As our faithful readers have no doubt gathered, we operate on a university schedule, and thus many LCRM staffers and scholars are traveling or otherwise off the wires this time of year. Happy holidays, happy new year, and we’ll see you in 2011!
Monthly Archive for December, 2010
From Rolling Stone, the downside of digital sound–strangely enough, it’s impermanence.
Last year, the Beggars Banquet label unearthed the multitrack master recordings of the Cult’s classic 1985 album, Love, for a planned deluxe edition. The LP was an early digital recording, and to the label’s shock, one master was unplayable; the other contained only 80 percent of the album. “That’s the problem with digital,” says Steve Webbon, head archivist of the Beggars Group. “When it goes, it’s just blank. It’s gone.” Read the whole thing.
The LCRM Project is pleased to announce that the report, “Documenting Poverty, Economic Distress and Challenge in North Carolina,” is now available to the public in the LCRM online publishing pilot. Written by the UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the study was published in January 2010. It explores changes, particularly over the last three decades, in population growth and demography, education, poverty, employment, housing, and community development in North Carolina, and it reports systematically on the surprising persistence of severe poverty today. The report had already been online available as a PDF (here and here). But via inclusion in the LCRM pilot, the document has now been opened up for public discussion online. We look forward to your participation in this important conversation.
If you are interested in learning more about poverty in North Carolina and the South, we encourage you to explore the LCRM pilot. Many of the books, journal articles, and conference papers in the collection examine the issue of poverty, its effects on individuals and society, and possible solutions that can address poverty and related societal ills.
Today the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, whose chair at the ceremony in Oslo was empty because he is in prison in China. The Presentation Speech by Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, is worth studying as a thoughtful and forceful essay on human rights.
In the speech, Jagland reviewed some recent struggles for human rights around the world, expressing the enduring pride of the Nobel Committee in having chosen Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Peace Prize in 1964.
Describing the rights stated in the Chinese constitution , including freedom of speech, the press, and assembly, Jagland insists, “Liu has exercised his civil rights. He has done nothing wrong. He must therefore be released!”
The way that Jagland connects human rights and civil rights and yet distinguishes them from each other merits analysis and discussion. Continue reading ‘Nobel Peace Prize & Civil Rights’
The rights of human beings are universal – they do not belong to one nation, region or faith.
That’s Barack Obama’s take. But are they? Or are they historically contingent?
At the end of November a redditor (a user of the site reddit.com) named inkslave found him/herself in Cairo, Illinois. Here’s inkslave’s reaction:
The streets were not just deserted, but decimated. The few intact businesses were surrounded on all sides by the abandoned husks of buildings, including a multi-story brick building downtown that had mostly burned down at some point, and which apparently no one thought needed to be knocked the rest of the way down. Right on the main drag.
What happened to Cairo? Another redditor had the answer.