Category Archives: Editorial


Weekend Reading: April is the Cruelest Edition


Happy Friday ProfHackers! Here’s to hoping that your April is off to a better start than T. S. Eliot’s. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, now might be the time to double-down on your allergy meds and any other preventative measures that you can find. According to the Washington Post, the mid-Atlantic, may be facing “a tidal wave of pollen” thanks to the lengthy and quixotic winter that we’ve enjoyed.

A story broke earlier this week that Harvard had a trio of books bound in human skin. More…


From the Archives: All About Games

Sorry board game

From playing games, to teaching with games, making your own games, and even gamifying your email — the ProfHacker archives have a lot to offer when thinking about games.

Games in the Classroom
Anastasia has written a very thorough series of posts on Games in the Classroom:

  1. Part 1 explains that games can help students through exploring content through new or multiple points of view, learning through making, and collaboration.

  2. Part 2 explains how and where to discover games that you might wan…


Weekend Reading: Hoping for Spring Edition


Temperatures are finally rising above freezing on a regular basis in New England, which means that—despite everything—spring may finally be coming. That doesn’t have anything in particular to do with this weekend’s reading, but I do hope you can read in some warmth and spring-like comfort.

  • Let’s start with some fun and stimulating reading. First, if you don’t subscribe to the RSS feed of Rebecca Onion’s The Vault blog at Slate, do so now (and if you don’t know how to subscribe to an RSS feed,

Weekend Reading: Shall We Dance? Edition

Happy Friday ProfHackers, and happy March Madness for those of you enjoying the tournaments! If basketball isn’t your thing, you can still get in on the fun. This year Out of Print clothing has a Book Madness tournament–their bracket pits heroes vs villains so Moby Dick takes on Humbert Humbert; can Tom Buchanan best Lady MacBeth? Is Voldemort the big bad? Over Satan? For the hero team, can Bilbo Baggins beat Natty Bumpo? Does Scarlett O’Hare stand a chance against Katniss Everdeen? And what’s …


Weekend Reading: Pi(e) Edition


Happy Pi(e) Day, ProfHackers! If you are wondering about Pi Day, check out this piece on Slate.

Before you celebrate Pi(e) day too enthusiastically, however, you might check out this piece on Salon, which lists 5 reasons behind the obesity epidemic in the United States. Hint: none of them are french fries.

As many of you have undoubtedly already heard, Amazon announced yesterday that they will be raising the price of their Prime membership from $79 to $99 on April 17. GigaOM reports this news a…


Lego and Making Things

I’ve been thinking about making things as a way to “do” scholarship for a while now. There’s an unsurprising obsession among many of those at the border of digital studies and the “digital humanities” with bridging the gap between what we study and what we publish. But there’s always risk involved in making something weird. It’s easy to know what to do with a rejected essay for a journal: there’s always another venue, and revising, while painful, is manageable. Making things is a lot less certa…


ChronicleVitae: What You Might Have Missed, February 2014

[This is a guest post by Brock Read, an editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education. One of Brock’s most recent projects has been developing and maintaining The Chronicle‘s Vitae, an “online career hub that makes it easier and more rewarding for faculty and administrators to do their jobs each day.” Today’s post is part of an ongoing, monthly series in which ProfHacker will highlight some of the content from Vitae, and Vitae will – in turn – highlight what we’ve been up to here at ProfHacker. –…


Digital Distractions: Pokemon and the Challenges of Collaboration

For the past few days I’ve run the live video feed of “Twitch Plays Pokemon” in the background while I work. It’s  an incredible opportunity to watch attempted mass collaboration in action. The project is described as a “social experiment,” as it offers a live version of the classic game Pokemon Red. Pokemon Red is a Nintendo Game Boy title that first introduced American gamers to a world where capturing cute creatures and forcing them to battle one another is a popular sport. The franchise is …


From the Archives: Using Twitter

robinThe essential ProfHacker introduction to Twitter is Ryan’s appropriately titled post, How to Start Tweeting (and Why You Might Want To). He covers all the basics, including creating your profile, using lists, and following hashtags. But we’ve written quite a few other posts about this popular social media platform:

Making the Most of Twitter

Erin’s primer on Choosing #Hashtags explains how to make the most of this feature of Twitter.

I wrote about Using Twitter Lists to streamline your reading e…


Weekend Reading: Winter Doldrums Edition


TGIF ProfHackers!

This week saw the revisiting of an old favorite (at least for some of us), The Dead Poet’s Society. In the Atlantic, Kevin J. H. Dettmar argues that “Dead Poets’ Society is a Terrible Defense for the Humanities.” Film critic and Kelli Marshall disagrees, at least in part, in her “Defense of Dead Poets Society.” Flavorwire also takes up the cause arguing “Dead Poets’ Society Doesn’t Owe Academia Anything.”

The New Media Consortium recently released its annual report, which “aim…