Critical Linking for July 20th, 2015

 

Let us know if we got the right one!

The chances that this quiz trying to guess your favorite book succeeds is really low, but like a carnival barker trying to guess your age, the fun is seeing how close they get.

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In just four years, the percentage of Americans who believe there are any books that should be banned has increased by more than half: 28% believe this to be the case today, vs. 18% in 2011.

What in the hell is going on?

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We don’t need you to overhaul copyright law immediately, but we’d like there to be movement in the direction of reasonable copyright reform. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act exceptions that you alone are responsible for impact tech culture in significant ways and should be expanded and more frequently issued. Explaining why this provision exists and why it is important should be part of your advocacy work. We need you to support us as we advocate for fair use and help us overcome the chilling effects of decades of government-supported copyright menacing.

Wow, I didn’t realize that the Librarian of Congress had this sort of sneaky power.

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” spent 98 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Not one of those weeks was it in the top spot.

Historical bestseller charts are a good reminder of recency bias. We tend to overestimate what is popular today, and there is no better what to right that overestimation than to look at a fifty year old bestseller list and realize you barely know any of the titles.

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