If you haven't been by the blog lately, surf by and check out the changes, mostly updating and rearranging sidebar gadgets. I added Academic Labor to the sidebar. But there are other changes... Content was not current or updating for Labor News ...

some changes, briefly and more

some changes, briefly

If you haven't been by the blog lately, surf by and check out the changes, mostly updating and rearranging sidebar gadgets. I added Academic Labor to the sidebar. But there are other changes...

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Content was not current or updating for Labor News either, so I changed out the Blogger tool for a more reliable feed widget. The feeds for both are from my InoReader folders. Adjunct News already has its own page on the blog. All of these and the Reading Room refresh content automatically when content is added by feed or manually by me. There is always something new here even between posts. The same goes for Adjunct Justice with an Ayotzinapa Matters page and Immigration feed display on the sidebar.

I spend more time curating, organizing and archiving than blogging or chasing social media. All that content is public: distribution, the next stage, takes precedence over blogging. This turn to informationist was how #NAWD aka National Adjunct Walkout Day (digital archive here) changed me. That turn may have contributed the stalled blogging. At least I stuck around and kept on in my own way. Today I sent my last post to the NAWD Tumblr via Scoop.it (another post-NAWD media story) and cut that cord, changing it out for G+. Scoop.it sharing on free accounts is limited to just two social media accounts, not a problem until rss went south not long ago.

That is not the only harbinger of change. Twitterfeed, my primary syndication tool, announced that it is closing October 31. I have 56 feeds there. Most are active and syndicating to social media accounts. I'm looking aBufferDlvr.it and others. I can also transfer more sharing directly from Tumblrs and WordPress. neither Buffer nor Dlvr.it free accounts have the capacity to hand. My solution will probably be a combination of making sure all are on my reader, performing syndication triage (consider it curation with extreme prejudice) and juggling what's left. Even so I may still need spring for a paid account. 

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I sincerely hope so....


From the archives: Civility, Freedom of Speech & #AcademicFreedom, 2014

Across the nation the calls for greater “civility” in public discourse have been increasing and along with them there are now the voices of concern over the consequences of such calls and the use of   such exhortations to chill free speech.  In the academy there is concern for academic freedom.

Chancellor of the University of California at Berkley who maintains that free speech requires civility   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/7/uc-berkley-chancellor-free-speech-requires-civilit/#by Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times, Sunday, September 7, 2014
  • “Universities need less civility and more ‘shit‑kicking’” 

"Civility as a conversational virtue has much to recommend it. The enforcement of civility, however, especially among classes like academics particularly inclined to advance challenging ideas, should make us recall how the use of “tone” as a criteria for controlling discussion works."

University presidents who urge civility are not trying to stifle dissent or suppress speech. They are trying to make the campus an oasis of sanity. They are trying to urge faculty and students to showcase productive dialogue. That is part of what higher education owes the country. That is part of the cultural and political difference higher education can make.

It's one thing to encourage civil conduct and reasoned discourse, quite another to regulate expression in the name of such encouragement. But that is precisely what too many college and university administrators and trustees are threatening to do. The threat to free speech rights is real. As Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in   Education noted, in his experience, "campus administrators are most likely to deem as 'uncivil' speech that criticizes them or the university’s sacred cows." 
Incivility is a difficult problem for Americans, because its underlying issues are social. But restrictive gate keeping just serves to dampen the generative value of diverse voices engaging. The impulse to silence can be just as uncivil as the trolling that inspired it.

Posted from Diigo

#LaborDay special from the @precariousfac archives: "Salt of the Earth" (1954) + links

Salt of the Earth (1954) is an American drama film written by MichaelWilson, directed by Herbert J. Biberman, and produced by Paul Jarrico. All had been blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment due to their alleged involvement in communist politics. (Image: Library of Congress. March 14, 1954 premier at the only theater in the the city that would show it)

The film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view. Its plot centers on a long and difficult strike, based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. In the film, the company is identified as "Delaware Zinc," and the setting is "Zinctown, New Mexico." The film shows how the miners, the company, and the police react during the strike. In neorealist style, the producers and director used actual miners and their families as actors in the film. The film was called subversive and blacklisted because the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers sponsored it and many blacklisted Hollywood professionals helped produce it.


Read the rest of precarious faculty: #LaborDay Movie: "Salt of the Earth" (1954). Links below are from the preliminary draft of an entry for the Precarity Network's Labor feedbundle 

Labor Day Collection 2016


never mind Carmen SanDiego, where in the #adjunct/iverse is the #precariousfaculty blog?

