Links for 20th August 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The Critics Need a Reboot. The Internet Hasn’t Led Us Into a New Dark Age.

    "It's naive to think that the digital age will magically remedy stupidity. We need better schools as well as a renewed commitment to reason and scientific rigor so that people can distinguish knowledge from garbage. The Web is not an obstacle in this project. It's an unparalleled tool for generating, finding, and sharing sound information. What's moronic is to assume that it hurts us more than it helps."

    Tagged with: internetcultureinformationsociologyignorancecriticalthinkingirrationality

  2. Amazon Auto Affiliate Linker

    "… automatically adds your Amazon Affiliate ID to the back of all the links to Amazon you use in your blog!" Nice.

    Tagged with: wordpresspluginAmazonaffiliatewebdev

  3. Expanding Text plugin for WordPress

    "This WordPress plugin allows you to create sections of text in your post or page which expand/collapse when clicked on. You simply wrap the special tags around your text, and set the ‘expand link’ (the link visitors click on to show the text). If your visitors do not have javascript enabled, the ‘expand link’ is not shown, and the text is displayed normally."

    Tagged with: wordpresspluginwebdevexpandingtextjavascript

  4. Bechdel’s Law

    "The reason Bechdel's test is important is because it's a diagnostic indicator for the objectification of women. It's designed to identify the kind of film where, if two women talk to each other at all, the only subject of conversation is men (or babies). What it tells us is that our current movie and (to a lesser extent) our TV culture is pathologically misogynistic… "

    Tagged with: Bechdelgenderwomenfeminismpsychologycultureliteraturemovies

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