Archive for March, 2006

From the air

Thursday, March 30th, 2006



Public Sphere and Public Opinion

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

“By ‘public sphere’ we mean first of all a domain of our social life in which such a thing as public opinion can be formed. ”


Online organising, real world responses, new world consequences

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

From Tracey Benson, (thanks Howard!):

This paper will focus on the relevance of online mailing lists and independent media sites to foster discussion and rally action around a particular cause. In particular I will be focusing on the refugee activst movement in Australia over the last 5 years and discuss some of the potential implications of the new Anti-Terrorist laws on this movement.

Web 1.0 syllabus

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

From Prof. McCormick’s class:

The central question for this course is if or how the Internet changes the politics of the world in which we live. For our purposes, politics will be defined broadly to include issues such as identity, organization, stratification, and relative power. We will put this question into an historical context, compare the Internet with other media, and consider international implications. We will review the utopian expectations that some held at the birth of the Internet, the cynical expectations of their detractors, and allow for the possibility of creative and unexpected answers.


Inside and Outside

Monday, March 20th, 2006

“Inside and outside are inseparable. The world is wholly inside and I am wholly outside of myself.”


Antonio Gramsci and informal education

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

This is resistance:

If the hegemony of the ruling capitalist class resulted from an ideological bond between the rulers and the ruled, what strategy needed to be employed? The answer to those questions was that those who wished to break that ideological bond had to build up a ‘counter hegemony’ to that of the ruling class. They had to see structural change and ideological change as part of the same struggle. The labour process was at the core of the class struggle but it was the ideological struggle that had to be addressed if the mass of the people were to come to a consciousness that allowed them to question their political and economic masters right to rule. It was popular consensus in civil society that had to be challenged and in this we can see a role for informal education.


The point of Panopticon

Friday, March 17th, 2006

The point of Panopticon is to train individuals to see themselves as being seen.

“He who is subjected to a field of visibility. and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constrains of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection.” In general, individuals are complicit in the process of their self-formation and they learn to normalize themselves.


Derrida is wrong

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Death is NOT only a word.

An infinite life

would lack the sense for

what matters


Breaking away from the page metaphor

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Bryan Alexander wrote:

Rather than following the notion of the Web as book, they are predicated on microcontent. Blogs are about posts, not pages. Wikis are streams of conversation, revision, amendment, and truncation. Podcasts are shuttled between Web sites, RSS feeds, and diverse players. These content blocks can be saved, summarized, addressed, copied, quoted, and built into new projects. Browsers respond to this boom in microcontent with bookmarklets in toolbars, letting users fling something from one page into a Web service that yields up another page. AJAX-style pages feed content bits into pages without reloading them, like the frames of old but without such blatant seams. They combine the widely used, open XML standard with Java functions.3 Google Maps is a popular example of this, smoothly drawing directional information and satellite imagery down into a browser.


Sunday, March 12th, 2006

“A person engaged in networking is not a roaming nomad, but someone who keeps a home base. ” – Jan Van Dijk