Friday, September 24, 2004

Point and Purpose

Anyone who thinks Bruce Springsteen really rocks yet votes Republican hasn't seen the point. I guess, likewise, that anyone who is really into Arnie's movies and votes Democrat hasn't seen the point either. On the other hand, the latter is a better vote -- not only for those of us at home, but also, and more so, for the rest of us all over the world.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

On the other hand .....

Mexico is nothing if not profoundly complex. This complexity extends to the sheer contrasts in the materiality of everyday practices and the literacies and other forms of language they encapsulate. If one place on one day has you drowning in the dust of desperation, as it did for me yesterday, another place on the next day has you pondering the priorities of the pious.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Language, everyday life and a line on the map

A sobering story from the major cities along the Mexican frontera provides a tangible reminder of how ultimately real borders are and are likely to remain in the foreseeable future in our 'global' world. What price critical literacy and praxis in the postmodern condition?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Eats, Blogs and Leaves

Jennifer Garrett, a staff writer at, has posted an engaging piece on the importance of well-crafted blog posts. Her main argument is that a “well-written blog indicates respect both for the medium and for the reader.”

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Working with Blogs in Xalapa

Today is the final day of a 3 day international seminar hosted by the Universidad Pedagogica Veracruzana (Veracruz University of Pedagogy) on the theme of new literacies. My final session addresses potential educational uses of weblogs, as well as weblogs in everyday life. It will include constructing the basics of a community blog that can be used by the postgraduate program at the university.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Defining a personal website

Here's an interesting set of musings by David Brake on what constitutes a personal website.

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