Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education
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In Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education (Oxford University Press), Ilana and co-author John Villasenor describe and analyze the current state of discourse in academia and beyond.
Redstone and Villasenor explain that nearly all of the challenges they identify can be traced to a particular way of seeing the world that dominates in American higher education. They describe the contours of this worldview and how it directly and indirectly shapes the academic endeavor.
WHAT THEY SAY
"This course has been an outstanding exploration of the dichotomy between bigots and snowflakes and between extremes of the political spectrum as well as, and possibly more importantly, the middle and the grey areas. My biggest takeaways...are the importance of humility and admitting when you do not know something, the importance of diversity of opinions and ideas (especially when those ideas are contrary to mainstream thought), and a reinforced understanding that nothing is quite as black and white as it is often made out to be."