Your Mother Wants You To Go Home to EatSubmitted Thu Oct 22 2009 22:45:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) by Jason Z.
The Great Firewall of China -- that country's massive Internet censorship program -- is the great standing exception to the the cornucopian communication age cottage industry, not unlike China itself is for neoliberalism's great markets=freedom project.
So it's fascinating to take in this academic meditation on the uncanny spread of an Internet meme, The Curious Case of Jia Junpeng, or The Power of Symbolic Appropriation in Chinese Cyberspace.
the main message is that in China today, the internet can always be appropriated by users for their own purposes, however closely it is monitored or controlled. ... ... The issue is not simply a matter of citizen expression versus state control, or freedom versus repression, though these are of central importance. Even during more controlled periods such as the Cultural Revolution, there were what Tang Tsou calls "zones of indifference" which state power did not try to penetrate or control. In some ways, cyberspace is easier to control. A vast online community, for example, may be monitored from a small central control office. Entire networks can be shut down. Yet this does not mean Chinese cyberspace does not have its own "zones of indifference."
"Zones of indifference" ... reminiscent of (if distinctly less exalted than) Hakim Bey's Temporary Autonomous Zones. What's next in this for the timeless play of coercion, critique and consent? I think I may have to pick up the gentleman's book to get a few ideas.
Small Accommodations for TechnologySubmitted Sat Nov 03 2007 12:57:07 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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The Quality of MercySubmitted Tue Jul 03 2007 12:22:35 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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It's the Use, Not the TechSubmitted Thu Jun 07 2007 15:33:55 GMT-0400 (EDT)
no one is very good at predicting technological futures; new and old technologies coexist; and technological significance and technological novelty are rarely the same ... Above all, [David] Edgerton says that we are wrong to associate technology solely with invention, and that we should think of it, rather, as evolving through use. A "history of technology-in-use," he writes, yields "a radically different picture of technology, and indeed of invention and innovation."I hadn't seen it remarked upon in my scan through the nptech chatter of recent weeks, but that sounds like a description anyone who's worked at a nonprofit -- or taken a support call from one -- can readily identify with.
DependenceSubmitted Fri Apr 20 2007 22:13:22 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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After NTCSubmitted Sun Apr 15 2007 14:27:44 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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What Two Years in Nonprofit Tech Has Taught Me (If Anything)Submitted Fri Mar 02 2007 10:16:05 GMT-0500 (EST)
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Metrics Meretricious and MeritoriousSubmitted Sun Jan 28 2007 00:07:20 GMT-0500 (EST)
We all — myself included — pay far too much attention to these measures because they are so easy to get. But are they really telling us anything important? Is your goal for a newsletter really to get them to click to your site, or is it to bond them to the organization?
Surge ProtectionSubmitted Wed Jan 10 2007 19:08:35 GMT-0500 (EST)
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