In a way, these passages [of Whitman’s] present a challenge to the modern academic terminology of â€œthe speaker.â€ In this critical tradition, students may discuss the words not of John Donne but of â€œDonne’s speaker,â€ and even (though this sounds more peculiar) not the words of Emily Dickinson but of â€œDickinson’s speaker.â€
Useful though the notion of â€œthe speakerâ€ may be sometimes, it is challenged by certain poems.
For all its many virtues, the fifth edition is not perfect. Its one glaring flaw is an introductory essay written by the chairman of the Usage Panel, Steven Pinker, a Harvard University linguist and cognitive scientist who is also an avowed descriptivist.Â In â€œUsage in The American Heritage Dictionary,â€ Pinker writes, â€œ(W)hen many speakers misuse a word on many occasions in the same way â€” like credible for credulous, enervate for excite, or protagonist for proponentÂ â€“ whoâ€™s to say theyâ€™re wrong? When enough people misuse a word, it becomes perverse to insist that theyâ€™re misusing it at all.â€
A team of Canadian researchers have uncovered an unusual new example of â€œupstream filtering,â€ where online content in one country is blocked in another country due to filtering that happens in transit.
Researchers at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, revealed that some Oman Internet users using the Omantel ISP are also being subjected to Indian content restrictions because of traffic flowing through India.
â€œIt goes to show what you can find when you begin to probe beneath the surface of the Internet, and what you see when you have governments start to mess with the openness of the Internet,â€ Ron Deibert, Citizen Lab’s director, told Ars on Thursday. â€œIn this case you have a perverse situation where citizens in one country are subject to filtering in another country.â€
July 1, 1848
The first instance of photojournalism occurred during the Paris Riots of 1848 from a rooftop location. Wood engravings of the two daguerreotypes were made and the images appeared in the weekly newspaper L’Illustration Journal Universel. Come visit our large collection on Photography and Photographers in the Todd Library and maybe even check some out.
Happy birthday, Marcel Proust. He was born 141 years ago today.