Week 8, Friday: April 2

Today there are no classes (hooray!). Hope you enjoy your mini-break! Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and apologies for missing Passover last week: hope it was a good one for those who celebrate those festivities!

Schedule for today

  • I will add the posts for Week 8 to the randomizer and load it to the webpage, and then you can begin to comment on the blog posts using Hypothes.is (group HST271). That link has all the info on what to do and four blogs from the Randomizer. Comments are due on Monday night. Don't forget to collect your points in the Canvas Declaration Quiz! (linked in the assignment description)
  • Webpage for week 9 will be up later in the day.
  • Webpage for week 9 will be up later in the weekend, but it will mainly say the following two things:
    • Write write write
    • Make an individual appointment with me (Get Stuff Done club is fine but you may want uninterrupted longer time)

Weekend long read:

In the continuing series on "things not to do when writing", is a recent story from the Atlantic that caught my attention when I first read it. It was spectacular in its coverage of elite sports for teenagers to give them an edge to get into colleges. Jaw-dropping insights. "Americans are really living up to stereotypes," I thought. And then came the questions. Turns out the journalist took things a bit too far. Invented injuries, or exaggerated their extent. And she has a track record of doing things like that. Students dear, don't make up evidence. It will come back to haunt you.

Read the Washington Post piece to get up to speed with the scandal, and then check the retraction and editor's note from the Atlantic. Want to see how bad it was? Sure, here's the PDF of the print version.

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