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a€oeThe Monkey’s Pawa€A

Y2K plugs into the fears that have haunted Science Fiction since its inception, confirming anxieties that, as technological integration increases, human control lessens, and the possibility of something crashing the entire system grows. Here, SF disintegrates into cyberpunk. Where Science Fiction can be defined as the implementation of the project of Progressive Technology a€" a vision of uninhibited technological growth spreading out into a far future that has been speculatively planned a€" cyberpunk lurks in the near future, building itself out of the unanticipated consequences of technical development. It is essentially improvisational, feeding on glitches, interference and coincidences: as the runaway AI Wintermute tells Case in Gibson’s Neuromancer, a€oeplanning’s not my thing.a€A

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"convergence culture"

a€oeConvergence does not depend on any specific delivery mechanism. Rather, convergence represents a paradigm shift a€" a move from medium-specific content toward content that flows across multiple media channels, toward the increased interdependence of communications systems, toward multiple ways of accessing media content, and toward ever more complex relations between top-down corporate media and bottom-up participatory culture.a€A (243) thesis statement

a€oeWe are in a critical moment of transition during which old rules are open to change and companies may be forced to renegotiate their relationship to consumers.a€A (243)

a€oeRather than talking about personal media, perhaps we should be talking about communal mediaa€A (245)

a€oeJust as studying fan culture helped us to understand the innovations that occur on the fringes of the media industry, we may also want to look at the structures of fan communities as showing us new ways of thinking about citizenship and collaboration.a€A (246) BIG THESIS

a€oeThat is why it is so important to fight against the corporate copyright regime, to argue against censorship and moral panic that would pathologize these emerging forms of participation, to publicize the best practices of these online communities, to expand access and participation to groups that are otherwise being left behind, and to promote forms of media literacy education that help all children to develop the skills needed to become full participants in their culture.a€A (248) ADVOCACY THESIS

a€oeA politics of confrontation must give way to one focused on tactical collaboration.a€A (250)

a€oeConcentrated power is apt to remain concentrated. But we will see adhocracy principles applied to more and more different kinds of projectsa€A (256-7). Yes, but what about sabotage?

a€oeparticipation becomes an important political right.a€A (257). Yes. Why isna€™t there more of this in the book?

a€oeThe ideal of the informed citizen is breaking down because there is simply too much for any individual to know. The idea of monitorial citizenship depends on developing new skills in collaboration and a new ethic of knowledge sharing that will allow us to deliberate together.a€A (259). ok

a€oeOne of the ways we can shape the future of media culture is by resisting such disempowering approaches to media literacy education. We need to rethink the goals of media education so that young people can come to think of themselves as cultural producers and participants and not simply as consumers, critical or otherwise.a€A (259). Call to rethink media literacy

MESSAGE: rules redrawn. Negotiation. Resurgence of communal culture. Political implications. Key prescriptions = advocacy. Not sure how his corporate readers would react. Focus on negotiation, but doesna€™t jive with hardline advocacy. Convergence will save us all. We just need to help it happen.

too much information for one post at aramsinnreich.typepad

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When all it does is slowww me doww… oh sorry

Get this, I’m sure you’ve all taken at least a brief gander at Koookiecrumbles’ AK-47 exposA© a bit further down the page (an mnp original btw). So, it’s only fitting that I bring you the real news. If you’ve already heard it… have you seen it?

I’m sure there may be, by now, better links (I guess the guy’s lawyer claims he’s a gun collector) but I’m going to go with the original source for shock value. Seriously… all I could hear in my head was that song.

070307_popper_arrest.jpg actual pic

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper was arrested near Ritzville after the vehicle he was riding in was clocked going 111 mph, the Washington State Patrol said Wednesday.

Popper, 39, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 90 near the Spokane/Lincoln county line, the Washington State Patrol said.

Inside the black Mercedes SUV, officers found a cache of weapons and a small amount of marijuana, the Patrol said.

