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[trailer for 1 hour documentary]

extended interview with Jenkins: http://video.pbs.org/video/1767423195/

he’s also in is school enough


civic paths series with connected learning

civic imagination project

the hp alliance ness

catching fire, mockingjay ness

from jan 21 session:

Neta Kligler Vilenchik: True Kat, though – building on Henry’s work – we’re trying to avoid the viral metaphor, thinking instead of the agency of people in deciding what to spread…


find/follow Henry:


his blog:

henry jenkins blog


sunday, february 21, 2010

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Thanks to @JimFolk …  after attending #colearning #gotpd (where @budtheteacher admonished us to productively eavesdrop)

i was able to do just that…
my eavesdropping notes from Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010:diversifying participation
in attendance – danah boyd – yay
need to look into Sonia Livingstone
@CatinStack: HJ: Perfect end: critical call to passionate interventions; optimism for change, not sanguine belief it has changed. #dml2010
RT @CatinStack: John Fisk’s idea that “new media represents new opportunities to struggle.” #dml2010
jackiegerstein: RT @lnakamur: jenkins takeaway: as scholars and practitioners we haveobligation to “reduce the suck” in the world. agreed! #DML2010
RT @anterobot: “are teachers up for that kind of radical transformation?” of course not, but they don’t have much choice, do they? #dml2010
RT @JimFolk: RT @susana_usc: #dml2010: Cultivating Creativity and Criticality with Scratch;programming is an inherent social activity 
dmlComp: quasi live-blog of Sonia Livingstone’s keynote, complete with tpyos, but hopely just enough for those back home #dml2010 http://ow.ly/19vUM
tomfullerton Has anyone read “Convergence culture: where old and new media collide” By Henry Jenkins? http://tinyurl.com/y93dj53 
… amazingly insightful
compilation post by Mary Lou Fulton 

friday, august 17, 2012

howard rheingold – via hjenkins

Henry Jenkins (@henryjenkins)
8/17/12 11:06 AM
#hrheingold talks about network intelligence, participatory culture, and online community (final part)shar.es/7atkF

There’s one formula for collective intelligence: introduce a large number of people making refined decisions to a platform that makes it easy for them to share those decisions, add intrinsic value to the curation platform that serves the curators’ self-interest, mix in  ways for individual curators to group and communicate. If it sounds easy, the hidden difficulty lies in recruiting a sufficiently large population of participants.

hmm.. already have a large group in public ed. many not satisfied.. perhaps we start there..[there is already lots of funding tied to it as well.. 1.3 trillion for starters]
perhaps with something like this.. a platform.. but one that caters to you.. it’s in your head.. connecting you to others.. as we emerge as community

Humans keep changing the way we communicate — writing, the alphabet, print, telephone, broadcast media. And with new media practices come new social practices or new twists on older social practices. We attach familiar names to the new — horseless carriages and wireless telegraphs came to be known as automobiles and radios, and now we have Internet radio, shortwave radio, FM radio, satellite radio. Affinity spaces and hacker spaces, co-working spaces are emerging in the physical and the online world. So I do agree with Gee that it doesn’t make sense to call every affinity group a community, as well as agreeing with Wellman that people can receive the general benefits most people attribute to communities from online communications.


tuesday, november 13, 2012

henry jenkins – connected learning

henry-jenkins-transmedia-generation-spreadable-media-fan-activism-and-participatory-learningconvo doc
n the Hangout today:

