Tuesday Links

Quick pointers to some of the more recent links to cross my radar:

  • Kathleen has assembled the latest version of the Teaching Carnival, with plenty of links to ongoing conversations about education from across the blogosphere.  David Parry is up next, and I’m on tap for March 23.  Just a reminder for all the film and media bloggers out there: I’d love to collect some posts from you about movies and teaching (or teaching in the movies).  Have a favorite film course? A favorite film about teaching?  Send me the link, and I’ll add it to the collection.  I’ll post more detailed information after Teaching Carnival 3.3 comes out in early March.
  • Speaking of teaching, Inside Higher Ed has a couple of recent articles about technology and instruction that are worth checking out.  Elizabeth Redden has an article about Kathleen Blake Yancey’s NCTE report calling for new pedagogies that take into consideration the fact that most of us will soon be “writing for the net.”  I’ll almost certainly have more to say about this report in the days ahead.  Meanwhile, thanks to a link in my Twitter feed, another IHE article by Steven Bell on the changing nature of the library, one that is marked by an increasing reliance on digital, rather than print, resources (I’ve lost the original pointer, but if you’re reading, thanks for linking!).
  • Meanwhile, Doc Searls’ post from the Integrated Media Association conference on the future of public media is well worth checking out, especially in relationship to the white paper recently published by the Center for Social Media on “Public Media 2.0.”  Searls points out that local news broadcasters are facing declining advertising revenues similar to those of newspapersand makes the cogent argument that PBS stations could reinvent themselves in part by taking a more active role in newsgathering.  Robert Paterson also reports from the same panel, with similar conclusions.
  • Finally, I found Marshall (“quarterlife”) Herskovitz’s discussion of internet movie distribution to be worth a read.  Herskovitz argues that Hollywood studios are not fully prepared for the new business models they’ll need to operate successfully online.  He’s also skeptical about the liberation narratives commonly associated with internet distribution.  Money quote:  “The question of the Internet being the great democratizer may be on its way out. Because although it is still cheap to create and distribute stuff on internet, it’s not cheap to market on the Internet. And that may be where big companies win as well, because they’ll have money to promote on the Internet. “

Update: By the way, saw this mentioned on Twitter, I believe by David Silver, and didn’t have time to blog it before, but Andrew Sullivan’s article on blogging for The Atlantic is well worth reading and (potentially) teaching, especially for students who may be relatively unfamiliar with blogging.

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