Critical Linking: August 27, 2012

Today, corporate-minded university presidents spout platitudes about “outcome metric” and “game-changing” technologies, while faculty members struggle to piece together a living with multiple part-time jobs, and students search for marketable skills that, they hope, will help them pay off their education debt.

Running colleges like corporations might not be the best idea, as the product is largely unmeasurable, and the profit should not be measured in money.

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In 2013, publisher Chicken Soup for the Soul will sell a new line of Chicken Soup for the Soul Foods around the country. This growing collection of comfort foods will begin with seven soups, including an “iconic Chicken Noodle.”

Oh, oh, oh….would that the publisher for Fried Green Tomatoes would get on board with this. But I would avoid a chocolate pie brought to you by the publisher of The Help….

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There were immediate complaints in online forums that the service was violating the sacred arm’s-length relationship between reviewer and author. But there were also orders, a lot of them. Before he knew it, he was taking in $28,000 a month.

Apparently, there is money to be made in lying to readers.

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Apple has shown consistent willingness to use its power as the holder of the keys to the hardware and the operating system to lock out content creators it doesn’t approve of. Now that Apple is able to use the patent law to snuff out competition, and now that phones are one of the most important ways in which we communicate today, Apple has become a real threat to free speech.

You know what Apple isn’t apparently a threat to? Wild-eyed slippery slope arguments predicting doom! Doom, I say.

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