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Hybrid Documents

The events of the TV series of Games of Thrones have now surpassed those of George R R Martin’s books. The books and the drama are now divergent entities that show alternative pathways for the story to develop. It’s an exciting to see the notion of separate but linked works of art enter into the mainstream.

Likewise, the novel of The Handmaid’s Tale is a bruising read in the way that it evokes a claustrophobic atmosphere of an imprisoned mind and body. The drama, in contrast, is far more expansive in it’s building of the theocratic world of Gilead and in it’s backstories of several characters, some of whom barely feature in the novel.

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Why we need experts

The Times has published a story about a furore at the University of Manchester regarding the university library’s decision to keep the Holocaust denier David Irving’s books on public display. Critics of the decision have argued that the books should be in closed access areas and only made available on special request. They argue that classifying them as Historical Studies (which is separated from the History section) is thought to grant Irving’s views a degree of academic legitimacy and so could put Jews in danger from anti-Semites.

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Call for Submissions to #DocPerform2: New Technologies

http://documentingperformance.com

“Instead of focusing on the impermanence of live, embodied acts, it is far more useful to think of the live and the recorded as mediums that facilitate communication between spectators and performers; both of these groups oscillate between the roles of receivers and transmitters of information over the duration of a performance.”
(Joseph Dunne, Regenerating the Live: The Archive as the Genesis of a Performance Practice, 2015)

Our second Symposium considers how new technologies enhance our understanding of performance as a document, and the documentation of performance.

Following our successful launch last year, the DocPerform team are delighted to announce our second symposium that will take place over 6th and 7th November at City, University of London.

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Safe Spaces are Not Confined to University Campuses

Rather than castigate students for supporting the no-platforming policy, it would be more productive to ask what they think it achieves

The argument goes like this:

Universities are sacred places of learning, debate, critique and innovation. They offer a once in a lifetime chance for young adults to expand their horizons by engaging in provocative discussions with their peers and tutors. Public debates afford them the opportunity to enter into arguments with a diverse range of people.

But these noble aims are under threat from today’s students who are hell bent on excluding any and all -phobics from their safe spaces. It’s the epitome of liberal elitism to only defend free speech for certain people . No-platforming typifies generation snowflake’s obsession with identity politics. Its political correctness gone full blown fascist.

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Take the Red Pill

Defeating fake news will be a generational struggle

Fake news is a new phrase, not a new idea. Democratic and authoritarian governments alike have been waging disinformation campaigns since the invention of the printing press. We can take some encouragement from these precedents if we learn lessons from history in training the public to spot media falsifications. But the era of social media represents a paradigm shift in political communication. Fake news has profoundly troubling implications for how online information can be manipulated to pollute evidence-based claims and undermine the very concept of truth.

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