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Joined 1 year ago
Cake day: June 28th, 2023


  • I’m always amazed by how much of the neoliberal economy is held up by ads. Producers want people to buy their products so bad that they literally throw away hundreds, thousands, millions of dollars so that 1.0% of us rubes might click a link or go to a drive-thru.

    My brother works in marketing. He’s explained the ROI for ads. I just don’t believe it. It’s a fucking shell game.

  • This is just my particular situation. I am fortunate enough to have some property on which to grow food. I try to keep abreast with current predictions for my locale. I know that my area will continue to get hotter and more humid, and flooding will increase. So I’m learning permaculture practices for climates that are already like that in anticipation of the changes. I also make as many connections with local produce growers as I can.

    This is a very privileged answer to your question. But maybe looking at predictions for your area and meeting producers near you could ease some stress.

  • I can only tell you what worked for my partner. They were very politically apathetic for most of our relationship. They care deeply about the health of me and their family. They work in public health too. COVID has been a radicalizing force for them. I had already developed a pretty robust sense of class consciousness by 2020, so all I did was just engage them in conversation about public health. They know more about it than I ever will.

    I work in education. We talked about the intersection of public health and education a lot that summer. During the protests and uprisings that summer, she remarked on how she appreciated the protestors wearing masks even though the science was undecided about their necessity outdoors. I told her about how it’s also a safety concern for the protestors to protect their identities. When schools in our area resumed with practically no safeguards, they took an interest in the understanding the reactionary forces that would place children in harms way. Independently they read about the successes combatting the virus in places like Vietnam and the devastation withholding vaccines did/continues to do to the global south.

    As the pandemic continues they continues to use public health as their loadstone. They understand the connection between capitalism and ignoring public health. They are not a self-described socialist. Political theory does not interest them. But they’re a comrade.

  • Welcome to the field!

    If you’re unfamiliar with pedagogies, it might be a little difficult to really dive into different frameworks without some familiarity with core concepts. It’s probably best to take a ed psyche course, but you can learn plenty from talking with other teachers/professors. And of course BOOKS! Here’s two of my favorites that are fairly accessible and offer a great intro to lots of educational concepts.

    The Shame of the Nation by Jonathon Kozol

    Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paublo Freire

  • Yeah, it’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s much better academically speaking to get used to the idea that the majority of your work will subpar (by your own standards). You’re in undergrad, right? Undergraduate work has always bent towards efficiency more than proficiency. I’m not saying you should just fart out trash for every paper and bomb tests. Rather, allot enough time to finish assignments and prepare for tests. That’s all. And that’s hard enough.

    If you’re really hung up about it, just email your professor after you turn it in. You can tell them you had trouble getting your thoughts on the subject worked or that you don’t think it’s your best work. Ask them if they think you’ve said anything interesting. Professors eat that shit up. Plus it shows you actually care about their course. Most liberal arts and humanities professors factor participation into how they grade. Emails count.