  • 1. Henry Jenkins – Guest Speaker – @henryjenkins
  • 2. Mimi Ito – Moderator/Host – @mizuko
  • 3. Liana Thompson – Postdoctoral Research Associate for Civic Paths Project at USC Annenberg – http://ypp.dmlcentral.net/content/liana-thompson
  • 4. Neta Kligler – Doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC – @netakv
  • 5. Jenn Earl – Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona – http://jearl.faculty.arizona.edu/
  • 6. Sangita Shresthova – Research Director for Civic Paths Project at USC Annenberg – @sangitacivics
  • 7. Jeannie Crowley – Manager of Digital Media and Learning, Bank Street College of Education – @jeannieccrowley
  • 8. Maurya Orr – Media Specialist at Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnership – @MauryaOrr
  • 9. Andi Rehak – Learning Sciences PhD student at Indiana University – @andistrack
rather than focus on twitter, focus on full range of engagement. – Jenkins
not about young people working alone – but about connecting them on equal footing – giving them a voice – Jenkins
fans are incredibly effective at learning from each other… much like we’ve observed with surfers and skateboarders… et al .. no?
bjoseph2: Great point! (re: When did Superman become American – ultimate immigrant)
Designing with Teachers: Participatory Approaches to Professional Development in Education http://henryjenkins.org/2012/09/designing-with-teachers-participatory-approaches-to-professional-development-
bjoseph2: opportunities for change is currently found in afterschool programs and informal learning communities.” six years later, in what ways has the landscape changed, if at all?
Neta Kligler Vilenchik: the civic practices report sangita mentioned http://dmlhub.net/publications/learning-through-practice-participatory-culture-practices
Web definitions:
Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism) is a portmanteau formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is considered a pejorative… Neta Kligler Vilenchik: in 10 days after kony 2012, kony received media coverage equal to 5.5 years of the media coverage in previous years jackiegerstein: Slactivision – having insights about Slactivism movements – like Henry
Henry Jenkins (@henryjenkins)
4/24/13 6:33 AM
Comics as Poetry: An Interview with David Mack (Part One)shar.es/JFACt
The following interview with the comic book artist David Mack appeared in a special issue of the journal, Amerikastudien American Studies, focused on “American Comic Books and Graphic Novels.” This special issue was edited by Daniel Stein, Christina Meyer, and Micha Edlich. Other co

interview with Ethan Zuckerman on cosmopolitanism:

interview henry and ethan

Appiah, a Ghanaian-American philosopher, suggests that cosmopolitans recognize that there is more than one acceptable way to live in the world, and that we may have obligations to people who live in very different ways than we do.
Cosmopolitanism doesn’t demand that we accept all ways of living in the world as equally admirable – he works hard to draw a line between cosmopolitanism and moral relativism – but does demand that we steer away from a fundamentalist or nationalist response that sees our way as the only way and those who believe something different as inferior or unworthy of our consideration or aid.
A cosmopolitan approach offers us the encouragement to discover other ways of solving a problem while accepting the idea that we may choose to continue living in ways we have in the past. What we are not free to do is to dismiss other ways of living out of hand, or to fall back on a narrow, tribal definition of obligation. 
incomplete globalization…
I am deeply influenced by Lant Prichett’s arguments which make the case that increased migration would be the single biggest step taken towards economic development in poor nations. 
So “incomplete globalization” is both broken in some ways, and incomplete, though my focus is one the ways it is incomplete and imbalanced between globalization of atoms, people and bits. 
xenophiles & bridge figures..

I probably emphasize the function of the bridge figure more thoroughly in Rewire because it’s hard for me to imagine much global connection without bridging. But xenophiles – particularly xenophiles who wear their interests and passions on their sleeves, like Anthony Bourdain and his relentless search for interesting global food – are enormously important in promoting the possibility and importance of international connection. Not everyone can be a bridge figure, I argue – it’s an accident of circumstances as well as a choice of perspective and temperment – but xenophilia is a choice and one I hope more people will make. 

cognitive diversity..

This likely requires changing how we recruit talent, looking at broader pools of individuals with different paths towards qualification. 

like infinitely many different paths…
networked individualism via c dot app via the brain ness..
 aug 2014:

aug 2014:

interview with Henry Jenkins (part 1) and Fred about democratic surround:


The members of the Committee didn’t know how to build these environments. But in the late 1930s, a generation of Bauhaus artists had just fled to the United States from Germany.


They created the spaces that the American social scientists had dreamed of – spaces in which Americans could practice moving their bodies individually together, looking high and low at the world around them, and arriving at a new mode of political unity in the process.


At the same time, artists such as John Cage opened up the soundscape and the world of performance, with an equally explicit desire to engage their audiences in a world of aesthetic democracy – a place in which every sound, no matter how lowly, would be equal to every other, a world in which the European hierarchies of the symphony no longer held sway. 


When they headed out to build their communes, the New Communalists of the 1960s tucked books by their parents’ generation into their backpacks. They read Norbert Weiner, Buckminster Fuller, Erich Fromm, Karen Horney, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson – and I wondered why. When I went back to those books, I saw the appeal. These thinkers were far more radical than we remember. – 

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interview with Henry Jenkins (part 2) and Fred about democratic surround:


Bayer and his team wanted viewers to practice doing the linking work themselves. They were to engage, even interact with the whole pattern of images and not just any one message they might contain. 


