Originally published 03/18/2013
The story of Pete Seeger’s life is a uniquely American tale. At age 93 he has lived long enough to go from being briefly jailed, and then blacklisted, in the 1950s, for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to receiving Kennedy Center honors in 1994. As Bruce Springsteen put it, when honoring Seeger on his 90th birthday, “Pete, you outlasted the bastards.” Seeger has played a prominent role in every social movement, from labor and civil rights to peace and environmentalism. His songs, which include "Turn, Turn, Turn"; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," and "If I Had a Hammer," have become part of the American fabric, and his output hasn’t slowed.
Originally published 01/10/2013
Reddit logo.“Don’t quote Wikipedia!” This professor’s lament has become the figurative starting gun for the beginning of every college semester. It seems that one cannot begin to learn a subject without first being warned that citing the dreaded website in any research paper should be avoided at all costs. A student referring to Wikipedia is an offense perhaps only topped by plagiarism (or, by default, a worse offense would be plagiarizing Wikipedia). However, in our world of constantly shifting paradigms, Wikipedia has gained some competition in the hunt for the attention of the student researcher.Take, for example, Reddit, the world’s largest Internet message board.
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