Cyberculture

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By Nishant Shah June 16, 2014 - 10:31am Comments
The inherent tension in the world of the social web is between hiding and revealing. In the post-Snowden era that we live in, there is a collective public anxiety about how much of our selves is known by government databases, social network algorithms, and big data analytics that are creating profiles of every action, every transaction, every flick of the eye and stroke of the key, as we go our merry way on the Internet.
The Selfie and the Self: Part 1 – Hiding and Revealing Blog Image
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By John Jones July 18, 2013 - 10:15am Comments
In a recent piece at Locus, Cory Doctorow argues: Computers are the children of the human race’s mind, and as they become intimately involved in new aspects of our lives, we keep stumbling into semantic minefields, where commonly understood terms turn out to have no single, well-agreed-upon meaning across all parts of society.
Teaching Digital Culture
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By Raquel Recuero June 11, 2012 - 3:15pm Comments
Several new projects are trying to use cyberspace as a platform to help citizens build an information network and share information about their cities. One effort that has achieved significant traction is PortoAlegre.cc, a platform for the citizens of Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil to interact, share information about their city, and mobilize for cause.
Porto Alegre.cc: Giving A City Back to Its Citizens Blog Image
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By John Jones December 8, 2011 - 11:25am Comments
One of the most pervasive features of computing culture are algorithms, the sets of processes or instructions contained in computer code that determine how a particular task will be completed. While algorithms power everything from your automatic coffee maker to your smart phone, because they are frequently hidden from their users, it can be easy to ignore these algorithms and their impact on how we gain access to information.
Digital Literacy: Search Algorithms are Mechanical Turks Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph September 1, 2011 - 9:55am Comments
If you haven’t yet heard about Minecraft, then get ready. We can’t go to an education conference without hearing talk about it. The widely popular sandbox game has sold more than 3 million units, though it’s still in beta. Each player gets their own world to “mine” for resources and then “craft” those resources to build whatever they imagine.
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By Barry Joseph June 4, 2011 - 10:40am Comments
The National Writing Project has launched a fantastic new web site, Digital Is, to build a community amongst educators exploring how the digital age is changing how we write, share, collaborate, publish and participate in the digital age. More importantly, what does this mean for the teaching of writing? The site offers resources, news and discussions. It is fairly new, so check it out and consider being part of building this community.
Share, Grow, Do:
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By Howard Rheingold April 28, 2011 - 4:00pm Comments
If Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, originally germinated out of fun and impulse, the next stage was more scary-serious. As soon as I took people's money and started telling the world about my intentions, I was obligated as well as motivated to make it work – not just to deliver a rich set of learning materials, but to conjure actual social learning magic.
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By John Jones April 14, 2011 - 8:10am Comments
Robots are always in the news, it seems. Whether they are serving as caregivers for the elderly or helping solve the Japanese nuclear crisis, robots are becoming an increasingly important part of contemporary life. Even though we all don't yet own a personal robot assistant, there is a way in which automated processes are part of all of our lives: in the many bots that make the data structures of the Internet possible.
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By Raquel Recuero March 24, 2011 - 12:55pm Comments
A viral video of an Australian boy retaliating against a bully at school has sharply ratcheted up offline and online discussions of cyberbullying. On websites in numerous countries, young and old alike have recounted their own bullying problems and there's a sense that this is an universal phenomena.
Cyberbullying: An International Perspective Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph March 15, 2011 - 3:00pm Comments
At the top of the must-read list this month is "How the Internet Gets Inside Us," an article by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnick who offers an insightful overview of the range of opinions found in recent books regarding the shifting relationship between humans and technology. He categorizes books about the Internet into the Never-Betters, the Better-Nevers, and the Ever-Wasers.
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By Liz Losh March 1, 2011 - 4:35pm Comments
This semester, MIT professor Fox Harrell is teaching an ambitious new course on “Identity Representation” that includes studying identities adopted in computer games and social network sites.  In the course description posted online, Harrell explains that he is more broadly interested in getting students to “look at how humans express multiple identities for different purposes both in the real world and
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By Raquel Recuero February 24, 2011 - 1:35pm Comments
Orkut was the first major social networking service to arrive in Brazil and it has just passed the seven-year mark. Although several other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are growing in popularity, Orkut maintains a strong leadership position and it is still growing. It’s intriguing to explore how and why Orkut established such a strong foothold on the Internet in a country that didn’t have high Internet adoption rates when Orkut first arrived in January 2004.
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By Howard Rheingold February 21, 2011 - 11:05am Comments
Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, grew out of a desire to follow the fun and act on impulse. When I impulsively tweeted  a couple of weeks ago, "Anyone willing to pay $100 for five-week Intro to Mind Amplifiers course?" I was long-practiced in the art of riding the waves of personal impulse. In fact, the most productive learning trails I've followed or blazed in life started with singular impulses that fulfill life-long interests but were triggered by superficial, even accidental proximate causes.
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By Barry Joseph February 3, 2011 - 8:15am Comments
Global Kids points us to important new resources in the digital media and learning field each month. "It's how you play the game" (article): Followers of games and education are familiar with the opening last year in New York City of Quest to Learn (Q2L), the new 6-12 school. What is lesser known is the Ein Hayam Experimental School in Haifa, Israel, whose games-based pedagogy within this working class community of both Jews and Arabs is now five years old. While this past fall's New York Times profile of Q2L highlights the high energy of the school, this excellent overview of Ein Hayam takes the opposite approach: "Everything was so calm, relaxed and focused − hardly the typical atmosphere of an Israeli school." Devoid of the typical anti-game prejudice often found within U.S. press, this overview and interview with the school principal offers an excellent introduction.
