Agenda for the remainder of 2008

Well, it’s that time of year again — the end!  Although most cultures celebrate the turnover in the Spring and Fall, the evening of December 31st on the Western calendar has now become nigh universally celebrated.  There are, of course, many controversial reasons why this is so, including imperialism, globalization, and those creepy meanies, the Illuminati (that’s a joke, by the way!) What’s the plan for CyberChaikhana as the year draws to a close? Well, it’s been a long year foreverybody. Speaking for myself, I’m in some serious need for rest and recuperation, so off to South Africa I go!  It’s…

Rough draft: Turkmenistan, “The Length of a Man’s Shadow”

What follows is the rough draft for the Turkmenistan-focused chapter.  Perhaps not-so-ironically, it focuses upon the legacy of Saparmurat “Turkmenbashi” Niyazov.   Keep in mind that this is still very much a work in progress.  For example, I’m considering a revamp of the introduction, as well as including some more coverage about youth and internet use while reducing the amount of overly political content.  Please feel free to leave comments or e-mail your thoughts.

Cyberjournalism: a (re-)definition

“Cyberjournalism.”  It’s a term rarely used in journalistic and academic parlance, but one I’d like to promote as the world’s first ever International Cyberjournalism Congress approaches (click the link to go directly to the ICC website; click the image above to read Javier Díaz Noci’s post on the event).”I don’t get it,” you say.  “What the heck is ‘cyberjournalism’ and how is it distinct from ‘online’ or internet-based reporting?”  The answer isn’t so much that “cyberjournalism” is distinct from online journalism as much as online journalism falls within its rubric.  “Cyberjournalism” is a re-definition, a new category and lens through which we may come…

New Media(isms)

In CyberChaikhana-related news, there are some promising developments on the horizon; for now, however, I must be hush hush about them. I’m pleased to report that my lecture, “Log on, tune in, blog out: citizen-journalism, New Media, and subversive activity,” presented at Saint Joseph’s University, was well-received. The lecture is a general survey of the darker side of Web 2.0-enabled New Media.  In particular, I explore some of its uses by subversive and revolutionary groups on the fringes of contemporary global society.  My case studies:

Preparing a lecture

I’m pleased to announce that I will be presenting a lecture to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia on the happy topic of revolutionaries and online new media (click on the photo of the school to see a copy of the advertisement).  I owe the honor to Dr. Sabrina DeTurk, Associate Dean of Graduate Arts and Sciences Studies at SJU, and to the university’s Graduate Criminal Justice Program. The focus will be upon an assortment of “Web 2.0″ platforms, including everyone’s favorites Second Life and World of Warcraft (for my Central Asian readers, these are crazy American games that have taken…

Some thoughts on pluralism and blogging

Last week I launched an informal survey on the subject of blogging and pluralism.  It was inspired by the Promoting Pluralism Knowledge Programme, a recent initiative of the Hivos Foundation in collaboration with the Kosmopolis Insitute and the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS).  Additionally, since this past March, Ben and I have also been using the editorial compilation process of the CyberChaikhana book as an internal pluralism audit of neweurasia itself.  I’ll let you all know the results in a few weeks (and as time goes on I intend to run more scientific surveys and studies,…

Blogging and pluralism survey!

How pluralistic is neweurasia?  Do our bloggers represent a multiplicity of points of view?  Are we effectively broadcasting alternative or underground points of view? Does blogging itself help or hinder democratic conversation? These are some of the interesting questions that have been occurring to me as I’ve been pouring over the posts.  To get your insight, I’ve made this survey that I would love if you all filled out.  Keep in mind that by completing this survey, you’re not only helping me shape the CyberChaikhana book, but will be helping neweurasia itself to generate and deliver content of real value. Also,…

From the “rough draft of history” to the final draft for posterity — Part I

A major component of the CyberChaikhana drafting process is the copy-editing of the source posts that will comprise the core of the book.  Since this process requires a lot of excision and re-wording, often to the point where the posts’ outward appearance in the manuscript seem more like paraphrasing (if not re-writing) than quoting, I feel it is only fair to explain to everyone the rationale and decision-making that goes on when I’m working on a post.  Let’s begin with my rationale.

The World University Project

I’ve begun working on the manuscript; expect excerpts from chapters of the rough draft soon.  In the meantime, check this out:  last week I mentioned the World University Project (WUP), a very interesting endeavor headed up J. Nathan Matias. “The World University Project will take a team of young academics to universities around the world to give workshops in their fields, connect students with their peers elsewhere, and create a digital documentary on the role of universities in the era of globalisation. “With recent growth in international academic programs and increased emphasis on higher education in economic development, demand is…

“Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration…”

…remarked Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric light bulb and a man familiar with the challenges of the creative process.  It takes real struggle to birth something, be it a child, a contraption, or in our case, a book.  We’ve come a long way with CyberChaikhana, and after the late-summer interlude it’s now time to leap back into the struggle. I will begin writing the complete rough draft manuscript, chapter by chapter.  It will take me a few months to finish; as I proceed, I will release material.  Additionally, I will return to my previous habit of publishing a…

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