Children and young adults are bombarded with various forms of the question “what do you what to be when you grow up” from almost day one. Such questions are important in that we need to always think about the future, but there are many more problems with such questions when we examine the hidden power of these words. 1.Continue reading “8 Reasons to Stop Asking: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #21″
Monthly Archives: August 2015
People Don’t Forget, People Are Overwhelmed: Social Media and Historiography
Just a quick blog post today. My blogging activity, as much as I love blogging, will be less the next month or two as I (finally, but it really has not been that long!) finish my dissertation and prepare for a really busy and fun semester of teaching. Remember about Sandra Bland a few weeksContinue reading “People Don’t Forget, People Are Overwhelmed: Social Media and Historiography”
Political parties and their followers represent the antithesis of the golden rule.
Political parties and their followers, as they currently function in the United States, represent the antithesis of the golden rule. They simply don’t treat each other the way they would like to be treated. George Washington warned that political parties were dangerous long ago in his 1796 farewell letter. I have already intimated to youContinue reading “Political parties and their followers represent the antithesis of the golden rule.”
Secret Societies of Double Agents: Music, Life, and Teaching
Since my blog a few days ago covering Amanda Marshall‘s music, I’ve been thinking about her music, the music industry, and people in a particularly different kind of way. In particular, her purely autobiographical song “Double Agent” has been on mind. In this post, I discuss larger implications of the notion of “double agents” andContinue reading “Secret Societies of Double Agents: Music, Life, and Teaching”
Celebrating Amanda Marshall and the music we can love to love.
Amanda Marshall is a singer based in Canada. In this blog, I look at how and why her music is really neat and special. Most importantly, her music is very feminist and free of so many of the problems we see in our contemporary music. Amanda Marshall has been my favorite singer since the mid 1990s. Her band,Continue reading “Celebrating Amanda Marshall and the music we can love to love.”
My Revelation: Hermeneutics and its Applications
Hermeneutics–the study of interpretation and understanding–has fascinated me since I first learned about this concept in 2007. In this post I share a graphic I designed and a few quick thoughts. This diagram I made, I hope, will explain the basic ideas. Keep in mind, every thing is a text. Basically the idea is thatContinue reading “My Revelation: Hermeneutics and its Applications”
The Culture of Rape and Music
Lyrical music has been on my mind a great deal lately, as have notions of sexism and patriarchy. My on-going conclusion is that it is as hard to find lyrical music free of racism, sexism, imperialism, ethnocentrism, as it is to find movies where directors allow named female characters to speak to other named femaleContinue reading “The Culture of Rape and Music”