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This is the work of a teacher a had at my University, that helps to answer one of the debates we had during the workshop on if we should or shouldn't allow every single kind of activism, even if it is harmful or violent against others http://rapidshare.com/files/447248828/pluralismo.pdf
Kara
Part of telling stories is also providing commentary and creating iterations of stories that ring true to our cultures. For our group which focused on the word "networking" we decided to adapt "El Chavo del Ocho" or the "The Boy of Apartment #8", a Mexican television sitcom that is well-known in Latin America for satirizing class, rural and urban issues and other issues around modernity. We chose a classroom scene where "digital natives" could teach and welcome new members into the family. We are sharing the script "El Chavo del Ocho y El Network" so you read our own version of it here.
In Trinidad, there is a local cellular phone provider named Bmobile. When Trinidad began phasing out TDMA cellular technology in favor of GSM, they already had a monopoly on the cellular market, In fact, they are a subsiduary of the major telecommunications service in Trinidad & Tobago. All this is back-story, however. The important thing is that they spend more than twice as much as their only cellular phone competitor on television and radio advvertisements. Not on a fancy website with engaging possibilities, or penetrative social media alternatives, or even a better service (which, mind you, isn't perfect). They spend twice as much as their rival does on commercials. The jury is still out on whether television commercials are indeed effective in informing consumer opinion, but the verdict on the capabilities of digital media has long been announced. The gifts of the internet allow the audience to not only see the information that businesses want them to see, but to engage...
In 2006, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary included the word “google” as a verb. What is the meaning of “to google”? In Wikipedia says: “the transitive verb to google refers to using the Google search engine to obtain information on the Web.” The last week, we talked about five key words that determine “how do you spell process?” One of the words: “representation” didn’t have a discussion group, because most of us thought that representation is a very ambiguous topic. Now, If you google the meaning of representation, you will find multiple curious definitions. For example this: representation is “a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image.” What is the meaning of digital natives? Can we do a representation about us? In the book, Meaning and Representation, Emma Borg, professor of philosophy at University of Reading, writes: “a definite description is sometimes defined as a term which consists of the definite article by a noun-phrase. The death of Socrates (or...
Paola
Al recordar Santiago de Chile, desde Perú, es inevitable pensar en las diferencias económicas que existen entre ambos países de fronteras geográficas colindantes y consumos culturales semejantes. Cada moneda de nuevo sol peruano que echo hoy de menos en mi bolsillo me invita a utilizar la aritmética para multiplicar, dividir y hacer aquellas inevitables comparaciones entre productos adquiridos por necesidad y vanidad en Chile y los que de mejor calidad podría adquirir por ese mismo precio en mi vanidosa ciudad llamada Lima y sus anexos culturales crecientes en las 25 regiones que tiene hoy el Perú, sobre todo si se trata del “pan diario de cada día”.   Quizás una primera visita a Santiago de Chile, donde una parte de sus jóvenes ciudadanos lejos están de sentir que viven en el mal llamado “1er mundo”, no amerite tanta alharaca y menos un post en este blog que aumentará...
While working on the beginnings of the 'Doh Do Death' campaign, I was asked to meet a friend of mine at Red House, where Parliament sits to debate bills. While I was standing there waiting, I had the pleasure of meeting a man named Ishmael Samad, a.k.a. 'Sledge', at the nearby Woodford Square. He's a 35-year lone wolf of an activist. The second thing he's known for in Trinidad is attacking the front gate of a white-collar criminal with a sledgehammer (hence 'Sledge'). The first thing he's known for is his annual Christmas death penalty abolition protest in front of the Port-of-Spain jail, holding the sign "Peace on Earth and Godwill to ALL men..." He's been campaigning single-handedly against the death penalty for more than 15 years. He has stood before the Red House, like that day I met him, on more than one occasion, and he claims he has been assaulted and had his placards destroyed by police and passersby. When I met him, he was...
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love? is a short story by American writer Raymond Carver. Inside his narrative, we know the love experiences by four friends: Mel, Terri, Laura and Nick. At the end of the story, no one can define for itself what is that feeling called “love.” As digital natives, the “identity” topic is something, apparently, part of our lives, as absolute fact. but I want to ask: we really talk about our digital philosophy? Like Carver, I wonder: What we talk when we talk about “digital identity”? Latin-American people really enjoy think over and over again about the whole semantic meaning of words. The difference between Carver and me is in the end of this story. In our theme about "digital identity", I want to conclude at least with one idea. My emotional education teacher, Joan Ferres, once time told me: "Nobody has the right not only to legitimize definitions, but also the particular need to propose concepts." “I am myself and my circumstances” wrote Ortega...
At the recent Oscar Awards ceremony, a movie called The Social Network was racing to be the best picture of the year. About this film’ representation, Wikipedia says: “As of January 2011, Facebook has more than 600 million active users… According to Social Media Today, in April 2010 an estimated 41.6% of the U.S. population had a Facebook account.” If you see these numbers, you probably think: “now, everyone gets involved inside internet… perhaps, all we are the social network.” My final February week, before Oscar ceremony, I travelled to Cuba, at the Havana city, to participate inside a symposium about women, literature and empowerment. To have a digital native practice , the Hotel Presidente, charged me three CUCs (almost three dollars) to use internet… only half hour. Again...all people are within internet society? This entire context just to refer: “I believe universal internet access should be a right in the digital age” Now we have just an idea, but…how to make it...