Me & Gunther Go to the Beach

So, I’m reading Literacy in the New Media Age by Gunther Kress and today we went to the beach. I’ve never taken theories to the beach, especially not theories of semiotics. But we shared a lovely 20 pages or so before I felt I needed some time to digest what I’d read. I’m not sure I’m at home in the arguments he’s building about new […]

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Today’s Moment of Heresy

I’m sitting under the portico on the back deck of the Truro, MA  library, watching the kids from the local day camp run relay races. It’s one of the top ten days here: pure blue sky, light breeze, endless sun. I walked for a long while on the beach this morning, to this year’s sandbar where hundreds of grey seals are resting. They make this […]

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What I’m reading (I think)

Tuesday, July 26 I’ve stolen this idea from Dacia Mitchell, a doctoral student at NYU. Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the doctoral studies bog; there’s so much reading, such a constancy of writing, thinking (agonizing) that it’s a challenge to think of blogging. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had moments of conviction that no one wants to read stuff like this. […]

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When I Decided to Unplug

Part 1  Going Deep I went cold turkey. Just, went onto Twitter & announced a week of being unplugged, didn’t blog or check email, logged into Facebook only once, to leave a message for my mother that I’d arrived safely in the land of the golden sun. (O.K., so I also Facebook-whined about the disappointing temperature, but after the pounding New York took this past […]

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Fear-Mongering Is NOT an Instructional Strategy

Room 2001 has some good stuff going on. I know because I spent a little time visiting their blog recently, to learn more about their work with a Fox News meteorologist who was having some trouble with his graphs. The page read, “Last night on Fox 11, the meteorologist presented two graphs to the viewers displaying different sets of data about upcoming weather. Analyze the pictures […]

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You Can’t Explain Mars

What if you’d been born blind, and then, through some neurological intervention, you could suddenly see? You might say, “Fabulous!” But as Oliver Sacks tells it, more often than not, the newly sighted person isn’t sure the change is such a good thing. Sacks, a neurosurgeon who writes compellingly about patients with unique neurological disorders, describes patients who ask if they can go back– to […]

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“There’s Just Too Much”

is what a teacher told me recently. Information, that is. Email, posts to discussion forums, blogs. And you know what? There is. Right now, I have 516 unread posts in my Netvibes reader. (Does it count that I just got back from vacation?) I have 4 active email accounts– o.k., it’s really 3: one web-based email account just collects the email from all the others […]

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