Howdy, friends: quick post today as I’m up to my commuter horse Revenue’s a$$ in meetings today and the rest of this week. As we shall see, it’s never too soon to start the Great Forgetting! (That is, the tendency of men and women both to choose to ignore, overlook, or hide the importance of women throughout history.) Here goes:
- NPR featured a story last night on two women’s efforts to combat the Great Forgetting of women’s role in the Seattle punk and grunge music scene in the early 1990s. “[Gretta] Harley and [Sarah] Rudinoff also wanted to address the disconnect between the history they had lived and the histories they saw written. In 2011, the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind sparked numerous tributes to the grunge era that didn’t capture the Seattle music community they remembered. ‘We started looking at the books that were written by different authors, and the women were absent, almost completely absent,’ Harley says. ‘And we thought, ‘Wow, this is a story that really hasn’t happened yet.” “ So, after recording more than 30 oral histories of women who were a part of the scene, they wrote a play called “These Streets” in order to document women’s presence in the grunge movement.
- Speaking of oral history: Temple graduate student Dan Royles describes his Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,000 to transcribe the oral histories he has done on AIDS activism in the African American community in the 1980s and 1990s. As of this morning, he’s at $5,374–let’s raise a little coin for him in the next 36 hours, shall we? (If he doesn’t make his goal, he doesn’t earn a dime.) Come on: even if you don’t care much about recent U.S. history, his description of the work he put into developing his Kickstarter campaign is worth at least a double sawbuck, don’t'cha think? I never did anything so worthwhile or noble in graduate school, so as soon as I publish this post, I’m going to give him $75.
- Commenter and fellow blogger quixote writes in an email: “This seems directly relevant to the value — or not — of online learning, although I haven’t seen anyone making the connection: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer causes uproar with telecommuting ban.“ ‘”To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices,” Jackie Reses, Yahoo’s human resources chief, wrote in the memo sent out Friday.” So, sometime showing up for a little face time actually enhances productivity, communication, and yes, learning? “‘The surprising question we get is: ‘How many people telecommute at Google?’ And our answer is: ‘As few as possible,’” Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, said recently. ‘There is something magical about spending the time together.’” quixote concludes, “What’s sauce for the goose has to be sauce for the gander.”
Now, get out there and make a little magic, as recommended by our most influential corporate overlords! (Just how many people have Yahoo or Google hired with degrees from Phoenix, Kaplan, or Western Governors “University?” versus Stanford or CalTech? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?)