Two classic books, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell, the first published in 1932 and the second published in1949, offered dark visions of modern society. Orwell's prediction, published at the start of the Cold War and emergence of the totalitarian threat posed by Soviet Russia, initially seemed far more real and far more... Continue Reading →
A man who insulted a woman on a news website has been ordered to pay a Dh10,000 fine, The National reports. This follows an earlier case in which a man who sent a text message accusing another man, his wife and entire family of lying was convicted of verbal assault on the honour and prestige... Continue Reading →
If a publisher reprints an article in a book without the author's permission and without compensation, that is, legally, a copyright violation. But if a publisher links to the same article online, that is considered fair use, and indeed, the publisher is thought to be doing the author a favor, by giving his material more... Continue Reading →
CNN now has offices in Abu Dhabi and it shows in some of their recent news coverage: UAE Female Pilot Bombs ISIS ZU Female Students Discuss UAE Culture ZU Female Students Discuss ISIS
The European Union and Argentina have established a Right to be Forgotten (Wikipedia overview) by Google and other search engines. In the News. Google and the Right to be Forgotten (New Yorker magazine.) This is an issue worth exploring by students in Com 441.
The (UAE) National reports: Nearly four in five motorists say reckless driving on UAE roads has increased Reckless motorists are the main cause of road accidents Many new drivers hold on to good habits learned to pass road test in UAE Students in Com 360 could study and survey student driving habits and on-road experiences.
David Kushner in The New Yorker looks into the hacker group, Anonymous, which has incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson, MO. Click
Jonathan Stray for Nieman Labs examines media bias as it relates to perceptions of hostile media, and how media organizations might respond to such accusations. "You see bias when you see yourself as part of a group," the research of Scott Reid suggests. Click for details.
Uri Bar-Joseph identifies five major pitfalls in research and analysis: confirmation bias; irrelevancy and distraction; causation vs. correlation; determining statistical significance; action vs. intent. He mentions other pitfalls as well. Click for details.