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Weekly Round-up: Internet Magna Carta, Noam Chomsky, Life, bell hooks, #ITooAmOxford, and Tony Benn

The Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Round-up, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. “Jemima Kiss: ‘An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web’” , The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web calls for an online “Magna Carta” to protect users rights as well as the independence and accessibility of the web itself.

2. “Noam Chomsky: ‘The Death of American Universities’” , Jacobin: Chomsky takes on the increasing corporatisation of post-secondary institutions in America: greater worker insecurity, an increase in administration, and transferring costs to students are only some of the symptoms.

3. “Ferris Jabr: ‘Why Nothing is Truly Alive’” , The New York Times: On the difficulties of distinguishing the living from the non-living, which finds that “living is a concept, not a reality.”

4. “Jill Di Donato: ‘Interview: bell hooks’ Search For Love” , Luna Luna Magazine: Di Donato talks with bell hooks about the new narrative of love she has created in her books addressing that topic, exploring the “framework of mutuality” and the importance of self-love in relationships.

5. “Media Mole: ‘#ITooAmOxford, #ITooAmCambridge – black and Asian students smash prejudice at elite universities’” , New Statesman: The #ITooAmOxford movement gets mainstream coverage as a part of a larger movement to raise the profile of students of colour on university campuses.

6. “Brian Brivati: ‘Tony Benn obituary’” , The Guardian: Brivati considers Tony Benn’s political legacy as well as the impact his nine volumes of published diaries on his posthumous image, finding him to be rather “like Samuel Pepys – someone who described an age without ever having shaped it.”

 

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