…but the hat, red trench coat and high boots are snazzy. As for the blog, with 4 posts in January, missed all of February and today being March 25, even I ask if there is one. There's a tunc et nunquam feel about it all and with it, temptation to throw caution to the winds.

 So here I am ~ less about throwing anything to the winds just yet: just clearing more space while I consider directions. Just don't expect a blog post day for the rest of the month. Although not much of a blog these days, the network is alive and well. I've even been thinking how to bypass the blog and post directly to the network or some rss manifestation of it. So let's talk about the network, turning informationist and other (in my opinion) adjunct-appropriate interests. My latest PF Network page update covers those: 
Now, collections from the above are transformed/remixed from folders and tags into feeds, html clips and bundles on InoReader. Bundles include social justice, immigration (special project for Adjunct Justice), labor, higher education, adjunct/ contingent faculty, education, academic labor, BDS/Palestine Advocacy (special project for Sean Kennedy), Ayotzinapa Matters (special project for Adjunct Justice). These are less networks than news/information/resource collections.
Online databases and their feeds aren't like hard copy: they update constantly. Parameters and tags can be revised without a new press run or edition. They evolve. Here's the 2014 post accompanying a previous update. Then I dropped the R for rising. Just "Precarity Network" + collections is the next step -- out not down. Check out the Adjunct News too and the stand-alone html clip -- not the most elegant page layout but an in-depth, information one-stop for adjunct and contingent faculty: local to global news, higher education and mainstream media coverage, images, videos, collections, magazine articles, book reviews, adjunct blog posts and more. Clips and bundles can be customized geographically or by topic. I'm working on a an open, public Cal-ed online collection with rss feed for CPFA.

All precarity, social justice and human rights issues should matter to contingent faculty. Some will be more interested in -- committed to -- particular areas than others. BDS/Palestine Advocacy, Ayotzinapa, and immigration are cases in point. Education, like social justice, is huge -- overwhelming, too relevant to ignore and the contained topics too interrelated to separate in silos. Both would benefit from looking at aspects (topic areas) as parts of complex ecosystems that include yet more topics -- arts, humanities, social sciences, law, technology, media, natural resources, climate, and more.

Daunting. Irresistibly so.


#adjunct/ion series & other #PFNetwork collections + to #NAWD2 or not

…that's the short version for readers in a hurry. There's more but that hits the main points. I bolded them for your skimming convenience.

Tom Cunniff's Ultimate Social Media Diagram, 2008
For #adjunction series and other (but not all) "informationist" projects, I collect adjunct links that I bundle as an #adjunction series. Each bundle has a web page with a permalink. Here's the most recent link bundle page in the series: #adjunction Jan2016 #4, 17 links

Informationist projects: throughout 2015 I've been referring to this blog and the associated network as an independent information network. That is my focus...among other intentions.
In addition to adjunct issues, this informationist #NetWorker will cover education, learning, teaching, media, edtech, online courses, virtual connecting for conferences and workshops, labor, precarious labor, the economy, other social movements and social justice topics ~ plus whatever else interests me. 

Adjunct organizing and organizations will get covered but not exclusively or as much. Most groups now have strong, well supported media presences, strong signals less in need of amplifying. Adjunct digital presence has grown impressively since 2009 when I started all this. 

Here are a few more PrecariousFacultyNetwork collections:
Next I bookmark the links to Diigo and subscribe the feed to InoReader. That was how I created online public archives for National Adjunct Walkout Day, COCAL Updates and Campus Equity Week (CEW). One 2016 intention is to do and share more information projects with Diigo, InoReader and other apps.

I've got a year in review post in drafts and may get to that before the end of the month. Getting to a 2016 intentions post would be a plus. Don't make book on it though. The post does touch on a few briefly

Considering blogging, a post a week is not bad considering how thin on the ground this blog was last year. I felt bad about that but obviously not enough to blog more. Then I counted all the other posts. Posts on just my adjunct related blogs on Blogger, WP and Tumblr ~ no social media ~ came to 700+. And I just wrote about what else

National Adjunct Walkout Day and events tagged #NAWD counted for more blog and social media posts than any other topic in 2015. As for this year, there are some posts, mostly queries, on social media. CPFA and the San Diego adjunct faculty association are planning a single blowout National Adjunct Action Day. #NADA anyone? The hashtag at this point seems to be #nawd2, but that could change. The NAWD Facebook page posted a thread for people to post about plans and there's already a NAWD2 link page that includes a few 2015 overview links.

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