The goal of today’s post is simply to relieve the stress of the politically charged season by suggesting interesting and easy stuff that promises to divert the agitated mind or volatile conversation. Without leaving your cushy armchair you can liberate your mind to wander at its own speed. Let you thoughts free flow through the overwhelming digital world that overflows with ideas best communicated in more than 140 characters. Get comfortable, clutch your clicker, catch up on some truthful information and creative ideas that probably slipped through the media melee.
To set the mood, check out “Life Satisfaction in the Internet Age – Changes in the Past Decade.” Ask yourself, are you better off now? (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215300790)
Minnesotans deserve to read beyond the disgusting headlines and to take pride in the academic aspects of the institution. Some random bright spots of a digital sort:
- U of M Radio on Your Historic Dial (http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2016/10/u-m-radio-historic-dial/#.WF2B92VfKJU)
- Ojibwe People’s Dictionary (http://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu
- The Minnesota Digital Library (https://mndigital.org) Click from here to he Digital Public Library of America. https://dp.la
Explore some of the ever-expanding digital treasures preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society
- Learn more about the literary history of the state through these interviews with Minnesota writers and other bookish folk: (http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/search/collection/p16022coll38)
- Check the online newspapers collection here: http://newspapers2.mnhs.org/jsp/browse.jsp
- Or browse the online maps collection http://collections.mnhs.org/maps/
If you prefer to stress out by focusing on survival in the post-truth era you’ll find an engaging battle about scientific thinking in this ongoing exchange. Follow Intercept’s challenge to Sense about Science and Sense about Science USA. The discourse is understandable to the lay reader who gets to decide wherein lies the truth. https://theintercept.com/2016/11/15/how-self-appointed-guardians-of-sound-science-tip-the-scales-toward-industry/
Should you have the good sense and option to relax and enjoy the season, here are a couple of digital delights you really don’t want to miss:
- There always more to know about the state’s most recent Nobel Prize recipient: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/arts/music/bob-dylans-secret-archive.html?_r=0
- Or surrender your senses to the drone of the mind-numbing media babble of this post-Truth era: http://hyperallergic.com/346678/a-droning-chant-of-our-ceaseless-media-consumption/ Trust me, it’s therapeutic
Though New Year resolutions pre-date the Post-Truth era, the time is now to “go high” with a 2017 resolution to counter fake facts and false assumptions that distract and distort. Resolve instead to capitalize on the power of the web to seek and share the truth and to assure that every voter and potential voter possesses the digital age information assessment skills required to preserve this democracy.