Question Tuesday: My Social Media Hiatus, My Excellent German, and Books!

Good morning Hank, it’s Tuesday! It’s Question Tuesday, the day that I answer real questions from real Nerdfighters. Let’s get right to it! I’ll be meeting my boyfriend’s mother at Christmas and she only speaks German. How do I make this less awkward? Well you should learn a little German. I’m sure there’s some German Nerdfighters in comments […]

Interest Groups: Crash Course Government and Politics #42

Hello, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re going to talk about something almost every American has an opinion on: interest groups. Now if you’ve been watching these episodes and reading the comments you might be thinking that we’ve been trying to avoid the issue of money in politics and the role […]

Looking for Alaska: Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original

[MUSIC PLAYING] I am fascinated by last words. My favorite last words ever, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” [MUSIC PLAYING] You must be the new roommate. Welcome to Culver Creek, Miles. I call him Pudge. Ah, The Colonel and his irony. Who is that? Alaska Young. Alaska? My reputation precedes me. [MUSIC PLAYING] What’s up, scrub? […]

The Dark(er) Side of Media: Crash Course Media Literacy #10

Say you have an evil twin. They’re just like you but…different – somehow evil-er. Maybe they have a fancy twirling mustache and are just constantly listening to emo music. Maybe they hate chocolate and fun and bubbles and the greatest film of all time, Titanic. What if your evil twin not only looked and sounded just like you, […]

Cultures, Subcultures, and Countercultures: Crash Course Sociology #11

How many cultures are there in the world? We’ve talked a lot about the things that make a culture a culture – things like norms and symbols and languages. But we haven’t really discussed how you lump all those little things together and say, yes, these are the things that belong together – these things are culture A, […]

Future Literacies: Crash Course Media Literacy #12

Facebook first launched in 2004. YouTube came out in 2005. Twitter and Spotify: 2006. The first iPhone was released in 2007. Snapchat launched in 2011 and so did Siri. Tinder was founded in 2012. Google Glass was first released in 2013. Amazon’s Echo smart speaker came out in 2015. From social media to smartphones to augmented reality devices […]

History of Media Lit, part 2: Crash Course Media Literacy #3

During our last lesson we went way, way back to Ancient Greece where people were still a bit wary of the written word. We looked at how the printing press revolutionized literacy and later, how the newspaper became the first mass media. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At the turn of the 20th century, around […]

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