Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — April 28, 2014


Grace in Disagreement: Brené Brown’s Ten Guidelines For Engaged Feedback

How can we learn to offer feedback with grace and compassion at work and at home? Brené Brown offers a rubric for offering guidance and sitting on the same side of the table.

South Carolina Libraries Could Get a Lot Quieter

Public libraries are known as a place of quiet study and reading. Now, lawmakers in South Carolina are working on a bill to ensure people are utilizing the areas properly. 

Walmart Shoppers Can Now Get $99 Wills

Behind the plastic jugs of liquid Tide stacked near the entrance of a new Walmart in Markham is an innovation in discount retailing: Axess Law.  Founded by Toronto lawyers Lena Koke and Mark Morris, Axess Law provides fast and affordable legal services to time-pressed shoppers.

Nicole Gross and 200 Charlotte Runners Reclaiming Marathon

A year after being severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, Charlotte’s Nicole Gross says there was no doubt she and her family would return for the first anniversary.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will conclude its penultimate week of oral argument for the October Term 2013 by hearing an environmental case which poses a question of statutory interpretation that may not be as simple as it first appears…

Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes to the Constitution

In a book out Tuesday, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens proposes six amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including measures aimed at preventing gerrymandering (that is, redrawing district lines for political advantage), abolishing the death penalty and allowing limits on the amount of money that political candidates and their supporters can spend on campaigns. Other amendments would promote stricter gun control and abolish states’ sovereign immunity. 

AT&T Looks to Bring Super-Fast Internet to Charlotte

There’s an Internet arms race brewing in Charlotte: AT&T said Monday that it’s looking to bring an ultra-fast fiber data network to the city, just months after Google said it was considering Charlotte for an expansion of its fiber Internet service.  AT&T said Charlotte, Gastonia and Huntersville are being considered for its “GigaPower” service, along with 20 other major metropolitan areas that include Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco. Experts say the speed rush offers cities the chance to get access to the 21st-century equivalent of a highway or railroad: infrastructure critical to business.

On April 18, 2013 the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) formally launched.  Tomorrow, DPLA celebrates its first birthday.

Are Bloggers Media?  Court Says Yes, Senate Says No.

A University of Florida student blogged about a Florida businessman, Christopher Comins, shooting two dogs in a field. Rather than go after any of the major media which widely covered the event, Comins filed a defamation suit versus the student.  Turns out Florida defamation law requires notice be given to media properties at least 5 days before suit is filed.  Comins’ lawsuit was dismissed because he failed to give such notice. Comins argued at the trial and appellate court that notice was not required because the student’s blog was not a media publication.  Not only did the appellate court affirm the trial court, the court’s ruling made clear the importance of blogs to American society.

Do Graduate Students Deserve Dirt-Cheap Loans?

The weak case for asking taxpayers to subsidize advanced degrees…

Confronting the Myth of the “Digital Native”

When Kaitlin Jennrich first walked into her communications seminar last fall, she had no idea that the professor already knew of her affinity for pink cars and Olive Garden breadsticks­—and that she planned to share that knowledge with the class. It hadn’t taken much sleuthing on the professor’s part to uncover those inane nuggets. The 18-year-old freshman at Northwestern University had herself lobbed them into the public sphere, via Twitter.  Her reaction, she recalls, was, “Oh, no.”  “I realized the kind of image I was putting out there wasn’t the kind of image I wanted potential employers or professors to see,” says Ms. Jennrich, whose professional aspirations include sports public relations.  That is just the sort of gut check that Eszter Hargittai, a sociologist and Northwestern professor in the communications-studies department, wants students to make during the 10-week course called “Managing Your Online Reputation.” She created the curriculum with her colleague Brayden King, an associate professor of management and organization at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management…

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