The Pathway From a Liberal Arts Education to a Job at Google

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Quite appropriately, prospective college students and their families are looking for colleges and universities, and specific majors, that will help the student prepare for a successful future career. It is easy to see the path from accounting or nursing major to C.P.A. or R.N., but less so the path for English or Sociology majors leading to a particular career. Or even why a strong liberal arts core curriculum would be an important part of a professional degree program.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has long promoted the value of a Liberal Education. Specifically, they are “…focused on advancing and strengthening liberal education for all college students, regardless of their intended careers…AAC&U sees liberal education as a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of value, ethics, and civic engagement.” The importance of these skills to employers was made…

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Could There Be An Ethical Code for the Web?

A number of you have posted regarding the potential problems that can arise from prolonged or concentrated web usage.  This has been a concern since the emergence of the World Wide Web in the mid 1990’s.  Cyber bullying, stalking, posting private information or photos are but a few examples of various problems that have occurred, gaining national attention.  The Rutgers community were forcefully confronted with this in 2010 when Tyler Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his room, Durham Ravi alerted people to what he was doing in his dorm room.  There are numerous laws that have been constructed to ensure that individuals follow a codified set of uniform standards (or face the consequences, should they chose not to).  Yet, despite the interest that exists among a substantial number of people, the prospect of creating and monitoring the web seems an impossible task.  What are your thoughts on this subject?

A Visible Representation of Online Action

A Visible Representation of Online Action

Swartz, Mehanna, and the Freedom to Dissent

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This is a guest post by Rebecca Gould, a professor at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Her article, “Aaron Swartz’s Legacy.” appears in the January-February issue of Academe.

Aaron Swartz is gone but his legacy lives on. In my article for the current issue of Academe, I offered a few reasons why his brief life, including his prosecution, is worth remembering. Here are a few more ways in which Swartz’s tragedy intersects with the broader political world.

The same year that Swartz was charged with downloading too many articles, and in the same city, Boston, Egyptian-American dissident Tarek Mehanna faced similar accusations from the office of the same prosecutor, Carmen Ortiz. In the years leading up to his arrest, while Swartz was busy promoting his agenda of global open access, Mehanna was busy discussing the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in online forums, and translating Arabic…

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Are You a Media Consumer or a Media Producer ?

This might seem like a straight forward question – either you create or you consumer, or so conventional wisdom would dictate.

Media theory has postulated that media consumers are always passive (i.e. they watch or listen to a given media format, such as television or radio broadcasts) and media producers are always active (they make things).  We are all familiar with this model (think of the familiar visual expression – couch potato), but how accurate is this model now?

Garden Variety Couch Potato

Garden Variety Couch Potato

 

This paradigm has changed, now that media consumers are also media producers.  Anyone with a working smartphone or tablet can take pictures, circulate those pictures, post their thoughts with audiences of varying sizes, and they, in turn, can share their responses to other media producers’ work or ideas.

Pick Your Platform

Pick Your Platform

As we get started this semester, how would you evaluate your own status as a media producer and media consumer?  Please generate a post in response to this open ended question.

Media Makers

Media Makers