Founder of Pop Culture Studies Dies: The New York Times published the obituary of Ray Browne. Trained as a scholar of American literature, Browne is credited with founding the first popular culture studies department (in the U.S.?) at Bowling Green University. The obituary offers an interesting history on the development of cultural studies in the U.S.
A New Method to the Madness: This might cause a minor scandal for those who care. The Times UK that annually ranks the top 200 research universities in the world is turning to Reuters to collect and assess data for its 2010 edition. This just weeks after releasing its very controversial 2009 report, gossips insidehighered.com.
Is Online to Offline as Love is to Arrangement? Material World posted Parul Bhandari’s piece on Indian matrimonial website and the changing norms of marriage in India.
The Scientists Must Be Crazy: The National Science Foundation released findings of a new study organized by a team of social scientists. The team found that the Internet could lead to greater economic equality in hunter gatherer and peasant societies. See what happens is, you get everyone to order stuff they don’t need from overstock.com, and we all end up poor.
In the News: AAA.blog reports (and even has a still photo) on Nancy Scheper-Hughes’s participation with a “Dan Rather Reports” documentary on human organ trafficking.
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