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Things I found interesting this week
Hi, Kelly Eden here.
Sometimes I come across some fascinating facts while researching for my stories, or just wandering around the internet.
Here’s 3 for this Thursday:
The Austin Li Paradox
Information censoring and policing is an interesting one for writers and creators.
Imagine trying to negotiate the minefield of banned topics in China, especially when—like many young Chinese—you don’t even know about the history you’re supposed to be avoiding.
Clive Thompson wrote about a Chinese influencer this week who disappeared from public life when he referenced Tiananmen Square (or more likely, just thought a tank ice cream cake looked cool).
“Some of Li’s younger fans, including Little Tiger, were puzzled by his disappearance. Many of them were unaware of the Tiananmen history — a taboo topic banned from books, TV, and the internet in China. For them, it was not obvious why the ice cream cake could cause offense. As curious fans searched for an answer, some wrote on social media that they had learned about the history for the first time.”
James Vincent wrote this week about one of the most criticized writing styles—the love-it-or-hate-it listicle.
I used to hate listicles too, but now I think of them quite fondly, like the cute, quirky cousin who is sometimes annoying but often has a useful fact or two to share.
Which were—you guess it—lists.
Lists can be elegant, intelligent, creative.
As (French philosopher) Foucault says: “there is nothing more tentative, nothing more empirical (superficially, at least) than the process of establishing an order among things; nothing that demands a sharper eye or a surer, better-articulated language.”
I do and don’t regret my choice of University degree.
I have a degree in education and a postgrad degree in Health Sciences. Sometimes I wish I’d gone down a different career path sooner (I started as a teacher and hated it), but most of what I learned at University has been incredibly helpful in real life—especially in parenting my kids.
Apparently though, a lot of people with arts degrees aren’t happy about their choice at all.
44% of all job seekers with college degrees regret their field of study.
Journalism, sociology, communications and education all topped the list of most-regretted college majors.— CNBC
To me, all learning is valuable. But is the huge debt worth it? That’s a hard one.
My kids are almost university age, so this discussion is very relevant for our family right now.
Do you regret your degree or lack of one?
That’s all for this Thursday!
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