Cage is asking his audience to see that they are surrounded by the sounds of their environment. He’s asking them to knit those sounds together in the way that would be most meaningful for them. No piano player, no conductor, no musical dictator demands their attention. The audience, like the sounds themselves, are meant to be free, interacting with one another on equal terms. 

The trouble is, these new modes for making liberated citizens also meant a new mode of management. In each case I’ve studied, a team of experts built an environment and selected an array – an often very rich array – of media for audiences to engage. Audience members moved freely, selected what mattered to them, congregated, dispersed – and based on all the archival records I’ve seen, many really did experience themselves as free in these spaces. But of course they weren’t. Or not completely. They may have had more control of their bodies and their senses and their reasoning faculties than, say, the swaying viewers of Disney’s Circarama, but the visitors to surrounds inhabited a thoroughly curated world. They could interact, but the terms of their interaction had been set for them, before they even entered the rooms. 


The modes of interactivity and multi-media storytelling that empower audiences to make their own unique sense of the media around them usually invite them to make sense of that media specifically – media which have often been pre-selected and pre-digested for them.

spinach or rock ness in ed – pbl et al

I’m hoping that if we can look back into the 1940s and the 1950s, we can see a world in which it is possible to work for radical political transformation within and around the most powerful institutions of our day – including the media and the government.


Some of the best and brightest social scientists of the 1950s and 1960s, working with the very best of intentions, helped mastermind a national atrocity. 


I do see that the lion’s share of funding from the government now goes to STEM disciplines. I think that happens because the outcomes of training in those areas can be so clearly linked to things Congressman care about – jobs, profits, economic growth. But the power of STEM per se isn’t new. The space race and the Cold War drove research in that area to a level of funding and creative abandon that would be hard to imagine today except perhaps in the privately funded stratospheres of Google and Apple and Microsoft. Even with government funding down, the social sciences remain intellectually pretty hardy.

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aug 2014:interview (part 3) with Fred Turner about democratic surround:http://henryjenkins.org/2014/08/the-democratic-surround-an-interview-with-fred-turner-part-three.html

I think that one of the legacies of the Vietnam era for our generation has been a fear that engaging with state policy or trying to directly influence public life will somehow harm either our ideas or the state itself.


But it also travelled because Mead and others like her were not afraid to mix it up with people in power.

Today we need to do two things I think: first, campus-based writers like you and I need to keep trying to speak outward, to the world beyond the walls, in plain English. Second, we need to work with and if necessary build new kinds of institutions to support the kind of society we want. New social networks, new peer-to-peer collaborations are nowhere near enough. What we need are places where people who are unlike one another can gather and work together, slowly, over time. We are far too entranced with the power of networks today. What we need are not better ways to contact others like ourselves, but better ways to work across our differences. What we need are not better networks, but better institutions. 


feb 2015 – cl series  – #ByAnyMedia


CLTV – Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success 


july 2015 – talk in india culture lab


on fans..

1920s – mickey mouse club gatherings every saturday

3 min – ludrick von drake on being daringly undisciplined…

7 min – i wanted to get us beyond our stereo types of fans

sense of emotional connection

10 min – letter writing campaign of star trek…. had done everything needed to change the world.. i believe fans can do that.. a very powerful base of bringing about social justice…

13 min – we’re in a moment of profound/prolonged media change… ie: writing to print… shift when mass media comes in … shift now.. around digital media... what’s at stake in that shift is opportunity for everyone to participate..we have to work together to ensure that happens..

15 min – not about interacticity (program).. but participation (culture)…  ie: hashtag is culture not technological at its core

18 min – culture: 1\ folk 2\ mass 3\ participatory (taking characteristics of folk and applying at mass via digital) – we can use that to talk over mass

20 min – remix and use to talk back

what does this mean for education.. to prepare kids to be participatory. ie: how do we think about remix in relation to plagiarism… part of work i’ve been doing for macarthur

participatory: learning involved, involved in decision making, voluntary, empowerment to speak, shared norms…

23 min – idea 2/ if it doesn’t spread it’s dead

24 min – viral media makes me sick… it’s a way people control think they can stay in control… that’s not the way media travels… rather than viral.. spreadable.. deciding what to send/share with who – so it’s culturally bound

31 min – 3\ what spreads has to do with social currency

41 min – 4\ thinking about how the unfolding happens

ie: the matrix – transmedia story telling – so interconnected – you go everywhere to have the experience.. from all sides…  dispersed… so we can each discover our own meaning.. social currency.. add up to experience as a whole

52 min – on political language – pkg’d – and pdg’d for fighting… looking for new language..

