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Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
Don't let fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage, not the proof of cowardice.
McCain, John (2004, September). In Search of Courage: Finding the Courage Within You. FastCompany, 51-56.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
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November 15, 2006
A new issue of the JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION
A new issue of the JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION is available at:
This is a double issue that includes a special theme section on "War Coverage in Cyberspace."
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Volume 12, Issue 1, October 2006
Pauses and Response Latencies: A Chronemic Analysis of Asynchronous CMC
- Yoram M. Kalman, Gilad Ravid, Daphne R. Raban, and Sheizaf Rafaeli
Moderation, Response Rate, and Message Interactivity: Features of Online Communities and Their Effects on Intent to Participate
- Kevin Wise, Brian Hamman, and Kjerstin Thorson
Email Copies in Workplace Interaction
- Karianne Skovholt and Jan Svennevig
Do You Know What I Know? A Shared Understandings Perspective on Text-based Communication
- Michael H. Dickey, Molly McLure Wasko, Katherine M. Chudoba, and Jason Bennett Thatcher
Cultural Differences in Collaborative Authoring of Wikipedia
- Ulrike Pfeil, Panayiotis Zaphiris, and Chee Siang Ang
Who are "Stinkybug" and "Packerfan4"? Email Pseudonyms and Participants' Perceptions of Demography, Productivity, and Personality
- Jennifer M. Heisler and Scott L. Crabill
Managing Impressions in a Virtual Environment: Is Ethnic Diversity a Self-Presentation Strategy for Colleges and
- Lori Boyer, Brigitta R. Brunner, Tiffany Charles, and Patrice Coleman
Wi-Fi Powered WLAN: When Built, Who Will Use It? Exploring Predictors of Wireless Internet Adoption in the Workplace
- Ran Wei
Special Theme: War Coverage in Cyberspace
Guest Editor, Ralph D. Berenger
Introduction: War in Cyberspace
- Ralph D. Berenger
Speed, International Security, and "New War" Coverage in Cyberspace
- Lucas Walsh and Julien Barbara
Perceptions of News Credibility about the War in Iraq: Why War Opponents Perceived the Internet as the Most
- Junho H. Choi, James H. Watt, and Michael Lynch
The Internet and Anti-War Activism: A Case Study of Information, Expression, and Action
- Seungahn Nah, Aaron S. Veenstra, and Dhavan V. Shah
Online Journalism and the War in Cyberspace: A Comparison between U.S. and International Newspapers
- Daniela V. Dimitrova and Matt Neznanski
Remembering Our Shared Past: Visually Framing the Iraq War on U.S. News Websites
- Carol B. Schwalbe
Issue Publics on the Web: Applying Network Theory to the War Blogosphere
- Mark Tremayne, Nan Zheng, Jae Kook Lee, and Jaekwan Jeong
The Online Public Sphere in the Arab World: The War in Iraq on the Al Arabiya Website
- Yeslam Al-Saggaf
This and all previous issues of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication are available at: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/
November 13, 2006
CFP - media in transition 5: creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age
April 27-29, 2007
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CALL FOR PAPERS (submission deadline: Jan. 5, 2007)
Our understanding of the technical and social processes by which culture is made and reproduced is being challenged and enlarged by digital technologies. An emerging generation of media producers is sampling and remixing existing materials as core ingredients in their own work. Networked culture is enabling both small and large collaborations among artists who may never encounter each other face to face. Readers are actively reshaping media content as they personalize it for their own use or customize it for the needs of grassroots and online communities. Bloggers are appropriating and recontextualizing news stories; fans are rewriting stories from popular culture; and rappers and techno artists are sampling and remixing sounds.
These and related cultural practices have generated heated contention and debate. What constitutes fair use of another's intellectual property? What ethical issues are posed when sounds, images, and stories move from one culture or subculture to another? Or when materials created by a community or religious or ethnic tradition are appropriated by technologically powerful outsiders? What constitutes creativity and originality in expressive formats based on sampling and remixing? What obligations do artists owe to those who have inspired and informed their work and how much creative freedom should they exercise over their borrowed or shared materials?
One source of answers to such questions lies in the past - in the ways in which traditional printed texts - and films and TV shows as well - invoke, allude to and define themselves against their rivals and ancestors; and - perhaps even more saliently - in the ways in which folk and popular cultures may nourish and reward not originality in our modern sense, but familiarity, repetition, borrowing, collaboration.
