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More about Modes and Levels of Literacy

I have mentioned before that it is wrong to contrast literacy with illiteracy (see e.g. “Literacy = ! { an on-off switch }“). Instead, I believe there are many modes and levels of literacy. Take, for example, language written on paper. If someone were to call a person who could read either cuneiform written on tablets… Continue reading More about Modes and Levels of Literacy

My No-Know Freeze-Frame World

This post is yet again quite “media” related. In this case, the focus is on a very nondescript split second (or maybe like 1 or 2 seconds) “in between” scenes from a decades-old movie called “Wayne’s World” (you might want to contrast that title with the somewhat longer title of this post 😉 ). “Wayne’s… Continue reading My No-Know Freeze-Frame World

With or Without Advertising

In the previous two installments, we investigated worlds with and without advertising. Now let’s begin trying to discover which world we prefer to (or choose to) engage in. Essentially, this boils down to choosing whether we want to receive one message at a time, or whether we would prefer to receive two messages at the… Continue reading With or Without Advertising

Publishing Without Walls

Picking up the pieces from our previous installment (“A Deep Dive Behind the Editorial Wall“), let’s consider what publishing looks like without walls. My hunch is that there are a lot of people who are completely unfamiliar with the idea that it is possible to publish something without some kind of advertising — and here,… Continue reading Publishing Without Walls

Responsibility for Online Behavior

Over the past few years, I have significantly increased my online engagement. I could trace this all the way back to my decision to refocus my attention to online work in general (which was already quite a long time ago), but I think it would be more correct to say it was more a result… Continue reading Responsibility for Online Behavior

Self Determination

Among the people I met up with in Porto last weekend (see chapter 21, “Social Business Regulation: Introduction & Socio BIZ Rule #1“) was a woman from Latvia who spoke really excellent English (probably because — as she mentioned in passing — she now lives in England). She noted that she feels it is wrong the… Continue reading Self Determination

Language & Community — Some More or Less Clearly Defined Definitions

I feel I need to make clear how I define some terms. Although I feel as though I use most terms in a very literal manner, I think some people misunderstand what I mean because these terms sometimes have connotations which differ significantly from the way the terms are (or “ought to be) understood in… Continue reading Language & Community — Some More or Less Clearly Defined Definitions

Linguistic Empathy & Community Boundaries

Languages are abstractions — they pretend to actually exist, but in reality they are more like amorphous relationships between the language’s speakers (or users). When one person uses a word and another person interprets that word’s meaning, there is no guarantee of absolute congruency — meanings can be laden with all sorts of connotations, there… Continue reading Linguistic Empathy & Community Boundaries

Community — Compared to What?

There’s a sort of “pop jazz” song named “Compared to What?” and that’s the tune I have sort of stuck in my head as I am having these thoughts… — which thoughts? When we talk about community, it usually creates an intellectual divide between “Us and Them”, ingroups and outgroups. Yet these groups are not… Continue reading Community — Compared to What?

Status Quo & Confirmation Bias vs Scientific Hypothesis Testing

About a week ago I became keenly aware of the way the term “confirm” is regularly used in society today … and I do believe it is used quite differently today than it was used many centuries or perhaps even millennia ago. To speak of millennia, of course, draws attention to the way this term… Continue reading Status Quo & Confirmation Bias vs Scientific Hypothesis Testing