56 min – on superman being and immigrant story

57 min – 3 finger salute.. stands for struggles against class and inequality

3 finger..

59 min – video – super hero powers spoken – by young girls in india

1:00 q&a starts

1:03 – on figuring out the rules of being viral

1:05 – what made mass culture so powerful – told us we couldn’t make things… now.. the crap on the internet is best thing about world today… tells us we can..

1:08 – right now most effectual sm today – isis… whether you support them or not – you’re seeing the video…  groups trying to drown them out..

1:10 – there is nothing inevitable about the outcome of a piece of tech.. we have to collectively fight.. participation over interactivity..

rev of everyday life

1:15 – goal – everyone is capable of being fully participatory in society

1:26 – on co-creation and deciding what’s valuable.. letting the artist decide.. ie: money or as gift..

1:30 – on quoting people and then people tweeting out – so it seems it’s from you.. clarity gets lost… so a lot of misinformation gets passed along… but this has always happened.. i worry more about mis info that passes on major network..

1:32 – song i hear on radio – mass culture.. song i sing in shower – pop culture – when we use culture.. it becomes popular


Howard interviewing Henry on latest book –

p1 – defining culture.. gaps/genres in participation

p 2 – http://dmlcentral.net/henry-jenkins-on-participatory-media-in-a-networked-era-part-2/

This is the second installment of a two-part interview with Henry Jenkins, co-author with Mizuko Ito and danah boyd of the brilliant new book, “Participatory Culture in a Networked Era.” In the first part, we talked about defining participatory culture; youth culture, youth practices; gaps and genres in participation. In this second part, we talk about learning and literacy; commercial culture; democracy, civic engagement, and activism; and reimagining participatory culture.

from video

if we take new media literacy seriously we radically rethink ed in society not by adding another subject to school day but a paradigm shift of how we think about ed across the board..


how to participate in platforms owned by large companies


the rhetoric of web 2.0 thought the consumer owner.. et al could combine.. all kinds of problems crop up once we build these platforms… i think we’ll be working on that for a while..

if we’re going to shift.. labor et al.. there’s going to be some disruption.. and we’re in that sorting out period… everything still in transition… regular struggles are going to determine that impact..

this book was a means for the three of us to reflect on that

howard: these changes via media are fundamentally changing us.. will we have more or less freedom.. we’ve come a long way since 80s activism et al

henry: many see democracy as broken.. but last 8 yrs we’ve seen some major issues.. most brought about not by institutions of govt but collective convos via tools we can now use.. shifting what convos look like in many ways… so online platforms are mattering…

by any media necessary .. new media activism of youth – book coming out next year via henry

10 min – civic imagination – before you can change the world you have to imagine a better place.. the steps possible to achieve that place and see yourself as political agent making those changes… and in many cases..empathy for someone’s experience diff than your own

a nother way..

11 min – language of pop and fan culture is language young people are choosing to use to talk about political change.. powerful shift… saying existing language is exclusionary and have to be policy wonk to understand.. and repulsive and comes already bound up in partisan bickering/divides rather than a desire to find common sense solution..

for young people hp, hg, superman.. give vocabulary/metaphor to talk about dreams/fears and organize and we’re seeing powerful ie’s of pop culture driven metaphors shaping this activism… ie: bat signal by occupy movement..

qr scenario ness

howard: chile doing this and now many of those younger kids members of congress

14 min – final chapter.. reimagining participatory culture..

we have to get rid of the binaries that say dystopia/utopia… requires educators to get involved … been true all along.. intellectuals also deeply connected to communities and able to put ideas into spaces not just academic.. i see danah and Mimi as in that space… to profess.. make knowledge known… catalyst for dialogue..

