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Hello all! I will not send out a newsletter next week as I’ll take some time with family as the school year ends for my children.

This week I posted the following:

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A Better Way To Picture Atoms

Do we picture atoms the completely wrong way?

This video is about using Bohmian trajectories to visualize the wavefunctions of hydrogen orbitals, rendered in 3D using custom python code in Blender.

Super cool stuff.


The Unseen Teen: The Challenges of Building Healthy Tech for Young People

In a Data & Society report, Amanda Lenhart and Kellie Owens interview tech industry professionals to understand how adolescent well-being is prioritized (or not) in the design and development of popular social media and gaming platforms.

Lenhart and Owens find numerous challenges to designing for adolescent digital well-being

The Weaponization of Care

Autumn Caines on how surveillance and the gender norms around care are used to reinforce each other.

Protection, direction, influence, and even management can easily be perceived as closely aligned to concerns of care, if not inseparable from them. Be it for our children, partners, or property, surveillance promises that we can gain peace of mind or become more conscientious — that we can think of ourselves as better caregivers.

Nature-based solutions can help cool the planet — if we act now

Analysis suggests that to limit global temperature rise, we must slash emissions and invest now to protect, manage and restore ecosystems and land for the future.

The analysis shows that nature-based solutions can have a powerful role in reducing temperatures in the long term. Land-use changes continue to act long past the point at which net-zero emissions are achieved and global temperatures peak and will have an important role in planetary cooling in the second half of this century. Before then, nature-based solutions can provide real but limited mitigation benefits. Crucially, the more ambitious the climate target, the shorter the time frame for such solutions to have an effect on peak warming.

Put simply, nature-based solutions must be designed for longevity. This means paying closer attention to their long-term carbon-sink potential, as well as their impacts on biodiversity, equity and sustainable development goals.

So You’re Vaccinated! How Can You Let People Know?

So you have taken the time to get yourself the coronavirus vaccine. Thank you!

Current CDC recommendations are indicating mask mandates are no longer needed…as long as people are vaccinated.

If you are vaccinated…what responsibility do you have to prove this to others?

QAnon Crowd Convinced UFOs Are a Diversion From Voter Fraud

It’s never been a better time to believe in UFOs…unless you’re a follower of Qanon.

The far-right conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon emerged on the internet in late 2017 and gained traction throughout former President Donald Trump’s time in office. QAnon’s core theory revolves around Satan-worshipping pedophiles plotting against Trump and a coming “storm” that would clear out those evil forces, but the movement has also been described as a “big tent conspiracy theory” that involves a constantly evolving web of schemes about politicians, celebrities, bankers, and the media, as well as echoes of older movements within Christianity, such as Gnosticism.

Recent research suggests religion, education, race, and media consumption are strong predictors of belief in this conspiracy theory acceptance among Americans.


This Centuries-Old Trick Will Unlock Your Productivity

Having trouble getting things done?

Self-mesmerism might be a way to quiet your mind, and get some deep work done.

Music has long been associated with trance states. The concepts of automatic response and conditioned reflex have been the basis for a model of physiological psychology in which the self has been depicted as vulnerable to external stimuli such as music.



Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life – music, paintings, theater, dance, and sunsets.

Eric Carle

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Men…it’s okay to moisturize and use eye cream. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good and take care of yourself.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. 🙂

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Life Must Be Lived Forwards


Hello! Hello! I hope you and those around you are well.

This week I also posted the following:

  • Where I’m Going – Share a walk in your world. WalkMyWorld Learning Event 7. Where I’m Going. Life must be lived forwards. We have the opportunity to survive, succeed, and achieve.
  • Guides In The Monster Factory – A post about learning, seeking awareness, and having the right guides in the process.
  • Are You Guilty of ‘Orbiting’? – Orbiting is a phenomenon that describes someone who leaves your life but continues to be involved in your social media. Orbiting is a strategic way to prevent the door from shutting completely on a former relationship.
  • When Planning Becomes Procrastinating – Following through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things.

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The Awesome Anthem

A hilarious, inspirational spoken word video by Sekou Andrews, the world’s leading Poetic Voice. It features awesomnacious people – from celebrities and scientists, to social activists and 7 yr olds – hitting the awesome pose to declare their place in the GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF AWESOMENESS!