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By Raquel Recuero January 24, 2011 - 6:35am Comments
The massive adoption of digital media in the everyday life of teens has reshaped social and educational practices in Latin America. A digital divide persists but youth are increasingly more connected. In Chile, for example, more than 96 percent of all students have Internet access. In Brazil, almost 80 percent of the population between 16 and 24 years and almost 70 percent of those aged 10 to 15 accessed the Internet in 2009. With that kind of penetration, digital media is creating new ways to understand literacy, learning, reading, and especially, writing. Far from hurting the writing practices for youth, digital media seems to be creating a far more complex and compelling space for them to flourish.
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By Jeff Brazil December 27, 2010 - 3:00pm Comments
The DML Central blog is just over a year old, and the close of 2010 marks our first full year of publishing thought leadership from our featured bloggers and highlighting best practices in the emerging field of digital media and learning. It has been an inspiring adventure. Thanks in large part to our growing community, we have learned a great deal about collaboration, conversation, and exploration in digital media and learning in the past year -- lessons we will apply in the redesign of this site and the creation of new Web resources in 2011. Meanwhile, we wanted to share the top five blog posts for 2010. Based on our Web analytics, which we track closely to help determine what is important to the practitioners, researchers, policymakers, parents, students and others who visit DML Central, these were the posts that were accessed the most during the course of this past year: 1. Digital Media & Learning Conference 2011 by Katie Salen In this post, Professor Katie Salen, the chair of our second annual Digital Media and Learning conference to be held in Long Beach, Mar. 3-5, 2011, introduces the theme of this year's conference, Designing Learning Futures, and announces the keynote addresses by Alice Taylor, Commissioning Editor for Education at Channel 4, BBC, and Muki Hansteen-Izora, Senior Design Researcher and Strategist with the Product Research and Incubation division of Intel's Digital Health Group. The 2011 conference theme is rooted in the deep rethinking in education and learning ushered in by the accessibility of digital and networked tools for young people. This new networked learning ecology has been cause of both concern and celebration, and it demands a transformation in how we think about, and design for, learning.
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By danah boyd December 7, 2010 - 8:20am Comments
Sometimes, things aren't what they appear to be.  And, in those cases, jumping to the wrong conclusion can be a disservice to everyone.  After I first wrote about Formspring seven months ago, I couldn't stop thinking about teens who chose to respond to vicious or harassing questions (since only responses are ever posted publicly).  Listening to teens, I had concluded that many out there were trying to prove that they were tough and could handle anything.  And I've continued to hear that story in the field.  But as I started looking into the negative commentary on teens' pages, I felt like I didn't have the full explanation.
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By Cathy Davidson November 23, 2010 - 2:45pm Comments
If you read the newspapers of the early twentieth century, you realize that everyone was fretting then about the “horseless carriage.”  They were positive that the new technology of an automobile that drove itself would push humans beyond their natural, God-given, biological limits.  They worried it would not be safe because human attention and reflexes were not created to handle so much information flying past the windshield.  That debate reached a crescendo in 1904 when the Hollywood film director, Harry Myers, received the world’s first speeding ticket for rushing down the streets of Dayton, Ohio, at death-defying speed.  He was going twelve miles per hour.  By 1930, pundits had calmed down about the automobile being too fast for the human brain and human reflexes but then Motorola came up with a handy new invention called the dashboard radio and that started a new round of worry.  How could anyone pay attention to the roadway with music or commentary or radio soap operas distracting their attention?  So now, again, we are at one of those moments of rapid technological change when attention again has our attention.
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By danah boyd November 15, 2010 - 10:45am Comments
Ever had one of dem days you wish woulda stayed home / Run into a group of niggas who getting they hate on / You walk by they get wrong you reply then shit get blown / Way outta proportion way past discussion / Just you against them, pick one then rush em / Figure you get jumped here thats next / They don't wanna stop there now they bustin / Now you gushin, ambulance rushin you to the hospital / with a bad concussion / Plus ya hit 4 times bullet hit ya spine paralyzed waist down / now ya wheel chair bound / Never mind that now you lucky to be alive. - T.I. "Dead and Gone" Sometimes, I feel like I'm living in parallel universes. I attend conferences and hear from parents and journalists who are talking about the bullying pandemic. And then I talk with teenagers about their social dramas, producing the interactions that adults identify as bullying. I hear from well-meaning adults about how they want to create interventions to help teenagers with bullying. And then I hear teens complain about the assemblies and messaging that they're forced to listen to that don't even begin to resonate with them. Whenever I talk to folks about bullying, I'm forced to confront the fact that adults and teens are talking past one another. And then I hear songs like T.I.'s "Dead and Gone" that capture the escalation at the most extreme sense and hope that teens are taking home the core message of the song, which T.I. captures simply as "I won that fight, I lost that war." The cultural logic underpinning bullying is far more complex than most adults realize. And technology is not radically changing what's happening; it's simply making what's happening far more visible. If we want to combat bullying, we need to start by understanding the underlying dynamics. And we need to approach interventions with an evaluation-based mindset. We won't know how to stop bullying and no amount of legislation requiring education is going to do squat until we actually find intervention mechanisms that work. And that starts with understanding what's happening.
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By Barry Joseph September 1, 2010 - 8:25am Comments
Editor's note: Global Kids does a great job mining the 24/7 flow of resources coming out of the digital media and learning field. They share some of their favorites each month. Please tell us what you're reading or watching and why others should as well! How do we pick what to put on this list? Often, when we come across something more than once, from different sources, we usually know we're on to something fast becoming a meme. A video, "Daniel Pink: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," is one of them. The author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future gave a talk on the nature of motivation, a subject that in and of itself is interesting. However, the video is someone illustrating the audio of the talk, as if in real time. The presentation is as intriguing as the subject matter.
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