The American Scholar

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While visiting the Thai-Burmese border in 2011, Jessica Marks noticed something that aroused her curiosity: refugees living in camps were regularly using computers. She wondered, upon returning home to the United States, what kind

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Our Post-Privacy World
IN 1786, JEREMY BENTHAM was visiting his younger brother, Samuel, an engineer overseeing the laborers on one of Prince Potemkin’s Russian estates, when he learned about his brother’s invention of the panopticon. Samuel’s idea was to create a circular
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Teach What You Love
WORD IS OUT ON THE STREET: the study of literature is dying; English is breathing its last; no more Beowulf, no more Virginia Woolf either. Or not much of it. There are reasons to listen to the auguries. Most of the teaching in English departments no