A month inside walled gardens

I know the pendulum spirals between "information wants to be free" and "information want to be expensive" and I think we come out at a more expansive level most of the time. It's just that the exclusionary approach makes me nervous.

Singing Hearts from Intrepid Teacher

"A few days ago I started reading The Last Child in the Woods. It sparked in me a sense of panic and guilt about the amount of time my daughter spends outdoors connecting to nature, getting fresh air, and exploring. I decided I wanted us to begin exploring our surroundings together. Even if our immediate... Continue Reading →

Towards a new civic ecology by @henryjenkins

"The contemporary communications system is at once struggling with the threat that many major news outlets which have been the backbone of civic information over the past century are crumbling in the face of competition from new media. We may not be able to count on the traditional newspaper, news magazine or network newscast to... Continue Reading →

What’s the point of journalism school?

"If there's one thing a journalism school expects of its students, it is the ability to pose a tough question. "Orion de Nevers, a freshman at the University of Southern California, serves up this one: Why would anyone major in journalism at all?" Excerpt from NPR My comment: Journalism is (finally) being decoupled from newspapers... Continue Reading →

The revolt of China’s Twittering class via @ethanz

"Twitter has become a powerful tool for Chinese citizens as they increasingly play a role in reporting local news in their communities. But the social revolution brought by microblogging might be even more important than the communication revolution. Indeed, here Chinese Twitter users lead the world, using it for everything from social resistance, civic investigation,... Continue Reading →

With Twitter blocked, Chinese micro-blogging thrives

"China’s 420-million web users have seized on micro-blogging as a new avenue for mass expression in a tightly-controlled information landscape.... "Last year ... China’s censors added Twitter to their list of blocked foreign services amid government accusations that social media were used to fan deadly ethnic unrest in northwestern China in July 2009. "But several... Continue Reading →

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