Archive for November 27, 2011

Collective passion, consumed by the aims of wealth and power. A brief analysis of Germinal

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The intellectual it’s an bidimensional character, that only exists and subsist as such if (and only if) it’s invested by an specific authority, conferred by an autonomous intellectual world (that is to say, independent from the religious, political and economic powers) whose specific laws he respects, and if(and only if) involves that specific authority in political struggles. (Pierre Bordieu, “Pour un corporatisme de l’universel”).

Zola carried out this definition. Above all, his novels stand on the necessity of reflecting the society with any reserve, and his revolutionary attitude of involving so much on literature as in the social reality, made him become on an example of a committed writer. Read more…

GREP-AED-N desaproves the Dukan Diet

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The GREP-AED-N (Grupo de Revisión, Estudio y Posicionamiento de la Asociación Española de Dietistas-Nutricionistas)  in their Estudio y Posicionamiento sobre el Método Dukan  have devastated a conclusion:”El método del Sr. Dukan es fraudulento e ilegal, no sirve para adelgazar y supone un riesgo para la salud pública”. Read more…

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La red y la inteligencia colectiva: ¿Utopía o realidad?

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Podemos afirmar con Pierre Lévy que si deseamos tener algún futuro, la clave consiste en coordinar nuestras actuaciones (políticas, económicas, científicas) a escala mundial, basándonos en decisiones conjuntas, en el sentido común, el respeto mutuo. Si las nuevas tecnologías nos ayudan en el proceso facilitando el desarrollo de la inteligencia colectiva, bienvenidas sean.

La web del futuro expresará la inteligencia colectiva de una humanidad mundializada e interconectada a traves del ciberespacio”  (Pierre Lévy,2003) Read more…

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Maratongo bataila

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Ba al dakigu zein den maratoi probaren jatorria? Izen bereko batailatik dator. Bataila hartan asko zegoen jokoan, baina azter dezagun lehenik eta behin garai hartako kontextua. Read more…

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The Hellacopters and their web communication strategy

The Hellacopters, a successful Swedish rock band from the nineties, are active in social networks and microblogging (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace… ) Along their not-too-long career they have become one of the most successful bands in the international hard rock sphere, even though they come from a non-English-speaking country. Due to the popularity they have earned they like to be constantly in touch with their fans.

They seem to folow Seth Godin, a bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change in music industry

“The music business is changing and successful artists have to build a tribe, and this is done through engagement and personal interaction. More and more artists are taking over the business part of the profession and handling their own marketing and communications.”

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Logikaren beharra mundu akabatu honetan!

Chaim Perelman eta Olbrechts-Tyteca egungo pentsamendu filosofikoaren barnean sailkatuta dagoen korronte berritzailearen ikasketetan parte hartzaile ospetsuak dira. Gaur egun ezaguna den Argumentazioaren Teoriaren sortzaileak dira. Teoria honek, hizkuntzaren izaera ulertzen du izaera sinetsarazle gisa, hau da, informazioaren hartzailea igorlearen ikuspuntutik eramateko diseinatua. Argudiozko kontzepzio hori erretorika deritzonaren erdigunean kokatu izan da beti baina Chaim Perelman eta Olbrechts-Tytecaren lanak argitaratuak izan ondoren, argumentazioaren ikasketak eraberritu ziren eta erretorika berriaren barruan kokatu izan ziren XX. mendearen azken 50 urteetan. Erretorika berri honek diona da konbentzitzeko balio duela gehien bat hizkuntzak, solaskidearengan nolabaiteko eragina izateko.

La lógica es la forma más sencilla de contestar un examen sin haber estudiado… pero hasta de eso carecen muchos.(Sócrates)

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Twitter vs. Tuenti, both quite dissimilar

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Twitter and Tuenti, although they seem to have some similarities, in fact they are different. Starting from the users they are focused on continuing with their comments´ length.

“Twitter is indeed a very important component of the real-time Web, …useful because it is short-form content” says David Talbot .

