Sunday, June 23, 2013

tweets - conversations matter

Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof)
6/22/13 6:30 AM
Inc Snowden, Obama admin has charged 7 w/ leaking secrets to press, vs 3 for all prior

imagine if just a tiny percentage of this time/energy/resources/money/people/etc were spent instead on free access to global wifi.

perhaps we would already have 7 bill people.. truly free to choose their day. ie ahumanright et al.

imagine just the time/energy/resources/money/people/etc already marked to spend.. the next 30ish years on snowden alone

we have all we need.

if we just wake up to our pluralistic ignorance..

HuffPostEducation (@HuffPostEdu)
6/22/13 6:30 AM
Students are warming up to virtual

Students are warming up to virtual education, but according to a new study, they still believe it's easier to learn in a traditional classroom.

indeed.. as we found 4 yrs ago.

huge distinction however..
it probably is easier to learn in traditional classroom if from prescribed/compulsory curriculum..  don't quite have the grit to do it on your own - if the topic isn't your choice

game changes completely if authentically per individual choice/curiosity.. changing every day... 
so - this new study - as with most - not really taken from a good data base.., it's more insight from how to learn/memorize what other people want you to, than on how to learn
[must note: i doubt authenticity and agency will ever want to abandon f-to-f, classrooms maybe, but not f to f]

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
6/22/13 6:36 AM
.@DziDix If the police only responded with tear gas to that, there would be nobody who objected. I witnessed large, peaceful crowds gassed.

Love Honour Respect (@Halibutron)
6/22/13 6:35 AM
RT @AprilSteph21: RT @Powerful_Pics: Protester in #Brazil carrying cop that was hurt during riots in Sao Paulo

nancyflanagan (@nancyflanagan)
6/22/13 6:37 AM
Ohio School Bans African American Hairstyles. "Control" implications here are…

nancyflanagan (@nancyflanagan)
6/22/13 6:42 AM
Rich donors throughout world are now sending money to fund our charter schools. Why?…

It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice.

Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges?

Jennifer Sertl (@JenniferSertl)
6/23/13 7:13 AM
8) #recalibration : The Flight from Conversation… by@STurkle #a3r

With the young lawyers in their cockpits, the office is quiet, a quiet that does not ask to be broken.

a rebellion/solution to the institution of school/industrialism.. forced .. compulsory.. shamed.. quiet

We are tempted to think that our little “sips” of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places — in politics, commerce, romance and friendship. But no matter how valuable, they do not substitute for conversation.

oh my.. 
wondering if classroom conversation is part of original definition..
most of it... not conversing.. no?

As we get used to being shortchanged on conversation and to getting by with less, we seem almost willing to dispense with people altogether. Serious people muse about the future of computer programs as psychiatrists. A high school sophomore confides to me that he wishes he could talk to an artificial intelligence program instead of his dad about dating; he says the A.I. would have so much more in its database. Indeed, many people tell me they hope that as Siri, the digital assistant on Apple’s iPhone, becomes more advanced, “she” will be more and more like a best friend — one who will listen when others won’t.

important that we learn/want to share more of our databases... being known by someone, invited to exist...

WE expect more from technology and less from one another and seem increasingly drawn to technologies that provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship. Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies: that we will always be heard; that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be; and that we never have to be alone. Indeed our new devices have turned being alone into a problem that can be solved. as “I share, therefore I am.” We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings as we’re having them. We used to think, “I have a feeling; I want to make a call.” Now our impulse is, “I want to have a feeling; I need to send a text.”

We think constant connection will make us feel less lonely. The opposite is true. If we are unable to be alone, we are far more likely to be lonely. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they will know only how to be lonely.

So, in order to feel more, and to feel more like ourselves, we connect. But in our rush to connect, we flee from solitude, our ability to be separate and gather ourselves. Lacking the capacity for solitude, we turn to other people but don’t experience them as they are. It is as though we use them, need them as spare parts to support our increasingly fragile selves.

am a partisan for conversation. To make room for it, I see some first, deliberate steps. At home, we can create sacred spaces: the kitchen, the dining room. We can make our cars “device-free zones.” We can demonstrate the value of conversation to our children. And we can do the same thing at work. There we are so busy communicating that we often don’t have time to talk to one another about what really matters. Employees asked for casual Fridays; perhaps managers should introduce conversational Thursdays. Most of all, we need to remember — in between texts and e-mails and Facebook posts — to listen to one another, even to the boring bits, because it is often in unedited moments, moments in which we hesitate and stutter and go silent, that we reveal ourselves to one another.

from apr 2012

WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)
6/23/13 7:14 AM
WikiLeaks profile: Sarah Harrison… #snowden
Miss Harrison has courageously assisted Mr. Snowden with his lawful departure from Hong Kong and is accompanying Mr. Snowden in his passage to safety.

first.. like copyright.. via James Bach.. once posted.. you are covered.
so then.. rather than alarm in exposing Sarah... exposure is a means to protect.. all eyes.. or at least some eyes.. know.

crazy irony? or my ignorance?
why then... right below..

Don Tapscott (@dtapscott)
6/23/13 7:22 AM
I'll drink to that! The Coffee House: Social Networking in the

What is your definition of leadership? (Let me be clear -- regardless of your title or where you live -- you are a leader of your own life. You need an operating statement -- your True North.)

Ben Grey (@bengrey)
6/23/13 7:31 AM
@chrislehmann Great point in your post. Are kids spending more effort working to understand the adults or in understanding the world?