In HISTORY 201: “From Confederate Monuments to Wikipedia: The Politics of Remembering the Past,” students will explore the purpose, practices and issues surrounding history today.
Among the blessings of the modern world, some are more apparent than others. Wikipedia does not receive the prominence it deserves, and you yourself could and should contribute to this awesome repository of human knowledge.
Research on the battery-crippling effect of free apps, watching video or playing games on a smartphone is well known and highly publicized but, according to researchers at Stanford and Deutsche Telekom, even browsing popular websites can cause rapid battery drainage.
As the University is in the process of reforming its undergraduate education requirements, mainly the Introduction to the Humanities program, we see at least one academic field that is currently under-addressed at Stanford: the Internet. As college students, we tend to spend hours per week on the Internet, but many of us have little formal knowledge of the technology and its consequences for America and the broader world.
The battle between Congress and our loyal search engines, stalking-enablers and information-providers was styled like this: entrepreneurs against the entertainment titans, providers of absurd salaries to equally absurd figures like the Kardashians; a battle of the new and just versus the old and stubborn.
“The proctor clears his throat, then begins the question: “Round one: toss-up. One party of this name ran Jonathan Blanchard for president in 1884. Lesser known representatives of another party by this name are Bates Cooke and Benjamin…” A firm press of the buzzer button interrupts the proctor mid-question, and Eastern languages and cultures graduate student Jenevive Andreas correctly answers, “Anti-Masonic Party.”
Two-time Sudoku world champion Thomas Snyder talks exactly like he solves Sudoku — quickly and eagerly. And once he starts, he doesn’t stop…