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Five Star Roundup 404: Five Great Blog Posts and a Jung Chang Quote

Five Star Roundup 404: Five Great Blog Posts and a Jung Chang Quote

This week's Five Star Roundup great posts are brought to you by the inconvenient Indian and white hegemony, our digital identities in online spaces, the healthiness that extends from seeing (and accepting) different kinds of nipples, the beauty of going home, the problem with blaming tech for bullying, and a Jung Chang quote:

by Malmö stadsbibliotek [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

by Malmö stadsbibliotek [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

…go in the direction your head is pointed in.
— Jung Chang —

Happy reading!


"The Extremely Convenient Indian" by Dia Lacina at Medium:

The inconvenience of indigenous peoples is why the societies that have been hoisted upon us refuse to acknowledge even the historic genocide visited upon us. Even in video games indigenous peoples are so inconvenient that Firaxis willfully erased Aboriginal Australians from existence in Civilization VI because they didn’t fit in mechanically. The inconvenient Indian is something white hegemony demands disappear from all aspects of life.

"Digital Identities & Digital Citizenship: Houston, We Have a Problem" by Bonnie Stewart at The Theoryblog:

We’re algorithmically manipulated. We’re surveilled. We’re encouraged to speak rather than listen. We’re stuck engaging in visibility strategies, whether we admit it or not, in order simply to be acknowledged and seen within a social or professional space.

Our digital identities do not – and at the level of technological affordances and inherent structure, cannot – create a commons that is actually a healthy pro-social space.

And yet. And yet. Here we all are.

This post includes images of naked breasts —
"Article: Pornhub’s TrickPics App Got Me Thinking About My Own Self-Censoring Nipples" by Emmeline Peaches at Emmeline Peaches Reviews:

It’s well-known by now that Instagram considers nipples to be its mortal enemy, to the point where nipples have practically become an icon of brave defiance.

But where do people stand when the absence of nipples is already part of their daily lives?

I’ve seen some incredibly commendable cancer survivors use their bodies to protest Instagram’s policies (and I commend these acts) but something I rarely see mentioned regarding Instagram (or anything really) is inverted nipples.

Time to change what.

"Sometimes You Can Go Home Again" by Jenny Lawson at The Bloggess:

Coming back to the home I grew up in is a luxury most people don’t get.  My parents are still alive.  The land and house has changed over the years but the people in it are still the same.  And at night when I stand on their porch and look up at the stars I feel a deep, physical healing.  I suspect it’s like other people feel when they go to a spa or take a vacation, but the raw feeling of being there is like having my heart wrapped up in new, tight bandages…pulling back together the parts that have started to fall away.

"Clickbait, Lies and Propaganda" by Lawrie Phipps at lawrie : converged:

When I was at school teachers were at best unaware of it, but if I am honest – I think some of them just didn’t care or thought it “part of the culture of schools”. Now we have a culture of bullying in schools and in wider society that is both more visible, and possibly more enabled.

Whining that it is the fault of technology is not just pointless, it is abdication of responsibility.


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