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Wonderfest 2010: Does 10k Hours of Gaming Have Effects?

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KenMacMillan Avatar
Posted: 04.03.11, 07:38 PM
Why in the hell would you allow audio advertisements to play over your videos?
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Posted: 04.03.11, 06:04 PM
Sell Your X-Box, PS2, & Wii. Home school your children and don't allow more than one hour of television per day including watching the news. Take the T.V. out of their rooms!!!
ananias Avatar
Posted: 12.14.10, 11:02 AM
I so agree with this stuff, and think there is a clever way to engineer a completely new approach to primary education that's based around creating a genuinely meaningful and productive role for children in local civics via a web site. I think the complexity and sophistication of our culture and technologies are inadvertently disenfranchising us in numerous ways. I believe this approach is well suited to the Heroic Imagination Project because local governments worldwide face very similar problems. Open source software, designed to address the IT requirements of small local governments in ways that make it more transparent and easier for the public to participate in, is likely to be widely deployed simply to save money. In this way we might establish a mechanism that can be used to develop many new civic technologies--akin to iPhone apps--that collectively could make our political capital itself more tangible to us. I have been designing one such "civic app" myself in anticipation of a platform on which to deploy it. I would be happy to see someone with more brains and resources beat me to it. In my approach, a virtual currency--the holler--flows as monthly income to every member of the community which they can spend on the site to support or oppose the issues facing their community, or they can secretly delegate it to be spent the same way someone, or several others, spend theirs. Or, for a small cost, (like 10 cents per voter) they can buy an "evangelists" account. Everyone on the site is not just anonymous--there isn't even a way to tell who wrote what--from the users' point of view. There is an official ontology based around the data itself--a semantic web mechanism--that makes the data machine readable. The discussion forums are pinned to the data and issues themselves--as if there are no people. This metaphor is that the community itself is the body, and the people in it are merely neurons it its mind, trying to organize themselves into an efficient and effective sensibility for it. My strategy is all about creating roles for children in maintaining that ontology, and a map of their local economy. I think the best way to reward users is by having the software itself notice that they have mastered some skill and grant them access to more challenging roles and a higher rank. I think the challenge facing educators today is to give children the reward of feeling both empowered and valuable at whatever pace the students are comfortable with. The more aware we can make them of their potential, of the details of how our economy functions, of opportunities to contribute and be paid for it, and the feedback of experiencing the empowerment of knowledge--the less it will cost to educate them, the faster it will happen, and the more predisposed they'll end up to find fulfilling mutualistic lifestyles.