frustrat\ing books

nothing against individual authors.. i learned from reading from them.. and in assuming good, i’m imagining that they too want the world to be a better place. no doubt. frustrations are because they seem to model/perpetuate (because many read and hold them in esteem) all too clearly a societal epidemic.

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robert putnam’s bowling alone.. perhaps because from my perspective he’s juggling his definition of social capital so much. his assumptions of what civic engagement is too often bias his research/findings. ie: how to base a book/research on a civic engagement defined by how much people vote, if the voting process is part of the problem..

bowling alone

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eric schmidt’s new era…. perhaps because i expected someone of his vision/expertise – google – would see the web more clearly for what it is.. and its potential, rather than its doom. the book seemed a warning/recipe for fighting terrorism.. playing defense.. rather than ie: the offensive/positive starfish world

new digital age

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perhaps some explanation for this one:

http://wikileaks.org/google-is-not-what-it-seems/

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inquiry by stance and one other and willingham’s all frustrated me – like putnams.. in regard to assumptions made. ie: inquiry by stance is a great phrase.. but it was embedded in an assumed curriculum/agenda.

why don't students

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i put Daniel Kahneman‘s thinking fast and slow in both places. i struggle/am frustrated with the vast amount of time/energy/smart people spent on studying how people react to money.. like money is a given to human nature..

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Moisés Naím‘s end of power. suggested by Mark Zuckerberg’s read list.. #1 on it in fact. quite a following.

we’re missing the center of the problem.. because we’re assuming man made constructs.

these three quotes capture my main frustrations.

yet the core promise of power – that it produces order – remains the heart of our consent.

to me it’s our manufactured consent.. that we need to be controlled/ordered.

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Rethinking political parties, modernizing their recruiting methods, and retooling their organization and operations can boost their allure and make them more worthy of the trust of the societies they wish to govern.

this isn’t what we’re capable of today.. ie: systemic change is what we’re capable of …

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it will not be top-down, orderly, or quick, the product of summits or meetings, but messy, sprawling, and in fits and starts. yet is ti inevitable. driven by the transformation in the acquisition, use, and retention of power, humanity must, and will, find new ways of governing itself.

on power – not so sure… but indeed – on the self-organizing ness

i guess that’s what i found most frustrating.. the end of power.. (sounded freeing).. seems to be an attempt to shift power (even though/if claims not)

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Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle – lots of good – esp on what good conversation is.. ie: on the groundhog day ness of it within community et al..

but frustrating in regard to 1\ misrepresenting/not-knowing capabilities of ie: texting; sm; uni/school ness..   2\ gray research law… etc

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Causal Powers of Social Structure, Dave Elder-Vass – lots of great insight – esp on what we seem to be actually doing.. ie: letting past pressures form our beliefs.. and then so.. our days..

but frustrating because.. that’s the problem… and calling it voluntary compliance.. only perpetuates it.. we’re missing – science of people in schools ness.. and wilde not us law.. et al.. and so.. missing us..

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paying the price, sara