Please SHARE this with someone you care about who needs to hear and believe the words: “I Am Awesome!”


Yuval Noah Harari: Lessons from a year of Covid

Anything that Yuval Noah Harari writes…we need to read.

How can we summarize the Covid year from a broad historical perspective? Many people believe that the terrible toll coronavirus has taken demonstrates humanity’s helplessness in the face of nature’s might. In fact, 2020 has shown that humanity is far from helpless. Epidemics are no longer uncontrollable forces of nature. Science has turned them into a manageable challenge.

How right-wing disinformation and conspiracy theories tore one family apart

QAnon is the mass delusion that a Satan-worshipping cabal of child sex traffickers controlled the world and the only person standing in their way was Trump. Although it started as a American invention, we’re seeing variants throughout the globe.

The media is increasingly sharing these stories of families that are being torn apart as they describe relatives that are living in a fantasy world, or caught between two realities.

With no overlap between our filters of reality, I was at a loss for any facts that would actually stick.

Are Your Diversity Strategies Missing the Mark? Nine Ways to Get it Right

A great post by Hedreich Nichols on the Cult of Pedagogy blog. Nichols writes from the perspective of the OBF (one black friend) about the small, intentional changes you can make to better relate to the world around you.

  • Read, read, read
  • Be open to feedback
  • Expand your circle
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Don’t forget gender
  • Beware “imperceptible” distance
  • Validate code switching
  • Embrace the elephant in the room
  • Identify and fight bias

Everyone has an eschatology

A great post by Doug Belshaw about eschatology, or the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading about risk and climate change over the last couple of months. Belshaw is on this journey as well and our stumbles have led us to the Deep Adaptation paper by Dr. Jem Bendell.

Doug challenges us to realign your work around the 4Rs outlined by Bendell.

  • Resilience asks us “how do we keep what we really want to keep?”
  • Relinquishment asks us “what do we need to let go of in order to not make matters worse?”
  • Restoration asks us “what can we bring back to help us with the coming difficulties and tragedies?”
  • Reconciliation asks “with what and whom can we make peace with as we face our mutual mortality?”

Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Cassette Tape, Has Died

Lou Ottens, who put music lovers around the world on a path toward playlists and mixtapes by leading the invention of the first cassette tape, has died at age 94, according to media reports in the Netherlands. Ottens was a talented and influential engineer at Philips, where he also helped develop consumer compact discs.

“Lou wanted music to be portable and accessible,” says documentary filmmaker Zack Taylor, who spent days with Ottens for his film Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape.

Born in 1926, Ottens went from building a radio for his family during World War II — it reportedly had a directional antenna so it could focus on radio signals despite Nazi jamming attempts — to developing technology that would democratize music.


Show your process, not just your product


John Spencer with seven reasons to show your work.

  • Showing your work encourages metacognition
  • Innovation skyrockets when people show their work
  • They become mentors
  • It can lead to collaborative partnerships
  • You can change the narrative
  • Sharing your journey can help build courage
  • Students embrace the revision process



Life’s work is to wake up, to let the things that enter into your life wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it teach you what it will.

Pema Chödrön

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Nature may be getting quieter. But people are getting louder. How is our noise affecting wildlife?

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Welcome back to base camp.

This week I also posted the following:

  • A Turning Point – Learning Event #5 – As you identify the arc of your story, which story are you currently living?
  • Documenting Instructional use of Technology in Higher Education – Last week I shared a piece of research that unpacks the development and validation of an instrument that examines digital literacy practices at our institution. In an upcoming thread of posts, I’ll unpack the work.
  • First Principles Thinking – First principles thinking is the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there.
  • Diamonds and Glass – How do we value things for their clarity and transparency.
  • Seven Steps to Chunking Content – Chunking is the strategy of breaking up information into shorter, bite-sized pieces that are more manageable and easier to remember.

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The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover (19:41)

The Perseverance rover from NASA successfully landed on Mars this week.

The video above from Real Engineering breaks down the science, technology, engineering, and math that made this possible.

For more on Perseverance, you should also watch this video from Mark Rober.


Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole

Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation. Our attention economy allows grifters, conspiracy theorists, trolls and savvy attention hijackers to take advantage of us and steal our focus.

An interview with Michael Caulfield in which he suggests that we resist the lure of rabbit holes, in part, by reimagining media literacy for the Internet.

