Welcome to 1 December 2010 – Just 20 days until winter!

Let’s start December with an old favorite:

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/electronic-publications/stay-free/ml/index.html

And let’s talk about this —

and here he is discussing his most important thoughts —

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/howard_rheingold_on_collaboration.html

Remember blogs in shape by this Friday!!!

It’s time we had a discussion. Yesterday, we had a look at the dangers of media… it’s threat to individuality, how each medium challenges our minds, the problem of distraction… Remember what the great magician Meryln said?

The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” From T.H. White, The Once and Future King…

If the answer to the dangers posed by media is learning, the solution to keeping us from becoming slaves to media, peons to big business, victims of government misdirection is education… Let’s think about how we might use media to probe the future of education…

Here’s the guy who runs Technorati explaining how we arrived in Mass Comm class –

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/peter_hirshberg_on_tv_and_the_web.html

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