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Beninese musician/activist/genius Angélique Kidjo has released a tribute to Talking Heads' Remain in Light and IT. IS. FUCKING. AMAZING.
boingboing.net/2019/03/12/wate

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I think the great thing about the early Web was how easy it was to get lost inside of it. It opened up worlds that were distant and brought them a little bit closer. We take that for granted now. When the Web was new, we didn't. #Web30

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I really like my team at work, and I'm starting to dig into an interesting project, but I still think the best part of my new job may be the location. Like that's the worst part, too, because ridiculous commute, but it's to downtown Iowa City, and that is the very best. I'm going to start visiting the giant sloth on my lunch breaks.

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I teach about educational technology in higher education in Australia. I'm researching communication across disciplines and am interested in the history of science communication and cultural studies in general.

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@ebassi I'm sorry, but I completely disagree with this conclusion.

As a black person who tries to push privacy, I push federation not for self-hosting, but for community-based hosting. It's a given that not everyone has the time or resources to put into hosting their own services. Federation empowers users to be able to trust their administrators or be them. This is invaluable for marginalized groups.

As a black person, it's a fact there are people who will attack me because of my blackness or because I speak to the issues black people face. On some centralized platforms, there wouldn't be recourse. I would have to hit report, wait for something to get through the moderation queue, and hope the user is banned. In a lot of cases, harassers are left on the platform.

With people like @Are0h@playviscious.social hosting communities for black people, all you have to do is DM your admin or a mod and they can prevent that user from harassing anyone else on the server.

Federation is not a "fuck you, got mine" system. It's a system we can use in order to protect each other.
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. An English teacher at a community college in Hawaii. By my last reckoning, it's been 29 years (and counting). I think I've got a few more years in me.

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Hi folks: I teach composition & creative writing at a community college. My current research interests are the internet ethics & the dreams/nightmares birthed by networks.

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a educational psychologist and former politician turned entrepreneur working on building www.karaconnect.com to get professional help to children that need support in schools and beyond. Would love to connect to interested school academics or/and schools that want to try digital solutions to help kids. Never give up on a child.

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I'm an intellectually minded high school student.

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My thesis advisor prompted me to change my thesis subject a little bit to focus on comparing medieval manuscripts. This would be ultra fun to do but very time-consuming, and it makes sense to do it because of the angle I’m taking for my thesis, being mainly interested in questions around the enunciative instance in the texts I’m studying. I’m just not sure I’m up to the task. 😬

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New bird, happy to see you rising from the Pleistocene. It was about time to decentralize.

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Note to new users Show more

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Do you listen to internet radio?

Do you appreciate artists who release works in CC licensing?

Do you like an eclectic mix of music?

hackers.town:2600

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grad school journey Show more

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At my 9 year olds basketball game. Some of his teammates still skip when they dribble, and I hope the coach never tells them to stop.

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Hello everyone!

My name is Enrique. I'll be leaving the army this year and going back to school. Excited to start researching and writing again.

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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