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I teach I teach rhetoric, digital culture, and professional writing at West Virginia University. You can find more information about my research and teaching at http://johnmjones.org
I teach I teach rhetoric, digital culture, and professional writing at West Virginia University. You can find more information about my research and teaching at http://johnmjones.org

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NPR has a new CEO. He's the head of Sesame Street. In his blog post on the decision, +Brian Stelter of the New York Times writes, "NPR, formerly known as National Public Radio, has the benefit of tens of millions of devoted weekly listeners and a robust Web presence. But it is threatened by the prospect of funding cuts, by power struggles between the organization and its member stations across the country; and by the perception that some of its programming has a liberal political bent."

Can you be "threatened" by a "perception?" I guess maybe you can. But if you can, then I would say that NPR is equally threatened by 1.) the perception that it can be rolled or intimidated, especially after forcing its last CEO to resign in part because right wing trickster James O'Keefe pulled a culture war stunt that worked, and 2.) the perception that it's increasingly a he said, she said, "safety first" news organization that tends to quote both sides and leave it there. I don't think Stelter can show that his threat is more threatening than the two threats I cited.
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The only Apple liveblog you need to read:
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'If you don’t like Facebook’s “real names” policy, you can leave and cultivate your social media presence elsewhere - yes, you’ll be shut out of a significant area of commerce and social interaction, but you’re not completely screwed.

If you don’t like Google Plus’ terms, or like me you run afoul of policy simply by existing, you stand to lose more than just a social network. You stand to lose access to aspects of a public utility.'
+Violet Blue's story about getting griefed and suspended (if briefly) from Google+ should be required reading for everyone using Google's services. If you didn't think this was a Kafkaesque farce before, check it out.

Cf: "Google+ Punts on Kafkaesque Name Policy"
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/08/google-punts-names/
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At the DMV. There's a kid here playing catch. With himself. With an imaginary ball.
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The bus system website asks me: "Is Morgantown ready for the future?" Not sure what I'm supposed to say.
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Thanks, Comcast: "If you exceed more than 250 GB, you may receive a call from the Customer Security Assurance ("CSA") team to notify you of excessive use. At that time, we will tell you exactly how much data you used. When we call you, we try to help you identify the source of excessive use and ask you to moderate your usage, which the vast majority of our customers do voluntarily. If you exceed 250 GB again within six months of the first contact, your service will be subject to termination and you will not be eligible for either residential or commercial internet service for twelve (12) months."
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