It’s easy to find alarming evidence that we’ve lost our way when it comes to civics in the US. But longtime global activist and MIT prof Ethan Zuckerman says there’s a lot to get excited about too, if we’re willing to think in new ways about what it even means to be civically engaged in the digital age.
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“How Long Will I Cry: Voices of Youth Violence” is a new play at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. The play depicts young people who were involved with gangs, and participated in or were victims of street violence. It follows the true stories of young people in Chicago.
It is truly heartbreaking to post article after article chronicling the decimation of an entire generation – my generation – to gun violence. As a blogger in Chicago, I’ve written headlines like “Shirley Chambers Loses Fourth Child to Gun Violence,” “19 Shot Overnight; 13 Wounded in Just 30 Minutes,” and “Hadiya Pendleton, Teen Who Performed At Obama Inauguration, Shot and Killed on South Side.”
Students from Redwood High School in Redwood City, Calif. collaborated with teacher/musician Tom McFadden to make a rap music video that teaches a science lesson.
Archie, he had a lot of wisdom. I met him at a time when I needed guidance, and I recognized…
As recently as a year ago, schools across the country, including the middle school in San Francisco where I used to teach, were toning down security. But since the school shooting in Newtown, school districts across the San Francisco Bay Area are ramping up safety measures.
I was sad when I heard about the 26 innocent people who were killed at the school last Friday, but I wasn’t shocked. Shootings happen every day, especially where I’m from.
As I approach the third flight of stairs at my high school, I have to pause just to catch my breath. It’s embarrassing. That’s why I’m making my resolution to exercise in the New Year.
Big data. Everyone has a slightly different definition of this new buzzword.
Rick Smolan, former photographer for National Geographic and TIME Magazine and the author of The Human Face of Big Data, defined the term for us like this:
“When you take several different sources for information and you overlap them and you look for patterns in the data… It’s a little bit like watching the planet develop a nervous system. …All of us walking around with our smartphones, we’ve become human sensors. So we’re all feeding data back into this growing mass of databases, and the ability to collect data, process it, visualize it and react to it in real time is something the human race has never had before.”