Holocaust Satire Article Prompts Apology; Purdue Students on “Hotseat”

I have been sitting on a scattered mix of news items.  Some are current, some a bit dated.  Before all become stale, here are a few:

An article joking about the start of a new U.S.-based Holocaust that ran last month in a satirical newspaper put out by Reed College students has spurred criticism and fierce debate. According to one report, the piece intended to spoof the rash of Holocaust deniers, but as sometimes happens all readers did not get the joke.  In a statement on the newspaper’s Web site, the editors write, “We are not hateful people. We are college students who write a joke newspaper in our free time. One joke we wrote went too far and we are sorry to those who were hurt. Everyone needs to stop wasting time and just get on with their lives. Thanks.”

Reed student: Apology not enough

In other news, Purdue students are on the hot seat, and apparently are loving it. According to Mashable, the school has rolled out “a new application . . . called Hotseat that integrates Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging to help students ‘backchannel’ during class. . . . Hotseat is used to allow students to comment on the class as it proceeds, with everyone in the class including the professor able to see the messaging as it happens. . . . Right now it’s only being pilot tested in two courses, but has already become a fast favorite for both teachers and students. Professor Sugato Chakravarty, whose personal finance course is one of the pilot tests, said, ‘I’m seeing students interact more with the course and ask relevant questions.'”

Hotseat

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