Good Copy Bad Copy

22 05 2008

I recently spoke to a friend in the music industry: he had given up. His friend’s kids in fourth grade looked at him like a lunatic when he asked what they thought of record stores. They had never been to one. A 20-something relative of mine watches and listens to all media on his laptop in his parents home. He doesn’t own a single record. What’s happening with digital information?

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The Danish documentary GOOD COPY BAD COPY takes a global view on digital reproduction and remixing. It traces copyright and digital reproduction in the US, Russia, Brazil, and Nigeria, and shows the variety of ways that people and societies handle infinite replication without quality loss. How does a county without copyright handle movie making? How do low cost producers and DJs in Brazil make money? Recommended viewing.

Also check out this blogpost on DRM.





STS Search Engine

20 03 2008

A New STS search engine has been launched as a google custom search. It searches STHV, SSS, 4s online. It’s a bit limited in scope, not including a lot of other STS journals out there. But it’s a start. 





More STS Radio

7 03 2008

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In Our Time

Big Ideas

Philosopher’s Zone

Radiolab

[Via Jeremy Hunsinger and the STSGrad mailing list]





STS Radio

3 03 2008

Does a radio show featuring Bruno Latour, Ulrich Beck, Simon Shaffer, Ian Hacking, Andrew Pickering, and Brian Wynne sound interesting? If you do, check out the How to Think About Science podcast series.

If science is neither cookery, nor angelic virtuosity, then what is it?
Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows. David Cayley talks to some of the leading lights of this new field of study.

[Via TMTTLT]





The paradoxical future of digital learning

28 11 2007

An article from Mark Warschauer in Learning Inquiry that seems interesting:

What constitutes learning in the 21st century will be contested terrain as our society strives toward post-industrial forms of knowledge acquisition and production without having yet overcome the educational contradictions and failings of the industrial age. Educational reformers suggest that the advent of new technologies will radically transform what people learn, how they learn, and where they learn, yet studies of diverse learners’ use of new media cast doubt on the speed and extent of change. Drawing on recent empirical and theoretical work, this essay critically examines beliefs about the nature of digital learning and points to the role of social, culture, and economic factors in shaping and constraining educational transformation in the digital era.





Top 11 Universities of Sweden 2007

17 08 2007

Here I go again. My posts about Top 10 Universities of Sweden are by far the most popular posts in my blog. I got so many questions about what the best institutions were for xxx (insert your subject here) that I had to remove the possibility to comment on my old entries (here, and here).

For an interesting read about the manipulations of the US University ranking system read David L. Kirp’s book Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, which I reveiwed in no. 15/2006 of Utbildning & Demokrati (Education & Democracy).

Anyway, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has done it again, and ranked the world’s top 500 universities. And as usual I’m interested in seeing what they find out about Swedish universities.

Without further babbling. Here’s the list:

1   Karolinska Institute
2   Uppsala University
3   Stockholm University
4   Lund University
5-9   Chalmers Technical University
    Gothenburg University
    Royal Institute of Technology
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Umea Univ
10   Stockholm School of Economics
11   Linköping University




New Libris Search

15 08 2007

Gustav Holmberg (as usual) pointed me to the new version of the Swedish National Library Search System LIBRIS. You can subscribe to searches via RSS, save search hits, browse your immediate search history, group your search, etc. Of course, there is also an Open Search Plugin (which makes my own plugin obsolete).