Monthly Archives: August 2008

links for 2008-08-30

"Reinventing Knowledge" | Salon Books Review of "Reinventing Knowledge" by McNeely and Wolverton – includes an intriguing parallel between the "society of letters" that characterized scholarly discourse in the 1600s and the world of the web. (Stephenson got there first…) … Continue reading

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“Plakado”, Journey and cultural disconnects

I’ve been researching stories that help demonstrate how the Internet has helped people make connections across cultural boundaries… and the ways in which it’s fallen short of its potential to do so. One of the stories that’s fascinated me is … Continue reading

Posted in Developing world, Media | 8 Comments

No barbecue for Al Jazeera. Plenty of death metal, though.

“But enough about me. What do you think about me?” That old joke was my response to the idea that Global Voices might choose to cover the 2008 US Presidential election. When Rebecca and I began discussing the Global Voices … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Media | 8 Comments

Blogger “failures” in the Georgian war, and the rise of citizen propaganda

As Russia slowly pulls out of Georgia and the world of foreign policy wonks contemplates how the Olympics War will change the geopolitical map of the Caucuses, the world of citizen media is busily evaluating its (our?) own performance. Two … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Global Voices, Media, Personal | 14 Comments

Memories of Arcade Dreams

It’s a dangerous practice to start one’s day with BoingBoing – it’s far too easy to lose a couple of hours exploring a thread touched on in one of the fantastic foursome’s excellent posts. Mark Frauenfelder points to an excellent … Continue reading

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Mugabe heckled: a new day for Parliament in Zimbabwe?

Once you’ve thrown an election, the preferred next step is to return matters to normalcy, dissipating the anger of those who opposed you by making your leadership appear routine and inevitable. That’s been Robert Mugabe’s plan in Zimbabwe. As talks … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Africa News | 6 Comments

WE Magazine

My friend Ulrike Reinhard has just released the first issue of WE Magazine, a fascinating labor of love that explores issues of collaboration and identity, while challenging the notion of what consitutes a magazine. WE is available for purchase or … Continue reading

Posted in Global Voices, Media | 3 Comments

links for 2008-08-23

Bloggers of the world, let's shop! | The Australian A nice version of the "online access doesn't equal democratic revolution" argument from Antony Lowenstein – "The young online tribe is more interested in discussing sex, drugs and rock'n'roll than political … Continue reading

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links for 2008-08-22

Bloggers of the world, let's shop! | The Australian A nice version of the "online access doesn't equal democratic revolution" argument from Antony Lowenstein – "The young online tribe is more interested in discussing sex, drugs and rock'n'roll than political … Continue reading

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You go to war with the data you have

Academic research, at its best, is about asking interesting questions and then designing experiments to answer them. One of the toughest challenges is designing experiments that are both possible and capable of answering the question at hand. The gap between … Continue reading

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