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Today’s Shared Items – March 17, 2011

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  • Kids whine about the SATs' reality show question
  • March 17, 2011 – This author seems a mite defensive. I take the point about the open-ended nature of the question. But not having bathed in reality TV, I imagine that I would feel myself on shaky ground were I trying to write cogently about its cultural impact, especially if the quality of said writing were going to determine my college prospects. Mental exercise: change the subject from reality TV to professional sports, violence in video games, or curent teen pop stars. No, you can’t choose the one you want to write about. All are significant cultural phenomena related to entertainment many, BUT NOT ALL, people choose to consume. I’d feel pretty rickety on any of these subjects, and would have in high school. There’s a point at which bending over backward to make a test relevant to the experiences of a large set of students closes out those with lesser entertainment diets, not to mention those who don’t purchase cable television.

  • Farhad Manjoo reviews apps for public speaking (VIDEO).
  • March 17, 2011 – I normally don’t like video reviews that try too hard to be entertaining (lookin at YOU, CNET) but this is pretty good, and helpful for presenters, I think.

  • Washington Post apologizes for stories that ‘borrowed’ from Arizona Republic
  • March 16, 2011

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