Slogans in Internet-based peers communication

Mottos are used widely in Web 2.0. This is not surprising, as the system wasn’t created for democracy or participation, but for the consumer society and business [1], and we all know that mottos and their close relatives, the slogans, are the ABC of advertising. Moreover, the consumer-seller relationship does not occur as peers. Although […]

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On Blogging Well reading On Writing Well by William Zinsser -Principles-

-Not so- off topic introduction (It doesnt talk about Blogging yet) We don’t talk about Blogging… yet. One of the masterworks in modern Language Philosophy, maybe my favorite is H P Grice’s work about how communication occurs when ‘speaking to an audience’. Grice extracted some conditions to assure it is effective almost 30 years ago (1989, Studies in […]

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Descartes, Google and Wikipedia

Descartes, considered rationalism’s father, was tormented trying to discover what was true and what a mere speculation. The same as we do when looking for something on the Internet anyway. He needed a good bunch of justifications and reasonings. There are 3 chapters of the “Discours de la Méthode” before getting the well known Cogito ergo sum, aka […]

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Meetamattician: Soul for the disperse and the diverse.

It’s just a question of following the right people. For instance, Karen Alma. I found a Matt Mullemnberg quote about distributed working (even if there are some opinions postulating this should be called disperse, that changes essentially nothing here) by reading her blog. In a world where at offices, everyone has headphones on and stares […]

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A brief thought about consensus and divergence

What if I say consensus is over-considered? There is a nasty ideological construction that has institutionalized consensus as a dogma. It seems any human communication process goal is to reach consensus: to be able to agree on something. But is there anything beyond consensus? Yep. There is. [Star Wars mode on] Consensus obscure is. Powerful, […]

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Why we need media literacy?

So what’s Media Literacy, then? There are severa approachs, but… I love the South American -let’s call it this way :D- one… Isolated individuals zigzag over system limits. Isolated individual zigzags over system limits, and even if he doesn’t understand it because they were enculturated in competition values, he needs the others. “You cannot fight […]

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Identity is made online or offline?

Sci-Fi has anticipated, sometimes quite accurately, lots of Internet innovations. Snow Crash, Stevenson’s Cyberpunk masterpiece, predicted Google Maps, the existence of ultraconnected-to-the-Internet people (called gargoyles)… and avatars. The origin of this word can be found in Hinduism: an avatar is a projection of a God on Earth, what Frau-Meigs calls ‘an outil représentationnel’, a representational […]

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Postmodern Narrative in Bourdieu, ‘The reproduction’

Bourdieu is that guy who sometimes speaks about pedagogy or education, the same man who researched about Algeria Anthropology and even wrote articles about the economy. The book he presented with Passeron, ‘La reproduction’, should be included in the top books about education. This book is amazing because of what it says and, even more, […]

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