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[liberationtech] Suggestions for a course

Shava Nerad shava23 at
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 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! ;)

Shava Nerad

Sent from my iPhone so pardon the brevity/formatting! 

On Mar 9, 2011, at 6:15 PM, S Vivek <vivekdse at> 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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