This week I was in Kampala and had the opportunity to meet a friend-of-a-friend, John Gattorn, a super-cool dude who does human rights and democracy work. As I’m obsessed with finding practical ways to use technology for social change, I told him about Global Voices Advocacy and their guide to blogging anonymously. Two days later, […]
Polarized and paranoid. This is how I’ve been describing public discourse for the last few years now. I’d like to see it change. This post will explore what I mean by this, why I think it’s happening, and what we can do to reverse this dangerous trend. Learn why this post is incomplete.
“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” Nicholas Carr has written a wonderful article — Is Google Making Us Stupid? — on how consuming content online may be imparing our ability to concentrate.
In January 1999 I broke up with my television. I was a recently single mother of a two-year-old child and I knew if I had that dammed thing in the house I would succumb to the temptation to put him in front of it. So I could cook supper without him grabbing my legs and screaming for my undivided attention. So I could have a moment to myself.
Just a little over a year ago, in July 2003, the State Department launched Hi magazine. Hi is part of the administration’s ongoing effort to combat anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, particularly among Arab youth. This effort also includes Radio Sawa (Arabic for ‘together’) and an upcoming Arabic-language satellite TV station.