Insider Higher Ed has an interesting piece on a post by an anthropology professor at Kansas State.
See the article here.
See the video here.
Worth your time.
Found the blog of a good high school friend…
She seems to have regressed to old english … but otherwise, she is dabbling with lots of Web 2.0 tools for her teaching.
Dr. Friedman mentioned how important it was for citizens in a democracy to possess a basic functional literacy about how their government worked, the principles upon which the government was founded, and how to gather information necessary to make sound decisions for themselves.
So, does it not then follow that government should make access to information a priority?
Computerworld has done analysis on future of jobs in IT. Here is a telling comment:
In 2010, there will be a whole lot more information floating around. Customers and regulators will expect IT to know what is known, protect what is private and generate bordering-on-clairvoyant levels of service. The whole issue of IT and the law is going to be very big in the future.
If you want to protect your job — you better pay attention to the sausage, I mean politicians – national and state, otherwise you will have the likes of Sen. Ted (my internet needs drano) Stephens saying AT&T owns, invented and is the Internet.
Time Magazine has a book review of , The Language of God by Francis Collins. The reviewer notes how Collins maps his arguments for a middle ground between atheists and neo-christian conservatives on the issue of evolution.
I think Collins’ approach is a way to reasonably engage in debate on the science and tech issues which neo-christians are attacking – the very issues which can decide who dominates economics and politics in the 21st century.
We are all going to be minute workers — some of us may be identified as such already. Wired has a piece entitled Crowdsourcing describing how this new market for labor will work. Another piece, entitled 5 rules for the new workforce describes the parameters within which this labor market functions. Wired then gives you a short list of who is using this market.
So, in order for you to find work — you gotta hang out on the cyber corner, waiting for someone to say they need some help. Course, RSS and other similar databus technologies will help you avoid spending lots of real time waiting on work — and will help you filter the opportunities.
Yes – I can tie all 4 together. Friedman's column today says the nation who gets to the green technologies first – wins rights to this century. A friend of mine who helps start-ups succeed told me yesterday that for every $1 in federal subsidies for corn grown to support ethanol production, there are $11 in federal subsidies supporting Big Oil. (There, I connected all 4 in one paragraph!)
Hence, the appropriateness of this quote from Friedman's column:
When you're talking oil, you can't just say, "Let the free market work," because there is no free market in oil: the producers have a cartel, and governments — like ours — subsidize oil, so we don't pay the full cost.