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  • Remistifying “Digital Literacy”? « Liam McHugh-Russell
    huge portion of people use Twitter not as a way to communicate directly but only as a way to encode other kinds of communications Why does the NY Times have its own dedicated microurl Because of how frequently people were using Twitter to link to articles in the Times So when Gabler claims that Twitter is bad because tweeting is largely a burst of either brief unsupported opinions or brief descriptions of your own prosaic activities a form of distraction or anti thinking he s providing an unfairly narrow image of how social media is used Another example It s true that I waste some amount of time on facebook watching videos of cats chasing lasers though my favourite online video remains this classic of cats who shoot lasers But most of my time there is spent following links posted by friends reading the comments they write on these articles commenting on their positions and when I m lucky getting into an even more extended conversation on these topics The reality is the majority of my discussion of ideas now happens not IRL but on facebook This concerns me certainly But not because it heralds the doom of thought itself One could respond that among those using online technologies my network of friends is anomalous and that though Gabler s vision of Twitter may be narrow he s right about the majority of online content Well fine but then the only important question is are people talking about big ideas more or less than before Twitter Because I am willing to wager with 1 to 1 odds that most of Western societies has always talked about the mundane details of their lives most of the time Were the biggest celebrities in 1899 intellectuals actors or war heroes But let me get back to Gutenberg no doubt reading a lot of articles online is different from reading an entire book But it s not clear to me which form of reading allows more thinking As I read Gabler s piece I stumbled on his use of Gresham s Law which is sad because I spent much of August reading political economy So I looked it up on wikipedia It turns out that basically Gresham found by accident that bad money will always replace good where both are available in the market Which also implies that my bothering to provide a hard link to the wiki page on Gresham is kind of silly because as my experience indicates if people stumble with ideas in their traipsing through the blogosphere they will do the legwork to find out more Indeed a lot of my online activities will lead into a web of related readings some followed links some watched videos It s not deep reading but rather networked reading What are the implications of this change in the nature of reading for thinking for ideas and for culture A fascinating question no doubt and one which is being addressed obliquely in the literary

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  • information overload « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the age of Gutenberg Sure it s impossible to summarize big ideas in 140 characters But a huge portion of people use Twitter not as a way to communicate directly but only as a way to encode other kinds of communications Why does the NY Times have its own dedicated microurl Because of how frequently people were using Twitter to link to articles in the Times So when Gabler claims that Twitter is bad because tweeting is largely a burst of either brief unsupported opinions or brief descriptions of your own prosaic activities a form of distraction or anti thinking he s providing an unfairly narrow image of how social media is used Another example It s true that I waste some amount of time on facebook watching videos of cats chasing lasers though my favourite online video remains this classic of cats who shoot lasers But most of my time there is spent following links posted by friends reading the comments they write on these articles commenting on their positions and when I m lucky getting into an even more extended conversation on these topics The reality is the majority of my discussion of ideas now happens not IRL but on facebook This concerns me certainly But not because it heralds the doom of thought itself One could respond that among those using online technologies my network of friends is anomalous and that though Gabler s vision of Twitter may be narrow he s right about the majority of online content Well fine but then the only important question is are people talking about big ideas more or less than before Twitter Because I am willing to wager with 1 to 1 odds that most of Western societies has always talked about the mundane details of their lives most of the time Were the biggest celebrities in 1899 intellectuals actors or war heroes But let me get back to Gutenberg no doubt reading a lot of articles online is different from reading an entire book But it s not clear to me which form of reading allows more thinking As I read Gabler s piece I stumbled on his use of Gresham s Law which is sad because I spent much of August reading political economy So I looked it up on wikipedia It turns out that basically Gresham found by accident that bad money will always replace good where both are available in the market Which also implies that my bothering to provide a hard link to the wiki page on Gresham is kind of silly because as my experience indicates if people stumble with ideas in their traipsing through the blogosphere they will do the legwork to find out more Indeed a lot of my online activities will lead into a web of related readings some followed links some watched videos It s not deep reading but rather networked reading What are the implications of this change in the nature of reading for thinking for ideas and

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  • Do not listen to me « Liam McHugh-Russell
    documentary points out that ironically Environment Canada is actually pretty good at predicting weather probabilities though not actually the weather I would say that the documentary itself probably isn t worth watching It seems pretty smug which violates the one rule that it proposes about expert advice if you have to rely on an expert there are ones you can trust The one who seems uncertain but offers ideas on how you can think about something He s not promising to save you but has five things that might help That s certainly one way to think of it but on the other hand October 4th 2011 Tags CBC expertise experts knowledge probability science Category irony Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art

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  • expertise « Liam McHugh-Russell
    a wrench It is possible to be better at some things to build a repertoire And the documentary points out that ironically Environment Canada is actually pretty good at predicting weather probabilities though not actually the weather I would say that the documentary itself probably isn t worth watching It seems pretty smug which violates the one rule that it proposes about expert advice if you have to rely on an expert there are ones you can trust The one who seems uncertain but offers ideas on how you can think about something He s not promising to save you but has five things that might help That s certainly one way to think of it but on the other hand October 4th 2011 Tags CBC expertise experts knowledge probability science Category irony Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy

