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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

New Yorker: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution. The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coördinate, and give voice to their concerns. 

The platforms of social media are built around weak ties. Twitter is a way of following (or being followed by) people you may never have met. Facebook is a tool for efficiently managing your acquaintances, for keeping up with the people you would not otherwise be able to stay in touch with. That’s why you can have a thousand “friends” on Facebook, as you never could in real life.

Thinking Good: The Power of Doing the Ordinary: What We Learn at the Intersection of Politics, Sports, Race and Money

Politics and sports have long held a close association, so much so that it is beyond laughable when commentators—professional or otherwise—suggest athletes ought to keep their opinions to themselves.

From the “Fight of the Century” between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries, Jesse Owens disproving Adolph Hitler’s notions of Aryan superiority, Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in Major League Baseball, Ali vs. Frazier, The Miracle on Ice, Michael Jordan’s apolitical stance, and right up to Jim Brown’s visit to Trump Tower, politics and sports (sometimes with a racial tinge, but not always) are seldom far apart.

NYT: How to Raise a Feminist Son

Boys are particularly responsive to spending time with role models, even more than girls, research shows. There is growing evidence that boys raised in households without a father figure fare worse in behavioracademics and earnings. One reason, according to the economists David Autor and Melanie Wasserman, is they do not see men taking on life’s responsibilities. “Put good men in the space of your son,” Mr. Porter said. 

Give them strong female role models, too. Talk about the achievements of women you know, and well-known women in sports, politics or media. Sons of single mothers usually have a lot of respect for their accomplishments, said Tim King, founder of Urban Prep Academies for low-income, African-American boys. He encourages them to see other women that way.

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Lowell School: Literacy in the Era of Fake News

For all of the amazing technical skills that digital natives possess—they can download and upload videos, remix music, navigate social media websites, create podcasts, edit their own movies—students’ information literacy skills are lagging. The Stanford History Education Group’s 2016 study provides an alarming wake up call:

At present, we worry that democracy is threatened by the ease at which disinformation about civic issues is allowed to spread and flourish. Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak.

Dire, right? No need to despair!

Life Hacker: 17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 17 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.

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