University of Chicago: Why Milo Scares Students, and Faculty Even More

Milo professes himself a Catholic and wears a pair of gold crosses around his neck. He speaks about the importance of Christianity for the values of Western civilization. As he put it in one interview: “[Western civilization] has created a religion in which love and self-sacrifice and giving are the highest possible virtues… That’s a good thing… But when you remove discipline and sacrifice from religion you get a cult.”

.. None of these issues, most especially the civilizational roots of culture and virtue in religious faith, are typically addressed in modern college education in America. Rather, they are, for the most part, purposefully avoided.

.. while discussion of Christian theology may no longer be at the center of university education, religion still is—we just don’t call it that anymore.

.. Their minds are already open—and being filled with what they are given in place of religion: multiculturalism; race, class, gender; the purportedly secular ideals of socialism and Marxism. Particularly for those students, and faculty, who have little to no religious education outside of school, these ideals have become their faith. This is why students and faculty find Milo so threatening. He not only challenges them to examine beliefs they have never been taught to question.

The Downfall of Kellyanne Conway

She tried to insert a watered-down version of feminism into the candidate’s platform, despite the fact that no mainstream feminist-leaning organizations supported him. When her boss was caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women, Kellyanne Conway “as a woman”-ed her way out of it. Confronted about Mr. Trump’s chauvinism, she snapped back that women who were in poverty were not served during the Obama years, as though that somehow undid her boss’s history.

.. I simply cannot dredge up any sympathy for a person who has acknowledged the structural problems most women face only when she is personally facing them, or used them as derailing tactics when she’s losing an argument.

An Open Letter to Working Women: We need to do more than “Lean In.” We need to lead.

  • Women are negotiating as often as men, but face more push back when they do
  • Women get less access to senior leaders
  • Women ask for feedback as often as men – but are less likely to receive it
  • .. Prioritize projects that make your boss’s job easier and ensures his/her success.
  • Know your audience. Align your priorities with those of your leadership. If you have multiple projects on your plate, make sure to do the one that serves your boss first and/or the highest-ranking person first.

 

1.      Stop touting your ability to do low-level tasks. 

  • Great at taking notes? Are you a superfast typist? How about grammar and spelling? Do you see where I’m going with this?
  • Promoting yourself as a great note-taker will reinforce your role as a supporting player.
  • If you are interested in leadership, best to keep your note-taking skills on the down-low and focus on your high-level skills.
  • .. career success is based on 3 key factors: Performance, Image and Exposure (“PIE”).
  • Performance only accounts for 10% of the PIE. Image is 30% and Exposure . . . the other 60%. See “promote yourself” above for more details.

..  Stop apologizing

  • An apology can be a powerful tool when you’ve done something wrong, but it should not be used when you are doing the following:

– Stating your opinion

– Confronting a challenge or dissent

– Standing up for someone

– Disagreeing

The Bot Politic

Psychologists define human personality according to traits known as the Big Five: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness, and neuroticism. Chatbots must be agreeable to the point of obsequiousness. As writers like me have struggled to create entities whose fundamental quality—captivity—must entice consumers rather than unnerve them, some have alighted on gender as a solution.

.. in the United States, the method for insuring that a technology speaks without giving offense has been to make it a woman

.. Siri, can be configured to speak with a man’s voice or a woman’

.. It must always answer, and the answers must delight.

.. Still, Siri’s responses seemed to refer to versions of femininity that were vintage, as if lifted from old movies. Some of them struck me as coy and wide-eyed. Others were knowing and wry, as if gesturing at the femme fatale. To “I love you,” Siri replies, “Oh, I bet you say that to all your Apple products.” To “How old are you?” it replies, “I’m old enough to be your assistant.” It’s because of responses like this, perhaps, that we often call Siri sassy, rather than sarcastic or snarky.