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New Media

USC multimedia program

There will be little news for regular readers of this site, but the article in the July 14 Chronicle of Higher Education by Peter Monaghan (available online to subscribers) is worth checking out. It focuses on the University of Southern California's Institute for Multimedia Literacy, whose mission is to train both faculty and students "to parse and produce varied media materials." (Gail Hawisher is quoted partway down the piece.)

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Becoming a "Student of Police Encounters": Or, Being a Professional Pot Smoker

A dangerous site called Flex Your Rights has a Google Video up that basically instructs the My Space generation on how to strategically handle those pesky police officers who show up trying to bust them for pot smoking and other criminal acts (including "ghetto art"). What's the net coming to? This is an infuriating example of rhetorically presenting subversize materials under the guise of civil responsibility. By the gods, you're being a better citizen if you know how to stash that bong and finagle your way out of an arrest or jail term.

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Becoming a "Student of Police Encounters": Or, Being a Professional Pot Smoker

A dangerous site called Flex Your Rights has a Google Video up that basically instructs the My Space generation on how to strategically handle those pesky police officers who show up trying to bust them for pot smoking and other criminal acts (including "ghetto art"). It's an infuriating example of rhetorically presenting subversize materials under the guise of civil responsibility. By the gods, you're being a better citizen if you know how to stash that bong and finagle your way out of an arrest or jail term.

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Ethnomathematics: From Corn Rows to Calculus

Ron Eglash is one of those smart types at RPI who's doing insanely cool and innovative things to get kids into math and science. I was just reading about some of his work involving "Culturally-Situated Design Tools," which, as the name implies, attempt to bridge the gap between abstract stuff like numbers and stuff that matters to kids, like corn rows, Native American beads, and snowflakes. Culture + Math = Ethnomathematics. Just check out the Corn Row Curves program and see for yourself.

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Bloggers and Writing: The Persuasive Influence of the Internet

Although news of these two blogging events have appeared separately, it is quite useful to make note of them again, together, as an important signal of the power of the internet, specifically of bloggers and writing in the cyberworld. There was wonderful news last week about Glenn Greenwald, which also represented yet another sign of the growing, persuasive influence of writers on the internet. On the same day of the announcement that Andrew Sullivan's daily social/political commentaries on his blog, The Daily Dish, had reached over 2,000,000 readers during May, it also was reported that Greenwald's book, How Would a Patriot Act, had just made the New York Times' Best-Seller List. In addition, his book had climbed into the Top-100 of all books then being sold by Amazon.com. Greenwald is a writer who has reached a readership mainly through his blog, Unclaimed Territory.

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