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The Latino Blogosphere

By js, 28 January, 2010, No Comment

Long list of Latin@ bloggers

BlogWorld 2009 had the innovative idea of hosting a multicultural panel.  A clear sign of vision and pulse of the current situation in the U.S.A.  I had the honor to be invited by Jose Villa from Sensis to represent the fastest growing group both online and offline: The Latino(a)s!  During the session, I was often asked about the Latino blogosphere.  What do we blog about? Which language do we use? Where are we? And so forth.  This post is an attempt to answer  these questions.

Sandoval and Technology

By js, 27 January, 2010, No Comment

Dialogues between Paul Virilio and Chela Sandoval.

“This quest for subversion through situated and embodied utopian and imaginative rhetoric devices is then, in my opinion, exactly at work in Sandoval’s Methodology of the Oppressed. Her use of an imaginative and utopian discourse on new technologies and her conflation of the techniques-for-moving-energy of the oppressed with certain new technologies should therefore best be understood as originating from an attempt to re-appropriate these technologies and discourses for the female US third world subaltern. This puts a creative hybrid feminist/anti-racist subject at the centre of the technological debate. Similarly, she creates a situated utopian vision of love in a postmodern world, where she reclaims the traditionally hetero-romantic concept of love for anti-racist feminist purposes. Where Kendrick’s text still remained within the register of European subjectivities, and Deleuze and Guattari are not clear about what the re-centring on a non-Eurocentric subject might look like, Sandoval thus vitally rewrites and re-imagines in “New Sciences”, “US Third World Feminism” and in  Methodology both feminist history and the history of new technologies. She does this in order to validate US third world feminist knowledges, so as to make this feminism an integral part of (previously white, Western) hegemonic feminism and of discourses on globalisation and new technologies. This appropriation of (new) technologies invokes new subjectivities that are hybrid in superseding previous modernist and humanist dichotomies of first versus third world, human versus machine, real versus virtual, culture versus nature and male versus female. Interestingly, Sandoval creates this double de- and reconstructive move, in which we can again recognise many arguments of Haraway’s “A Manifesto for Cyborgs”, through partially taking on board Fredric Jameson’s analyses on the postmodern late-capitalist condition, but vigorously rejecting his modernist Eurocentric nostalgia. Her biggest objection to Jameson is indeed the “limits of [his] imaginary” (19) which result eventually in a “Jamesonian eulogy” that merely seeks to reinstall certain modern hegemonic conditions, similar to Virilio’s lament. In this case then, only a taking on board of the astute analyses of present-day connections, combined with a situated imaginative rejection of this subject of modernism from the point of view of the marginalised, can provide us with the tools to overcome the structural power relations under attack. Such a strategy of technology coincides with Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of technology as both conveying representational contents in line with its dominant choices and developments. It also contributes to, as they coin it, “new assemblages of enunciation” (Soft Subversions 133) through the desires of the oppressed.”

Reliability and Validity in Research

By js, 27 January, 2010, No Comment

We suggest that by focusing on strategies to establish trustworthiness (Guba and Lincoln’s 1981 term for rigor1) at the end of the study, rather than focusing on processes verification during the study, the investigator runs the risk of missing serious threats to the reliability and validity until it is too late to correct them. (3-4)

The purpose of this article is to reestablish reliability and validity as appropriate to qualitative inquiry; to identify the problems created by post hoc assessments of qualitative research; to review general verification strategies in relation to qualitative research, and to discuss the implications of returning the responsibility for the attainment of reliability and validity to the investigator. (4)

Presentation on Blogs as Knowledge Logs

By js, 27 January, 2010, No Comment

New Research Summit: “A study of online citizen reviews”

Keynote by Lisa Ede. On May 12, 2006 a group of featured speakers interactively explored the new media as teaching tool and object of study for writing teachers, including: online discourse communities, online publication, literacy, and the ethical dimension of this collaborative medium.

Thanks to Jaime M. for pointing me to this.

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

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
Over the last 15 years, the percentage and the number of black and Mexican-American students at law schools have fallen.
YouTube. Facebook. The Kindle. Now a tablet. New technology is creating new generation gaps.
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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.


By js, 26 November, 2008, No Comment


Skills which can’t be outsourced

By js, 8 November, 2008, No Comment

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future — D. Pink

the six senses according to Daniel Pink needed for success in new economy

from Interview the Daniel Pink

design -create something that has usefulness and meaning and significance. CEOs, Proctor and Gamble, “its all design.” design of waiting room, the prescription bottle,

how do you do that on daily basis; get a design journal/notebook and carry it around, once a day writee an instance of good design and a bad design; all interaction is a design decision; everything has a design decision at the heart of it; help people become literate

story -we need not just facts, finding a fact does not matter as much, put facts in context and deliver them wiith emotional impact; we see world as series of episodes and not logical propositions; story is how we see the world; narration banished as soft, and not serious in our society; it is now migrating into the marketplace; only through story that you build connection, so people feel something and they only want to do something after they feel something; story as a way to move people; not as much as logical or argument but narration; “what happened next?” is the question

symphony –the ability to see the big picture, connect the dots, combine disperate things into something new; best predictor of star performance; see proportion, light/shadow, relationship b/w things, negative space

empathy — needed to move into conceptual right brain; go into someone else’s shoes, see through their eyes;

play — games are the new literature of this generation like movies were the literature of the past generation; nature of gaming is interesting; creating video game, story games, design, empathizing with character, creating something; teaches certain cognitive skills; kids need mixed diet of learning activities

meaning — everyone wants meaning; an audience and validation; can conversations about meaning because of the abundance we are experiencing; we no longer have to fight for survival; generation of baby boomers who are aging and who have time and begin the search for meaning can create powerful impact; why are we here?; what’s it all about?;

those who have these abilities will be flourishing; those who are in the conversation are shaping the experience; it all begins with a few people who are having a conversation which leads to a Conversation