Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide

Research report from Monica Anderson and Andrew Perrin from the Pew Research Center. Full report here (PDF). All annotations in context. Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. New survey findings…

Friction-Free Racism

Chris Gilliard in Real Life Magazine. All annotations in context. Questions about the inclusivity of engineering and computer science departments have been going on for quite some time. Several current “innovations” coming out of these fields, many rooted in facial recognition, are indicative of how scientific racism has long been embedded in apparently neutral attempts…

The Morality Wars

Wesley Morris in The New York Times Magazine. In 2018, culture is being evaluated for its moral correctness more than for its quality. Should art be a battleground for social justice? The real-world and social-media combat we’ve been in for the past two years over what kind of country this is — who gets to…

A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism

Book review of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo in The New Yorker. View annotations in context. In more than twenty years of running diversity-training and cultural-competency workshops for American companies, the academic and educator Robin DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. Like waves on sand, their reactions form…

This is America: Donald Glover’s Video is a Gripping Read

A brilliant decomposition of the Donald Glover/Childish Gambino This is America video by Awesomely Luvvie. Video and important pull quotes available below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY In times of great crisis, we create great art. Donald Glover’s video for his latest single This is America is great art. It’s not because it’s trying to be overly subtle to where only art connoisseurs…