Top Stories This Week: Nov 18-24
1. Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis
At the University of California at Davis this afternoon [November 18], police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested.
2. Racism And Meritocracy
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.” Read More
3. Announcing the 2011 Mashable Awards Finalists
The seven finalists from each category, spanning the areas of Social Media, Tech, Business and Entertainment have been announced. Thank you to everyone who voted for us; Summify is a finalist for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service! The final round of voting has begun and it will end on Dec 16. You can vote once per day in each category – good luck to all!
4. How Facebook is ruining sharing
I’m afraid to click any links on Facebook these days. No, it’s got nothing to do with the spam attack and the flood of nasty images making their way into news feeds all last week. Instead, it’s because the slow spread of Facebook’s Open Graph scheme is totally ruining sharing. Read More
5. Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies. I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service. I am currently a Board Member of the Davis Faculty Association. I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and throughout the UC system. In a word: I am the sort of young faculty member, like many of my colleagues, this campus needs. I am an asset to the University of California at Davis. You are not. Read more