[Olpc-open] Free content; inanity (was Re: Olpc-open Digest, Vol 18, Issue 20)
echerlin at gmail.com
Wed Dec 12 16:25:35 EST 2007
See also librarianchick.org, which collects free online textbooks and
other educational content.
On Dec 12, 2007 8:48 AM, Ed Montgomery <edm at rocketmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
Inanity of inanities, all is inanity...I applied myself to
learning...This also is inanity and striving after wind.
It depends on your purpose. Other people have other purposes.
> 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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