Every morning I redistribute my newsletters from my inbox to my tabs and then spend the day opening more and more tabs until an accumulation of open tabs and as yet unlearned information about the world collapses my ability to process any information at all.
Then the next day I open a new browser window and begin the process anew. One can only assume that I keep the previous window open because it serves to mock my pain, which I must apparently enjoy. This modern life is rough.
I feel this: “He read all night from sundown to dawn, and all day from sunup to dusk, until with virtually no sleep and so much reading he dried out his brain and lost his sanity,” Don Quixote.
Anyway, being an academic is great. Why do you ask? (my eye has been twitching for a week)

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17 Sep
oops, thanks all. I mean, bummer because my county is now reporting covid deaths of vaxxed (4) and unvaxxed (304). (I had it backwards the first try) Image
Also, local mother & daughter died on the same day (both unvaxxed). It's all so sad & wrong: kbtx.com/2021/09/16/nav…
Our new cases on campus are starting to go down after they surged with the last home football game. We have another home game tomorrow. 😱
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11 Sep
Updated now with blogs + pods. Amazeballs that these fringe sites on the right set the nation's agenda. Image
Interesting that Fox Business is more reliable than regular Fox and CNN online is more reliable than CNN tv.
oh and it's: 1) Fox Business, 2) Fox online, 3) Fox tv.
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7 Sep
9% of my students are now covid+

Week 2 of the semester.
This, + 4 new deaths in our county reported today.
But the new AP poll is out and we're ranked, so yay 🙄
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7 Sep
It's an anti-democratic strategy designed to prevent democratic deliberation. It's communication warfare, using communication as a weapon.
We are all fighting the infowars; the infowars are everywhere.
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4 Sep
Insane because covid cases are spiking in our county, our hospitals are full, and 14 new deaths were reported this week? So, yes 100k people in close contact yelling & breathing on each other does seem insane. 😱
No worries, I'll just keep teaching my classes outside in the 90+ heat.
Third student has emailed with covid. I only have 45 students. Our semester started a week ago. 😳
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4 Sep
are "groupthink" and "faction" equivalent opposites? If not, then what would you suggest to pair with groupthink? (i'm trying to write a sentence that says propaganda leads to both groupthink and <whatever the chaos of never finding common ground is called>)
Maybe "alienation"? As an analytic term, it sort of works as the equivalent opposite, but it's maybe less intuitive than "faction"?
I'm reading all of your suggestions with great interest and thinking them over. Thank you! Keep them coming! 🥰
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