Popper, who lives in Snohomish, Wash., is the owner of the vehicle, which was being driven by Brian Gourgeois, 34, of Austin, Texas, said state patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

Sevigney confirmed that Popper was a member of the popular band and that the pair was traveling from Texas to Washington

From KOMO-TV

Ok, he might be a gun collector… but why the secret desperado-esque drawer in the trunk?

070307_popper_arrest2.jpg

And for you enthusiasts out there, a lil AK-47 history.

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Posted: March 12th, 2007
at 3:30pm by black octagons


Categories: hood status,celebrity,crime,too good to be true,weaponry,real life news

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america hates stuart scott

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Posted: March 9th, 2007
at 4:15pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Hate it or Love it

Peter Birkenhed of Salon.com takes a a few shots at new age philosphies espoused by films such as "The Secret."

"The Secret" espouses a "philosophy" patched together by an Australian talk-show producer named Rhonda Byrne. Though "The Secret" unabashedly appropriates and mishmashes familiar self-help cliches, it was still the subject of two recent episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" featuring a dream team of self-help gurus, all of whom contributed to the project.

The main idea of "The Secret" is that people need only visualize what they want in order to get it — and the book certainly has created instant wealth, at least for Rhonda Byrne and her partners-in-con. And the marketing idea behind it — the enlisting of that dream team, in what is essentially a massive, cross-promotional pyramid scheme — is brilliant.

And who does he see as the figurehead of said scheme? Oprah Winfrey, who has devoted at least two shows to "The Secret." We’re not sure if hes just jumping on the recent (and late) Oprah hate-train… but if he is we salute him. We’re also wondering how many people paid any money to watch that movie… most people I know saw it at free screenings or um… downloaded it.

Article at Salon.com

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Posted: March 5th, 2007
at 11:00am by black octagons


Categories: life,celebrity,philosophy

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

GRAND CANYON WEST, ARIZ. a€" Perched over the Grand Canyon close to a mile above the Colorado River, a massive, multimillion-dollar glass walkway will soon open for business as the centerpiece of a struggling Indian tribe’s plan to lure tourists to its remote reservation.

An engineering marvel or a colossal eyesore, depending on who is describing it, the horseshoe-shaped glass walkway will jut out 70 feet beyond the canyon’s edge on the Hualapai Indian Reservation just west of Grand Canyon Village. Buttressed by 1 million pounds of steel and supporting 90 tons of tempered glass, the see-through deck will give visitors a breathtaking view of the canyon.

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Posted: February 12th, 2007
at 1:26pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,life,celebrity,business,architecture,fo' real?,real life news

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"You will wish to remain anonymous"

Prediction: The new hot thing in our future will be anonymity.

To be un-famous.

To be Googled a€" and to not be there. No link. No Wiki. No tube, space or face. No nothing.

Ita€™s too late for most adults a€" anyone with a job, a drivera€™s license or a signature on a public document. But in a world where anyone can be known, what could be cooler than not being known? In a celebrity-saturated culture, what could be hotter than not being a celebrity?

You may have noticed that celebrity aina€™t what it used to be. Where there was once hard work and accomplishment behind onea€™s being awarded celebrity status, today one need only wake up, plug in the video cam and hit a button.

article at [thestate]

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Posted: January 22nd, 2007
at 2:04pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,celebrity,web

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American Mug

from Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots at boingboing buy at amazon
mug america

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Posted: January 16th, 2007
at 12:05am by Koookiecrumbles


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Douglas Adams

AMERICAN ATHEISTS: There are quite a few lighthearted references to god and religion in your books (a€oe…2000 years after some guy got nailed to a treea€A). How has your Atheism influenced your writing? Where (in which characters or situations) are your personal religious thoughts most accurately reflected.

DNA: I am fascinated by religion. (Thata€™s a completely different thing from believing in it!) It has had such an incalculably huge effect on human affairs. What is it? What does it represent? Why have we invented it? How does it keep going? What will become of it? I love to keep poking and prodding at it. Ia€™ve thought about it so much over the years that that fascination is bound to spill over into my writing.

interview at americanatheist

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Posted: January 14th, 2007
at 11:34pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: celebrity,mnp is for the children

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