Work Should Pay


Minimum wage today if indexed to 1938 $0.25: $3.60

If indexed to inflation since 1948: $7.25

If it were HALF of the average of all production & non-supervisory workers (80% of workforce) it would be: $9.54

If it were HALF of the gains in productivity in the economy since 1948: $14.73

If it were indexed to the same proportional increase in productivity: more than $20

Which is fair?

Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's in Chicago.

Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald’s in Chicago this week. Courtesy USA Today.

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60 Second Ideas (blog 13)


Here is the scenario,

 You have sixty seconds to pitch your best idea, invention, policy, etc….just one of your best thoughts.  Try to think outside the block and be creative, for example if you think that a law where everyone has to say hi when they walk by each other would improve the world, then go for it. Describe how Business, Government, and Society would have to adjust and cooperate to accomplish your idea.  

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Just a cool picture of an idea- of capturing lightning in a bottle.

Please read your post and time it to sixty seconds!  These should be short, powerful, and convincing.  60 seconds is about two paragraphs or 500 words.  The writing should be clear, compelling, and concrete.

You can go big (whole world) or small (fix one corner of the world).  The main idea is that it is an idea that we can envision.

Contest!

There will be a small prize for the winning idea as determined by the post’s rating (on the star ratings) with my opinion being the final tie-breaker.

Encourage others to see your idea!  Facebook!  Twitter!  Whatever it takes!

Some ideas on traffic from marketing author Seth Godin.

Digital Collaborator


I am also a digital collaborator.  I used to be something else when I took  the quiz a few years ago.  I think they may need to update it as some questions already feel dated.  like, I don’t own a stand alone mp3 device, my phone functions as that for me.

 

Social Media, You, and Business-Society


For this week’s blog post, we will be looking into technology and its impact on society.  You have three options for your prompt.

First, we suggest you take this short quiz to see what kind of technology user you are.

The first is to discuss the effect that social media has on organizations.  Talk about both positives and negatives and try to give examples of organizations that have been successful or unsuccessful in utilizing social media. Continue reading

Meaning in Music


POST is due SUNDAY.  Comments Sunday-Monday as best you can.

Your goal: use song lyrics as a launching pad, as the basis for a riff, on some aspect of ethics, social change, modern life, meaning, practical virtue, and so on.

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Joan Baez and Bob Dylan

Please include the lyric AND, if you can, a link to the song.

Feel free to cover any genre, from African drumming to Zydeco. Continue reading

TED week, Blog 10


This week is about using media, finding interesting topics, and exploring horizons.

The Technology Education and Design [TED] conference started some 30 years ago as a way for Silicon Valley, academia, and public intellectuals to share ideas and help set the stage for “the next big thing.”  Partly as a response to criticisms of the cost of attending, partly as celebrating information transparency, the talks, more than 1,000 now, are free to view online.

Your goal: watch a TED talk and talk about why it moved you or made you think.  We cannot all watch 18 talks, so be sure to reference a particular place in the talk that is key or memorable.  You can do so by indicating the time.

TED talks are EASY to embed in your post.  There is a special embed code for a ted talk you just cut and paste into wordpress.com  See here for instructions.

TRY NOT TO REPEAT someone else’s talk.

Optional: you _might_ find a talk related to your paper 2 OR white paper. For example, thinking of Dan, i put in “patriot act.”  The search result had this hit about ways to address violence.  Or, Jenna is doing hers on the Khan academy.  Well, Salman Khan has a talk there!

TED has many ways to search its archive.  You can use playlists.  There is a catalog of speakers. You can also search by topic.  For the super-interested, you can sign up and it will recommend content.

ENJOY!

Book Week


The book.  Greatest invention ever?  The original “information super highway?”

A Gutenberg Bible, first books printed on presses.

While there are many useful ways to get information with the onset of the digital revolution, the long-form book is still vital for in-depth information, for deep analysis, for sustained argument, for complex ideas, and so on.

This week, the blog council (Andrew, Anton, Jordi) invite you to visit our beloved Bertrand library and find a book that can be useful for your paper 2 or white paper.

Some ideas you can include to tell us the story of you and your book. Continue reading

Demand Surging for Health Exchange Insurance Plans


I know that the snafus in the website have dominated the  short-attention span news cycle and played perfectly into meta-narratives of “government can’t do anything right.” In fact, a private Canadian contractor, CGI, bid and won on the bulk of the project.  The US government did not solely build the software platform.  This Washington Post blog covers a lot of detail.  But the ADD media can’t be bothered to actually try to explain the real issues. Continue reading

My old 2 cents…


In the poll I put up, about half of you did not want me to post.

