Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we found conversations on the influence of Twitter on presidential debates, LA’s Skid Row, and Americans’ addiction to polls. What did you read this week?
Stanford University Press considers the distinct narratives different countries – China, Korea, Japan, the United States – have formed of WWII, and the necessity of understanding all of these divergent memories in order to pursue true reconciliation.
The NYU Press highlights the importance of the new accessibility symbol in Apple’s iOS 10. The emoji is not the familiar static wheelchair symbol. Instead, the new representation shows the stick figure user in motion, arms bent, body angled forward.
Oxford University Press analyzes America’s obsession with polls and how it’s indicative of the country’s obsession with knowing the future. Americans understand that information conveys power and opportunity, but what if they’re not accurate enough?
The University of Chicago Press features a piece on LA’s Skid Row, home to one of the largest homeless populations in the country, and how the US has come to police poverty and has essentially made it illegal.
Columbia University Press looks back on the influence that Twitter had on the 2012 presidential elections. By exponentially broadening the conversation, Twitter, along with other social media, forced campaigns and the press to reconfigure their approach to debates.
The University of California Press considers the invisible labor carried out by workers of color in predominantly white organizations and institutions. How do racial tasks vary depending on a worker’s role in organizational structure, and in what ways do these tasks reinforce whites’ superordinate position relative to people of color?