Ronda Black, Petaluma Vday Co-Producer, stopped by to put in an awesome and informative display for 1 Billion Rising. The topic is heartbreaking, but the fact that so many are taking action is inspiring. You can help out too, by checking out their information to the left.
* All parenthetical citations refer to:
Woolls, Blanche, Ann Carlson. Weeks, and Sharon Coatney. The School Library Manager.
5th ed. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. Print.
In response to the statement "I don't have anything to hide".
Here's the Glen Greenwald "What I've Learned" from the December issue of Esquire.
My favorite excerpt:
Ultimately the reason privacy is so vital is it’s the realm in which we can do all the things that are valuable as human beings. It’s the place that uniquely enables us to explore limits, to test boundaries, to engage in novel and creative ways of thinking and being. Only if we feel free of the kind of judgmental eyes of others are we able to try different things out, to experiment, to evolve, to free ourselves of mores that are imposed on us or conventional orthodoxies about how we’re supposed to behave and think. And that, ultimately, is what is most valuable about being human: to be able to create new ways of thinking and being.
Surveillance breeds conformity.
And a good place to start on the whole topic from the 12.09.13 USA Today:
An interesting study released recently showed a connection between brain activity, brain growth, and reading novels. While many news organizations - and one former English teacher and present Teacher-Librarian - jumped on the "there's finally proof that reading novels makes you smarter!" wagon, the truth is much more interesting and potentially harmful for the field of neuroscience.
As always, the great Christian Jarret, writing for Wired, has the real significance behind the study.