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Living and Learning in a World of ‘White Noise’: Technology, Youth, and the University

By Jennifer Fisher When Don DeLillo published White Noise in 1985, he wrote about a society whose proof of terminal decline could be found not in the range of man-made, technologically induced disasters it manufactured but, more critically, in how … Continue reading




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Following the Herd, or Joining the Merry MOOCscapades of Higher-Ed Bloggers

By Melonie Fullick For those who follow the higher education news, the week of July 16th to 22nd will stand out as one in which the term “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Courses, for the uninitiated) hit a high point as … Continue reading




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TEDTalks: Crime & Punishment Lectures

The TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) nonprofit organization has partnered with Netflix to issue a series of curated TEDTalk collections that showcase some of its best lectures around themes such as Defying Disease and The Capitalism Paradox.  The Crime & … Continue reading




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“Made You Look!”: The Public Desire for Privacy in the Age of Global Capital

In this provocative essay, Simon Orpana interweaves social observation with personal and philosophical reflection to consider the contemporary cultural landscape in which digital connectivity makes us all to some extent exhibitionists and peepers. Privacy is put on display through public acts, even as public spaces are increasingly privatized and subjected to the greediness of both the corporate and the consumer gaze. But rather than “retreat to a dislocated elsewhere,” Orpana asks us to consider how accessing and negotiating these shifting dimensions of a socially embedded self are mediated by class, status, and most significantly the economy, as “Daily we plug into our iPods and cell phones, hoping to insulate and inoculate ourselves from the political and ecological calamities whose evidence is mounting around us in everything from unusual weather patterns, to increasing precarious employment options, to overcrowded transit conditions, but over which we seem to have very little control. Our reflexive responses to the hegemonic operations of capital remain symptomatic insofar as they imitate the abstract and global level at which digital finance operates, asserting forms of social connectivity in a way that promises us agency and freedom while allowing the economic structures that determine us to remain obscure and unchecked.”




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