16 min – howard: it’s in the back and forth of disagree of 2 authors that we learn about participatory culture..

henry: indeed.. not just arguing .. but in listening deeply and engaging in each others work…

p 1


howard: if i had to name people know most about this field.. i would name these three.. and each in a different way/view.. so the book is much about unpacking nuance, ie: digital natives…

participatory culture: a world where more/more people exert greater control over production/circulation of media.. through that greater voices/roles in key decision making institutions of their time

3 min – we are now applying folk culture practices (made invisible in 20th cent) – to content of mass media through digital networks.. implications for ed/politics/business…

partici culture needs to be modified w/a more partici culture… there are many problems of inequality.. that are more visible the more networked.. we want to use phrase of more partic culture..

4 min – howard: to me.. the many to many was important.. exciting.. but good/bad… structural limits as to how students could participate…  students don’t know older ways.. important to understand what’s new/big.. that everyone is participating..

6 min – henry: you and i were maybe overly excited.. but because we saw the possibilities… ie: latest presidential debate.. 4 major topics via grassroots movements..

8 min – howard: critique of our enthusiasm is that youth power hasn’t countered traditional power

henry: yes… multiple sources of power.. on other hand… bernie… money via money… difficult to grasp before power of internet..

10 min – many youth think amer democracy broken.. so finding other ways..

howard: not just about snapchat/tumblr/youtube but very fundamental shift on the way things get done..

11 min – henry: unpacking digital native – we would never make a claim about immigrants and natives…  even if there was a window.. it’s rapidly breaking down, ie: parents/teachers now grew up in it as well..

all kinds of digital divides…  and we are less likely to fight battles if we say all are digital natives..

14 min gaps/genres in participation… digital divide refers to gaps.. ie: let’s wire the classroom.. we reached a point where a vast majority of youth have that access.. there’s always a new device that gives more access… but research is showing most youth don’t have an adult mentor.. for tech/cultural obstacles they encounter.

cl research suggests.. youth encountering… ie: difficulty in translating what they’re doing online for fun to capital value in ed/business systems..

? whoa.

17 min – howard: although not many adult mentors.. many have peer mentors… showing me schools no longer have monopoly on learning

henry: why i developed partici culture to begin with .. fans learning from each other… in communities.. w/o regard to age hierarchies.. that’s the utopian promise of these online communities… in these interest driven networks

what i’m interested in is where these cultural driven networks meet political driven networks..

like that much better than phrase above about finding capital value in ed/business..

ie: afterschool orgs, ie: debate/newspaper.. student govt pres with almost no power of getting change and being guild leader on world of warcraft making decisions that effect day to day practices of people your age and older

19 min – we can say.. young people are getting more leadership experience online by far than any after school activities that schools are offering 

20 min – howard: hp aliance sending 5-6 plane full of supplies to haiti

21 min – henry: hp protests educating major companies… well over 100 000 young people.. more than 62 chapters around u.s. … activism.. extending to hunger games.. super man.. star wars.. to try to bridge fans into civic engagement…

we’ve heard extraordinary stories of young people.. on the fallout of system in schools civic ed.. who told them not to get involved.politically because schools are so terrified of controversial issues.. and who’ve discovered their political voice through fan dom..



Re-reading @henryjenkins on #openbadges and potential negative impact on informal learning henryjenkins.org/2012/03/how_to… pic.twitter.com/32favfoIse

from 2012

We remain silent because we do not want to disrupt the party and because we respect the leadership of the DML initiative so much, but there is much that is at risk in that silence.

So, let me spell out some of the reasons why I want to see us go slower and think through the advantages and disadvantages of badges:

1. Many young people have deep ambivalences about the kinds of “credit” adults choose to give (or withhold) around their activities.


2. Badges run the risk of becoming “gamification” by another name — that is, a system which does not trust the power of intrinsic motivation and feels the need to add a layer of extrinsic motivation.


3. What’s working about the kinds of informal learning which takes place in participatory culture is that it is emergent and ad hoc: activities spring up, last as long as they interest participants, disappear again; young people feel empowered to create their own activities and set their own goals within these organizations; young people can feel like the experts in a subject matter which has not yet been fully integrated into the systems of formal learning. ….. But, informal learning works because it is informal. Yet, any coherent system of badges requires systems and structure; there have to be requirements which help to standardize forms of participation and which rank some kinds of contributions as more valuable or at least more central to the group than others.


