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Evgeny Morozov on Slacktivism

By js, 20 January, 2010, No Comment

Evgeny Morozov studies online activism and its effect.

These notes are taken from his TED talk which I found at http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/391

He cites a study which showed that people join facebook groups without verifying information and usually do so as a way to define their own identity.

Blending of narcissism and activism= slactivism, blending of feel good activities which make us feel important  but have little practical impact and social significance

This may keep us from participating in more effective ways.

Critique of Lanier

By js, 20 January, 2010, No Comment

Michael Agger writes a critique of Lanier.

His argues that though Lanier remains cautious, this caution is a result of “snobbery” and a romantic memory of when an elite controlled the web.

See full critique

The Geek Freaks: Why Jaron Lanier rants against what the Web has become.

Critiquing the critique of the web

By js, 20 January, 2010, No Comment

Can real time web bring real world change?

In this post, Saxberg analyzes social media as a way to provide a benefit to the individual who in turn helps to improve the collective (back to Lanier).

She mentions the needs which individuals have and how those are supported by social media.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs can also reflect the evolvement of the Internet, from focus on basic infrastructure and security to the services we use today that support our need for social belonging and esteem. This thesis indicates, that the future of web will move towards supporting our need for self-actualization.

Latinos and the Nation’s Future

By js, 17 January, 2010, No Comment

I can’t decide yet what to think about this book.

In some sections, I thought I was the audience of the book, while in others I thought I was NOT the intended audience.

The arguments weave back and forth using the term “American” and “Latino.”

I think it would be fascinating to do a study to see how different readers react to this book. Who considers herself “American” and who considers herself “Latino” and what happens when a reader identifies with both labels.

That schizophrenia was exactly my dilemma as I read it. At what point was I being addressed and urged to “shift” my efforts and when was I urged to “understand.”

Collectivism vs. Individualism Online

By js, 16 January, 2010, No Comment

Response to:

DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism [5.30.06]
By Jaron Lanier

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/lanier06/lanier06_index.html

I have been struggling with the benefits and the dangers/constraints of the internet.

I know several people whom I respect immensely who are very weary of the internet. They put forth the same arguments which I have heard before regarding safety, worth and authenticity of ideas, and surveillance. These concerns are legitimate and many scholars are debating these issues.

What concerns me is that we may not be taking advantage of its strengths because we are so guarded by its dangers. There has to be balance between the two. Lanier takes up the discussion of this balance between the power and danger of the collective and the individual. He argues for both collectivism and individualism.

Lanier argues that the strength of the internet is the people behind it. The danger, he argues, comes in elevating the technology above the human, that is, elevating the internet and giving it power which it ultimately does not have and behind which individuals (especially those doing despicable things) can hide.

Race and Technology

By js, 13 January, 2010, No Comment

www.nytimes.com
Over the last 15 years, the percentage and the number of black and Mexican-American students at law schools have fallen.

www.nytimes.com
YouTube. Facebook. The Kindle. Now a tablet. New technology is creating new generation gaps.
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Remedial Writing Courses at a Community College

By js, 13 January, 2010, No Comment

from http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=15303

“Write Like College”: How Remedial Writing Courses at a Community College and a Research University Position “At-Risk” Students in the Field of Higher Education


by M. Kate Callahan & Donalda Chumney — 2009

Background/Context: Twenty percent of first-year students in public 4-year institutions and 42% of first-year students in public 2-year institutions in the United States enroll in remedial courses. Yet despite widespread remediation across U.S. colleges and universities, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about how remedial courses develop the academic skills and habits of mind required for students to succeed in college-level courses. Remediation at the college level is a widely debated practice, yet there is a dearth of research that assesses the efficacy of postsecondary remediation. In addition, there is evidence that student outcomes differ depending on whether students participated in remedial coursework at a community college or a 4-year institution. A theoretical analysis of first-year students’ experiences of remediation in both contexts may help to reveal the institutional structures that act to maintain or reduce this disparity in outcomes.

Racism in Virtual Worlds

By js, 13 January, 2010, No Comment

Racism in Virtual Worlds via Quirkly Black Girls

Two social psychologists from Northwestern University conducted one of the first experimental field studies in a virtual, online world and found racial biases operate in much the same ways that they do in the material, offline world.   The study’s co-investigators are Northwestern’s Paul W. Eastwick, a doctoral student in psychology, and Wendi L. Gardner, associate professor of psychology and member of Northwestern’s Center for Technology and Social Behavior.  The study was conducted in There.com, which is similar to Second Life, and offers users a relatively unstructured online virtual world where people choose avatars – or human-looking graphics – to navigate and interact.

from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080909074104.htm

Real-world Behavior And Bia..pdf

Real-World Behavior And Biases Show Up In Virtual World

ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2008) — Americans are spending increasing amounts of time hanging around virtual worlds in the forms of cartoon-like avatars that change appearances according to users’ wills, fly through floating cities in the clouds and teleport instantly to glowing crystal canyons and starlit desert landscapes.

Mami vs. Mommy

By js, 6 August, 2009, No Comment

The discussion of what is a “mommy” and what is “mami” has emerged.

This discussion has been taken up by Mamita Mala in  Mami Vs. Mommy, Mami’hood vs Motherhood and Hermana Resist in

Have you not seen/read/been transformed by the work of my sisters? and BFP in mamihood versus mommyhood

I like Mamita Mala’s description that

Mami based in my Latina/WOC identity, based in the hypersexualization or the diminishing of my sexuality, based because my mami’hood is a fucking community that I am working every damn moment to create and live in not some marketing tool or playdate

Latinos in Social Media

By js, 4 August, 2009, No Comment

latinosinsocialmediaThe more I have been working and reading online the more that I have realized how much Latinos are doing online. Right now there seems to be a concerted effort to try to create  groups that can help support and promote. It’s not only about using the social media but about organizing around it.

There is the Latinos in Social Media on Facebook, a group whose purpose is to form global connections. This group started not very long ago and it alreaydy has over 1600 members. I joined around June 20th and there were not over 100 people in the group. It has grown exponentially. It also has several founders who are helping to promote it. They had a Twitter party recently on Twitter. The invited all their followerers and they had gifts, raffles. I think that is an interesting way to get people there. The objective was to get people to promote themselves and to promote the group itself. Very interesting use of the media.