Comments for … My heart’s in Accra http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Sun, 07 Aug 2016 04:08:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Comment on That’s _Professor_ Bozo to you, Pal by web: That’s _Professor_ Bozo to you, Pal | nbx.mx http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/05/10/thats-_professor_-bozo-to-you-pal/comment-page-1/#comment-6383503 Sun, 07 Aug 2016 04:08:00 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5272#comment-6383503 […] nublaxity — May 10, 2016 […]

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Comment on The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck? by Итан Цукерман: как использовать технологии, чтобы не навредить http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6383418 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:14:39 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6383418 […] Сидоренко перевел и обобщил размышления Итана Цукермана, директора Центра гражданских медиа […]

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Comment on Rooftop solar, and the four levers of social change by Rooftop solar, and the four levers of social change | Shashwat Cleantech – The Blog http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/03/25/rooftop-solar-and-the-four-levers-of-social-change/comment-page-1/#comment-6383105 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:28:37 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5259#comment-6383105 […] Source: http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/03/25/rooftop-solar-and-the-four-levers-of-social-change/ […]

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Comment on Insurrectionist Civics in the Age of Mistrust by Rooftop solar, and the four levers of social change | Shashwat Cleantech – The Blog http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2015/10/19/insurrectionist-civics-in-the-age-of-mistrust/comment-page-1/#comment-6383104 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:27:59 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5207#comment-6383104 […] written a lot about this “inverted Lessig” framework – this talk at Syracuse is a good introduction if you’d like to hear […]

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Comment on The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck? by Homepage http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382868 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 03:14:17 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382868 … [Trackback]

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Comment on The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck? by Ashley Shew http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382836 Sat, 09 Jul 2016 14:02:18 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382836 You ask for suggestions of what to read and activities for students at one point in this article. I teach a class on technology and disability at Virginia Tech, and we spend a lot of time talking about how design goes wrong in the context of disability. For so many items, designers unveil with a great flourish and lots of media hype, and then those items do not end up in wide use due to an array of factors. Or, they do end up in wide use to the detriment of disability cultures or destruction of disabled lives. Or, the very ways they are presented are ableist and reinforce tired tropes that invoke pity or heroic overcoming in the context of disability. Or, it’s a great thing, but with no infrastructure to allow people to use and enjoy it.

Two things that I think are great, particularly on this topic, are exoskeletons and cochlear implants. To look at some of the really passionate writing by disabled people about exoskeleton projects — and how many of these projects reinforce bias against the people they purport to serve — really blows a lot of students away. Bill Peace has some great articles on his blog about it. I also have a Harriet McBryde Johnson reading with this unit that I read aloud on the first day of class that talks about resenting the well-meaning people who want to fix the character (it’s a novel).

The second topic that captivates students is the study of the cochlear implant and its reception (and the protest it caused). _Sound and Fury_ is an older documentary, but it still really engages people on the topic in a personal way, and, added to more recent writing about Deaf community with some recent media coverage of Nyle DiMarco’s stance on sign language, it could bring a lot out in discussion with students who don’t necessarily have a background in disability studies.

Anyway, best of luck. My whole reading list can be found here: techanddisability.com. I’ll be changing it up a bit in the next month or so before my next semester starts. Best wishes on your own course.

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Comment on Insurrectionist Civics in the Age of Mistrust by 506 People Have Been Shot and Killed by Police in America So Far This Year | Newsbunch http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2015/10/19/insurrectionist-civics-in-the-age-of-mistrust/comment-page-1/#comment-6382795 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:23:12 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5207#comment-6382795 […] we’ve come to mistrust or the new ones we’re building today,” he wrote in a blog post last year. “When the Black Panthers were founded in Oakland, CA in the late 1960s, they were […]

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Comment on That’s _Professor_ Bozo to you, Pal by quixote http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/05/10/thats-_professor_-bozo-to-you-pal/comment-page-1/#comment-6382703 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 08:35:30 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5272#comment-6382703 You look *totally* professorial. Because you are. Good for MIT for recognizing that.

Being annoyed, or in my case sort of strangely put off, reminds me of a very polite, hardworking recent immigrant from Central America in one of my classes in New Orleans. He always addressed me as “Teacher.” And, yes, you could hear the capital letter.

I tried to tell him once, or maybe twice, that Dr. GrumpyBioProf would be the way to go, but he just couldn’t take to it. It obviously felt too familiar. So Teacher it was for the rest of the semester.

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Comment on The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck? by Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-06-26 – Bionic Teaching http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382696 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:55:28 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382696 […] The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems t… how do we help smart, well-meaning people address social problems in ways that make the world better, not worse? In other words, is it possible to get beyond both a naïve belief that the latest technology will solve social problems and a reaction that rubbishes any attempt to offer novel technical solutions as inappropriate, insensitive and misguided? Can we find a synthesis in which technologists look at their work critically and work closely with the people they’re trying to help in order to build sociotechnical systems that address hard problems? […]

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Comment on The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck? by heresiarch http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382695 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:59:05 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382695 If you haven’t read “The Zimbabwe Bush Pump: Mechanics of a Fluid Technology”, well, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has amazing insight into the relationships between technology, inventors, and communities.

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