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In danah boyd’s book It’s Complicated, she argued that:

A central challenge in addressing the sexual victimization of children is that the public is not comfortable facing the harrowing reality that strangers are unlikely perpetrators. Most acts of sexual violence against children occur in their own homes by people that those children trust.Page 110

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The treatment of culture is something that really stood out when I visited New Zealand a few years ago.
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Personally, I think that we need to create structured spaces for students to learn to be in such spaces together, This is a better answer IMHO than running away from them. Plus, I think that social media can be positive, it is not all negative, right?
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This has me wondering about ‘what works’ and how this can be subjective. Uber may have disrupted the taxi industry, but it is yet to succeed in making a profit. The same goes for Netflix. I wonder if what works is platform cooperatives, rather platform capitalism?

In this Twitter thread, Anand Giridharadas explains why he resigned as a juror for MIT’s Disobedience Award. He discusses why he originally agreed, but started questioning his participation when the associations between Joi Ito and Jeffrey Epstein were uncovered. He sort explaination from some of those within MIT, but instead of providing any clarity he was attacked. So he did the only thing he could do, resign.

Billionaires will make their money and turn universities into their intellectual man caves.

Pariahs with cash will redeem themselves through strategic and prestigious giving.

Institutions will take it, selling them reputational makeovers.

And women will continue to be trafficked and abused, and unjust plea deals will continue to be struck, and these universities and labs will continue to be run by men who donโ€™t get it and donโ€™t want to get it.

Unless people step up.

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This is such an important message Fiona. It reminds me of Austin Kleon’s message from Steal Like an Artist:

What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.

We however forget about stealing from our past selves.

This is what I like about Song Exploder, where artists break down the birth of an idea.

๐ŸŽต #30Songs30days

Am going to try my hand at this #30Songs30days

Day 1

A song with a colour in its title: Black Celebration by Depeche Mode. Recognise that it is a ‘shade’, but don’t care!

Day 2

A song I like with a number in it: O.N.E. by Yeasayer. In my view it is the best ‘One’, although U2’s is pretty close second IMHO

Day 3

A song that reminds me of summer: Streets of Your Town by The Go-Betweens. I think it is the light and jangly nature of the guitars that makes me think summer.

Day 4

A song reminding me of someone I’d rather forget: Jai Ho! by Pussy Cat Dolls. Not a fan of the song, not a fan of Pussy Cat Dolls and not a fan of the students who used to remind me of this by repeating the hook ad nauseum to annoy me.

Day 5

A song that needs to be played loud: Touched by VAST. You do not capture all the dynamics listening to it quietly.

Day 6

A song that makes you dance: How Will I Know – Whitney Houston. My mum bought this album when the CD player arrived in our house in the late 80’s. It has therefore become part of my DNA. (I Wanna Dance w/ Somebody is pretty danceable too, esp at weddings)

Day 7

A song to drive to: Robot Rock – Daft Punk. It just has a relentless beat and presence.

Day 8

A song about drugs and alcohol: The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve

Day 9

A song that makes me happy: Happy – Pharrell, especially the 24 hour video that was created in association with the song

Day 10

A song that makes me sad: Apart – The Cure. Not sure if this is a song that is sad or makes me sad. Sad none the less.