Friday, March 20, 2009

Post to Monitor 03/20/2009 (a.m.)

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    • When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry. Leadership becomes faith-based, while employees who have the temerity to suggest that what seems to be happening is in fact happening are herded into Innovation Departments, where they can be ignored en masse.
      • I'm being ignored at my school - what about you? - post by ldurff
    • The hard question Eisenstein’s book asks is “How did we get from the world before the printing press to the world after it? What was the revolution itself like?”
      • An excellent question. Those transitional, border, liminal areas of geography and history are always the most fruitful and interesting places to examine. - post by superjaberwocky
    • Agreements on all sides that core institutions must be protected are rendered meaningless by the very people doing the agreeing. (Luther and the Church both insisted, for years, that whatever else happened, no one was talking about a schism.) Ancient social bargains, once disrupted, can neither be mended nor quickly replaced, since any such bargain takes decades to solidify.
      • How applicable is this to the charter school / public school schism backed by Obama and Duncan? - post by cburell
    • If you can’t trust Aristotle, who can you trust?
      • I often ask myself the same question. ;) - post by jh2fct
    • They are demanding to be lied to
      • To resist. To avoid change. To return to the status quo - post by jh2fct
    • No one experiment is going to replace what we are now losing with the demise of news on paper, but over time, the collection of new experiments that do work might give us the journalism we need.
      • And it's up to citizens a) to decide the kind of journalism we need, and b) to fight for it. - post by brisso99
    • Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century
      • Good point. We shouldn't confuse the means with the end. Newspapers are not journalism - they contain journalism. If the container is worn out, time to replace it with something new. The end of newspapers does not herald the end of journalism. - post by englishonthenet
    • “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” The answer is: Nothing will work, but everything might. Now is the time for experiments, lots and lots of experiments, each of which will seem as minor at launch as craigslist did, as Wikipedia did, as octavo volumes did.
      • No sector is looking harder at this than education now. Education has the benefit of not being threatened by loss. Its realization of the potential is leading it down this path. - post by jh2fct
  • Yesterday, Charles Arthur was talking about the demise of local newspapers in some communities and how the rapid disappearance of proper investigative journalism at the local level makes councils unaccountable to local populations. Let's say it's true. What would we...

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