Saturday, November 10, 2012

IPPL is looking for a Social Media Intern

The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life is looking for an intern to increase traffic and participation in our social media, and to be responsible for promotion of our events online. Click here to apply via Intern-Sushi, an intern placement website.

Note: given the nature of the site, only premium users can access the ads at first. That will change in a week or so, so if you don't want to pay, be patient. If there were a completely free site like this, we'd use it. But rest assured, we are not getting any kind of kickback for asking you to use the site.

THIS SUNDAY: WHY? Radio's 50th Episode! "The Public Philosophy Experiment" Clay Jenkinson interviews host Jack Russell Weinstein

WHY? Radio Presents:

"The Public Philosophy Experiment "
Guest Clay Jenkinson interviews host Jack Russell Weinstein
November 11, 5 p.m. central time.
RSVP on Facebook


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

What does it take to understand a community?

What a confused person sitting at a computer might look like.

As I talked about in a previous post, I’ve been spending a lot of time focused on the Why? Radio Twitter feed. I’ve discovered that it isn’t just a technology I don’t understand, but that there are deep cultural aspects I’m going to have to come to terms with if I’m ever going to truly grok its purpose. In this respect, I was schooled today, first by my public philosophy class, and later by one of the students individually. They have tried, with no amount of exasperation, to get this dense old guy to see what is so obvious. People read Twitter on their phones, not on their computer, they explained, and because posts are more spontaneous and less personal than on Facebook, it’s not creepy for me to look at other people’s tweets. (Please God, don’t let me spell that last word wrong in the previous sentence.)

While my learning Twitter is largely a trivial problem, it is also indicative of a much more serious philosophical issue. As a newcomer, what does it take to authentically understand, or even become a part of, a new community?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Some recent tweets from the @whyradioshow -- Follow us on Twitter!

PQED and Why? Radio are only about five years behind the time, in that we're finally figuring out what Twitter is and how to use it. Come celebrate this monumental step into the 21st century by following our Twitter feed. Here are some of the posts from the last couple of days:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Call For Papers: Essays in Philosophy special issue on public philosophy

 A publishing opportunity for professional philosophers.


Volume 15, Number 1
Issue date: January 2014

Journal issue topic: Public Philosophy

Submission deadline: October 31, 2013

Editor: Jack Russell Weinstein
(University of North Dakota)

How much Is enough?

This blog entry is not an examination of consumerism; I will not ask how many iPads or televisions a person should own. Instead, it’s about our work and creative lives, and about what it means to fulfill the obligations that come with choosing a vocation. Oddly enough, the inspiration for this entry is fairly mundane: the resurrection of the Why? Radio twitter feed. With yet another thing to do everyday, I find myself asking how much work I have to do before I am satisfied. What are the criteria that tell people not to add anymore to their piles? How much work is enough?