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AI’s Challenge To Traditional Education

For all the opportunities ChatGPT might bring, its greatest threat right now is to the teaching of writing. There are other ways to assess students’ knowledge: oral exams, multiple-choice tests, handwritten answers. So what is the university paper for? - The Walrus

Burnout Afflicts Toronto’s Theatre Community

Even without hard numbers, many of the designers, technicians and stage managers who are still around agree: there are more job contracts available in the Toronto theatre market than there are people to take them, which has piled on a pre-existing burnout problem. - Toronto Star

How Professional Wrestling Explains American Culture

Millions of people love wrestling; millions more loathe it. Many people simply don’t know what to do with it. Although the symbiotic relationship between politics and wrestling goes back centuries, it is fair to say that Trump exploited WWE tools and tricks better than anyone who had come before him. - The Atlantic

Neil Young: Tickemaster Has Ruined Touring

"It’s over. The old days are gone. I get letters blaming me for $3,000 tickets for a benefit I am doing. That money does not go to me or the benefit. Artists have to worry about ripped off fans blaming them for Ticketmaster add-ons and scalpers." - The Guardian

ChatGPT Suggests A New Way To Search. But Will Microsoft Ruin It?

Microsoft’s rollout of a Bing search chatbot based on technology underlying OpenAI’s ChatGPT has prompted concerns that Microsoft is unfairly squeezing out its search data customers as it launches a renewed attempt to bite off more market share from Google. - Wired

The Inherent Dangerousness Of Janet Malcolm’s Method

For a writer so relentlessly suspicious of the accounts we give of ourselves, and so attuned to the meager defenses we muster against self-exposure, memoir is a risky medium. - The New Republic

Disney Will Make Three Rounds Of Layoffs This Year

This week’s initial round comes a few days before the company’s annual shareholder meeting on April 3. Iger had first announced plans for the downsizing in February, describing it as a key to achieving $5.5 billion in cost savings. - Deadline

Banksy’s Migrant Rescue Boat Seized By Italian Authorities

A rescue ship funded by British street artist Banksy was seized in Lampedusa on Sunday after Italy's coast guard said the boat had disobeyed its instructions to head to Sicily after carrying out a migrant rescue operation. - Reuters

The Problems In Properly Authenticating, Protecting Indigenous Art

The Native community finds itself in this fight against the misrepresentation. This leaves consumers in a tough spot, parsing through what efforts businesses are putting into their verification processes while also trying to figure out how best to protect their purchases. - Seattle Times

Dear Parents: In Our Art Class There’s Going To Be Art. Okay?

You signed up for a classical education, in theory — at least, that word is in the name of our school! — so I had sort of hoped it would be! - Washington Post

Staff Of The Louvre Have Blocked The Museum As Part Of Pension Protest

"The demonstrators toted banners and flags in front of the Louvre’s famed pyramid, where President Emmanuel Macron had celebrated his presidential victory in 2017. They demanded the repeal of the new pension law." - Seattle Times (AP)

The Greatest Show On Earth Is Mounting A Comeback

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are back, baby (in September) - without lions, tigers, or bears, but with a lot of roadies to handle all the gear. "You can’t downscale. ... You really have to reimagine and reinvent." - Fast Company

The Occult Nails Of A Roman Burial

The excavated imperial tomb also had extra bricks, slathered with lime, which isn't usual. The combination of nails, bricks, and lime "strongly implied the use of protective charms to keep the 'restless dead' from interfering with the living." - The New York Times

What Are Humans Losing As Teens Stop Hanging Out In Physical Proximity?

And does phone-mediated intimacy combined with a lack of physical meetings - random cruising around town, random hikes, random mall meet-ups included - have an effect on depression and anxiety rates? - Slate

Darcell XV, The World’s Oldest Drag Queen, Has Died At 92

Walter Cole made Portland grow up. He, as Darcelle, "was a progressive pioneer, winning over just about anyone he encountered, helping ease a sometimes hidebound city’s fear and stigma of gay people, cross-dressers, drag performers, and anyone who fell outside the borders of restrictive 'normalcy.'" - Oregon ArtsWatch

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