I want to say U2 and Public Enemy show I did in Oakland, but that’s not ‘90s enough.

No, it has to be The Cranberries, Radiohead and Suede in Hollywood my first year of college. Whew, I was a GenX stereotype.
That U2/PE show though was the greatest concert I’ve ever attended for reals.
NIN is probably second most ‘90s show I ever did, but I can’t remember the opening act.
On the regrets-I’ve-had-a-few side of the ledger, I saw Seven Mary Three and Candlebox live.

0/10 would not buy again.

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14 Oct
Whether or not Twitter blocking that NYP story will actually work, the people crying foul are trying to thread a super, super thin needle in saying Twitter needs to allow all voices but others <waves hand at literally every platform conservatives dominate> don’t.
That is, this is a philosophical debate but the GOP politicians pushing the outrage are just trying to rally the base.

Replace “Twitter” with “an AM radio station” and you’ve got the rebirth of the Fairness Doctrine that they loathe so much.
There are more layers than that, but if the AM dial or Fox News or your local church pulpit doesn’t need balance then there’s no reason Twitter or Facebook should have to allow its platform to spread things it doesn’t like, even if it’s simply because it doesn’t like those things
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14 Oct
This. Today is a good example with that sketchy NY Post story. These people know so much about how this game is played, and it never seems to inform their reaction when they are being played.
I’ve said this before, but every major newsroom that covers politics needs a disinformation editor. Someone who understands information vectors, social networks and propaganda and can push coverage. It’s a crucial need as social networks replace news brands in centrality.
In this case I’m talking about a person with journalistic chops but has some advanced (probably grad-level) training in understanding how persuasion works in the context of sociology. This can’t just be on-the-job training; that is too reactive and encourages lack of reflection.
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10 Oct
Putting together a triennial review packet while the world is burning and my students are suffering makes me feel like a shrimp on a treadmill.
Grateful for tenure, of course, and the freedom it gives me to ask about impact and things that matter. But whew.
For those not in academia, these packets are a chance to brag about how super duper awesome I am. As I am writing, my inner voice is yelling at me to read the room.
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10 Oct
I have a working theory about this semester: the amount of time that progresses is inversely proportional to a student saying an excellent course experience is the most important thing in your class.

At the halfway point, more students I’m advising say they just miss connection.
Not to say excellent course design doesn’t matter. I just think I’m sweating that part too much.
A colleague asked about how I’m handling doing the rigor Lehigh is known for.

My philosophy has long been that the process matters more than results. I’m trying to build thinking, empathetic people, not perfectionists.

I give them the @thebradking “grades don’t matter” speech.
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9 Oct
Had some really good conversations at Newsgeist yesterday. They touched on different topics such as newsroom economics, anti-racism newsrooms, and prioritizing local connection in building reader relationships. It got me thinking ...
One of the things about this current moment is we are in a transition. The major news chains are dying. They might survive in name only Ihey, Circuit City is still around by name), but they are deteriorating rapidly. (2/)
People ask me what to do, how to help. I always say find a way to financially support the news you value and depend on.

That leads to the inevitable question. Do I really have to give money to an evil chain that is destroying my local news source? (3/)
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6 Oct
Damn it. Not Eddie. variety.com/2020/music/new…
VH had a 10-year run starting with “1984" that a lot of bands would kill for. String of five great albums that totally hold up in 2020.
And I’m one of the five people who actually liked Van Halen III, so I’d say six albums.
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