September, 2010

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Identity, Representation, and Death in Virtual Space (MSTU 4020; Week 5)

The following post is a weekly response for a graduate course on Social & Communicative Aspects of the Internet at Columbia University, Teachers College. I invite all Media Speaks readers to engage by adding comments below. I enjoyed engaging with this week’s readings because issues of identity and representation inRead the Rest…


Are Net Geners Really Tech Savvy Learners? (MSTU 4020; Week 4)

The following post is a weekly response for a graduate course on Social & Communicative Aspects of the Internet at Columbia University, Teachers College. I invite all Media Speaks readers to engage by adding comments below. I was delighted to read Kirschner and Karpinski’s article “Facebook and Academic Performance” becauseRead the Rest…


Who Owns Cyberspace? (MSTU 4020; Week 3)

Source This week’s reading discussed the implications of cyberspace on (and as) society and economy. I was particularly drawn to Dyson’s et al. piece “Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age” and Webster’s “The Information Society Revisited.”  Admittedly, I found myself distracted by the dateRead the Rest…


Technological Determinism (MSTU 4020; Week 2)

A deterministic view of technology suggests that technology has the power to influence social organization, that technology itself can be a “change agent”. In Marx and Smith’s “Introduction” they distinguish between a hard and soft approach of understanding technological determinism. HARD: The idea that the power to influence change comesRead the Rest…


New Season, New Content (Hello MSTU 4020!; Week 1)

Happy Friday! I’m pleased to announce that Media Make Change’s official blog Media Speaks will be revamping this fall. We took some time off over the summer to regroup and think about better ways to improve Media Make Change. Our passion to serve communities through social and new media stillRead the Rest…


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