The Librarian War Against QAnon

Part of the rallying cry that we hear about the current mis/disinformation war is that people should “do the research.” Barbara Fister indicates that classical information literacy is not enough.

Most students in the past 50 years have received instruction under various names: media literacy, digital literacy, news literacy, information literacy, civic literacy, critical thinking, and the umbrella concept of meta-literacy. This curriculum is constantly being reinvented to meet perceived crises of confidence, largely driven by the emergence of new technologies.

The present moment demands serious inquiry into why decades of trying to make information literacy a universal educational outcome hasn’t prevented a significant portion of the population from embracing disinformation while rejecting credible journalistic institutions.

A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

Yes, it’s creepy when companies can track your every move. But the Peeping Tom narrative and current media narrative do not capture the collective dimension of data privacy. The truth is that the companies that track our every move generally don’t care about us as individuals. They want data to feed to machine learning tools.

The word privacy, or the “more general right of the individual to be let alone” is not the right word for these times. We need to instead focus on data collection and behavioral microtargeting.

Why digital writing tools are a ‘double-edged sword’ for dyslexic kids

When schools shut down and moved online due to the pandemic, suddenly teachers who relied on paper activities to teach dyslexic kids how to read were forced to improvise.

Technology has evolved as an incredible learning tool—and an indispensable one in the pandemic. But even in this remote-first world, dyslexic learners and their parents should remember that relying on technology has its costs.

Cartoon Network Releases Third ‘Steven Universe’ Anti-Racism PSA

Cartoon Network released its third anti-racism PSA, “See Color,” which sees Amethyst (voiced by Michaela Dietz) and friends from “Steven Universe” explain the importance of seeing people for their race.

It is part of a four-part series developed by “Steven Universe” creator Rebecca Sugar and “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes” creator Ian Jones-Quartey to provide kids and families with productive ways to disrupt common narratives about racism.

Head over to www.crystalgemsspeakup.com for links to the PSAs, as well as social justice organizations and additional tools and information.


Make a plan for the personal data during online events

There are many reasons to hold an event online: a pandemic, concerns for the environment, national travel restrictions, or to keep costs low.

Use this template to learn about the tools that are available to host online events and the differences between how they work, such as types of encryption.

If you’re bringing people together online, it is your responsibility to evaluate the risks and benefits of using these online tools so you can make a better decision of which tool to use and when.



Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’

Mary Anne Radmacher

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Really loving this series of posters from Learning for Justice.

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Guided Apophenia

Guided Apophenia
Digitally Lit #268 – 11/14/2020

Welcome back to Digitally Literate. Dear Frog, This Water Is Now Boiling

This week I worked on the following:

  • Are you busy or productive? – Busy work, or busy time is unproductive.
  • Begin Owning Your Online Content – If you want to begin owning your content online, you need to start thinking differently about content, audience, and identity.
  • Becoming Self-Actualized – Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Are you making that your reality?
  • Speak To An Audience – As we create, it’s important to identify and speak to a specific audience.
  • Hell Yeah…or No – A simple philosophy that goes like this: when you are asked to do something, anything, with your time, it needs to be a ‘hell yes’ or a ‘no’.

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This $130 Video Desk Setup Rocks!

I’ve been methodically building a home streaming set up for my online classes, and any attempt to do more video work.

This latest video is an update to this video from DSLR Video Shooter.

These two videos have been helpful as I continue to think about how to build up a space for video connections.


Your Computer Isn’t Yours

Apple announced an update to Mac OS this week. Mac OS X is dead…welcome to macOS 11.0 Big Sur.

Jeffrey Paul indicates that in the current version of the macOS, the OS sends to Apple a hash (unique identifier) of each and every program you run when you run it.

This means that Apple knows when you’re at home. When you’re at work. What apps you open there, and how often. They know when you open Premiere over at a friend’s house on their Wi-Fi, and they know when you open Tor Browser in a hotel on a trip to another city.

The day that Stallman and Doctorow have been warning us about has finally arrived.

Misinformation by a thousand cuts: Varied rigged election claims circulate

A dizzying array of false claims and conspiracy theories have dominated social and ultraconservative media since the early morning after Election Day.

We often discuss the intersections of mis/disinformation and social networking spaces. We’ve also the role that Facebook has played in swaying how the worldview of millions.

