a small sample…just 5 things I was introduced to, today:
1. Binge drinking is greatest in Ireland (among EU countries) although a mis-reporting of results had the British Daily Telegraph claiming the crown. A great and simple example, perhaps for an early day in the Intro Sociology semester.
2. Ron Mueck makes these crazy huge baby sculptures. This is a good example of something I knew, and then forgot.
3. Marina Abramovic continues to make little girls cry (and husky men) at her MOMA retrospective. I first saw the Flickr account of Marco Anelli (asked by the artist/museum to document the sitters), and now there’s a special place to view my favorites, called, appropriately enough, Marina Abramovic Made Me Cry.
4. Two economists at Alabama Huntsville are doing a study to investigate the prevalence of forced journal citations by the editors during the review process. Although I completed their survey ape thingie, I noted that each and every question framed the practice negatively (Some view it as inappropriate behavior, padding citations and diluting the value of the reference list.) even when they were asking our opinion of the practice. This kind of makes me want to write a survey ape thingie to ask them about the value of research that is based on survey questions that convey moral evaluations of response categories.