Ghana's fantasy coffin attraction

The story goes that in the first half of last century one Ata Owoo was well-known for making magnificent chairs to transport the village chief on poles or the shoulders of minions. When Owoo had finished one particularly elaborate creation, an eagle, a neighbouring chief wanted one too, this time in the shape of a cocoa pod. A major crop in Ghana. However, the chief next door died before the…

Righting Copyright: Fair Use and 'Digital Environmentalism'

While it was once believed that Marxism would overhaul notions of ownership, the combination of capitalism and the Internet has transformed our ideas of property to an extent far beyond the dreams of even the most fervent revolutionary. Which is not to say that anything resembling a collectivist utopia has come to pass. Quite the opposite. In fact, the laws regulating property?and intellectual property, in particular?have never before been so…

Against Syllabi

Any syllabus is fated to yield to the messy circumstances of its course, with results that cannot be predicted. This is reason enough to be against syllabi; their presentation of a course as a fully reasoned, systematically organized thing is spurious. A course that is only its syllabus, day after day, is a course where spontaneity, improvisation, and risk have been banished. The loss is too great. —Terry Caesar —Against…

Memo to media establishment: Ignore blogs at your peril

Web publishers and bloggers are already stealing readers, advertisers and classifieds. Particularly for young people, journalism has become, in the words of NYU professor and PressThink.org blogger Jay Rosen, more of a conversation than a lecture. That conversation, at least for now, almost always begins with a traditional news story, which is then subject to annotation and dissection on blogs, which are now read by 27 percent of the U.S.…

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Journalism Is Itself a Religion: Special Essay on Launch of The Revealer

1.) J-School as School of Theology 2.) The Journalist’s Creed 3.) The Orthodoxy of No Orthodoxy 4.) Practicing Journalism But Not Understanding It 5.) The First Amendment as Press Religion 6.) The God Term of Journalism is the Public 7.) A Breakaway Church in the Press 8.) Interview at the Axis of Evil —Jay Rosen —Journalism Is Itself a Religion: Special Essay on Launch of The Revealer (Press Think) Another link…