Facebook has talked a big game about monitoring election misinformation. But, when Steve Bannon was outed this week for his involvement in running a network of misinformation pages on Facebook, Zuckerberg strangely indicated that this did not cross the line.

At this point we need to assume that Facebook’s moderation policies are more or less arbitrary, or completely borked. In addition, we must assume at this point that Facebook, or at least Zuckerberg and shareholders value the attention, protection, and $$$$$ that is brought on by conservative and dark donors.

In the end, it may not even matter as conservatives tend to see expert evidence & personal experience as more equally legitimate than scientific perspectives.

A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon

We’ve talked about QAnon many times in this newsletter. In a previous episode, I asked how QAnon is similar/different from other affinity groups like Harry Potter fans and Trekkies.

Reed Berkowitz, director of the Curiouser Institute has experience developing games and indicates the commonalities between the two.

QAnon has often been compared to ARGs and LARPs and rightly so. It uses many of the same gaming mechanisms and rewards. It has a game-like feel to it that is evident to anyone who has ever played an ARG, online role-play (RP) or LARP before. The similarities are so striking that it has often been referred to as a LARP or ARG. However, this beast is very very different from a game.

Berkowitz labels this a guided apophenia. Apophenia is : “the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)”

“Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women.”

As part of the Culture Study newsletter, Anne Helen Petersen interviews Jess Calarco about her recent research on mothers grappling with parenting, partners, anxiety, work, and feelings of failure during the pandemic.

While on this subject, check out the two recent preprints in her work in sociology and “ungaslighting.”

Teaching Should Be Political

Clint Smith on how to talk about race in the classroom.

…the crucial work of educators is to fortify their students, joining them in the quest to make the society into which they were born fully account for the conditions it has created.


How to Navigate Difficult Conversations

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We can’t avoid difficult conversations altogether, but we can navigate them more adeptly by learning to listen and communicate mindfully.



The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.

Chögyam Trungpa

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How The Truth Was Murdered

How The Truth Was Murdered
Digitally Lit #263 – 10/10/2020

Welcome back to Digitally Literate and issue #263.

Let’s face it, a lot happens each week in the news. A lot of important bits and pieces. I use this space each week to take time to highlight the things you need to know and provide some context. Enjoy. 🙂

This week I worked on the following:

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Dictators – Kim Jong-Un

As a regular reader of this newsletter, we’ve talked about deep fakes a lot in the past. Deep Fakes are machine learning products where a face or voice are replaced with those of someone else.

Creative agency Mischief at No Fixed Address developed these deep fakes to shock viewers about the fragility of American democracy. Do yourself a favor and check out the websites for these companies…they’re great. 🙂

Read more here. Check out the video with Putin.


Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

This week, 13 people were charged with a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Wolverine Watchmen sought to instigate civil war by kidnapping the Governor and having her stand trial for treason.

We should have known this was coming as we see this wave of extremist groups radicalized online. A line of rage that flows from online memes to real-world violence.

Charlie Warzel pulls these threads together and lays the blame of the feet of Zuckerberg and Facebook.

With every bit of friction Facebook introduces to its platform, our information ecosystem becomes a bit less unstable. Flip that logic around and the conclusion is unsettling. Facebook, when it’s working as designed, is a natural accelerating force in the erosion of our shared reality and, with it, our democratic norms.

How the truth was murdered

Pandemic, protest, and a precarious election have created an overwhelming flood of disinformation. Abby Ohlheiser on why it didn’t have to be this way.

Irony-dependent meme culture has flourished over the last 10 years, with the racism and sexism often explained away by white reporters as simple viral humor. But the path jokes took into the mainstream, originating on message boards like 4Chan before being laundered for the public sphere by journalists, is the same route now used to spread QAnon, health misinformation, and targeted abuse. The way reporters covered memes helped teach white supremacists exactly how much they could get away with.

QAnon shows that the age of alternative facts will not end with Trump

Alice Marwick and Will Partin on QAnon, and the growing trend of people believing in things that are wrong.

QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy premised on the idea that Donald Trump is working with military intelligence to bring down a global ring of child-eating pedophiles. Q researchers call themselves “bakers” and turn “crumbs” of information from Q (an anonymous account who claims to have insider knowledge of the Trump administration). The “bakers” research, aggregate, and combine these “crumbs” into “proofs” which are then “bread” or a form of worthy research.