This fifth Media in Transition conference, then, aims to generate a conversation that compares historical forms of cultural expression with contemporary media practices. We hope this event will appeal widely across disciplines and scholarly and professional boundaries. For example, we hope this conference will bring together such figures as:
* anthropologists of oral and folk cultures
* historians of the book and reading publics
* political scientists and legal scholars interested in alternative approaches to intellectual property
* media educators who aim to help students think about their ethical responsibilities in this new participatory culture
* artists ready to discuss appropriation and collaboration in their own work
* economists and business leaders interested in the new relationships that are emerging between media producers and consumers
* activists and netizens interested in the ways new technologies democratize who has the right to be an author
Among topics the conference might explore:
* history of authorship and copyright
* folk practices in traditional and contemporary society
* appropriating materials from other cultures: political and ethical dilemmas
* poetics and politics of fan culture
* blogging, podcasting, and collective intelligence
* media literacy and the ethics of participatory culture
* artistic collaboration and cultural production, past and present
* fair use and intellectual property
* sampling and remixing in popular music
* cultural production in traditional and developing societies
* Web 2.0 and the "architecture of participation"
* creative industries and user-generated content
* parody, spoofs, and mash-ups as critical commentary
* game mods and machinima
* the workings of genre in different media systems
* law and technological change
Short abstracts of no more than 200 words for papers or panels should be sent via email to Brad Seawell at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 5, 2007. Brad can be reached by phone at 617-253-3521. Email submissions are preferred, but abstracts can be mailed to:
Cambridge , MA 02139
November 10, 2006
THE ILLINOIS QUALITATIVE DISSERTATION AWARD
The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry is pleased to announce the second annual Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award, for excellence in qualitative research in a doctoral dissertation. Eligible dissertations will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic. Applications for the award will be judged by the following criteria: clarity of writing; willingness to experiment with new and traditional writing forms; advocacy, promotion, development, and use of qualitative research methodologies and practices in new fields of study, and in policy arenas involving issues of social justice.
There are two award categories, traditional (Category A), and experimental (Category B). Submissions in both categories address social justice issues. Submissions in Category A use traditional qualitative research and writing forms, while Category B submissions experiment with traditional writing and representational forms.
An award of USD $250 plus a book credit of USD $150, courtesy of Sage Publications, will be given to each winner. All doctoral candidates are eligible, provided they have successfully defended their proposals prior to January 1, 2007, and will defend their final dissertation by April 1, 2007. Receiving or being considered for other awards does not preclude a student from applying for this award. Applications are due Febuary 1, 2007. The 2007 award will be made at the annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry meeting in May, 2007. This will be an annual award.
Applicants should submit four (4) copies of the following:
* A letter indicating interest in the award that includes the applicant's name, address, university, telephone number(s), e-mail address, department, date of dissertation proposal defense, and current status of the dissertation.
* A letter from the applicant's dissertation advisor/chair recommending the applicant's work for the award and verifying the date of the dissertation proposal defense.
* A research description of no more than five (5) double-spaced pages: approximately two pages of introduction and theory, two pages on the methodology, and one page on the significance of the work. Finalists may be asked to submit their full proposal or additional information at a later date.
* One chapter and a table of contents from the dissertation.
* Finalists may be asked to submit their full dissertation after the first round of adjudication, closer to the competition closing date.
Applications are now being accepted. Submissions should be sent to:
Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award Committee
The Center for Qualitative Inquiry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gregory Hall, Rm 103 (mc-462)
810 South Wright St.
Urbana , IL 61801
For further information, please visit http://www.qi2007.org, or http://www.c4qi.org/award.html. Direct all emails to email@example.com
DEADLINE: February 1, 2007
November 09, 2006
Edublog Awards 2006 - nominations open
Edublog Awards 2006 - nominations opened yesterday. I'm a bit disappointed because after last years awards it was implied that levels of education would be split up this year.
This year there are ten categories:
* Best audio and/or visual blog
* Best group blog
* Best individual blog
* Most influential post, resource or presentation
* Best library/librarian blog
* Best newcomer
* Best research paper on social software within learning and teaching
* Best teacher blog
* Best undergraduate blog
* Best wiki use
Again, nominations are made confidentially. Please email in your nominations to the awards address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only current edubloggers are invited to nominate contenders. If you post publicly, and produce some content related to education, you are recognized as an edublogger for the purposes of this competition and are eligible to nominate. Please include your blog url with your nominations.
Each participant is able to make a maximum of two nominations per category. Self-nomination is perfectly acceptable, but you are encouraged to nominate the blogs, projects and papers that you genuinely believe to be outstanding examples of practice. Please list your nominations in order of preference. You may enter the same person or site for more than one award.
Nominations are open from 8 November to 30 November. When you have decided on your nominations for all of the categories you want to propose, you can cut and paste the template provided into the body of an email, complete it and send to the awards email address: email@example.com
The most popular, eligible nominations in each category will be available to vote on from 2 December to 14 December. Winners will be announced live at a special broadcast awards ceremony currently scheduled for 15 December 1500 GMT.
November 04, 2006
CFP - Methods of blog research: Behind the scenes - possible panel(s) for AoIR 2007
As the number of studies on blogs has increased, so have the questions and issues surrounding how one does research on these multi-faceted online sites. Experienced researchers and novices grapple with multiple issues as they adapt, modify and develop various research methods. How does one identify blogs for one's study? What sampling procedures work best? What software is to be used in blog research? What are the benefits and weaknesses of using particular methods?
We call for abstracts and papers that address these issues for a panel or series of panels, at the AoIR Conference 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In particular we are interested in presentations that look at methods - qualitative or quantitative - and the difficulties researchers encounter as they do or have done research on blogs. Our focus is not on results; rather we are looking for colleagues interested in sharing knowledge and discussing challenges of the "nuts and bolts" of blog research.
The list of methods to consider includes but is not limited to:
-- Content Analysis
-- Social Network Analysis
-- Interviews and surveys
-- Narratives and biographies
-- Discourse analysis
Interested parties should submit 250-500 word abstract for each paper or presentation by December 15, 2006 to the organizers:
Lois Ann Scheidt and Inna Kouper
School of Library and Information Science
lscheidt at indiana dot edu
inkouper at indiana dot edu