• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @doctorow

6 May
When schools switched to distance learning amid the lockdown, it represented a chance to rethink education and ed-tech, from lessons to schedules to evaluation.

For the most part, we have squandered that chance, doubling down on the most destructive educational practices.

1/ A laptop on a home desk, it...
This is true across the board, not just in ed-tech. Take the bizarre start-times for classes - as early as 7AM for students enrolled in "period 0" classes. This timing has nothing to do with best practices in pedagogy or our understanding of adolescent brain-development.

Instead, it's a least-worst option arising from the US's unwillingness to treat high-quality child-care as a public good that benefits both kids and working parents. We open our schools at o-dark-hundred because parents need to get to work.

Read 25 tweets
6 May
Indonesia has experienced one of the worst covid outbreaks in Asia, with 1.6m cases and 46,000 deaths. Early on, the country took prevent measures so travelers wouldn't carry infection domestically and abroad, requiring fliers to get an antigen nasal swab before boarding.

1/ A gloved hand administers a...
It turns out that this might have actually led to further spread of the disease, because corrupt employees of the Indonesian pharma giant @KimiaFarmaCare were enriching themselves by REPACKAGING AND REUSING NASAL SWABS.



Read 5 tweets
5 May
Star Trek (1966), “Mudd’s Women” admiralplaceholder.tumblr.com/post/650382158…
Star Trek (1966), “Mudd’s Women” admiralplaceholder.tumblr.com/post/650382158…
Star Trek (1966), “Mudd’s Women” admiralplaceholder.tumblr.com/post/650382158…
Read 5 tweets
5 May
Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

Inside: Stimmies killed the McJob; MRNA vaccines and Clarke's Law; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2021/05/05/cla…


1/ Image
This coming Friday (May 7), the Gaithersburg Book Festival is featuring me in an interview conducted by John Scalzi; we pre-recorded the event but I'll be in the live chat for the premiere.

Stimmies killed the McJob: Job creators hate him.

3/ Image
Read 19 tweets
5 May
#Pluralistic is my mutli-channel publishing effort - a project to push the limits of #POSSE (post own site, share everywhere) that allows me to maintain control over my work while still meeting my audience where they are, on platforms whose scale makes them hard to rely on.

1/ A Star Wars-esque 'hyperspa...
Every day, I write 1-5 essays and syndicate them over Twitter, Tumblr, Mastodon and email, with the canonical link at pluralistic.net, a CC-BY licensed Wordpress site with no tracking, data-collection or ads.

Now, I've added another channel: @Medium, where I'm part of a group of paid writers who contribute a mix of original material that's exclusive to the platform and syndicated material from elsewhere.


Read 18 tweets
5 May
A recurring viral genre during the lockdown is photos of signs on the front doors of low-waged establishments (especially fast food restaurants) asking customers to have patience with long wait-times brought on by staffing shortages "because no one wants to work."

1/ The cover of McJob zine #2,...
These signs go on to claim that "overgenerous" unemployment benefits in the Biden stimulus have encouraged work-shyness among the lazy slobs of the working class. It's a complaint that's been picked up and amplified by the @USChamber.


They're not entirely wrong.

After all, the subtext of these signs is, "Our pay is so low, and our working conditions are so awful, that only the truly desperate would do this job. In forestalling that desperation, the federal government has deprived us of our workforce."

Read 12 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!