Jay Cost, “Obama’s Vanity is a Liability for Democrats” – my brother and I discussed this, and I think we resolved that there’s something fishy about accusing the President of being vain in this context. It may be the case that persuasion and using the Presidency as a bully pulpit loom larger for modern progressives than the non-rhetorical/non-symbolic powers of the Presidency (being Commander-in-Chief first and foremost). That isn’t to say I agree with his going on “The View” or even with any of the President’s policies or ideas. It is to say there is a more sober way of looking at what I think is a really stupid idea: the President appearing on every show and magazine cover and then some.
David Hiscoe, “An Academic Rip Van Winkle” (h/t aldaily) – from the article: The percentage of college faculty members who are tenured or on the tenure track sank to 31 percent in 2007 and has probably fallen below 30 percent by now. Including graduate teaching assistants, only about a quarter of all instructors have some sort of tenure.
Ario Farin, “Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Germanland” – from the article: And, perhaps, no wonder the Germans are more prone to romanticism, self-reflection and psychoanalysis: their sky invites them to project and busy its blank screen with dreams and visions to compensate for its static quality. The self becomes a film projector of skin and bone, showing the latest blockbuster of worries, cravings, fantasies in effortless 3D.