I wrote a column for my newspaper about media streams and how also education should happen in streams (it’s in Dutch, and no, it seems that translating is not something which can be automated easily). Examples I used are the videostream at The Wall Street Journal, Worldstream, and Howard Rheingold’s video about crap detection:

The message of the column is simple: the stream-format is becoming ubiquitous on the web and there are quite a few mainstream media embedding streams such as liveblogs and twitter streams. Also in education streams are being used, for instance students are required to use blogs and twitter and learn how to filter information using social media dashboards. However, there are still far too many educational projects which ignore the possibilities of ‘the streams’.

In the meantime (and not included in the column) I learned about this journalism education project, called Stories and Streams: teaching collaborative journalism with peer to peer learning (via Online Journalism Blog). Something I will look into the next few days.

Researching the philosophers of Silicon Valley, using mindmaps in 2D and 3D

What are the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of Silicon Valley? I’m trying to find out, reading and watching thinkers, historians, sci-fi literature, visiting virtual environments.

I’m trying to put some structure in my work using a mindmap, partially based on the book From Counterculture to Cyberculture (by Fred Turner):

In Second Life I’m putting up some media panels with websites or videos illustrating this – it helps me generating new ideas shifting those things around and walking around there, or looking at the panels with other avatars and commenting them.

My mindmap-installation in Second Life