node created 2012/06/25
 5 y ago

the The Wire conversation

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 5 y ago

The Landlord's Game

"Magie designed the game to be a "practical demonstration of the present system of land grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences". [..] Magie also hoped that when played by children the game would provoke their natural suspicion of unfairness, and that they might carry this awareness into adulthood."
 6 y ago

The War On Kids

Focusing on public education, The War on Kids demonstrates how American public schools have become modeled after prisons in response to fear and a burgeoning intolerance of youth. The oppressive environment that students are subjected to, coupled with brutal responses to any transgression including the drugging of children,are shown to have long-term repercussions beyond creating a generation of dysfunctional adults. Ultimately, democracy itself is under siege.
 6 y ago

"Corporate Attack on Education"

by Noam Chomsky
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SourceTalk titled "Corporate Attack on Education" held at St. Philip's Church, Harlem on March 16, 2012
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 7 y ago
There was a time, in the not-too distant past, when the Internet was mostly about sharing educational information.

Sadly, the Internet is now full of companies who want to use it as a vehicle for advertising and who are obsessed with building up a dossier on as many people as possible, to exploit for financial gain. Your privacy means nothing to these companies; they will collect as much information about you as possible, with no regard for your wishes.

I take active countermeasures against these hostiles. I browse with javascript disabled. I don't have flash installed. I don't accept cookies blindly. I adjust my user agent. I run my own DNS server and cache and have hundreds of sites blackholed, including facebook, google analytics, and all the major ad servers.

It's some trouble to set all this up, and inconvenient at times. But unfortunately it's a jungle out there, and the default setup of browsers leaves you like a naked person in a mosquito-infested swamp.
 7 y ago

Education For Whom and For What?

by Noam Chomsky
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