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[liberationtech] Suggestions for a course

Shava Nerad shava23 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 17:26:04 PST 2011


You are unlikely to find these on the web, but around the time the first trans-Atlantic (telegraph) cable was laid, there was a rash of anxiety/hysteria as reports of war and violence, disasters and tragic human interest stories began to crowd what had been, until then, a largely "hyperlocal" press.  Funny to think of it today.

Also, some of the current (pun intended) arguments regarding cyberattudinals (utopian, realist, dystopian, applied http://memesplice.com/evgeny.png) with it's overblown framing and media circus has some parallels to the early media war between Edison and Westinghouse/Tesla. This included a great deal of hyperbole and a dead elephant.  Bound to appeal to students! ;)

yrs, 
Shava Nerad

Sent from my iPhone so pardon the brevity/formatting! 

On Mar 9, 2011, at 6:15 PM, S Vivek <vivekdse at stanford.edu> wrote:

> Hello all,
> 
> I recently joined Stanford University and I will be teaching a course with Prof. Larry Diamond here shortly.  My course is entitled "Internet, public action and development" and I will be dealing with a variety of ways in which the Net can potentially enable/curtail/influence public action.  In order to put things in perspective, I wish to provide students with interesting news articles on radio, telephone an other communication technologies at a time they were being developed.  The idea is to reflect today's themes such as the internet being open, various forms of struggle to control communication systems, etc.  I wanted to ask you all if there are pieces that you found striking that I should recommend to my students.  It would be a great pedagogical tool, and I would appreciate any suggestions that you may have.  
> 
> Thank you,
> 
> Warm regards
> 
> S Vivek 
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