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Falser Words Were Never Spoken – NYTimes.com The artifice of misquotation

This article reminds me of the old Simon and Garfunkel line “the words of the prophets are written on the subway wall, tenament halls…”.  But, that was an ode to authenticity, and the mis-quotes that are being disparaged here are ones that reduce the complexity (and the audacity) of the originals.  And they are then often verified by being quoted all over the internet.

Thoreau, Gandhi, Mandela — it’s easy to see why their words and ideas have been massaged into gauzy slogans. They were inspirational figures, dreamers of beautiful dreams. But what goes missing in the slogans is that they were also sober, steely men. Each of them knew that thoroughgoing change, whether personal or social, involves humility and sacrifice, and that the effort to change oneself or the world always exacts a price.

But ours is an era in which it’s believed that we can reinvent ourselves whenever we choose. So we recast the wisdom of the great thinkers in the shape of our illusions. Shorn of their complexities, their politics, their grasp of the sheer arduousness of change, they stand before us now. They are shiny from their makeovers, they are fabulous and gorgeous, and they want us to know that we can have it all.

via Falser Words Were Never Spoken – NYTimes.com.

The Documented Life – NYTimes.com (Shelly Turkle on Selfies and the like)

Shelly Turkle, who is one of the keenest observers of how tech affects our social lives, notes that

Until recently, it was the sharing that seemed most important. People didn’t seem to feel like themselves unless they shared a thought or feeling, even before it was clear in their mind. The new sensibility played on the Cartesian with a twist: “I share, therefore I am.”

These days, we still want to share, but now our first focus is to have, to possess, a photograph of our experience.

I interview people about their selfies. It’s how they keep track of their lives. Mr. Ansari offered a conversation, but people wanted documentation. We interrupt conversations for documentation all the time.

via The Documented Life – NYTimes.com.

Peacemaker learning obectives

According to the BetaPlayful Learning site, the goals of the Peacemaker game are

Though choosing one or the other directs a player to acknowledge the needs of both sides, players are able to focus primarily on the country of their choosing, learning their motives and needs in depth. Beyond managing pressing political issues, players are tasked with listening to the needs of their people, exploring different social, economic, and cultural concerns both unique and shared between the two countries. Choices made as a leader reflect immediately in the game space, as events in the world, either positive, neutral, or negative, appear following each choice. With many events, players are able to ‘watch the news,’ tying the simulatory nature of the game into the real life issues it represents.

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