[Olpc-open] Olpc-open Digest, Vol 18, Issue 20

Ed Montgomery edm at rocketmail.com
Wed Dec 12 11:48:33 EST 2007

Hmmm...there is considerably more 'good' reading on
the internet if one looks.  The 'inanities', as she
mentions are what she deems 'bad' reading, I suppose. 
Well, the signal to noise ratio is up to the
individual, i.e. what you choose and spend your time
reading.  It would appear that this academic has
decided that reading things that she is not interested
in is the 'inanities of the internet'.  How sad.  In
any case, in regards to your notion(s) of
storytelling, etc., it appears timely that this has
appeared (from UNICEF and OLPC!):


Enjoy! :-)

> I am not sure I completely agree with the whole
> "inanities of the
> Internet" business though, especially in light of
> what OLPC aims to do.
> Sure, the "book" will not have paper pages, but it
> will nevertheless be
> a book. There is also a great bit of focus currently
> on providing books
> via the XO laptop. I hope we eventually graduate to
> the possibility of
> *writing* books via the XO. Children have great
> imagination and would be
> a great source for short stories.
> >From the article:
> "The storyteller is deep inside everyone of us. The
> story-maker is
> always with us. Let us suppose our world is attacked
> by war, by the
> horrors that we all of us easily imagine. Let us
> suppose floods wash
> through our cities, the seas rise . . . but the
> storyteller will be
> there, for it is our imaginations which shape us,
> keep us, create us -
> for good and for ill. It is our stories that will
> recreate us, when we
> are torn, hurt, even destroyed. It is the
> storyteller, the dream-maker,
> the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents
> us at our best, and
> at our most creative."
> Perhaps the "inanities" of the Internet will help
> create the new
> storyteller, dream-maker, myth-maker.
> cheers,
> Sameer
> -- 
> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
> http://opensource.sfsu.edu/

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