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Steve Ransom

Peter T. Coleman, PhD: The Consequences of Our Games - 2 views

  • "At a time when games are becoming ever more realistic, reality is becoming more gamelike."
  • The problem is not that games are inconsistent with many aspects of our lives; it is that they provide a limited and skewed lens on the world
  • Seeing more and more aspects of our lives as games to win through maximization has a sort of self-perpetuating effect with perverse consequences, not the least of which is the impairment of what Diesing terms social rationality; the cherishing of unique relationships, personal connectedness, cooperative functioning, solidarity and sentiment.
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  • It stresses the strategic interdependent interests of humans and assumes that in games there is always a rational choice which is the best counter-choice to your opponent's.
  • If winning efficiently is the goal, then the rules (ethical, moral, legal, and spiritual), are essentially obstacles to game.
  • In our schools, competition for access to elite preschools, for grades, for social status, in sports, over positions of leadership, and for admission to exclusive colleges transforms one of our most basic institutions for fostering community, ethics and learning into competitive, individualistic corporate training-grounds. In these settings, the importance of competitive sports becomes paramount, for both financial and training purposes, and the artistry of cheating (see this year's Stuyvesant High School cheating scandal) and rule-bending (see Joe Paterno) revered. Such intense competition encourages the professionalization of parenting -- through tutors, highly-educated nannies, prep courses, and professional training camps (such as investment camps). You can imagine the deleterious effects these trends have on the ethos of care and moral responsibility in our families and schools, a critical buffer against bullying and violence in the lives of our children.
  • We become hyper-connected through technologies, boasting our number of "friends" on Facebook, and have less and less intimacy.
  • We choose friends with benefits or Internet porn over romantic relationships as they are less messy, more efficient.
  • Life is a race and we are losing.
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    A great piece worth the time to reflect on. Mindfulness needs to be practiced frequently.
Steve Ransom

Is Khan Academy a real 'education solution'? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 55 views

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    Great conclusions here!!
Marc Lijour

It's Time for the Recording Industry to Stop Blaming "Piracy" and Start Finding A New W... - 11 views

  • filesharing is not the reason that the recording industry has fallen on hard financial times. In fact, the recording industry’s complaints that the sky is falling really only apply to the recording industry, and not musicians and the fans, who have seen increased music purchases, increased artist salaries, and the availability of more music than ever before.
  • the London School of Economics released a paper finding that while filesharing may explain some of the decline in sales of physical copies of recorded music, the decline “should be explained by a combination of factors such as changing patterns in music consumption, decreasing disposable household incomes for leisure products and increasing sales of digital content through online platforms.”
  • the music industry is thriving
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  • the LSE paper points out that in the UK in 2009, the revenues from live music shows outperformed recorded music sales.
  • Another recent study, this one by the Social Science Research Council, delves into international aspects of "piracy," especially in emerging markets, and finds unauthorized filesharing in some developing economies has actually created opportunities for media companies to come up with innovative business models that allow legal and widespread access to media goods.
  • Sales of CDs have fallen, but the overall music business, including performance, has grown
Peter Kimmich

Online MBA vs Traditional MBA - Which is Best? - 0 views

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    With online MBAs becoming more prevalent, students and employers are posing some big, serious questions. Are online MBAs really equivalent to classroom-based degrees? Could they actually provide the same level of business expertise?
Peter Kimmich

Top Online MBA Schools - 0 views

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    Online MBAs are capable of opening the same doors as traditional MBAs, and with a wide variety of programs available in many different concentrations, they're definitely worth looking into. Check out these online MBA programs, offered by established, reputable online colleges, to get a feel for them.
Peter Kimmich

Online Business Schools - 0 views

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    Business school and degree resource. Includes info on business careers, salaries, employment, plus online business degrees and MBA programs.
Ruth Howard

Footprint Basics - Introduction - 1 views

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    Students can ascertain carbon footprints of various entities including their own.
Ruth Howard

Dell Social Innovation Competition - 0 views

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    Outline of Dells student social Venture Plan.Could be a unit on its own or project based year long series of units? The so far leading finalist is a social food distribution model.Good ideas in the comments re www.food2.org
Peter Kimmich

Accredited Online MBA Programs - 0 views

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    A near comprehensive list of accredited colleges and universities that offer online MBA programs (AceOnlineSchools)
Jayme Ward

Does Size Matter in Social Networking or is it How you Use It - 0 views

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    When using social networks for business is it good to have tens of thousands of friends on Facebook? Should you be following as many people as possible on Twitter? Do you need to connect with every single person you meet on Linked In?
Peter Kimmich

How to Get an MBA | eHow.com - 0 views

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    If you have plans to make it big in the business world, a key ingredient is a good degree. MBAs are the most recommended; here's how to pursue one...
Walter Antoniotti

Excel Internet Library - 0 views

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    Free Internet MS Excel learning materials grouped as follows. 1) Beginners 2) Intermediate 3) Advanced 4) Business 5) Statistics 6) Educators 7) blogs 8) Free Templates 8)
Walter Antoniotti

Learning Internet Libraries - 0 views

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    Collection of free Internet learning materials located in about fifty libraries.
Jeff Johnson

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business - 0 views

  • Thanks to Gillette, the idea that you can make money by giving something away is no longer radical. But until recently, practically everything "free" was really just the result of what economists would call a cross-subsidy: You'd get one thing free if you bought another, or you'd get a product free only if you paid for a service.
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