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Mother Jones. Alternative Media. Movie Best of Lists. The top 25 must-see movies of 2012 - Den of Geek - StumbleUpon. Update: You can now find out list of the top 25 must-see movies of 2013 here.And our 25 must-see movies of 2014 are here.

The top 25 must-see movies of 2012 - Den of Geek - StumbleUpon

As 2011 draws to a close, one eye is inevitably on the treats that are lying ahead for 2012. With that in mind, we've got our line-up of, as things stands, the 25 films that are brightest on our radar. Now, a couple of disclaimers. There are films that haven't made the cut here simply because we don't know a fat lot about them yet, or at least not enough to get us fired up. Jack The Giant Killer, Rise Of The Guardians, Red Tails, Chronicle and Dark Shadows all fit into that category. Plus there are the films that we suspect will turn out strongly, but what we've seen of them so far hasn't blown us away (Brave, Skyfall).

We've also had to exclude films that have already had a release in either the UK or the US. However, that's still left us with a lot of tasty cinema.

Crowdsource legislation

Susan Fourtane - Finland Begins Crowdsourced Legislation. iPad for Teaching & Learning. Eurozone. Arab Spring. A year later, Bouazizi's legacy still burns. Protesters carry a coffin draped in the Tunisian flag representing martyr Mohamed Bouazizi on January 24, 2011 in Tunis, Tunisia.

A year later, Bouazizi's legacy still burns

Former Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali (R) talks with Syrian President Bashar al- Al Assad (L) in Tunis on July 12, 2010. After three weeks of violent protests over rising unemployment rates, poverty levels, inflation and government repression, Ben Ali fleed the country for Saudi Arabia on January 14. Inhabitants of the central Tunisia region of Sidi Bouzid who slept overnight near the office of the Tunisian Prime Minister in Tunis on January 24, 2011 call for the government to resign. Tunisians hold banners during a rally on February 14, 2011 in Tunis on Valentine's Day celebrating a month of freedom. Bouazizi's brother Salem (L), his mother Manoubia (C) and his sister Leila meet with U.N. Connectivism. Technological networks have transformed prominent businesses sectors: music, television, financial, manufacturing.


Social networks, driven by technological networks, have similarly transformed communication, news, and personal interactions. Education sits at the social/technological nexus of change – primed for dramatic transformative change. In recent posts, I’ve argued for needed systemic innovation. I’d like focus more specifically on how teaching is impacted by social and technological networks.

Curation As A Method of Digital Teaching « All The Young (edu)Punks. George Siemens, Connectivism ruminator, has explored the idea of teacher as a curator previously, and it has come up again today courtesy of a tweet from @hjarche.

Curation As A Method of Digital Teaching « All The Young (edu)Punks

Even though I was a participant in CCK08, and marginally involved in CCK09, I didn’t recall these ideas of what the teacher would become, although I do recall discussing the concept a few times in the chats in Elluminate. Curation is an interesting metaphor for teaching in the new technological environment – gather and display evidence, sometimes in a structured path, and allow conversation to develop from there.

Allow the user/learner to make sense and meaning, then interject to either drive conceptual points further, or provide counter-points. I’d like to think this is what I do, but I’m not so sure. Even though feedback about my teaching is always positive, and people feel that they’ve learned something… I don’t know if that’s true. The World Economy. Occupy Wall Street. OccupyLSX, unruly politics and subversive ruliness. The stay of execution granted to the Occupy the London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) camp outside Saint Paul’s cathedral just before Christmas is over.

OccupyLSX, unruly politics and subversive ruliness

The judge has now granted the Corporation of London’s request for an eviction order. This request drew extensively on accusations of unruliness, and indeed of criminality, and these clearly played a part in the judge’s decision. But we should resist attempts to conflate criminal behaviour taking place around OccupyLSX – an almost inevitable hazard in such a location, and openly recognised as a problem by camp members themselves – with criminal intent on the part of the Occupiers.

Occupy General. How Occupy Co-Opted If you're one of the millions of people who get emails from, then you've probably heard of the "99% Spring.

How Occupy Co-Opted

" Far from another clickable internet petition, it is possibly the largest attempt ever to train people in nonviolent protest techniques. OccupyUSA Central Sources. Militarized to Its Bones – Politics. This post originally appeared at TomDispatch.

Militarized to Its Bones – Politics

These last weeks, there have been two “occupations” in lower Manhattan, one of which has been getting almost all the coverage -- that of the demonstrators camping out in Zuccotti Park. The other, in the shadows, has been hardly less massive, sustained, or in its own way impressive -- the police occupation of the Wall Street area.

On a recent visit to the park, I found the streets around the Stock Exchange barricaded and blocked off to traffic, and police everywhere in every form (in and out of uniform) -- on foot, on scooters, on motorcycles, in squad cars with lights flashing, on horses, in paddy wagons or minivans, you name it. Occupy Congress. NYU to add course on OWS next semester. Occupy Wall Street - Whether you’re in the 99 percent, the 1 percent or attempting to ignore the issue altogether, the Occupy Wall Street movement is a pretty enormous.

Occupy Wall Street -

And now it is an international movement. It is still making the news daily as protesters block traffic, raise voices and make themselves heard. Other OWS pearltrees curators. Assemblies = we__occupy. Issue Eight – 4th January 2012. Email Share 9 Email Share A New Year is a natural time for reflection and planning for change.

Issue Eight – 4th January 2012

Time magazine’s choice of ‘The Protestor’ as person of the year owes much to the gallant struggle of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and Northern Africa - but here in the west, we too have witnessed civil disobedience on a scale not seen for a generation or more. 2011 will be remembered as the year that the people finally stood up to oppressive governments and financial systems the world over. That struggle will continue into 2012 and beyond. There is no doubt that the Occupy movement has already achieved a great deal. For decades the ‘left’ has struggled to put equality at the centre of the political debate.

We must resist any urge to think of Occupy as belonging to 2011 while there is still so much work to be done. Occupy: From Tahrir Square to Wall Street to... Occupy links. Occupy Wall Street and Foreclosures. OWS. OCCUPY: Why It Started. Who's Behind It. What's Next. OCCUPY.

OCCUPY: Why It Started. Who's Behind It. What's Next.

The movement started in early September in a small urban patch on Wall St. and soon the protests spread to other cities -- Los Angeles, Sacramento, Boston, Chicago. It's changed the national conversation, as reflected in the discourse of politics and media. It is perhaps the story of the year. SF, LA Negotiating to Close Occupy Encampments. How Canada's corporate media framed the Occupy movement.

The Occupy movement occupied two parallel, rarely intersecting universes in the corporate media. In one, described frequently in the Toronto Star, occasionally in the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail and only once in the National Post, Occupy is a worldwide movement created in response to the growing gap between the one percent at the top of the income-and-asset pyramid and the 99 percent below. In the Occupy universe largely described by the other papers, Occupy is little more than a rag-tag bunch of ne’er-do-wells with vague—but nevertheless invalid—goals who need to get a job.

Such a characterization may not be surprising given that almost all newspapers are owned by card-carrying members of the one percent. As for the most negative and hostile coverage, first place undoubtedly goes to the National Post thought collective, with Gary Mason and Margaret Wente at the Globe, and the Sun’s Craig McInnes following behind. The #Occupy MOVEMENT. Occupy the Narrative.