Notes from the Holy Wars: Bitmoji, Zoom, & Other Longings

When is a Twitter battle about Bitmoji Classroom like church unrest about worship via Zoom? This is the unlikely question that came to me recently, as I scrolled through my Twitter list of educators. The #BitmojiClassroom Wars I was taking a breather from news of the Portland protests. For 60+ days, the Portland pro-#BLM and anti-federal protests have woven an intense and terrifying narrative, punctuated […]

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Building a “Beloved Community”

It’s coming to the time of organizing the next step of work of Communications Committee, AKA ComCom. In this time of turmoil, fear, and new ways of being, ComCom has grown and teeters on a cusp of new possibilities, as well as new realities. Interesting how new realities and new possibilities come together. The new realities: ain’t no physical gathering happening any time soon. The […]

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Technologies in the Face of Crises

I live in a city deeply rooted in a racist past. Where police brutality against Blacks, indigenous people, other people of color, the unhoused, the mentally ill and drug-addicted, has been under federal investigation. Where current protestors have so much video of individual random cases of brutality that I’ve seen Reddit reports of an online catalog. And, where there are so many protests against brutality […]

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A Nice Day for Cyber Crime

At about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, an email from a church member landed in my inbox. “Karen, this is the third of emails from ‘Daniel.’ I am certain it is a fraud and will not communicate further.” Daniel*, a pastor of the church, had apparently sent an email requesting help for some women in a local hospital. The email read, Thank you, I would be glad […]

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Learning “Computer”: A Task for the Age(d)?

My mother, 87, is more proficient that most users her age– undoubtedly because in her son-in-law and granddaughter are software engineers, her son is highly regarded in the computer systems security industry, and her daughter–me– has been involved in internet culture and education for decades. Still, she scolded me the other day that it is more difficult for older people to learn “computer.” Although I […]

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In Search of a Method

[ Responding to the last post.] What if the stories are the way in to an understanding? To worry that stories may not be “enough” on which to build an exploration is to negate the corpus of work on qualitative inquiry, particularly narrative inquiry, for example It’s through the stories that my questions take shape; my wonderings drift, connect, and I “see” what I am […]

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