Middle Initials Go? To the Intellectuals.

Phillip K. Dick. Alfred E. Neuman. Ulysses S. Grant. These are all people whose names are inseparable from their middle initials. But Bruce Feiler of The New York Times has a evidence that middle initialism is on the decline. Unless you want to be perceived as smart. In that case, middle initial away. » 7/17/14 12:41am 7/17/14 12:41am

Fandom Academia: Gender Influences Filk Far Less Than You'd Think

I love the highly-specific title of this academic paper by Melissa Tatum, Robert Spoo, and Banjamin Pope: "Does Gender Influence Attitudes Toward Copyright in the Filk Community?" It combines three hot-button issues: copyright, gender, and fandom. It's a like a powder keg of things people have very strong opinions on. » 6/21/14 12:30am 6/21/14 12:30am