The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…

Will it be blogged?

These are the instructions for your super special, extra, extra last post.  The stakes are high.  Success is worth a third of a letter grade on your final grade.  So, C –>C+; B+ –> A- and so on.

  1. You need to write a post that riffs, reflects, or analyzes the idea that blogging  and social media (also known as the living web, as the read write edit web, as the blogosphere, as cyberspace) are revolutionary.
  2. You will need to find a published argument by someone who makes bold, strong claims about the impact of these technologies and how they are used.
  3. You can agree or disagree.
  4. You can not use the same source publication as someone else.
  5. Published means from a print or digital source.  Digital sources must have a clear author (no wiki) and be demonstrably relevant or well-known.  For example, if it is an essay or long post form a blog, it should be a blog with some authority.  There are ways to ascertain authority.  Learning about them can be part of your learning process.
  6. Hey, a BOOK is a published form also.  (You don’t have to read a whole book, but relevant portions).
  7. You may be creative in the style or format of your post.
  8. You must post this by May 16, noon.  No exceptions.
  9. Posts must be of high quality in terms of style, mechanics, and insights.
  10. I am the final arbiter of earning credit.  No exceptions.

Historical note: “The Revolution Will not be Televised” is a classic hip-hop sung poem by Gil Scott Heron.  Yes!  It is from 1970-71. Watch!

After a long, difficult life, he is back with a new album and tour.

PS: “The revolution will be live..”


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The Wire Shows Up in Many Classes

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A former Org Theory student, Evan Unger, sent me this story.

Interestingly, the classes aren’t just in film studies or media studies departments; they’re turning up in social science disciplines as well, places where the preferred method of inquiry is the field study or the survey, not the HBO series, even one that is routinely called the best television show ever. Some sociologists and social anthropologists, it turns out, believe The Wire has something to teach their students about poverty, class, bureaucracy, and the social ramifications of economic change.

I was at a cofnerence last year in Baltimore with a whole session on the show.  One of my favorite stories is that it is very popular in the UK and Germany.  I wonder how you translate the show into German?

What did you think about the portrayal of virtue and corruption amongst the drug gang (Stringer and Avon), Omar and Bump (the murder detective), and Stringer and the construction managers?

The article points out that professor like me use the show to present a view of urban life that students can relate to.  Wouldn’t, you know, going into impoverished areas be a better way to build empathy?

What the H*&##*!&! Happened to the Economy?

Here are the initial questions you all were interested in learning more about.  (PS, note that this is the first use of the “What is Going On”category which is different from our blog posts about organization theory.

  • What was the role of derivatives and securitization of risk-related products? (What is a risk-related product?  Do you mean securitization of risk?)
  • Why do companies put so much emphasis on share price?  Did that lead to misleading financial statements and the collapse of firms?
    Same person: Did consumer patterns in US influence this recession?
  • How can housing bubble issues be changed for the future to prevent problems?
  • I would like to know if there have been any new regulations that banks must abide by when giving out loans or if these policies remain the same.
  • What exactly determined which financial organizations received bail outs over others?
  • What were some of the first signs and in noticing these, what could have been done as far as organizations getting involved?
  • I would like to know who got hit the hardest?
  • I would like to better understand the recession in relation to past recessions.
  • Creation of the banks’ incentive system for loans given out (by managers).  Why?  How was it meant to function? [I think you mean how was the incentive system put in place by mangers supposed to function?]

Same author: Or the logic of the political decision to make banks give loans to people who would not normally qualify.  { I think you mean either the Community Reinvestment Act and/or the role of Freddie and Fannie Mac?  Otherwise, how did a political decision drive loan practices?]

  • I want to know more about why there so few regulations about trading derivatives and others [other what?]  Also, if there were regulations, why did everyone look the other way?
  • What else caused the collapse besides the sub prime mortgages?
  • What regulations expired to allow this to happen and what regulation will be placed in the future to stop a recurrence?

Best of Book Week (Feb 21-March 1)

Your friendly neighborhood Blog Council This week:  Jordi and Tania

Our choice for best post is Kelly’s World Cup 2010: Dream or Disaster?

Other notable posts...

Great Title Award and Certificate for Linking Expereince to Topic: Macey’s “Bend it like Beckham: Physics of Sports.”

Silver Chalice for Open Systems Link that Made Jordi Dance with Joy: Derek’s “Deliberative Democracy in Practice.”

Shout Out for Liberal Arts Mojo (Linking to Another Class): Brooke’s “Dress Behind Bars.”

Passionate Tone and Topic Prize: Kurt’s “The Great Recession.”

Great Title Award and Honorary Captain of The Santa Defense League: Molly’s “Bah, Humbug!”

BlOrg Theory Students: READ ON!!!!!  IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!

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