28.11.06

[student YouTube shenanigans]

Every good teacher worries about waning class control, especially if the eyes of the principal are passing but what happens if the eyes of the world are witness to your moment (warranted or not) of abandon? Well, two students at a secondary school in Quebec did just that. After "provoking" (not sure what that entails these days) the teacher the students "recorded the teacher's reaction on a tiny digital camera when he ordered them to leave." The students then uploaded the video to YouTube. "The school convinced YouTube to remove the videos on Monday and suspended the students indefinitely this week because they knew that the school has a strict policy banning cellphones and digital cameras." However, this is not the first recorded incident. Two weeks ago students at a school north of Quebec recorded their teacher and made it freely available on you tube. As this CBC article suggests, do a quick search of "angry teacher" and on YouTube and see how many results appear.

I don't know about you, but when I'm lecturing I'm going to make doubly sure no one is recording me...don't want people copying all my lesson ideas!

Here is a clip of the CBC news cast covering this story:

27.11.06

[Theories of Blogging: Journal Publication]

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture has just published Vol. 6, No. 4 (2006), a themed issue: Theories/Practices of Blogging

In the Issue:

Introduction
Michael Benton, "
Thoughts on Blogging by a Poorly Masked Academic"

Articles
Craig Saper, "
Blogademia"
danah boyd, "
A Blogger's Blog: Exploring the Definition of a Medium"
Tama Leaver, "
Blogging Everyday Life"
Erica Johnson, "
Democracy Defended: Polibloggers and the Political Press in America"
Carmel L. Vaisman, "
Design and Play: Weblog Genres of Adolescent Girls in Israel"
David Sasaki, "
Identity and Credibility in the Global Blogosphere"
Anna Notaro, "
The Lo(n)g Revolution: The Blogosphere as an Alternative Public Sphere?"
Esther Herman, "
My Life in the Panopticon: Blogging From Iran"
Various Authors, "
Webfestschrift for Wealth Bondage/The Happy Tutor" [external link]
Lilia Efimova, "
Two papers, me in between" [external link]

Blogroll
Introduction: Lauren Elkin, "
Blogging and (Expatriate) Identity"
Various Bloggers, "
Why I Blog: Part 1" and "Part 2"

Review Essays
Laxman D. Satya, "
The Question is not, 'Can the Subaltern speak?' The Question is, 'Can She be heard?' A Review of Lata Mani's Contentious Traditions: Debate on Sati in Colonial India"
Larry Taylor on "
Midwestern Unlike You and Me: New Zealand's Julian Dashper" [art exhibit]

Reviews
Marc Ouellette on Wheeler Winston Dixon's
Film and Television After 9/11
Marc Ouellette on Geoff King and Tanya Krzywinska's
ScreenPlay: cinema/videogames/interfaces

24.11.06

[UK Schools Ban Wireless]

The last week has seen a number of articles in UK papers describing the rising concern of wireless networks and their (perceived to be) ill effects on health. The Times documents a rise of radiation levels leading to ill teachers and students:

But many parents and some scientists fear that low levels of microwave radiation emitted by the transmitters could be harmful, causing loss of concentration, headaches, fatigue, memory and behavioural problems and possibly cancer in the long term. Scientific evidence is inconclusive, but some researchers think that children are vulnerable because of their thinner skulls and developing nervous systems.
See here for the complete article.

See this article too from a Welsh perspective: "Adam Price MP said Wales should follow the lead of Canada, where schools no longer used microwave signals to link computer terminals and laptops..."


23.11.06

[Master's of Digital Media]

On Saturday, November 25th, 2006 the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program at the Great Northern Way Campus will host an Open House forprospective students from around the globe in the online metaverse 'SecondLife,' where a Virtual Centre for Digital Media building is currently under construction. This event will be held in conjunction with a Real Life Open House taking place simultaneously at Vancouver's Great Northern Way Campus. At both events, potential students will learn about an innovative graduateprogram in digital media planned to launch in September 2007.
More information can be found online here: http://www.gnwc.ca/mdm/http://www.mastersofdigitalmedia.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnwc

To view the building of the virtual CDM: http://www.gnwc.ca/mdm/cdm-machinima2.mov


20.11.06

[web 3.0]

As web 2.0 is becoming a more main-stream idea (I can see some of you cringing), web 3.0 has already reared it's head. for some, web 3.0's difference seems to lie in it's application(s) of a.i.

"Web 3.0 will be the marraige of artificial intelligence techniques to the collaborative networking techniques now being incubated in the Web 2.0 movement; resulting in a new smarter adaptive Internet where the management, distribution, and interpretation of knowledge will reach a new level of sophistication, interaction, and utility."

For more on web 3.0 check out this post by roschler.

Image from J. Wynia's flickr collection.

18.11.06

16.11.06

[connections...]

We recently watched The Godfather series and perhaps that was in our heads as we walked around my home town of Vasto and happened upon one of the many places that bares the name "Laccetti"....hrm....connections perhaps.


...careful or I breaka youra legsa...

15.11.06

9.11.06

[Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR)]

Call for Proposals
Deadline November 21, 2006

Ars Virtua Gallery and New Media Center in Second Life is soliciting proposals for its artist-in-residence programme. The deadline for submissions is November 21, 2006. Established and emerging artists will work within the 3d rendered environment of Second Life. Each 11-week residency will culminate in an exhibition and a community-based event. Residents will also receive a $400 stipend, training and mentorship. Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR) is an extended performance that examines what it means to reside in a place that has no physical location.

URLS:
http://arsvirtua.com/
http://arsvirtua.com/residence/
http://slurl.com/secondlife/dowden/42/59/52/?title=Ars%20Virtua
http://secondlife.com/


"AVAIR" is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

For further information click
here.

7.11.06

[surveillance and privacy?}

Since 1997 the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Privacy International survey the issue of global privacy. The latest report documents the state of technology, surveillance, and privacy prtection in 70 countries. The most recent report published this year is said to be "the most compprehensive single volume report published in the human rights field" (1). Take a look at the countries said to "nurture and respect privacy" (hello Canada....and Germany) and those who can learn from that example (take note George Bush, Malaysia, and China!) Apparently, the U.S. is the "worst in the democratic world" (2). The worst country (i.e. a country that exhibits high levels of surveillance and poor privacy) in the E.U. is the U.K. as it demonstrates "endemic surveillance."

2.11.06

[rccs: figurski at findhorn on acid]

Yesterday David Silver at the Resource Centre for Cyberculture Studies published my latest review (along with others of course). This time, rather than reviewing a print book as before, I was asked to review a hypertext fiction: Figurski at Findhorn on Acid by Richard Holeton. This marked the first review of a hypertext to be published by the RCSS (now hosted at the University of San Francisco). As I scrolled through the list of books reviewed, relishing the knowledge of my involvment, my heart suddenly thumped...eek! The author of Figurski, Richard Holeton, had responded to my review!!!! Thankfully, he wrote his review in a voice as measured and light-hearted as the one employed in his fiction. Holeton was largely supportive of my views and added some interesting points including news about the publication of the Electronic Literature Organization's The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 1 (edited by N. Katherine Hayles, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, and Stephanie Strickland).

My thanks go to
David Silver for including hypertext fiction within the realm of cyberculture resources and to Richard Holeton for his supportive and interesting response.