Before the Facebook Like, There Was the RadioVota

The “radiovota,” a device created in the 1930s by Dr. Neil Monroe Hopkins, was the original like button. The radiovota sent yes or no feedback to radio stations. The downside, and why it didn’t become wildly popular, is that it took 7 hours for feedback to be sent to the station. That’s, like, time to tell your Facebook friends about your breakfast, complain about work, post about your lunch, the lull after lunch, and your terrible commute home. Click over to Paleofuture for more on the radiovota.

A Documentary on Michel Foucault

Open Culture recently dug up a 1993 documentary on Foucault, titled Michel Foucault: Beyond Good and Evil. As described by Josh Jones, the documentary “explores the philosopher and his complex and controversial life through interviews with colleagues and biographers and re-enactments of Foucault’s storied exploits in the American counterculture.” Given how often Foucault appears on syllabi in our graduate writing program, this documentary seems a fitting text.

Creating Space for Empathy in the Classroom

In a blog post on Edutopia, Joe Hirsch asks, “can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?” To begin to answer this question Hirsch suggests considering cooperative learning in tomorrow’s lesson plan. Yes, tomorrow, like right now. Yet, instead of just throwing students in groups and hoping for cooperation, Hirsch recommends the jigsaw method, which sounds a lot like skill- and knowledge-sharing feminist collectives where each member of the collective/group learns each role and is then able to slip into any position. For Hirsch, the jigsaw method creates “points of contact between students who would otherwise not interact delivers a humbling but elevating awareness of the “other.” Click thru to read more about Hirsch’s ideas for “Teaching Empathy.