Vote with Your Remote

I can’t believe this! I thought Canadians were tolerant, pluralistic, fair and democratic-minded.

Apparently Harper and Layton are not. Show the media groups who backed down and decided to silence and exclude Green Party leader Elizabeth May from the leaders debate that you will ‘Vote with Your Remote’ by watching the American Presidential candidates debate instead on October 1st.

Phone, email, blog, twitter, fax – CBC, Radio Canada, CTV, Global and TVA.

Join the ‘Vote with Your Remote’ Facebook group.

If you want the Canadian federal political debate to feature the Green Party candidate as well as the other 3 major party leaders – then let the Canadian Television and Radio networks know about it. Vote with your remote by watching the American presidential candidates debate on October 1st.

Keywords: CCK08, Vote, Facebook, media


Power on, log in, drop out – CCK08

Is it just me or is anyone else afraid, very afraid of where technology may be leading us?

“Private contact with familiar friends and workmates is replacing public gregariousness so that people pass each other unsmiling on streets, highways and hallways.”
– Little boxes, Glocalization and Networked Individualism

I am a technology consultant immersed in a wireless, connected world, finding it increasingly difficult to step off the technology treadmill. As much as I truly value the myriad of social connections and knowledge developed via cyberspace and the new technologies – I am equally concerned about how quickly these virtual networks are eroding my daily face-to-face interactions.

In Technopoly, Neil Postman observes that the computer “subordinates the claims of our nature, our biology, our emotions, our spirituality.”

Computer networks (intra & internet) and connectivism by their very nature subordinate personal, face-to-face contact – where the nuances of body language, vocal tone and facial expression immeasurably enrich human communication.

‘Networked individualism’ is an all-encompassing, paradoxical term that suggests harmony and balance when perhaps by engaging others via wireless technologies – nothing could be further from the truth.

Rather than blending culture and technology – perhaps we are surrendering culture to technology.

Just a few thoughts . . .

Tags: CCK08, technology, technopoly, networks

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CCKO8 – Synap!

1,900 classmates – WOW!

Just the thought of participating in what’s been called the world’s Massive Open Online course – Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08) – is enough to send my synapses into a tailspin.

When I first learned of this bold, innovative global cyber-experiment – I was pumped.

A brain-child of the course co-facilitators, George Siemens and Stephen Downes, this for credit or not for credit (the choice is yours) 12 week course will “explore the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning, outline a connectivist understanding of educational systems of the future and help participants make sense of the transformative impact of technology in teaching and learning over the last decade.”

Since I am also working on another of my Master of Catholic Thought courses – I thought I would opt for the CCK08 not-for-credit option.

I am truly looking forward to collaborating with educators around the world on this daring endeavor.

CCK08 list of participants

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