Archive for June, 2017

New media, elections and the political knowledge gap in Australia 

June 21, 2017

Rachel K. Gibson, Ian McAllister (2014) New media, elections and the political knowledge gap in Australia, Journal of Sociology, Vol 51, Issue 2, pp. 337-353.

This is a bit dated now, but the study found that the internet tended to widen the political knowledge gap–the internet allowed people who didn’t care about political information to decide whether to see it or not.

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Young people, digital media making and critical digital citizenship

June 14, 2017

Young people, digital media making and critical digital citizenshipD. McGillivray, G. McPherson, J. Jones, and A. McCandlish

Leisure Studies Vol. 35 , Iss. 6,2016

Empathy and the moral matrix

June 10, 2017

I think this guy agrees with me about sympathy for the devil (as alluded to in last post), at about 20 minutes in:

Can a divided America heal? 

More about the moral matrix:

The moral matrix that influences the way people vote

Empathy? Not in my book

June 8, 2017

Empathy? Not in my book
Counterpoint to the literary empathy argument. He makes some valid points about enthusiasm for literature reading as a means to an end (increased empathy.) But I do think that he’s assuming a little too much in suggesting that the argument for literary empathy is limited to empathy for the right kind of people. Empathy for the baddies of literature, it could be argued, is a relatively safe way to understand what drives people to acts that we are tempted to simply label as existentially ‘evil’. Graduates who can think deeply about [unpleasant] others’ histories and motivations are more likely to be able to come up with long-term societal solutions…I hypothesise…

Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life | EDUCAUSE

June 7, 2017

Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life

Interesting examples of digital citizenship initiatives in liberal arts colleges. Also some links to resources…