My buddy Raz, intending to keep debate lively, sends me this link to remind us the U.S. isn’t the only country with economic links to Iraq.
Meanwhile, on another conflict with world-wide implications, I just watched a short (35 min) video, On Orientalism, which is an interview with Edward Said. He descirbes (my paraphrase) settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a litmus test for the future of humanity: we will either build walls, creating an increasingly segregated world, or discover ways to live together with differences. His insight into the centuries-long demonization of Muslims is a clear explanation of how “reality” is “socially constructed.” Despite his incisive criticism of the western depiction of Muslims and Arabs, Said throws his lot in with other Arab intellectuals who believe a peaceful coexistence is possible. A couple of resources are the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace and the MidEastWeb Gateway.
My own learning curve here is that the term orientalism does not refer only to the Far East (such as China).
While I promote these peace sites, I am constantly reminded that pacifism is an ism just like any other ideology.
One organization is trying to run local newspaper ads explaining to the American public that there is no proven link between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 attacks. They cite “A recent New York Times
poll revealed that 42% of Americans believe that Saddam Hussein was behind what happened September 11th.”
You can peek at the ad without contributing – just scroll down to the bottom, or you can donate to the cause.
Some reports on the Virtual Protest on February 26 from The Washington Post – “ANTIWAR PROTESTERS FLOOD SENATE PHONE LINES;” The BBC – “US ‘VIRTUAL MARCH’ OVER IRAQ,” and The New York Times (requires free “registration”) – “AN ANTIWAR DEMONSTRATION THAT DOES NOT TAKE TO THE STREETS.”
Here are some current students’ own weblogs:
Foundations of Education – My Foundations of Education Blog (Tracy), Inspirations (Deborah), cdarling (Crystal), and Lovetoteachkids (Darlene).
Another teaching resource is Teaching for Change.
Writing As Communication – Matt Henry’s LiveJournal.
Some more general blogging references:
A terrific article by Jo Ann Oravec that gives an overview of weblogs as an internet phenomenon, Bookmarking the World, also includes many links to interesting blogs. The journal it’s in may be of interest to teachers: Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
Aldon Hynes posted this comment and query to an academic listserv on Internet technology and communication: “I would like to return to (hopefully) the more germain topic of studying the role of the internet in the current issues surrounding proposed U.S. attack against Iraq. I remember from my days as a demonstrator, that an important aspect of the demonstrations was always gathering afterwards for a beer to talk about what had happened which helped galvanize the sense of commitment to the cause, sense of community etc. I’ve noticed what seems to be a similar occurance in blogs, especially after last weekend. I know that there are people here interested in the role of blogs. Is anyone looking at blogs as an emerging political tool?”
Finally, if anyone is interested in helping out with research on computer-mediated communication please complete this survey. It should take about ten minutes.
Yo! Had to take a few days off to take care of the psychosocial being (as my Alexander teacher calls it). Instead of doing homework and other professional academic-type tasks, I played. Out to dinner with friends and drinking beer with my uncle. Turned NPR off and listened to music. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Now I can face the world again.
To wit, this site Abolish: The Anti-Slavery Project from one of my Sociology students.
And this immediate need to counteract government permission for companies to lie about the organic properties of their food products. In Vermont, both Senators Leahy and Jeffords are working to get this provision removed from the 2003 Fiscal Budget legislation currently on the floor.
Of note: In protest against the state’s prohibition against gay marriages, a local minister announced from the pulpit Sunday that he will no longer sign marriage licenses when he performs wedding ceremonies, though he will continue to preside over religious ceremonies.” Read Jay Deacon’s Valentine’s Day sermon, “Desire!”
I am crushed. Leda told me she agreed with Raz. She tried to soften the blow by telling me that my blog provides some “counterbalance to all the others that are sooo personal,” but clearly, I’m boring. 🙁
I want you to read me for my MIND! Not my daily catalogue of activities! Alas….Todd and I spoke later about a cohort gathering. We’re trying to find a night to go out as some folk want to “get rowdy.” Todd, teasing, said, “I don’t get rowdy.” “Neither do I,” I said, more seriously, “but sometimes I dance.”
Awesome photographs of the protests on February 15. I have a slow server and it took a long time to download all of them (literally about 5 minutes) but it was well worth it. My favorites are from Antartica and Prague.
More on the virtual protest set for Feb 26.
And some leaflets you can print for distribution.
Thanks to Aldon Hynes for the following sites:
A report of first-hand experience at the protest in NY. You have to do some scrolling (through a bunch of quite interesting stuf!) to find the entry on February 17th at 11:46.
A a business networking community centered
in London has had some discussion about the peace movement, note these entries:
Julian Bond on 17/02/03 – 09:16
Phil Woodford on 16/02/03 – 23:59
Leon Benjamin on 16/02/03 – 08:51
Dave Cross on 16/02/03 – 08:48
This morning, my daughter and I were snuggling on the sofa talking about some of our friends. It seemed like
Well, it’s Day Ten of the flu. Slept 16 hours last night plus an hour nap this afternoon. Is it over yet?
My buddy Raz checked out the site: on the plus side, lots of links, on the down side,
Well now, I’ve been stumbling along learning the blog software for Blogger.com (with intensive tutoring from my intrepid computer guru, Ben Tucker!) for the last several weeks. It’s time to “go public” and share the site with my students. Some of them (perhaps, you!) will choose to establish their own weblogs as a project for the Foundations of Education course. Ben tells me Blogger is probably the easiest for beginners, but there is an array of choices, and some may give more options for the technologically more sophisticated.
Please go to the Weblog Kitchen for a list of possible software programs for your Blog. And get ready to play! 🙂
The blizzard comes! Our usual pre-storm flurry &emdash; water, flashlights, wood. It’s a way of life in Vermont, but I feel for the folks further south who aren’t accustomed to winter precautions and inconveniences. I anticipate we may lose power this time, as the cold has been so intense for so long the trees will not have much flex in them as the snow weights them down.
Quickly then, the New York Times finally starts to take the anti-war demonstrations seriously, not just one but two headline stories today! (But you can’t read them unless you subscribe.) Instead, look at this breakdown of 11 million marchers worldwide compiled by the Independent Media Center.
[the FP] and I recently watched one of the Bill Moyers interviews with Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth. He was quite a compelling and inspirational guy. In speaking of teaching, he said (something to the effect of), “If you’re going to teach anything, teach people how to live!”
Somehow, I’ve got to inject some enthusiasm into the Writing class. I haven’t successfully conveyed any compelling reason for the first couple of assignments. Some of the students found their own reasons anyway (which is what good writers do – they take a thesis or assignment and take it in/take it on, turn it into a vehicle for thier own purposes and ambitions while staying true to the task), but most have not. I’m considering asking them to substitute their OWN “assignment” for the personal narratives. What if I simply give them their choice?