I go back-and-forth in my own mind about how much to contribute to the blog, how much to join in discussions, and so on.  On the one hand, I think you have a right to know “where I am coming from,” especially since I think transparency is superior to trying to pretend we have “completely objective” viewpoints.   On the other, I can take many different positions on different business or political issues; moreover, I do not want you to think I am grading your political philosophy even when I agree or disagree with you. Continue reading

Poor Writing? Or Bad Idea?


Interesting little writing example… or controversial statement

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This from discussion of 12 Years a Slave  in Salon.com

Fassbender, the German-born star who plays Ejiofor’s character’s owner, noted that Europe had worked out many of the issues America still grapples with. “America is such a young country and with that it has all the promise and hope and the land of opportunity and people can really start at the bottom and make whatever they want out of their lives if they put the energy in and luck and anything else alongside it,” he said. “I think it’s an extraordinary place. But you know, I guess we just have a longer history of beating each other up in Europe and wars and whatnot.” (He noted that, in Europe, people of Romani descent “get the rough end of the stick.”)

“The issues America still grapples with” is, you know, race, history of racism, equality and so on.  Ok, this irks…

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Do You Want Me to Post?


Quick Anonymous Poll.

BTW, you all can make these too.  Push “add poll” in edit window.

The Play We Did- un/real and un/true…


We will have the next blog post due on our regular time- this FRIDAY, Sept 27.  In other words, we have this week off.
Chelsea and Kamal are on the next blog council, so we will meet NEXT week.
As the last Blog Council decided (Chelsea and Maureen and me), we want us all to watch Bucknell’s own production of Mike Daisey’s play, but which we heavily modified, and called “un/real and un/true: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”
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HERE is a link to watch this.  You will need to log in to moodle to see it.
SO, please watch this.  Respond to the play itself, to the changes we made, to what it says about truth, art, and journalism, globalization, China, or any other direction you want to go.
Feel free to use this as a platform for further explorations of all the interesting and meaningful topics that the play provokes.
ALSO, we hope you can use your resources to reach out to someone FROM China.  There are many students here at Bucknell from China.  As best you can, reach out to a person and simply have a human conversation about China and about how China is seen from the outside or inside.  If you can’t do this, you can contact Chelsea Alpert, from our class, who may be able to help through her contacts into China.
Please reply with any questions.
This is all new ground for me and this class, so let’s have fun exploring this.

iTruth: tech, art, ethics, media, and the world of our devices… (Blog 3)


Blog 3 Prompt

Post DUE SUNDAY.  COMMENTS MONDAY.

What is truth?  Lies?  Who gets to decide?

Montage of Daisey and Jobs from New York Magazine

Now things get complicated.  You heard This American Life’s podcast focusing on Mike Daisey’s monologue-play and the issues it raises about Apple, China, worker rights, us as consumers, and globalization.

There is a reason I had you listen to that bootleg version.  TAL scrubbed the podcast from its website and released “Retraction” in which they devoted a full hour to “retracting” the original podcast.

Was Mike Daisey an unethical liar?  What, exactly, did he lie about, or not?  What is art, journalism, or truth?  Who decides?  These are some of the questions this new chapter in the story presents.

Please listen now to “Retraction.”  You can do so on-line here, or you can get it through iTunes or other distributor like Amazon.  There is even a TAL app (iphone and droid).

In your post, discuss any issue the “Retraction” episode brings to mind.   Be sure to include any links to other resources, media, or photographs.  Write clearly, but also in your own voice.  Please also discuss how your reaction is shaped by the information to which you have access and what that access says about truth, objective “facts” versus “opinions,” lies, meaning, knowledge, and any other aspect of these events that relates to how we know what we know (formally called epistemology- the study of knowing).

Your post should be at least three paragraphs.

More Relevant Information

Mike Daisey Blog

Bucknell’s tech/no performance of the interrupted monologue (Fall 2012).

Original and Revised scripts (for free!) from Mike Daisey.

Welcome, Grab Your Paint Brush


Welcome.  Blogging is an essential part of this class.  WordPress is a software tool, a platform, that enables us to produce content, comment on our writing, and build an audience of readers and of interaction amongst ourselves as well as with the wider world.

As the blog grows over the semester, it will become more dynamic.  Yes, it looks a little bare now.  But that is by choice.  It is like a blank canvas, waiting for all of us to pencil in the outlines and color in the many hues.

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While you are, here, play around with the dashboard, with your user profile, with your post.

Challenges:

1) Can you add a picture to your user profile?

2) Can you give yourself a profile name ( a display name) that the rest of us can remember (as in , NOT hgr345)

3) Can you add Tags to your post?

4) Can you add any multimedia to your post?

5) Super-advanced: can you figure out how to turn on zemanta content like this post has (with the suggested posts below).

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