Now hundreds of America’s alleged best and brightest have signed a petition demanding that the newspaper operate as if ICE didn’t exist.
Forget it, Angela and Kristine. You’re supposed to be partisan activists, like the mainstream media.
Ethics experts from the Student Press Law Center and the Society of Professional Journalists supported the Crimson, citing the SPJ’s Code of Ethics. That’s nice, although I would call the gesture “lip service.”
2. SkyNet is listening. Because of loopholes in their security software, hackers can use Amazon Alexa and Google Home virtual assistants to eavesdrop on user conversations without their knowledge, and even trick users into handing over sensitive information.
For once, the American Bar Association got comparatively ahead of looming legal ethics risks created by developing technology by issuing a resolution in August urging bar associations and the legal profession to develop guidelines addressing the risks posed by attorney use of artificial intelligence. It’s a long document, undoubtedly missing many issues on the horizon, and regarding those personal assistants, it lacks an essential sentence: “Don’t let those things get within ten miles of your legal work.”
Security researchers had found dangerous phishing and eavesdropping vectors affecting Amazon’s Alexa back in April 2018; then again in Alexa and Google Home devices in May 2018 and in August 2018. Amazon and Google have taken counter-measures every time, but the hackers continue to stay ahead of them.
This week the latest weaknesses were disclosed after being identified by two researchers at Security Research Labs. The newly discovered phishing and eavesdropping vectors can be exploited via “backends”—I have no idea what this means—that Amazon and Google provide to developers of Alexa or Google Home custom apps. From ZDNet:
“The SRLabs team discovered that by adding the “�. ” (U+D801, dot, space) character sequence to various locations inside the backend of a normal Alexa/Google Home app, they could induce long periods of silence during which the assistant remains active.”
3. Another sign of the coming apocalypse, not from rogue computers, not from zombies, but from the absence of ethics in the rising generations. In Ohio, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter stopped playing a Beethoven piece mid-concerto to ask a woman in the front row to stop recording her with her cellphone camera. After the woman rose to argue, she was escorted out of the hall by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s president. Other performers are becoming militant about audience members texting, web-surfing and making videos during performances. Joshua Henry, performing in the musical “The Wrong Man,” was videoed by one patron grabbing a phone from a another audience member mid-song and tossing it under the risers. Patti LuPone once seized a phone while performing Off-Broadway. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda refused to greet Madonna backstage because she was texting during his show, and earlier this year in Puerto Rico Miranda improvised a lyric change in the “Hamilton” number “My Shot” directed at a woman taking a video, changing “I got a lot of brains but no polish” to“Lady filming in the fourth row, please stop it.”
Incredibly, the rude and ignorant audience members who impose on others in plays and movies are protesting that being quiet, polite and non-disruptive during performances by keeping their cellphones muted and pocketed is an outdated concept. (It’s probably racist, somehow, too.) “People who wholly submit to and enforce outdated/archaic concert rituals that require insane amounts of cultural capital to begin with are going to be completely irrelevant in about 15 years’ time,” one social media wag argued.
Not imposing on the attention and enjoyment of fellow audience members is simple courtesy, and giving performer’s one’s whole attention is respect. When courtesy and respect become “outdated/archaic,” we might as well march into the ocean.
It costs hundreds of dollars to buy tickets to some of these performances, and if one cannot control a device addiction sufficiently not to create a distraction and nuisance, then rapid ejection is the only reasonable response.
Even debating this issue is giving it too much legitimacy.
4. Then again, it’s amazing what social theories are being taken seriously these days. Prof. Asao B. Inoue offered a teaching seminar earlier this year to members of the American University faculty explaining his theory that grading on merit and clear writing was racist, and that colleges should reward labor rather than excellence, because the latter was a racist construct. Now he’s back with more woke educational nonsense, and naturally, educators are listening.
At Ball State University, Inoue was engaged to give a lecture on “the question of how English language practices in college classrooms contribute to white supremacy.”
“Freeing Our Minds and Innovating Our Pedagogy from White Language Supremacy” was the title of his 75-minute guest lecture given on October 14. Inoue is a professor and the associate dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University.
That’s right, he’s a dean. Think about that.
“We are all implicated in white supremacy,” Inoue said during his presentation, co-hosted by Ball State’s Office of Inclusive Excellence. “This is because white supremacist systems like all systems reproduce themselves as a matter of course. This includes reproduction of dominant, white, middle-class, monolingual standards for literacy and communication.” The Authentic Frontier Gibberish (AFG) continued as he declared that white language supremacy is “the condition in classrooms, schools, and society where rewards are given in determined ways to people who can most easily reach them, because those people have more access to the preferred and embodied white language practices, and part of that access is a structural assumption that what is reachable at a given moment for the normative, white, monolingual English user is reachable for all.”
Right. I’d like to see a list of the most destructive, deranged and dangerous left-wing concepts being advocated by progressives compared to a similar list of those advocated by the Mad Right. I suspect it would show that the craziest conservative ideas were confined to the lunatic fringes, while many of the most outrageous positions on the Left are considered mainstream, like open borders. The worst right-wing delusions, such as white supremacy, are considered ugly outliers among conservatives, while progressive insanity like Inoue’s are given the legitimacy of university sponsored symposia.