Monthly Archives: February 2020

I Cut The Big Five From My Life


This 2019 series of Gizmodo articles and videos by Kashmir Hill look into how difficult it actually is to stop using The Stacks: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. We place Hill’s research within our larger understanding of Big Tech and media literacy while listening to arguments for tech regulation or simply scaling back.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 458: Multimodal Information Literacy


First broadcast February 14 2020.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2020/02/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-february-14th-multimodal-information-literacy-episode-458/

“Finding that subtext inside of which way an arrow’s pointing in the graph.”

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Supercontext: Lone Wolf and Cub


This epic 1970s manga series is celebrated for its influence on other stories. We look at the conditions that produced it and how the comic represents Japanese history, revenge, gender, and the irredeemable hero on the road to Hell.

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Supercontext: Fly By Night


This 1975 rock album began to define Rush’s identity after the late Neil Peart joined the band on drums and lyrics. We look at how they treated their band as a business to try to understand the particular blend of instrument solos and libertarian ideology that later defined them.

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