Everyday Semiotics: The Confederate Flag and Dylann Roof

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When I moved to Springfield, Missouri in the summer of 2001, a house about two blocks away from ours flew a Confederate flag. My family and I tried to figure out what this symbol meant. Where the owners of the flag communicating their love of Southern heritage or their desire to keep white folks on top of the social structure? It seemed like a bad omen to me, as a Jew, because I understood that…

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Can’t We All Just Get Along? Print vs. eBooks

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Whenever I have been asked about my profession from those that are just making small talk as I wait for my oil to be changed, or I stand in line at the store, as soon as I tell them I am a librarian, I get one of two responses. Either they get excited and say, “I have always wanted to be a librarian, I love books, and I would love to be able to read…

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