Sometime between November 20th and November 21st, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!
- Pushing Daisies: ABC ”Cancels” Beloved Fantasy TV Show: As a result, ABC has opted not to order any additional episodes. The network has avoided saying that it’s actually cancelled the show. The series could possibly return at a later date but, considering Daisies’ ratings track record, that is highly unlikely. More likely, the network is trying to avoid backlash from devoted and disappointed fans. (Pity that there are enough "devoted and disappointed fans" that ABC may be trying to avoid backlash, but that's still not seen as enough reason to keep the show around. I'm going to miss this one.)
- Row over altered US Army photo: The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered. Ann Dunwoody was shown in front of the US flag but it later emerged that this background had been added. The Associated Press (AP) news agency subsequently suspended the use of US Department of Defense photos.
- MPR: Challenged ballots: You be the judge: Representatives from the campaigns of Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken have been challenging ballots across the state. It's your turn to play election judge. Tell us how you would rule in the case of these challenged ballots.
- Free to Be… You and Me: the 35 Anniversary Edition: the book every kid needs: If you were to distill the messages that every kid needs to hear to grow up to be a confident, loving individual who does what's right even when society sneers, if you were to turn them into great songs, funny poems, without a hint of preachiness or condescension, it would be this book and CD. Every kid needs this book — and the organization that publishes it is every bit as great as the book itself.
- Digital Youth Project: If you care about kids and want to understand how they use technology and why, this is a must-read: The Digital Youth Project, a MacArthur-funded three year, 22 case study, $3.3 million ethnographic study of what kids are doing online, has wound up and published its results. The project was undertaken by the eminent sociologist Mimi Ito and her talented colleagues (including the incomparable danah boyd) and is the largest and most comprehensive study of young peoples' internet use ever undertaken in the US.
The conclusions are sane, compassionate, and compelling: in a nutshell, the "serious" stuff we all hope kids will do online (researching papers and so on) are only possible within a framework of "hanging out, messing around and geeking out." That is to say, all the "time-wasting" social stuff kids do online are key to their explorations and education online.