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  1. Sep 2018
    1. We know how language can be used to beat the rhythm of the war drum, mustering ranks upon ranks of public support. We know how language itself can wage war against us, by mimicking the same casual dehumanization of a bomb. Everyone you know and love: terrorists. Militants. Strategic targets. Collateral damage. The leveling of your neighborhood: an unfortunate mistake. The razing of your city: the birth pangs of a new Middle East. Seven dead, twenty wounded. Forty-one dead, ninety-three wounded. 1.2 million refugees. 2,000 migrants. All the life squeezed out of them so that they fit into one headline. Sentences become coffins too small to contain all the multitudes of grief.

      Love this part.

    2. A bomb is a shocking experience. Even to one who feels they have become inured to it. Each heart-hollowing concussion is a redefinition of everything you ever thought you understood. It has nothing to do with fear. Fear is something you get used to, it becomes the new baseline from which your body operates. Quivering, animal, alert. You even come, in the dark malja’ of your consciousness, to accept the idea of your own death. But the breathless outrage of being reduced to utter insignificance—each bomb a punctuation of this idea—is not something you ever get used to. For it is not merely your interiority that is threatened with annihilation, but the entire surrounding world that grounds it in meaning.

      Her writing style and her use of language is so incredibly moving and sophisticated. There is such a detailed and expressive artistry to how she sees the world and how she reflects back on it. And I love how she embraces the Arabic language and casually incorporates it into the sentence. Just one Arabic word gave the whole sentence a more in-depth and vibrant feeling.

    3. I cry a lot while doing this work. It isn’t something I can control. Every time I think I have become hardened to these stories, a moment, an expression, a detail will throw me off the scaffolding of language, away from the structural safety of its grammar and rules and headlong into the wilderness beyond. There is always something unexpected, unimagined, no matter how used to the narrative of loss and displacement and violence I think I have become.

      This shows how noble and genuine she is towards her job, her job can be a bit tricky and definitely sensitive but apparently she does not take it for granted and has a sense of moral duty or a sense of obligation towards it.

    4. From “to witness,” we get shahed, the one who witnesses; mashhad, the spectacle or the scene, but also shaheed, martyr; istishhad, to be martyred, to die for a cause. As if the act of bearing witness, followed to the end of one of its branches, snaps under the weight of what is seen, and you fall to your death. As if to die for a cause in Arabic is to bear witness to something until it annihilates the self.

      I admire her unique eye and her detailed poetic interpretation of the Arabic language. One word could give insight into such a meaningful story.

    5. I have buried seven husbands, three fiancés, fifteen sons and a two-week old daughter I finally agreed to have at 42 for my husband’s sake, to bring life back to his tongue after we laid our two grown, handsome sons to rest, one after the other, and grief took all his words away.

      Such a shocking and heartbreaking situation that reflects this woman's phenomenal resistance and strength during an unbelievably hard time.

    1. Digital literacy is not about the skills of using technologies, but how we use our judgment to maintain awareness of what we are reading and writing, why we are doing it, and whom we are addressing. We can only begin to put the seeds of this critical literacy in our classes and hope students will transfer this beyond the classroom and into their increasingly digital identities and lives.

      Extremely true and relatable concluding statements that sum up the purpose behind this article and transcends awareness over the issue.

    2. They need to recognize that there are back-channel discussions about what ends up appearing on the site. These discussions can be fraught with power dynamics, resulting in controversial issues appearing unbalanced as more powerful authors block alternative viewpoints.

      I never knew about this! It is quite interesting as it shifts our thoughts to the possibility of having different digital power dynamics at play and who decides about what ends up appearing on the site.

    3. After students have the skill to use multiple platforms, I allow them the choice of which platform to use for the support they need, but I make sure they ask questions. When is it best to do a Google search versus ask a question on Twitter? Why would students tweet to a particular hashtag or person versus another? When they tweet to people from another country in another time zone, what kind of context do they need to consider? What should they add, remove, or modify in order to communicate better?

      I think these are very insightful questions that rarely come to mind when I personally use social media. However these questions should be taken into account to know the audience you are addressing, and what kind of message do you want to put out there, and which social media platform to use.

    4. For example, teaching digital skills would include showing students how to download images from the Internet and insert them into PowerPoint slides or webpages. Digital literacy would focus on helping students choose appropriate images, recognize copyright licensing, and cite or get permissions, in addition to reminding students to use alternative text for images to support those with visual disabilities.

      A very helpful and simple example that clearly distinguishes between digital skills and digital literacies.

    5. It is important for students to recognize that although technology gives us a lot of power, it also restricts us in many ways, and we need to question how the affordances of technology modify our communication and our behavior.

      I strongly agree because this is a very important subject nowadays that we need to be aware of especially with younger generations that are 24/7 hooked on social media.