Media Commentary — Callie Schweitzer How We Internet: Finding the right news among too many options: The days of waiting for the newspaper thud outside the front door are over, and it’s no longer up to the editors of the New York Times to decide the lead story of the day. The process of getting news involves more choice than ever. We have access to unlimited options and sources to fill what seems like ever more limited time. This paradox of choice can be incredibly overwhelming if it’s not streamlined or ritualized in some way — hence why we form news reading habits.
Let Us Eat Cake “Its vagueness is its strength–anything more detailed would get in the way of the pastel and neon textures that animate the identity.” The new logo that the University of California unveiled yesterday can’t be taken seriously, but we laugh so we don’t vomit. That quote, above? Disruptive versus Radical Innovations Clayton Christenson’s seminal The Innovator’s Dilemma is now 10 years old, and its central idea of “disruptive innovation” is now part of the everyday language of innovation. Recently, I finally read the book after having loosely tossed the term around for a few years. About - Digital Media Research Centre Our vision The Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the social, cultural and economic transformations associated with digital media technologies. Aims and objectives Digital media have become a near-ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. They are associated with widespread cultural and social change ranging from personal interactions through to industry and political debate, provoking both opportunity and anxiety. New technological developments like big data, locative media and wearable technologies challenge social science and humanities researchers to develop new approaches and methods, and to train upcoming researchers in how to apply them.
Marc Pinkoski « Free Knowledge Project By the end of the month, Federal Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, will declare her government’s intentions on a proposal for the development of a large, open-pit gold and copper mine in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Region of Central BC. This will be the Conservative Cabinet’s second decision on the proposed project after rejecting the first one in 2010. If completed, the mine is projected to be the second largest open-pit mine in Canada. Just like the first decision, the second proposal is being considered after an Environmental Assessment and formal recommendations from an independent panel appointed by the Minister of the Environment. For both assessments, the panels were composed of known experts in their fields who were tasked with reviewing scientific evidence and hearing live testimony from the proponent (company), interested parties, and community members about the proposal. The first panel report is here.
Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene. Exiting The Anthropocene It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth’s history appropriately named ‘The Anthropocene’ (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000). The name is derived from the observed human influence and indeed dominance of all climatic, biophysical and evolutionary processes occurring at a planetary scale. Joho the BlogJoho the Blog - Let's just see what happens I’m at a talk by Andrew Revkin of the NY Times’ Dot Earth blog at the Shorenstein Center. [Alex Jones mentions in his introduction that Andy is a singer-songwriter who played with Pete Seeger. Awesome!]
Michael Asch « Free Knowledge Project On May 13th, Michael Asch gave a talk entitled “Establishing a Just Relationship with Indigenous Peoples” at the annual general meeting of the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley. FONV has been working hard to raise awareness about political, legal, and ecological issues in the Nemaiah Valley, British Columbia. Three such issues are the wild horse ranger program, the aboriginal title case Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C., and the on-going proposals to build a multi-billion dollar open-pit gold and copper mine in the area. Michael’s talk followed a short presentation from lead counsel in the Tsilhqot’in Nation case, Jack Woodward, who spoke about the current status of the decision’s appeal before the BC Supreme Court and the mounting logistical and financial burdens that lay ahead in protecting Tsilhqot’in aboriginal rights and title through the courts. Here is what I think.
Planning for Participation « Planning in High Heels There are seven words that make my heart sink these days more than any others. No, they’re not “high heels are bad for you: fact”, or “there is no chocolate left for you”, but: “then people can upload their own versions”. Of course they can. Panarchy Panarchy What is Panarchy? Panarchy is a conceptual framework to account for the dual, and seemingly contradictory, characteristics of all complex systems – stability and change. It is the study of how economic growth and human development depend on ecosystems and institutions, and how they interact. It is an integrative framework, bringing together ecological, economic and social models of change and stability, to account for the complex interactions among both these different areas, and different scale levels (see Scale Levels).
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