4. Another thing that’s working about these informal learning communities is that they are relatively nonhierarchical.


Jose Antonio Vargas at dml2016 – and convo with Henry



relationship goes back 10 yrs…

i did journalism.. because (as undocumented) my name could be on a piece of paper..

my beat was on intersection of internet and politics..

i had checked off all the lists of things you have to do to be successful

around that time i started finding out that undocumented people.. where using fb, twitter, youtube.. to org.. to tell their stories..

[film] – immigration is stories

the very people trump wants to deport.. that legally aren’t supposed to be here are using these techs to tell you who they are… there’s something rich around that..

i started feeling really guilty.. 3 yrs.. watching to videos.. talking to 28 lawyers.. to find out how much trouble i’d be in.. how do i do this and provide space to give people agency.. to tell own story.. so… define american.. largest collection of immigrant stories.. people coming out on platform … filmmakers look at/use some of stories..

can’t change immigration unless talk about culture of immigration..

cultural shift led to political shift..

can’t talk about immigration and not talk about race

in this country.. hs/colleges… rights are things people care about.. how do we make migration part of that

my iphone has more migrant rights than i do.. i’m not talking about open borders i’m just asking questions.. why is it goods/commodities can travel anywhere but people can’t.. what is that about.. why is it when white people travel.. it’s courageous/essential/new frontier.. when poc travel it’s a question of legality/criminality.. how do we change that…

that’s where my work has led me… what borders mean in a digital world..


i’ve spent a lot of my career trying not to talk about race…

was seeing my classmates make choices about race.. we had to figure out early on…

my grandfather arrested mlk.. i keep his badge as my memory of that.. for that reason i stayed out of this very long.. until i figured out.. not talking about race is white privilege

how we respond to a white culture minority..

we don’t live in a post racial society.. we’re seeing the politics…

i came in looking at it thru hpa.. but the dreamers are the ones that took my breath away.. ie: people tweeting as being deported… this is incredible ie’s of risk/activism…

 many americans didn’t think they knew anyone undocumented.. so many in closet… for many.. first time was thru a youtube video..

most sophisticated activism today is what the dreamers are…


only people saying post racial society – where white journalists…

courage takes for you to be transparent.. is much more needed.. now living in time where we really need white people to talk to other white people about what white privilege is .. it’s exhausting for poc to it all

beauty of sm.. for first time really seeing each other.. what this bearing witness means..

daca: 1.5 mill young undoc people gave names/id.. and paid 465 dollars to govt to not get deported for two years..

issue that is most controversial and least known – documentation.. why define american is so important.. deep level of mis perception.. and the media’s role in just accepting frame from trump.. and general silence from american public.. .. hey.. so long as someone’s serving you.. this is america.. aren’t we about cheap labor… for most part.. white people don’t care about this issue.. how do we wake up this consciousness…

one narrative.. how do we disrupt all of these projected onto us and have sm give agency for people to frame their own story..

binary ness


tyranny of the possible – can only deal with today’s battle..

long term change – try to think about next direction.. ie: mlk – i have a dream.. not just survive as african americans.. but what does the future look like..

pop culture provides language for this young generation..

maybe we needed hp to bridge.. with empathy.. bridging capital.. ie: what talking about superman narrative has meant to undocumented youth..

[film] – before can change world.. have to be able to imagine other possibilities..

a nother way.. – all of us imagining .. daily.. as the day.. ongoingly..

macarthur funding us for a couple of years to focus on – civic imagination...

find a way to help people think about nature of change.. we’ve got to break out of the frames..

hey henry – hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data.. as the day


i can’t really talk about immigration in a vacuum.. connected to women’s rights.. lgbqt.. income ineq… if these are stories i’m finding.. american s going thru same.. you have towns in nc.. that used to be football towns that are now soccer towns… so that has never really figured out b and w thing.. have asian/latino..

emerging us.. vice but better.. video docs.. complimented by essays..

