Urgent ethical and legal questions for National Geographic, ClearStory and their Nazi War Diggers

National Geographic’s ‘Nazi War Diggers’ has stirred up a lot of anger today. I have already tweeted archaeologist Annelise Baer’s impassioned condemnation of the show, but here is a series of serious ethical questions that many feel must be answered for National Geographic to maintain any credibility:

Urgent ethical and legal questions for National Geographic, ClearStory and their Nazi War Diggers.

Edit 31/3/2014

National Geographic’s response can be found here.

In the name of Shakespeare

Pretty awesome execution on this. I try to shy away from adding too much Shakespeare to the blog, but this really is excellent.

Transmedial Shakespeare

Throughout the entire semester of Transmedial Shakespeare, we looked across the many different ways that Shakespeare managed to make himself and his works an integral part of human culture. We learned the history of Shakespeare, and how back then he was quite different from the cultural icon that he is today.  We attempted to trace the progress of when and how Shakespeare came to be recognized in the modern times, going back and forth across various readings, trying to find the story behind Shakespeare’s rise to prominence in society.  We saw the prominent influence Shakespeare’s many works had on the artists that followed in the centuries after him. We saw him subjected to commercialism, philosophy, parodies, and radical re-interpretations, each one a distinctly different form but always managing to keep in line with the Shakespearian idea.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the course for me, however, was when we…

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On the Origin of Fuck

so long as it's words

One origin story for fuck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that’s wrong. And if you do believe that, stop it. Stop it right now.

But right now there’s a post going round with a lovely image of a manuscript from Brasenose College, Oxford, proudly declaring it’s the earliest instance of fuck in English (although, it notes, that is apart from that pesky one from Scotland and that one that says fuck but is written in code). But even if we DO agree to discount those two little exceptions, it’s still not the earliest instance. I think the Brasenose fuck was considered the earliest in 1993, and that’s quite out-dated now.

So, for your enjoyment and workplace sniggering, here’s…

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La Moustache, 1815

Well spotted Emily

The History of Love

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As it turns out, waiting until someone falls asleep and then drawing a fake moustache on them is not a new phenomenon – still hilarious after 200 years. Nice to see some immature nineteenth-century behaviour immortalised in print…

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(not entirely relevant but couldn’t resist sharing – a Movember double whammy)

Image: Detail from ‘La Moustache’ (c.1815-45)

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