Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
How the tortoise got under the Christmas tree (Pacific Standard)
by Jason Bittel
Researchers traveled to India to trace the route of tortoises plucked from the wild and traded internationally to be sold as pets.
It matters how you parent your pre-teen (Futurity)
By Angie Hunt
Even if you’re not the world’s greatest parent, you can influence your 16-year-old’s behavior. You just can’t wait until they’re 16 to do it.
The inhumanity of literary criticism (The Point)
By Lisa Ruddick
Interviews with 70 young English scholars and a survey of papers published in a major journal reveal a troubling side of current literary criticism: academic norms scorn discussion of people’s inner lives, leaving critics hesitant to advocate for anything that smacks of “uncool” human feeling.
The popularity of political violence (The Washington Post)
by Nathan Kalmoe
Millions of Americans, of all political persuasions, think it might be OK to rise up violently against the government. And a study shows politicians’ rhetoric influences this kind of belief.
Who googles “I hate Muslims”? (The New York Times)
by Evan Soltas and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Looking at internet searches helps researchers understand and predict hate crimes against Muslims. That’s because Google sometimes acts as a confessional where we type things we wouldn’t say out loud.
Have you seen a story online that does a good job of bridging the gap between the news and scholarship? Or something that seems particularly well-researched? Let us know and we may include it in next week’s roundup. Email us at jstordaily_submissions (at) jstor (dot) org.