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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What’s wrong with a Bloomingdale’s ad that suggests you secretly spike your date’s drink? ‘Cause date rape is always in style, Bloomies… (To be fair, after they got ripped on social media, the store apologized. How do you make money … Continue reading

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Sex and the News

Over the last several weeks sex has been finding its way into the news in a variety of ways.  Here’s a quick summary of a couple of these stories: Duke students object to having Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel  Fun Home on … Continue reading

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When Words Matter

The words we use matter intensely.  Sometimes they tell others a lot about who we are.  Sometimes when we use the wrong words we hurt people we hadn’t intended to.  And sometimes we don’t have any idea what the actual … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 4 – Young Adult & Children’s Bestsellers

The New York Times has several bestseller lists that deal with books targeted at children and young adults.  Take a look to see if your favorites are still on the list.  Note that books for children and young adults typically stay … Continue reading

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Advice to Writers

Ten suggestions for better writing from famous writers:

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Pre-class and In-class video: Talking About Books

Several videos for our discussion in class this week about books.  And yes, I’m running about a week behind in class.  There was way too much to talk about in the business chapter! History of the Printing Press Back in … Continue reading

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Reposting – Questioning The Hunger Games

Last evening I went to see the movie Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games with students in my media literacy class.  As you all no doubt know, Suzanne Collins wrote the hugely successful young adult three-volume series that … Continue reading

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Media News Roundup

USB ports replace cigarette lighters in Hyundai cars As if we needed any more proof that mobile media devices are addictive! iPhones are more important than cigarettes! FAA backs letting people use mobile media during take-off and landing And they … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 4 – Portrait of an Attempt to Ban a Book in Minnesota

Omaha author (and former newspaper columnist) Rainbow Rowell did not grow up well off.  She wrote back in her column back in 1997 that, “We went from desperate to poor.  And poor felt so good.” In Eleanor & Park, her award-winning … Continue reading

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Banned Book Week

It’s the American Library Association’s annual Banned Book Week, which draws attention to books that have been challenged in libraries or classrooms over the last year. I’ve long had somewhat ambiguous feelings about Banned Book Week.  On the one hand, … Continue reading

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