In this, QAnon believers think they are paving the way for the “Great Awakening,” an earth-shattering event in which all of Trump’s enemies will be arrested for being Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

Marwick and Partin connect this group and their practices to Henry Jenkins’s notion of participatory culture and ask how is this any different than Star Trek or Harry Potter fans.

The Overlooked User

While social media has beneficial elements, it is also optimized for repeated, daily active use and is potentially harmful to the mental health and sense of well-being of some adolescent users, and has some negative effects on adolescent users more generally.

Amanda Lenhart and Kellie Owens on how social media companies also need to take responsibility for how adolescents use their platforms.

8 Ways Gaslighters Manipulate and Control Relationships

  1. Chronic Lying
  2. Normalize Falsehoods and Induce “Insecure Complex”
  3. Debilitate the Victim and Suppress Dissent
  4. Aggressive and Hostile When Confronted
  5. Isolate and Divide
  6. Perpetuate the Fake “Savior,” Fake “Superiority” Myths
  7. Offer False Promises
  8. Social Domination and Psychological Control


How to guard your social feeds against election misinformation

Preparing for misinformation might mean decluttering your feed, or making some suggestions to your friends and family.

Practice saying this along with me:

“Like you, I am concerned about the XXXX. Like you, I am concerned about the direction of this XXXX. However, there are other sources out there that may dispute some of the facts and dispute some of the stuff that you’re talking about.”



Feel free to share on Instagram or Flickr.

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While on this topic, listen to this interview with Marwick on Building Power Online. A quick overview is available here.

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Silence no longer an option

Silence no longer an option
Digitally Lit #261 – 9/26/2020

Welcome back to Digitally Literate.

We’re making changes here at DL. First off, I reopened the blog feed for the site. That means that you can just scroll down from the homepage and see all of the issues.

Second, I’m building up an open, online course as part of DL. I’ll have more info coming soon, but here’s a sneak peek of the first wave of learning events. This is for the educator in Pre-K up through higher ed that wants to be digitally literate in terms of teaching, learning, & assessment. Enjoy. 🙂

This week I worked on the following:

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How students of color confront impostor syndrome

Dena Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. “Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one’s own skin,” she says.

For more guidance on imposter syndrome, check out this post from TED-Ed.


We Need to Talk About Talking About QAnon

For those of you that do not spend their time deep in the online wormhole of conspiracy and misinformation threads, you may not know about QAnon. QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump, who is battling them, leading to a “day of reckoning” involving the mass arrest of journalists and politicians.

Whitney Phillips on how we need to talk about how a person’s existing worldview feeds into & is fed by recommendation algorithms. This is how the attention economy has has become possible, profitable & untouchable.

QAnon seems to be rebranding as they get more attention.

Telling the Truth About Slavery Is Not ‘Indoctrination’

Clint Smith on how our country is made better, not worse, by young people reckoning with the full legacy of the institution.

Such reckoning better prepares them to make sense of how our country has come to be, and how to build systems and institutions predicated on justice rather than oppression. Nothing is more patriotic than that.

Whose Anger Counts?

Whitney Phillips on how cancel culture can go wrong. But that doesn’t mean the objections of far-right trolls and social justice activists should be mistaken for having equal worth.

If you truly want to do something about cancel culture, take the radical step of doing what you do for everyone else. See them.

Raising Good Gamers: Envisioning an Agenda for Diversity, Inclusion, and Fair Play

In February 2020, leading researchers, game developers, educators, policymakers, youth experts, and others convened for an in-depth exploration of the forces shaping the culture and climate of online game communities and the impact of antisocial and toxic interactions on players ages 8-13.

This report from the Connected Learning Alliance synthesizes outputs and recommendations focused on the following prompts:

  • How might we develop and support gaming communities that cultivate empathetic, compassionate, and civically engaged youth?
  • What might it look like to develop youth’s socio-emotional capacities to positively shape the climate of gaming clubs and communities?
  • What role can the design of games, gaming communities, and associated technologies play in mitigating abuse?
  • How do we build the foundations of a healthy community directly into the platforms and communities themselves?

Teach Writing with the New English Language Arts Pack

Check out the new English Language Arts Minecraft Pack created in partnership with the National Writing Project. These 10 lessons for Minecraft: Education Edition focus on world-building and engage students in a game-based learning experience that will help them learn about the writing process.

