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The excerpt below is from an interesting article, with the subtitle, "by preaching the virtues of 'cultural competence', the academy betrays its lack of confidence."the polemic "So where, then, do the values of the university repose? Where have they taken firm enough root to guide and inspire the thoughts and words of faculty and students? Profland, by and large, flatters itself that the ancient virtues flourish in its soil, that mercenary or hypocritical though the university may be in many respects, its professors, at leas...
I was searching for commentaries for Jeff/TCR and I found this article about research and the ABC show “Lost.â€? Take a look at U of Michigan's supposed research lab ideas. Have a nice weekend :)
Check out every part of Squid Labs' website to see how a bunch of motivated folks are innovating. Don't miss the Instructables/Howtoons--this is a cool feature of their work. Also, check out how the product list clearly reflects the work of individuals. hmm...
--After, some informal conversations, some necessary reflections about my ‘academic' visions, and inevitable eavesdropping, I would like to share the core ideas of an introductory text-insert from a dvd compilation titled Dynamic Documents from Art.-- DYNAMIC DOCUMENTS: gadgets, artifacts and other object hypothesis. It seems more accurate to view thought and experience as occurring behind or beneath spoken words, as being something that saying helps to adumbrate and communicate and that writing (or rewriting) falsifies to the extent that it turns the natural products of mentation–fluid...
Because there is an ever-growing list of projects on everbody's plate, I thought I'd take a moment to assess the Media Group's workload going into the second half of the summer. Below are a list of the projects I can think of off the top of my head in no particular order...
I read the beginning of a poorly written book: "The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, & Consciousness" by Virginia Postrel. The thesis of the book was interesting: People care about design; style is essential to being human. She argues: Though it is important that a product is cheap, and that a product functions, consumers take how an object is designed more and more seriously. Thus she concludes: 2000-2010 was going to be the design decade. The book was terrible to read, and I only got past the first 15 pages. But, within the opening pages, the...
Miller's "Is Persuasion Dead?" op-ed in the New York Times (although a bit overstated?) caputured a worry from some recent conversations around these library haunts. One can substitute a few words here and there and it's about the role of education on habits of mind in general, and not just politics.
I've talked with Anthony about this a little bit... We need to share photo content better. So, there should definitely be photo archives, and they should probably be in the same location as the Art Collections (except they will not be made public). However, before this happens, there are some details to be ironed out. The goal will be to have one collection (such as "Media Group Images") hold many groups of photos... this way we wont have an out-of-control list of "collections." How about the following:
check out this MIT entity: http://smg.media.mit.edu/people.html they look like an interesting bunch of people, even if they only focus on one aspect of the online world. i like the "webbed footnotes" project. somewhat related to this subject--i think the existence of groups just like this one suggest a course of action for our tech development: open sourcing the code...
fyi: the design group is preparing for a summer exhibition (may 30 - july 29) in the m.w.offit gallery. this exhibition will feature heritage high school students' work in a computer art class run by hugo ortega. the exhibition is special for a few reasons...