2011 August | The Socjournal

Do so-called authorities know more about us than we know about ourselves? “The Big Lie” asserts that authorities, in the form of theologians and academics, seem to think they do. Further, those authorities tend to take a dim view of human nature—and those negative perspectives often produce very negative consequences. Because authorities are cloaked in a mantle of institutional legitimacy, their opinions are perceived as being more truthful than those of non-authorities. Nevertheless, “The Big Lie” argues that the truth is often at variance with the opinions of authorities. Be skeptical! (Timothy M.)

Dr. Michael Sosteric | Aug 22, 2011 | Comments 6

Ah springtime. The gentle feel of the breeze, the light touch of government cutting, the horrible pain and suffering that results. There’s lots of money out there, trillions in fact, just not in the hands of the people who need it the most. Hey, gotta fund the government bailouts of the rich bankers somehow. Or not. We do live in a democracy after all and protest is an important feature. Here’s a sociological take on a growing world wide phenomenon.

Dr. Michael Sosteric | Aug 22, 2011 | Comments 0

Despite this author’s reliance on EPMO, the work represented here is quite interesting. The author is basically issuing a challenge to our academic notions of plagiarism. In a digital work where it is so easy to COPY, and where the copy is not degraded from the original in any way, maybe we should put aside notions of “ownership” and “acclaim” and instead embrace the COPY and fashion a new work from the foundation provided. COPY FREELY and COPY OFTEN. GNU-COPYLEFT and Wikipedia as the epitome of this truly post-modern ethic! Bravo Dr. Dornsife.

Timothy McGettigan | Aug 16, 2011 | Comments 0