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  • Problem definition, regulatory logics and the incoherence of politics « Liam McHugh-Russell
    that there is no politically neutral logically coherent process by which legal conclusions can be drawn regarding the application of principles in specific situations However it is not this claim which concerns me even most crits have retreated from this version of the claim but rather a precondition for its possibility What bothers me is that in some cases it is not the interpretations of the principles which are contested but the principles themselves Lawmaking after all is a political process The players and participants in the process want different things In a review of Bauer Pool and Dexter s 1964 study of the political process surrounding antebellum US trade policy 1 Theodore Lowi notes an important finding The outcome depended not upon compromise between the two sides in Congress but upon whose definition of the situation prevailed If tariff is an instrument of foreign policy and general regulation for international purposes the anti protectionists win if the traditional definition of tariff as an aid to 100 000 individual firms prevails then the protectionists win The advantage of Langille s framing of the question what are we trying to do is helpful insofar as it sets aside debates between formalism and functionalism and implicitly sides with those who see no divide between principle and policy both are cast simply as a matter of what the law is meant to do and how it works to accomplish that task Once the problem has been defined and the successful policy choice promulgated into law legal adjudication and administration can be made to cohere on the basis of a purposive interpretation of the resulting rules Unfortunately purposive interpretation in international labour law is not so easy I have spent much of the last week scanning the record of the last ten years of discussions at the ILO s Governing Body regarding the reform of standards and supervision processes These are discussions of process mind you not discussions leading to actual international standard setting What these discussions reveal is unsurprising action being taken and rules amended despite the absence of any consensus about problem definition Without compromise at the level of problem definition except for an agreement not to agree the unfortunate result is a set of processes which reflect multiple often incoherent logics Each party tries to convert their interest into a principle but neither principle prevails Such conflict of problem definition is just as likely to be reflected in international labour standards While it is true that the ILO Constitution sets out high level normative aims the relevance of international regimes relies on their possession not only of a goal but also an operative logic i e an understanding of how specific norms will be realized by the policy or standard in question Reading those Governing Body decisions has made clear to me that the resulting rules or procedures may actually embody conflicting norms which are inherent to the system not accidental the high level aims may be purposefully vague and multivalent

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  • Fraser v Ontario « Liam McHugh-Russell
    this claim from the critical legal studies movement was that such derivation is non deterministic that there is no politically neutral logically coherent process by which legal conclusions can be drawn regarding the application of principles in specific situations However it is not this claim which concerns me even most crits have retreated from this version of the claim but rather a precondition for its possibility What bothers me is that in some cases it is not the interpretations of the principles which are contested but the principles themselves Lawmaking after all is a political process The players and participants in the process want different things In a review of Bauer Pool and Dexter s 1964 study of the political process surrounding antebellum US trade policy 1 Theodore Lowi notes an important finding The outcome depended not upon compromise between the two sides in Congress but upon whose definition of the situation prevailed If tariff is an instrument of foreign policy and general regulation for international purposes the anti protectionists win if the traditional definition of tariff as an aid to 100 000 individual firms prevails then the protectionists win The advantage of Langille s framing of the question what are we trying to do is helpful insofar as it sets aside debates between formalism and functionalism and implicitly sides with those who see no divide between principle and policy both are cast simply as a matter of what the law is meant to do and how it works to accomplish that task Once the problem has been defined and the successful policy choice promulgated into law legal adjudication and administration can be made to cohere on the basis of a purposive interpretation of the resulting rules Unfortunately purposive interpretation in international labour law is not so easy I have spent much of the last week scanning the record of the last ten years of discussions at the ILO s Governing Body regarding the reform of standards and supervision processes These are discussions of process mind you not discussions leading to actual international standard setting What these discussions reveal is unsurprising action being taken and rules amended despite the absence of any consensus about problem definition Without compromise at the level of problem definition except for an agreement not to agree the unfortunate result is a set of processes which reflect multiple often incoherent logics Each party tries to convert their interest into a principle but neither principle prevails Such conflict of problem definition is just as likely to be reflected in international labour standards While it is true that the ILO Constitution sets out high level normative aims the relevance of international regimes relies on their possession not only of a goal but also an operative logic i e an understanding of how specific norms will be realized by the policy or standard in question Reading those Governing Body decisions has made clear to me that the resulting rules or procedures may actually embody conflicting norms which are inherent

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  • For younger readers « Liam McHugh-Russell
    all costs covered including travel expenses to and from Montreal accommodation and conference fees covered for the full 6 days They re looking for under 30s who Hold a social science degree in law political science economics sociology history cultural studies anthropology or any other relevant field preferably at a graduate level Have relevant field experience Show a demonstrated commitment to the area of human rights and or social justice Show a demonstrated commitment to work independently Here s the application form Deadline is February 28th Here s more info about the conference itself February 2nd 2010 Tags conference diversity education human rights scholarship university Category Uncategorized Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett

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  • diversity « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Forum for Young Leaders from Monday October 4th to Thursday October 7th Chosen participants will have all costs covered including travel expenses to and from Montreal accommodation and conference fees covered for the full 6 days They re looking for under 30s who Hold a social science degree in law political science economics sociology history cultural studies anthropology or any other relevant field preferably at a graduate level Have relevant field experience Show a demonstrated commitment to the area of human rights and or social justice Show a demonstrated commitment to work independently Here s the application form Deadline is February 28th Here s more info about the conference itself February 2nd 2010 Tags conference diversity education human rights scholarship university Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy digital literacy economics education finance inequality knowledge labour law law

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