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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.

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…

Defining and measuring youth digital citizenship

May 28, 2017

http://journals.sagepub.com.ezphost.dur.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.1177/1461444815577797

This article introduces a survey for digital citizenship in 11-17 year olds. It seems to me a bit more nuanced, and realistic, than some others I’ve seen which just ask yes/no questions about political activism.

They also mention a couple interesting projects:

‘…websites like TakingItGlobal (https://www.tigweb.org/tiged/) provide educators with opportunities to connect with other classrooms around engaging students to help solve global challenges.’

‘…organizations such as the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) (http://www.civicyouth.org/tools-for-practice/learning-community) provide tools for engaging youth in a range of civic learning opportunities.’

Antigonish 2.0: A Way for Higher Ed to Help Save the Web | EDUCAUSE

May 8, 2017

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/antigonish-2-0-a-way-for-higher-ed-to-help-save-the-web

The Power of Welcome in an Age of Loneliness 

April 30, 2017

https://onbeing.org/blog/jennifer-bailey-the-power-of-welcome-in-an-age-of-loneliness

Outrage makes you feel good, but doesn’t change minds

April 2, 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/01/outrage-makes-you-feel-good-but-doesnt-change-minds?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Can the Science of Lying Explain Trump’s Support?

March 29, 2017

Can the Science of Lying Explain Trump’s Support?