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Politics and its Discontents: This Is Great!

It is a strange online world we have created for ourselves, as this video amply demonstrates. Enjoy!

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April Reign: What Happens When You Just Don’t Clique?

April Reign

The internet has been fantastically effective in allowing people to communicate. While post and phones and radios did allow communication across distances, they were not as easy and accessible as such things as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr etc. are.

Social networks have brought together political nations, self defined nations such as Leaf . . . → Read More: April Reign: What Happens When You Just Don’t Clique?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Going from specifics to depth and breadth, and from particularities to universals, here are some thoughts for your consideration, for anyone who may be interested. I’ve come to love the social networking / blogging community / window onto the web which is called tumblr. That being said, tumblr is largely what you make of it. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Christopher Ragan writes about the lessons we should be drawing from the 2008 financial meltdown – as well as so many similar bubbles before it: Contrary to what many people seem to believe, financial crises like the one that began five years ago are neither rare nor . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Robert Reich discusses how we’d all better off if we acted in the public interest and insisted that our representatives did the same: A society — any society — is defined as a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions: public schools, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Jim Stanford discusses the OECD’s findings that job protection actually improves better employment outcomes – while “flexible” labour markets serve only to ensure less opportunity for workers. And Sid Ryan makes the case for premiers to reject a low-wage agenda.

– Oil spills are happening all over the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: You’re Toast. Raytheon’s RIOT Has Your Number

Leading U.S. defence contractor, Raytheon, has developed RIOT, the  Rapid Overlay Information Technology software programme that can gather, sort, digest and analyze all your social media telltales.  It can even predict where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing in the future.

The Guardian recently got their hands on a copy of this Raytheon video . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: You’re Toast. Raytheon’s RIOT Has Your Number

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– John Studzinski describes how a sense of social responsibility and a country-wide commitment to making jobs available have placed Germany in a better economic position than its European neighbours: Let me highlight some of the features unique to the Mittelstand model that I believe everyone should learn . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Michael Harris discusses the impending moment of truth for the Cons in owning up to their substantive failures toward Canada’s First Nations: Whether it’s Canada’s natives or its health ministers, Stephen Harper’s preferred place for his opponents is under his thumb. He has replaced the alternating current of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Best Reporting on Facebook and Your Privacy

by Theodoric Meyer | ProPublica Facebook hit the one-billion user mark last week, a little more than two years after it reached 500 million users. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up some of the best reads on Facebook and privacy. Facebook Raises Fears With Ad Tracking, The Financial Times, September 2012 Facebook has been . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Best Reporting on Facebook and Your Privacy

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 – The Basics

Before I start taking an individual look at the candidates in Saskatchewan’s 2013 NDP leadership campaign, I’ll point out a few areas of discussion from past leadership races which don’t look to be matters of great distinction between the candidates this time out.

Endorsements

As I’ve noted before, I tend to see endorsements as a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 – The Basics

Accidental Deliberations: On open channels

Fern Hill is frustrated at how political reporters have tried to make a non-story out of the #denounceharper hashtag which trended globally yesterday as Twitter users took the opportunity to discuss what Canadians actually want for Canada Day. And I can certainly understand the concern at normally well-connected reporters choosing to dismiss widespread public activism, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On open channels

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Martin Papillon offers up some lessons for the NDP in Francois Hollande’s French presidential victory: Being ideological does not have to mean being radical. It means anchoring your platform in a clear, coherent set of ideas that will resonate with the electorate, including more centrist voters who could . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Facebook is NOT The Internet – The Internet IS The (Social) Network

In the beginning there were BBSs (Bulletin Board Systems). In a foreshadowing of things to come, almost immediately following the invention of the Personal Computer (PC) they became communications devices as BBS systems were set up for hobbyists to use to share information and home-written programs. At this time PC users were primarily computer hobbyists . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Facebook is NOT The Internet – The Internet IS The (Social) Network

Accidental Deliberations: A friendly reminder

Some people who should know better are suggesting that universal media condemnation (as opposed to public involvement on social media) should be seen as the main factor in getting the Cons to climb back down on arbitrary online surveillance. So let’s take a ride in the wayback machine.

It wasn’t long ago that the Cons . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: A friendly reminder