The new, tiresome culture of outrage

The prob­lem is, ignor­ing pub­lic out­rage is very much out of favor these days. As a result, pub­lic mea cul­pas can often seem dis­pro­por­tion­ate to the offense committed.

The Twitter Facts of Life

This morn­ing I was star­ing as some­one tweeted about a study at USC on Black Twit­ter. The tweet said some­thing like, “look at three white men cho­sen to study black twit­ter!” There was a pic­ture and I rec­og­nized one of the white men in question.

I also rec­og­nized the study.

I’ve been in the research field of late and the study has crossed my field of aware­ness. I knew of it, knew some of the peo­ple attached and know of the pro­gram in question.

So, I also knew that a black woman was lead inves­ti­ga­tor on that study.

On the Public Humanities and the Reign of Opinion

As it often hap­pens after you’ve been on Twit­ter for a while, there comes a point of sat­u­ra­tion. No sophis­ti­cated, edu­cated fil­ter­ing or curat­ing strat­egy can help avoid it, because Twit­ter works through or in spite of or within the lim­its of sat­u­ra­tion.

Adventures in Cultural Appropriation

We really need to think through the ways in which the crit­i­cal approach to cul­tural appro­pri­a­tion may unfairly paper over a per­fectly nat­ural aspect of lib­er­a­tory cul­tural encoun­ters. These are impor­tant ques­tions, because they deter­mine how we might imag­ine ways of mak­ing iden­tity and art in the future.