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[liberationtech] Suggestions for a course

Michael Rogers m-- at
Mon Mar 21 11:21:40 PDT 2011


It's not a news article, but I'd highly recommend Television: Technology
and Cultural Form by Raymond Williams, written at a time when cable and
satellite TV and affordable video cameras were just beginning to emerge.
The first few pages do a nice job of characterising and criticising
opinions which can be found in almost identical form in recent debates,
with the word "internet" substituted for "television":


> On Mar 9, 2011, at 3:15 PM, S Vivek 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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