The LA Times has produced a map of some 5,000 cases of alleged sexual abuse by men and women in the Boy Scouts of America from 1957 to 2005. Chillingly, the only pattern that emerges is that of US population density. In short, where there are people there are Boy Scout sexual abuse cases. To enhance the point of how widespread this epidemic is, I’ve overlaid the map with Stephen Von Worley’s now famous map of every McDonald’s in the US.
McDonalds and boy scouts clearly make a tasty salad.
Since I receive no money from the sale of my work, I have no idea whether anyone purchased it. I suspect not, as the reason for the high price has nothing to do with making money. JSTOR, for example, makes only 0.35 per cent of its profits from individual article sales. The high price is designed to maintain the barrier between academia and the outside world. Paywalls codify and commodify tacit elitism.
“Publish or perish” has long been an academic maxim. In the digital economy, “publish and perish” may be a more apt summation. What academics gain in professional security, they lose in public relevance, a sad fate for those who want their research appreciated and understood.
Frank is just a younger version of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right?