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Sexism in Academia…

women in AHave you read the latest post on PhD Life Blog, Women in Academia: The Debate Lives on?

If you haven’t, I suggest you click that link and have a read through, plus leave a comment.  Here is an excerpt from the post:

…I think some of the worst is done by women to other women. I think some senior female academics feel a little threatened on some level by the prospect of other, younger women achieving in academia – especially if this is because the younger women encounter less resistance and fewer difficulties than she herself did…

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Merry Christmas & a real-life joke

Okay this is a really quick post, and I just want to share a joke. I am allowed right?

The joke is contained in two tweets from @matildasola, who narrates her experience on a commercial bus. Here we go:

The FLOTUS, the Selfie, and my analysis

its mediaYesterday evening, I caught whiff of a story on Twitter, about the first lady of the United States, her husband and the Danish prime minister. A narrative was constructed using three images that depicted the POTUS, the beautiful prime minister and the British prime minister, David Cameron, posing for a selfie. The outcome of the story was that the First Lady blatantly disapproved to the point of swapping seats with her husband.

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Couch-Potatoes 2 GateKeepers: You!

FULL TITLE: From Couch-Potatoes to Gatekeepers: A Necessity for the Digital Age


Who remembers this?

Who remembers this?

We, the people, are not used to being gatekeepers, being responsible for the information we are fed over the media. To be a gatekeeper is to be a deep reader, a critical thinker, a rookie-researcher; someone who compares information sources to verify the truth. This gatekeeper never accepts news on the face of it. He or she is aware of the political-economy of the media, perhaps not in that exact lingo, but in an uncanny and uncouth manner that informs his/her interpretation of the news. We are not accustomed to being this person, the 24/7 gatekeeper; but the digital information age calls for it.

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Social Media Mourns Madiba

My heart dropped yesterday evening, when the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing hit me.


I was on my iPad when the BBC News app delivered the news in a brief drop-down notification. Next, my pops called on my mobile phone to share the news (we always share news stories and ideas), just in case I hadn’t heard. Then I went on Twitter and Facebook to read reactions on my laptop, while watching tributes on TV iPad BBC News Live app. Continue reading

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