This Week on the Internet
Here at Chicago Ideas, we’re constantly reading, researching and consuming—all as we work to put together a stellar lineup of programming. In Consumables, we share a few of our favorite places on the Internet each week.
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The Wisdom Deficit
High school students today are learning plenty about how to ace an SAT test, but who is teaching them wisdom? Exploring themes complemented by Christian Madsbjerg’s CIW 2014 talk, English teacher Michael Godsey explores his role in a system that values technical skills over meaning and values.
American Sniper, In Full
As the debate over American Sniper continues, TIME revisited its 2011 interview with Chris Kyle. The transcript—published here in full for the first time—is a tough, but important read.
Water Cooler Conversation Just Got More Complicated
In 1999, there were 23 scripted cable shows. Today? 180. So, yes, it may be official: There’s too much TV.
“Some of them cried.”
Scott Cacciola of The New York Times is busy making lemonade out of lemons with his “Not the Knicks” series, “chronicling Scott Cacciola’s sabbatical from covering the woeful Knicks as he checks out some of the good basketball around the country.” Up this week, an Illinois fifth-grade girls’ basketball team who is cleaning up in their all-boys’ league.
Earlier this week, we talked to Englewood’s Kusanya Cafe about how they blend coffee with neighborliness and social action.
Bjork Is Back
As she makes the rounds for her latest album, Vulnicura, Bjork is using her platform to highlight the media’s bias against women in music, noting that “it’s an ongoing battle” for women to get credit for their work. From Joni Mitchell to Taylor Swift, press has a long history of brushing the work done by female songwriters and producers under the rug. Elsewhere in pop culture, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis digs into what it means to be a woman in Hollywood.