A retweet... @skinnyjeans on Twitter: "According to NTIA [National Telecommunications and Information Administration], almost 1/3 of [United States] don't use internet at work or home": http://bit.ly/aENleP. -- #comingoutcolored #digitaldivide. That's a lot of people, a lot of homes, a lot of neighbourhoods!
Worth following up: On Tuesday, a fellow named Rey Ramsey joined 'Star Wars' George Lucas, Charles Sullivan of prisoners' assistance group CURE, Jane Patterson of E-NC (No. Carolina), and one other fellow, in testifying in Congress on the serious unmet needs in U.S. Internet and telephone service access. Lucas testified on how he can access free and afforable wireless in Africa, Europe and Asia yet not in many parts of the USA. Rey Ramsey advocated for (finally) prioritising net and phone access - yes, basic phone access - in U.S. Native and low-income residential communities. Ramsey is CEO of One Economy Telecom: one-economy.com. Yesterday's House hearing, aired by C-Span, was chaired by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). This photo from the hearing is from his site - markey.house.gov.
Here's a new site in beta you might want to check out and share: AllVoices.com. AV describes itself as "a global community formed around news, events and people; a platform for diverse and unedited views and reporting, ranging from first hand accounts, to local and global news reports, blogs, videos and images; and a place for context and discussion." Let's do a roadtest and check back here later...
I joined FB in 2006. At this moment I don't recall the impetus, whether it was my 'bright' idea or I was invited by a friend. The question on many people's lips is, Are you on Facebook yet?? Not everyone is. Some folks have even defected, particularly in reaction to privacy concerns. Back in Sept 2006 Danah Boyd wrote an interesting piece called "Facebook's "Privacy Trainwreck": Exposure, Invasion, and Drama." The fact remains that for many this social networking site presents an inviting and compelling online environment.
Flickr member Vieille Annonces is to be commended for her scanned compilation of 1950s Black American magazines, primarily JET and EBONY. Like most Black Americans in the post WWII period, I literally grew up on "Ebony and Jet" as we often refer to them. Both were founded by pioneering Black American publisher (and Arkansas native) John H. Johnson. Johnson's wife, Eunice Walker Johnson (from Selma, Alabama), gave EBONY its distinctive name. Just as Eunice and John as a couple most of the vintage images play out the 'darker man-fairskinned Black woman' gendered color-consciousness of mid-20th century USA.
AEJ has closed its '07 annual meeting, held in Washington, DC. 2008 will be in Chi-town, the Windy City. '07 was my first AEJ in years and it was fascinating. Unbelievably, there was no Q&A session following Bill Moyers' keynote address. (Organisers said there was 'no time' as Canadian Embassy was hosting the big opening reception that followed immediately.) Moyers' observations were acute regarding how American journalism used to be and how dire things are now with what passes for journalism as well as for actual die-hard reporting that remains. One sobering example given by Moyers was major-media journalists having to continue their work off-the-clock because some "news" (i.e., corporate) management apparently doesn't consider systematic fact-checking a necessary part of news reporting and mainstream media jobs. Lots more conference detail to be found on the AEJMC.org website.
I cannot quite agree with Paul Hawken's whole title. There've been plenty of important things going on in the world which certain people deliberately, repeatedly and over generations, have chosen not to see. Their so-called 'coping' mechanism??? Hawken's Blessed Unrest (How the World's Largest Movement Came into Being and Why No One Saw It) "explores the diversity of the social justice, peace, and environmental movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and hidden history, which date back many centuries. A culmination of Hawken's many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire and delight any and all who despair of the world's fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself. Fundamentally, it is a description of humanity's collective genius, and the unstoppable movement to reimagine our relationship to the environment and one another. ..." (Comment via The Cleanse.com)
"The effect of life in society is to complicate and confuse our existence, making us forget who we are by causing us to become obsessed with what we are not." - Chuang-Tzu, second leader of Taoism
Blogging While Brown 2010 - June 18-19, 2010 - Washington, DC REGISTER TODAY! "Planning is underway for 2010 Blogging While Brown Conference (www.bloggingwhilebrown.com) scheduled for June 18-19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Blogging While Brown promotes intellectual, social & cultural development of the blogging community by bringing bloggers of color together in one location. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate conversations that lead to collaboration & innovation among bloggers of color."
Black Web 2.0 "Black Web 2.0 addresses emerging web trends and how they apply to web properties that target African-Americans or African-American culture. ..."