[trailer] – asians fastest growing.. latinos largest minority – we need a new kind of journalism

that’s america to me..

film – white people.. ie: when white people check white.. do they know what that means..  reality.. in next 50 yrs..  deconstructing tropes.. what does it mean to be a good immigrant.. when did term inner city get created..

define american is non profit.. emerging us is for profit..  hard to get investors.. want to know audience.. can’t be everyone.. can’t you just stick to immigration..

i feel i owe it to my privilege.. question about privilege.. what are you doing to risk  your privilege.. this is my thing

what it means for people to define who they are and not just let other people define them..

again.. a nother way.. – self-talk as data – 7 bill people defining self.. everyday..


if we don’t change hollywood/news-industry.. not going to make changes needed..


when you get to know us.. you get to know us from white people’s perspective.. so my work lives on how to ask questions…. i think only internet/sm .. able to answer these questions…

so long as we agree.. we’re fine.. but what are we going to do.. when we disagree.. working class white people stories.. are largely untold.. our chance of correcting mistakes thru mainstream media thru digital means.. the opp is ripe.. the question is.. are we going to take full advantage..


the way citizenship connecting to the digital.. ie: citizen journalism.. problematic on half dozen levels.. 1\ i hope all journalists do that.. 2\ phrase citizen limits .. potentially denying someone right of what they do as important right.. 3\ limit by calling it journalism.. lots of important speech occurs online.. talk about contemp issues.. et al.. that is the power of the internet and it doesn’t have to look like journalism to make a diff in the world.


global citizens.. but not of my own country.. i don’t think i need a piece of paper to tell me i’m an american..

[on woman.. who wanted antonio to connect her great grandma’s slave papers.. to papers he can’t get].. this is not about papers/laws.. 

when we talk about citizenship.. discussing it beyond.. don’t talk to me about laws if you’re going to talk to me about justice..

question: what have you all done/doing to earn your citizenship.. only a fair question..

how do we unpack this myth of america being built by immigrants.. leaving out blacks (forced to come here) and native americans..

with obama era.. i think we’ve entered the redefinition era..how do we learn that


we have to connect our ability to envision future with our knowledge of the past.. (show that is doing that..).. need more stories like that as a society


in – white people – 75% of white people believe discriminated.. mostly on college admissions.. they felt best was to be color blind..

i’m talking about systematic structure.. if defensive.. maybe look at self..

we’re doing a sequel focusing on straight white guys..  how much change can they (engulf)

prism.. when you come to america.. you think white..

all i want is my nephews/nieces.. what they can handle..  i’m trying to figure out distribution/conversation.. we are so divided in this country.. only two places change must happen from ground up.. media (stories we tell ourselves) .. and education (what are we teaching our kids)..



shoot.. cut out..

strength of sm – connecting stories together.. if pressure on white people.. let’s do it uniformly across u.s…. moving beyond telling the slave story again and again..


poc – how do we not be too quick to call things racist.. 88% of total pop growth in next (8 yrs?).. going to come from latino/asians..

modest proposal.. white people start thinking .. not center of world.. not norm/standard.. we all are..  you’re all just the minority.. you just took everything..

expanding defn of what majority is..


modern era defined by insularity and porous ness… no counter publics.. no harbors.. no space to formulate public opinion if minority.. that won’t be shared out.. we have to figure out how to have these convos.. how to have sm that allows us to respect each other.. and have that honesty

gershenfeld sel


i’ve started unfriending people who agree with me..  i keep doing this work because i feel this is my contribution and i have a strategy .. if all i’m going to do is talk to people who agree with me.. i don’t think i’m doing my job


have a candidate talking about partitioning off parts of internet.. to limit free speech on internet.. we’ve got to fight to protect net every step of way… many fronts we have to face.. from govt/corp reg that affect our ability to maintain culture online


independence is expensive.. making sure i’m not selling myself out.. i’ve been really careful about what independence means to me

the fact that we know of millions of undocumented students.. but if students come out to teachers.. teachers don’t know what to do.. there isn’t an actual/collective strategy.. i feel teachers are the middle ground..  hearing that govt has failed and teachers have to figure out what to do.. that’s teachers as allies coming out

when you talk about dreamers.. you’re talking about ones that have made conscious choice to keep going.. what about the others.. most dangerous thing about stereotypes is when people believe them..

james baldwin: your crown has been bought and paid for .. all you must do is put it on.. now you can love yourself.. it’s possible.. we are way more than pieces of papers.. laws passed..

can’t give up because our parents didn’t.. my mom didn’t..