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The fall of Constantinople

Although we are accustomed to contemplate the fall of Constantinople as an isolated event, as a drastic turning point that defined the beginning of a new era, it is rather the end of an old story; the abrupt disappearance of a city that praised wisdom, a city that studied and conserved the classic texts of the Greeks; the remains of a civilization full of splendour. Read more…

Twitter philosophy

Will Twitter inspire a new philosophy? In words of James Alan Freeman  “getting information quickly is very easy and free”. However, Clive Thompson asserts that Twitter has become a bubble for its users. This “autistic” behavior is called social awareness. Thompson writes

“Social scientifics describe it very much like being physically near someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does — body language, sighs, stray comments — out of the corner of your eye”.

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Twitter and ways to have a full Twitter experience

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Be careful with TwitterAccording to Ben Parr (2011), the micro-blogging service has more than 100 million active users and surpassed 200 million tweets per day in June but has since jumped to nearly 250 million daily tweets. The growth has been tremendous: Twitter had around 100 million tweets per day in January 2011″. Apart from that, of those 100 million active users, more than the 50% log in everyday. Being such as successful web-site, only when we know how to use Twitter in a productive way, and to make it productive, only when we know how to have a better Twitter experience and use it in academic environments, and using devices created by Twitter, such as the hash tags, only then, we will have a full Twitter experience, which will enhance our views about the world, and that will be part of a collective knowledge that will be useful to everyone interested on it. Read more…

Minors’ accounts in the net

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Klout is a website that gives users a score depending on how influencial they are on social networks. This website gets information about individuals from public sources such as posts and followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and so on in order to assign them a  score. It lifts information from thirteen separate social networks and creates profiles automatically. Nevertheless, this site is not able to figure out who among users’ networks of friends is a child and who is not and consequently it creates profiles of anyone in the net, including minors. As a result of this problem with Klout and the minors’ accounts, lots of parents have complained and Facebook is now investigating wether Klout follows or not its terms of service in harvesting information.  So, adults and minors should be aware of the fact that having an active digital social life means leaving your own digital footprints everywhere and dragging your online friends (that can be your own children) with you from site to site, even if you are not interested in. Read more…

Risks of digital identity in social networks

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 Digital identity is the aspect of digital technology that is concerned with the mediation of people’s experience of their own identity and the identity of other people and things. Digital identity also has another common usage as the digital representation of a “set of claims made by one digital subject about itself or another digital subject” (Kim Cameron). Summarizing, it is all our footprints on internet. However, nowadays it is becoming very difficult to control our Digital Identity because of social networks. In spite of being  socializing tools, they are becoming important focus of danger.

According to Jerri Ledford there are five areas we should be especially cautious about when we are creating our digital identity: Read more…

What was “Colonialism”?

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After decades of colonial presence, the effects of colonization have not disappear and its footprint is maintained until present. The economic situation is bad and political structures are unstable. Robin D. G. Kelley put it this way:

The fact is, while colonialism in its formal sense might have been dismantled, the colonial state has not. Many of the problems of democracy are products of the old colonial state whose primary difference is the presence of black faces. [...]The official apparatus might have been removed, but the political, economic, and cultural links established by colonial domination still remain with some alterations. Read more…

Facebook vs Twitter

 Facebook y Twitter son las dos plataformas 2.0, en la Red, más importantes a nivel global. Son usadas por millones de personas, incluidos  personajes públicos de todo tipo: Actores y actrices, cantantes, futbolistas e incluso políticos.
Sin embargo, Twitter y Facebook, ni son utilizadas por el mismo tipo de gente. ni con los mismos objetivos.
Soren Gordhamer, en Mashable, considera que la diferencia más importante entre Facebook y Twitter radica en en el tipo de usuarios, tanto de las redes sociales como de microblogging.
Sobre cuándo hacer uso de Twitter y de Facebook, Gordhamer piensa que hay un creciente grupo de personas que se esfuerzan por utilizar cada día más las redes sociales, y lo hacen con fines muy distintos. Aunque en la superficie muchas redes sociales parecen ser similares, debemos comprender los diferentes roles que se pueden adoptar on line para así usarlas con habilidad.

La política y las redes sociales

Si eres un personaje público debes mantener una buena cuenta de Twitter. Dice Jay Adams

“Take a few minutes each day and tweet a couple of things your followers will find valuable in your niche. The more, the better, but if you’re pressed for a time, a few minutes each day is good enough. It’s important that you don’t let a day pass without at least checking in and seeing if anyone has mentioned you in a tweet.”

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