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Adam Babcock

If Romeo and Juliet had mobile phones | Networked - 13 views

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      Yeah... but "wherefore" translates to "why" in our contemporary language...
  • would have allowed Romeo and Juliet to move around, liberated from locale and parental surveillance. They would have been less worried about their families when they were figuring out where to meet. At the same time, their parents would have felt reassured because they could call their children and ask where they were and what they were doing. But, would Romeo and Juliet have told the truth? A location-aware app would also have been useful for parents in tracking them. Or they might have prowled friends’ Facebook updates or photo albums for clues.
  • Romeo and Juliet could find each other now because mobility means accessibility and availability. They’d be on each other’s top-five speed dial. And they would probably have had a location-aware app that that showed exactly where each other were: no wandering the streets of Verona looking for each other.
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  • Public spaces have become more silent, as people concentrate on their text messages, while downwardly-peering texters have limited eye contact.
  • Imagine Romeo making plans to meet Juliet in the park, but his father calls to say that he has to come home immediately. At least, the mobile connection would have allowed Romeo to alert Juliet to his role conflict and possible absence.
  • As long as they talked or texted in private, neither the Montagues nor the Capulets would know – unless, of course, they snuck peeks at the list of previous calls and texts on the phones. Instead of a phone ringing in a home—where all would hear it and possibly become part of the conversation—internet communication and mobile communication are usually exchanges between two individuals.
  • Mobile contact has become multigenerational, as teens—and even children—are increasingly getting their own mobile phones. This affords people of all ages opportunities to become more autonomous agents.
  • As they grew up, Romeo and Juliet had gotten past their childhoods of being household and neighborhood bound.  They made contact by encounters in public places. Teens still do that—the shopping mall is the new agora—but their mobile phones also afford continuous contact with their homes and distant friends.
  • If they are right, Romeo and Juliet might never look up from their mobile phones to see each other. Or, would the course of true love have led them away from their screens and into each other’s arms?
  • The story of Romeo and Juliet is the story of two individuals escaping the bounds of their densely knit groups. It is a story of the social network revolution that began well before Facebook: the move from group-bound societies to networked individuals. This turn to networked individualism transforms communication from being place-based to person-based.
Berylaube 00

13 Examples of Literature in Song - 21 views

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    "It's no real surprise that Wikipedia has a thorough list of these, but it's interesting to parse through the many, and find a neat collection of songs and albums that were based on, or influenced by books. Led Zeppelin has a scatological lyric library referencing JRR Tolkien, but let's see what else is out there."
Adam Babcock

Sistine Chapel - Cappella Sistina - Photosynth - 4 views

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    Great tool that encourages users/students to explore the different stages of the Sistine Chapel. Could work well with a Genesis lesson.
Tracee Orman

Firework by Katy Perry Song Lyrics Poetry Terms Figurative Language - Tracee Orman - Te... - 22 views

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    Teach poetic devices using "Firework" by Katy Perry song lyrics
Adam Babcock

The Associated Press: Sex, drugs more common in hyper-texting teens - 5 views

  • aren't suggesting that "hyper-texting" leads to sex, drinking or drugs, but say it's startling to see an apparent link between excessive messaging and that kind of risky behavior
  • It found that about one in five students were hyper-texters and about one in nine are hyper-networkers — those who spend three or more hours a day on Facebook and other social networking websites.About one in 25 fall into both categories.
  • Hyper-texting and hyper-networking were more common among girls, minorities, kids whose parents have less education and students from a single-mother household, the study found.
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  • a legitimate question to explore
  • tudy found those who text at least 120 times a day are nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex than their peers who don't text that much
  • Talking on the phone just isn't appealing to some teens, said her classmate, Ivanna Storms-Thompson."Your arm gets tired, your ear gets sweaty," said Ivanna, who also doesn't like the awkward silences.
Adam Babcock

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? - NYTimes.com - 5 views

  • Native American languages impose on their speakers a picture of reality that is totally different from ours, so their speakers would simply not be able to understand some of our most basic concepts, like the flow of time or the distinction between objects
  • rash-landed on hard facts and solid common sense, when it transpired that there had never actually been any evidence to support his fantastic claims
  • new research has revealed that when we learn our mother tongue, we do after all acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways.
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  • if different languages influence our minds in different ways, this is not because of what our language allows us to think but rather because of what it habitually obliges us to think about
  • You may well wonder whether my companion was male or female, but I have the right to tell you politely that it’s none of your business. But if we were speaking French or German, I wouldn’t have the privilege to equivocate in this way
  • but I do have to tell you something about the timing of the event: I have to decide whether we dined, have been dining, are dining, will be dining and so on. Chinese, on the other hand, does not oblige its speakers to specify the exact time of the action in this way, because the same verb form can be used for past, present or future actions.
  • When speakers were asked to grade various objects on a range of characteristics, Spanish speakers deemed bridges, clocks and violins to have more “manly properties” like strength, but Germans tended to think of them as more slender or elegant.
  • gendered languages” imprint gender traits for objects so strongly in the mind that these associations obstruct speakers’ ability to commit information to memory
  • When French speakers saw a picture of a fork (la fourchette), most of them wanted it to speak in a woman’s voice, but Spanish speakers, for whom el tenedor is masculine, preferred a gravelly male voice for it.
  • Nonetheless, once gender connotations have been imposed on impressionable young minds, they lead those with a gendered mother tongue to see the inanimate world through lenses tinted with associations and emotional responses that English speakers — stuck in their monochrome desert of “its” — are entirely oblivious to.
Adam Babcock

R-word.org - Change the conversation... - 9 views

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    Spread the Word to End the Word
Mary Worrell

Open Culture - 12 views

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    All sorts of free stuff here! Free podcats, foreign language lessons, etc.
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    All sorts of free stuff here! Free podcats, foreign language lessons, etc. I haven't sifted through everything, but I found it through a tweet by @todbaker - there might be some good lesson ideas or resources in here.
Teresa Ilgunas

Word Spy - 11 views

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    "The Word Lover's Guide to New Words"
Meredith Stewart

Free Audio Books - 1 views

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    Download hundreds of free classic audio books to your mp3 player or computer. Below, you'll find great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
anonymous

Resources: ADText - An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Advertising - 0 views

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    Sleek interactive site about media in society. Here is their description: ADText is authored by Professor William M. O'Barr, Ph.D. Professor O'Barr (mack@duke.edu) is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in advertising and its relation to society, culture and history. He is author of Culture and the Ad: Exploring Otherness in the World of Advertising (1994). He is also founding editor of the online journal, Advertising & Society Review.
anonymous

Lecture: Authors@Google - 0 views

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    Google brings in a remarkable range of speakers and authors to its workplace, all of which are broadcast through Authors@Google. These are like TED Talks but not all fall into those same categories.
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