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Disturb Your Universe

"And let us also resolve that our new technologies — the Internet and the World Wide Web —will be used as tools of empowerment and democratization on a global scale."
Source: MIT President Charles M Vest addressing the graduates at MIT's 136th commencement on 7 June 2002 Last Friday, I found myself in the funny spot of advocating "cheap $400 wireless laptops" for schools. I found myself giving the Angus King speech--a sign I'd read the Andy Carvin's transcript and listened to the podcast too many times--repeating the story of King's lunch meeting with Seymour Papert about 1:1 with students. Having been a bit under the weather this weekend, I'm at home today trying to recover (better to spend that time now than drag it over the long haul later). In the spirit of Nyquil induced thinking, I haven't really bought the concept of cheap, wireless laptop…


This conversation reminded me of the "set yourself on fire" post I wrote some time ago but now can't find...sigh. Abject Learning blog points to the controversy surrounding a Yale academic post for which Professor Juan Cole was passed up on...perhaps because of views expressed on his blog. Juan Cole responds below: The question is whether Web-log commentary helps or damages an academic's career. It is a shameful question. Intellectuals should not be worrying about "careers," the tenured among us least of all. Despite the First Amendment, which only really protects one from the government, most Americans who speak out can face sanctions from other institutions in society. Journalists are fired all the time for taking the wrong political stance. That is why most bloggers employed in the private sector are anonymous or started out trying to be so.

Powerful economic a…