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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Knight Foundation seeks Detroit program director

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Perhaps a revolution is not what we need

A few weeks ago, Malcolm Gladwell, he of the Tipping Point, set off a fire storm in the blogosphere and twitterverse in response to a pointed critique of the political value of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Gladwell's comments drew a sharp comparison between the kinds of activism which fueled the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the kinds of activism which emerge through the new digital platforms. From where I sit, Gladwell is comparing apples to oranges or in this case, movements and platforms. The Civil Rights Movement certainly tapped into networks of all kinds -- from the congregations of churches to the sisterhood of sororities, and deployed a broad range of communications technologies available at the time. Twitter is however simply one of many communications platforms through which we forge politics in the 21st century. There's a tendency to look at it and try to read its features as totally embodying a new kind of public, but that is profoundly misleading. We do not live on a platform; we live across platforms.

'Groping' tickles

Civic media is serious business. Do we need a little more levity?

New Media can learn a lot from Old Media about taking ourselves too seriously, a trick that YouTube certainly has caught onto and turned into a franchise.

Former newspaper humor columnist Susan Trausch defies her reader to resist laughing aloud in her new book, entitled Groping Toward Whatever -or- How I Learned to Retire [SORT OF], which is about being thrust into early retirement at age 59 after accepting a buyout from the Boston Globe, where she was a Washington reporter, business reporter and editorial reporter. Serious stuff, eh?

This Week in Civic Media 10.01.10: Job openings, Info session for Knight News Challenge


Knight News Challenge

Job opening: Assessment Researcher

Assessment Researcher

Apply online at MIT Staffing Services:

ASSESSMENT RESEARCHER, Comparative Media Studies, to assess and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the research projects developed and deployed by MIT's Center for Future Civic Media. Will design and implement center-wide systems to measure the social and technological impact of the tools, applications, and practices developed and identified by the center; analyze and summarize research findings; identify best practices; advise principal investigators on center strategic planning, improvement, and new investment opportunities; and keep PIs apprised of new developments in the assessment and evaluation field and pioneer new standards and methods that impact the field. Will work under the supervision of the principal investigators.


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