Archive for April, 2006

Fresh fish service

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Fish1

Customers (most of them) from China

Fish2

Workers (some of them) from Mexico

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An ambitious title

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

and an inspiring talk:

How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

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The Future of Information

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Signal?-Data?-Information?-Knowledge?

Whatever, it is the I School now.

Listen to the kick off penal here.

Specific concrete actions

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Shanthi and Taylor wrote: “The issue of the Internet’s impact on authoritarian regimes is a subset of the larger question of ICT use in developing country politics.

In reality, specific concrete actions are most important for the promotion of democracy, in both the technological and nontechnological sphere. ”

The power of rules

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Rules are, first of all, constitutive expressions. They (often implicitly) tell us what exists, in what measure, and in what relation.

Also there are regulative rules. Often more formal and explicit, they regulate social behavior inside the structured, prescribed (constituted) reality by specifying guiding and sanctioning human activity in particular ways.

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Of course, he takes a critical stance.

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

From SignandSight: (Thanks Howard!)

“Use of the Internet has both broadened and fragmented the contexts of communication. This is why the Internet can have a subversive effect on intellectual life in authoritarian regimes. But at the same time, the less formal, horizontal cross-linking of communication channels weakens the achievements of traditional media. This focuses the attention of an anonymous and dispersed public on select topics and information, allowing citizens to concentrate on the same critically filtered issues and journalistic pieces at any given time. The price we pay for the growth in egalitarianism offered by the Internet is the decentralised access to unedited stories. In this medium, contributions by intellectuals lose their power to create a focus.”

夜 – 屈子

Friday, April 14th, 2006

……

出不入兮往不反
平原忽兮路超
带长剑兮挟秦弓
首身离兮心不

既勇兮又以武
终刚强兮不可陵
身既死兮神以灵
魂魄毅兮
鬼雄
……..

More is different

Friday, April 14th, 2006

How does individual opinion aggregate to collective public opinion on the Net?

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Rain in Berkeley

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Hsquare

Sunshine on Harvard Square.

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读雪

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

土尔其咖啡
四周散落着陌生的

你感到安全
舒适

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