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Critique and Making = Alexander R. Galloway in Conversation with Garnet Hertz
The problem is that these forms of "hacking the university" sometimes produce, perhaps unwittingly, a new makeover of the university along neo-liberal lines. Ideas like "Let's turn seminars into laboratories for entrepreneurship"--I don't think that's a good idea. I'm not against entrepreneurship, but I don't think that, outside of business school, this is what universities are for, particularly the liberal arts and humanities parts of the university. I'm quite traditional on that point. Having said that, I'm also a staunch advocate of digital literacy. As Kittler said, to be a person in the modern world, one should know at least one foreign language and one computer language. So let's learn how to code, but let's also read Plato. Ultimately these two domains can be contemplated together--think of Plato's special relationship to mathematics, for example. ... In terms of interesting projects, the holy grail is still ad hoc networking. Once we have truly viable ad hoc networking, rolled out to a significant number of machines and mobile devices, at that point, we will see a major shift in technology and modes of sociability. It's starting to happen with apps like FireChat. But it's still not completely mainstream, unfortunately. Imagine if the Occupy Movement was not a quote-unquote "Twitter revolution"--which is such a ridiculous and problematic notion to begin with!--rather, imagine if it was completely ad hoc, imagine if the network itself was local and ad hoc. Things would be very different. (It would send the NSA into a tizzy, for one thing, and completely force state surveillance to reorganize itself around compromising hardware and OS software, some of which they've already accomplished, instead of simply hoovering the Internet backbone--but that's another conversation entirely.) I suspect ad hoc networking will have the kind of transformative impact that something like Bittorrent had in the past.
higher_ed  digital_literacy  hackerspace 
august 2015 by robincamille
I'm a professor. My colleagues who let their students dictate what they teach are cowards. - Vox
What my experience has taught me must become every instructor's priority — that is, if we are in the profession because we want to develop engaged citizens. I have learned to teach students to notice how they are being groomed to join a "docile and contingent workforce" whenever they are not encouraged to think in ways that feel like a challenge. I couldn't do this if I were busy cowering to avoid complaints. Besides, I want my students to be passionately engaged and to feel empowered about speaking up both inside and outside of my classroom. The real question, then, is: how can professors broach controversial topics in a way that does not lend itself to complaints that are grounded more in emotion than in intellectual inquiry? The solution is simple, but implementing it requires courage and tenacity: professors need to directly discuss power and power differentials, no matter the subject area.
higher_ed 
june 2015 by robincamille
The Shadow Scholar - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Ed Dante is a pseudonym for a writer who lives on the East Coast. Through a literary agent, he approached The Chronicle wanting to tell the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed.
higher_ed  nlp 
june 2015 by robincamille

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