This post from Christina Cantrill details the project, and how to get students to express their creativity through these worlds.

To learn more, check out the National Writing Project podcast episode featuring Joe Dillon.

If you’re new to Minecraft: Education Edition, head to education.minecraft.net/get-started.


8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

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Synchronous Strategies:

  • Spider web discussion
  • Using chat to check for understanding
  • Flip your classroom to stimulate deeper discussion
  • Adapting think-pair-share to Zoom
  • A new twist on show-and-tell

Asynchronous Strategies:

  • Online forums create back-and-forth dialogue
  • Seeing and critiquing peer work through virtual gallery walks
  • Moving station brainstorming online



It’s good to treat your inspirations as precious.

Trent Reznor in Rolling Stone

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Beyond Fear, Destiny Awaits

Beyond Fear, Destiny Awaits
Digitally Lit #259 – 9/12/2020

Welcome back to Digitally Literate and issue #259.

If you haven’t already, please subscribe if you would like this newsletter to show up in your inbox. Feel free to reach out and let me know what you think of this work at hello@digitallyliterate.net. Thank you to all of my friends that reached out via email and the socials to express thanks for coming back…and looking forward to see what changes might be afoot. You are appreciated. ❤️

This week I worked on the following:

  • Going high tech without losing high touch – As we move to digital spaces, we cannot lose what it is that makes us human.
  • My DIY Peloton – Quarantining for months has added on some pounds and tons of stress. Years of playing rugby makes my knees dead when I want to go for long runs. Here is how we’re trying to stay fit as a family.
  • Humans Have Bodies – This open letter to my children has been a long time in the making.


San Francisco In Fire Sky

I need you to care that our planet is on fire.

Blazes like the ones currently overpowering the West Coast have become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change. Fire seasons have grown longer, and larger areas of land are going up in flames.


Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary

The Social Dilemma — a new Netflix documentary out this weekend — makes the case that social media is humanity’s greatest existential threat.

Social media itself is not the existential threat. Rather, it’s the way that social media surfaces and amplifies the worst of humanity.

Trump orders crackdown on federal antiracism training, calling it ‘anti-American’

I’m hesitant to share this news as it seems like another example of the President and his administration shouting about something that will never materialize. I do think it is troubling as it creates oxygen for those groups that agree with these narratives.

Trump orders crackdown on federal antiracism training, calling it ‘anti-American.’

This pushes back on any training materials “that teaches, trains or suggests the following: (1) virtually all White people contribute to racism or benefit from racism (2) critical race theory (3) white privilege (4) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country (5) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil (6) Anti-American propaganda.”

The Department of Education indicated that they plan to scrutinize a wide range of employee activities – including internal book clubs – in search of “Anti-American propaganda” and discussions about “white privilege” as it carries out the White House’s demand that federal agencies halt certain types of race-related training.

How Conspiracy Theories Are Shaping the 2020 Election—and Shaking the Foundation of American Democracy

It’s hard to know exactly why people believe what they believe.

When asked where they found their information, almost all these voters were cryptic: “Go online,” one woman said. “Dig deep,” added another. They seemed to share a collective disdain for the mainstream media–a skepticism that has only gotten stronger and deeper since 2016. The truth wasn’t reported, they said, and what was reported wasn’t true.

How forcing colleges to go online could change higher education for the better

Matthew Yglesias trying to identify a possible silver lining to the fact that the global pandemic has pushed our learning environments to virtual spaces.

This desire to “reinvent higher education” is a common narrative that is trotted out every couple of years. I prefer this piece from 2010. I remember being excited about iTunes U when I started up my first program in higher ed.

I do wonder about the lessons we should learn about educational technologies as we head through these times. More to come.

If you’d like to chart out that future, check out the manifesto for teaching online.

How Are You Combating Your Kid’s Zoom Fatigue?

Sadly, Zoom is now critical infrastructure. As part of this, we’re seeing youth tuning in to courses remotely using a variety of tools.

How are you ensuring that your students and children are not endlessly staring at screens all day?


Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

This episode of The Art of Manliness podcast focuses on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

…if people don’t know what their values are, they take their goals, the concrete things they can achieve, to be their values.

Thanks to Doug Belshaw for the tip.



In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.


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