If you like ideas . . .

then Fora might be a good pit stop.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about Fora – It’s the “web’s largest collection of unmediated video drawn from live events, lecutres, and debates at universities, think thanks and conferences. FORA.tv provids a digital forum (“fora” is the Latin plural of “forum”) where people can discuss information on public affairs, politics and culture, as well as see historic speeches and other events. It has operations on every inhabited continent across the globe.”

Here’s a few to get you started, but don’t forget to come back and leave a comment with your favourites:

The Fourth Estate in a Digital Democracy – from the Paley Center for Media
Collective Work – Matt McAllister from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Wireless, the biggest tech platform in history. Now what? – Churchill Club

The Godfather Part 2.0

Reporters Without Borders calls organized crime the single biggest threat to media freedom. No joke. You probably don’t think about this one when you’re scrambling to make deadlines at your humble little church publication, eh?

Their “Muscling in on the Media” report details the influence of mafia, cartels, and guerrilla movements in journalism on the global stage, even to the point of murdering journalists and their families. It’s worth a read. And a prayer.

It’s Earth DAY!

. . . okay so we might be a touch late on this one. But there was a thought provoking article on Adbusters that might be of interest to you- Exodus: When humans traded log cabins for laptops and huts for strata housing, they may have lost more than they gained. Read through it and come back and share some of your thoughts on digital Sabbath, the enriching of human life through technology, the changing meaning of connectivity and interaction with our environment.

alternative news

This blogger is always looking for neat ideas to share with you. I don’t want to bore you with stuff that you see on CBC or CNN.

Here’s what happens when you Google ‘alternative news’ – you get this list.

So here’s your questions: do you consume a lot of alternative news? Do you think in the age of the internet there’s even anything worth preserving in the distinction between alternative and mainstream? What websites do you frequent?

The Ultimate Foursquare check-in.

Doug Wheelock, American astronaut, checked into Foursquare from the International Space Station in October. Take that. What do you think about the concept of geo-tagging? What are the benefits? Drawbacks? Who cares? Does anyone? You can read the full BBC article here.

I find the effort to reconnect the internet, which is place-less, with place really interesting. Are we feeling too cyber nomadic?

Digital Diners

Of all the jobs that are going to be obliterated by technology, I bet we all thought Flo at the local greasy spoon was going to be safe. Not so fast, says Silicon Valley startup E La Carte. They’re working on a tablet pc with an idiot proof interface and card reader attached so that you can dine and dash without having to wait for the cheque or the waitstaff to come around to take your order. Hmmm. What do you think about this?

You can read Slate’s full article here.