03.23:top.10.reads

Jezebel fix:

Marc Fisher – A Twisted Case of Cyberharassment Reveals a ‘Void in the Law’ – washingtonpost.com.

Gmail’s New ‘Undo Send’ Feature Saves You From Outbox Regret | Epicenter from Wired.com.

What Can Bush Teach Us? | CommonDreams.org. By: Ralph Nader.

By vandal contributors:

Truthdig – A/V Booth – Obama Takes Cheney to School.

Truthdig – Reports – America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout.

We live in an age of moral nihilism. We have trashed our universities, turning them into vocational factories that produce corporate drones and chase after defense-related grants and funding. The humanities, the discipline that forces us to stand back and ask the broad moral questions of meaning and purpose, that challenges the validity of structures, that trains us to be self-reflective and critical of all cultural assumptions, have withered. Our press, which should promote such intellectual and moral questioning, confuses bread and circus with news and refuses to give a voice to critics who challenge not this bonus payment or that bailout but the pernicious superstructure of the corporate state itself. We kneel before a cult of the self, elaborately constructed by the architects of our consumer society, which dismisses compassion, sacrifice for the less fortunate, and honesty. The methods used to attain what we want, we are told by reality television programs, business schools and self-help gurus, are irrelevant. Success, always defined in terms of money and power, is its own justification. The capacity for manipulation is what is most highly prized. And our moral collapse is as terrifying, and as dangerous, as our economic collapse.

Theodor Adorno in 1967 wrote an essay called “Education After Auschwitz.” He argued that the moral corruption that made the Holocaust possible remained “largely unchanged.” He wrote that “the mechanisms that render people capable of such deeds” must be made visible. Schools had to teach more than skills. They had to teach values. If they did not, another Auschwitz was always possible.

Frank Donoghue, the author of “The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities,” details how liberal arts education has been dismantled. Any form of learning that is not strictly vocational has at best been marginalized and in many schools has been abolished. Students are steered away from asking the broad, disturbing questions that challenge the assumptions of the power elite or an economic system that serves the corporate state. This has led many bright graduates into the arms of corporate entities they do not examine morally or ethically. They accept the assumptions of corporate culture because they have never been taught to think.

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I’m a HuffPo junkie:

Russell Bishop: Is Multitasking Good For You?.

Kimberly Brooks: Dancing With Divorced Men: Allison Kaufman.

Kari Henley: Facebook And Kids: Are Their Brains Ready for Social Networking?.

Tony Schwartz: How Self-Interest Destroyed The Economy.

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