This week the Washington Post Magazine released their alternative storytelling issue online. This is an interesting information literacy & journalistic endeavor trying to break the mold of the “6000 word story” by using music, games, mad libs, graphic novels, poetry and more to share news.
This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the riots in the streets of Chicago between protesters and Chicago police. This was a turning point of the 1960s, and many of us who live in Chicagoland now may know people on both sides of this highly charged event. Here are some sources that may help us better understand this historic event.
Summary Video from the Newseum (2015):Reporting Vietnam: 1968 DNC Police Riot
Outside the DNC in Chicago on the evening of August 28, 1968, tensions between protesters and police reached a violent climax, as police attacked with tear gas, mace, and billy clubs. Journalists and protesters alike were arrested in the chaos that ensued.
‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term ‘‘fake news’’ often when describing the media.
The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’
“The Voyager mission was only supposed to last four years. But four decades after the launch of Voyager 1 and 2, the spacecraft are still sending back messages from the farthest reaches of the final frontier.”
Do you always accept the top Google results as factual? Are you sure? An old standby in the research world is now ready to give you some help. Encyclopaedia Britannica has a new Chrome extension, “Britannica Insights,” that adds information to the top right of the results page when you search for something. There are limits, of course. Britannica admits it works best for scientific or historical information.
Tom Wolfe, a best selling author and journalist, died today at the age of 88. Mr. Wolfe authored many famous works. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, written in 1968, is a classic read on the 1960s hippie movement. The Right Stuff, a non-fiction book written in 1979, describes the first 15 years of America’s space program. The Bonfire of the Vanities, a novel written in 1987, gives a vivid picture of New York City in the 1980s. Wolfe is credited with numerous colorful phrases that include “The Me Decade” and “Radical Chic”. “His decades of creativity with the written word have undoubtedly left an enduring impact.”
Here’s the description from the Choose Privacy Week Website!: The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to help libraries work with their communities in navigating the complicated but vital issues of privacy rights. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a right that librarians defend every day. “
Here’s a video from a few years ago on the importance of privacy.
The warm weather has finally arrived in Chicago. Baseball, barbecue, beaches, and bugs are part of the hot weather season.
Unfortunately, the downside of this season is the insects and the dangerous diseases they transmit. The New York Times recently reported that “the number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years.”
The CDC site on this summertime hazard has additional information on how people in the Midwest can protect themselves from these treacherous bites.
We finally have a print copy of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss. The book was announced (and released) on March 18th during an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver with some controversy. Independent booksellers were blindsided by the release and questioned business ethics as the book was first made available to Amazon.¹ The larger conversation was around the fact that the book was published as a parody of Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, written by Charlotte Pence and illustrated by Karen Pence. Both books star the Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, but one is a biography of the Vice President, while the other is about same-sex marriage.
The release of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was political, serving as Oliver’s response to Mike Pence’s indirect support of anti-gay organizations.² The plot is about gay marriage and pictures contain cues for adults. At the same time, the book introduces broader themes that go beyond this specific political situation. Twiss writes about the essentials of democracy and diversity, ideas that are universal regardless of who is in power. You can checkout the book in print or electronically from our library.