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I spent a good deal of Sunday binge watching 3%, a new Netflix series, which has dropped with fairly minimal publicity. The series was produced and filmed in Brazil as a co-production, working on what seems to be a fairly low budget, turning minimalist sets into something that feels much larger as a consequence of adept world-building. It is a dystopian science fiction series, somewhat in the tradition of Hunger Games, though its core premise is somewhat different. One write-up about the series has the headline: “Think Katniss Everdeen on a very special episode of The Apprentice,” and that sums it up pretty well, especially considering Trump’s role on that particular reality series. 3% of the planet’s population lives in what we are lead to believe are ideal conditions, where-as the rest live in utter poverty and squalor, represented here by urban Sao Paolo. A testing regime has been established to allow the best and the brightest to enter the elite and escape their plight. The series traces the experience of one cohort of students as they move through the exam process, confronting a series of cognitive and ethical challenges, and sorting out which of them have the “merits” which will allow them to “belong” in the world of the elite. Along the way we see glimpses into their past lives to understand what is motivated their struggle to master the test and explains what aspects of their humanity they are willing to sacrifice as they pursue those goals. Highly recommended. It could not be more timely.


Remi Kalir (@remikalir) tweeted at 0:20 PM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
@henryjenkins talking civic imagination & youth agency in @innovates_ed #marginalsyllabus webinar https://t.co/6vJ6rPqTG4 #ConnectedLearning

By Any Media Necessary and New Youth Activism: An Invitation to Annotate with Marginal Syllabus



16 min – civic imagination: before you can change the world you have to imagine what a better world looks like

a nother way.. 2 convos.. as the day

finding that pop culture references play a specific role in framing the civic imagination… hp.. hunger games.. et al


40 min video from 2012

Alan Levine  (@cogdog) tweeted at 11:35 AM – 26 Sep 2017 :

@Bali_Maha @MiaZamoraPhD @remikalir @hypervisible Direct link to talk by @henryjenkins where he defines participatory culture (note his story of the slide) https://t.co/keZl7fzO2q #resnetsem (http://twitter.com/cogdog/status/912732456049975297?s=17)


Henry Jenkins (@henryjenkins) tweeted at 11:25 AM – 25 Sep 2017 :

Anticipating DML conversation with Esra’a al Shafei
https://t.co/ONtep92vsN (http://twitter.com/henryjenkins/status/912367592513273856?s=17)

More and more young people around the world are finding and deploying their voices online though often, they are not heard because adult leaders are looking in the wrong places, do not understand their language, and are not prepared to hear what they have to say..t

not voiceless ness.. begs mech to facil idio jargon

We are always on the lookout for the next way to connect ..t with audiences, constantly iterating our platforms and creating more engaging ways to present our work and further our mission. – Nabela Noor

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.

I recognize the limits of my own knowledge.

I certainly know that the “Arab Spring” movements were misreported by western media, understood primarily in terms of Twitter and Facebook revolutions, a frame that ignored the real organizing taking place on the grounds and in the streets in these countries. Our romanticization of these digital freedom fighters makes it harder for us to make sense of the conflicting reports we receive about the long-term impact of these social change movements.

Around the world, we are finding young people are frustrated with the tools and language of traditional politics, seeking new ways of expressing their desires..t  for change that speak to and for others of their generation. We are finding young people constructing new forms of the civic imagination, using the resources of popular culture to help them articulate what a better future might look like.

let’s try this.. ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

As young people across the United States are becoming more “woke” to the conditions impacting their lives, we need to consider what social movements around the world can learn from each other — what tools they share, what practices they deploy, what dangers they face, and what motivates their engagement and participation.

let’s go deeper.. indigenous deep.. roots of healing


This old post and the work of @henryjenkins seems particularly fitting right now.

“I’ve been thinking…It is time to revisit Jenkins’ Participatory Culture” https://t.co/fUtc0nx7Qj

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/gregkulowiec/status/1250391656890806274

For the moment, let’s define participatory culture as one:

1.With relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement

ie: 33 min a day (2 convers as infra) – mech simple enough

2.With strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others

ie: tech as it could be.. listening to every voice everyday.. (takes care of quote at end of post: ‘If we leave it there, we will create feral children of the Internet — Let them be, they will learn on their own…it leaves a lot of kids behind.’ – has to be everyone or it won’t work)

3.With some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices

data from /self-talk is used to connect people locally.. every day.. to do the thing(s) they can’t not do

4.Where members believe that their contributions matter

undisturbed ecosystem

‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

5.Where members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).

augmenting interconnectedness

Not every member must contribute, but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and that what they contribute will be appropriately valued.

better if focus isn’t on contribution.. rather .. if finding/being fittingness.. ‘will do anything to give art away’.. et al