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“Fixing government” for Newsom and Brand means getting rid of its vast bureaucracy. But if the Tea Partiers, steeped in Ayn Rand, want to dismantle government bureaucracy because they hate government, Newsom and Brand want to dismantle it simply because they have the tools to do it. And this is where Newsom’s tract moves beyond mere callow publishing opportunism into a broader, more pernicious rejection of progressive ideas. The purely formal urge to overhaul government along notionally digital lines is a manifestation of what I call “solutionism”—a tendency to justify reforms of social and political institutions by invoking the easy availability of powerful technological fixes rather than by engaging in a genuine analysis of what, if anything, is ailing those institutions and how to fix it.

Solutionists are not interested in investigating the subtle but constitutive roles of supposed vices like bureaucracy, opacity, or inefficiency in enabling liberal subjects to pursue their own life projects. Solutionists simply want to eliminate those vices—and the institutions that produce them—because technology permits them to do so. In his discussion of bureaucracy, for example, Newsom doesn’t even bother with the standard Weberian explanation that bureaucracy is a decidedly modernist institution for minimizing nepotism and introducing some fairness and neutrality to public administration. Instead, he simply views bureaucracy as a consequence of inadequate technology, concluding that better technology will allow us to get rid of it altogether—and why shouldn’t we?

“Our government is clogged with a dense layer of bureaucracy,” he complains. “It’s like a clay layer, a filler that serves only to slow everything down. But technology can get rid of that clay layer by making it possible for people to bypass the usual bureaucratic morass.” In a very limited sense, Newsom is right: Modern technology does allow us to bypass “the usual bureaucratic morass.” But to fail to examine why that morass exists and simply proceed to eliminate it because we have the technology is to fall for a very narrow-minded, regressive, and (paradoxically enough) antimodern kind of solutionism.
evgenymorozov  gavinnewson  scathing  review  book  solutionism  california  technology  government  bureaucracy  democracy  stewartbrand  californianideology  via:migurski  books  teaparty  clayshirky  timoreilly  dontapscott  kevinkelly  estherdyson  longnow 
march 2013 by robertogreco
I don’t teach in the 17th century at Autodizactic
"About a week ago, this quote from Don Tapscott got tweeted out…: "We have the very best schools that 17th century tech can deliver."

Granted, I’m not aware of the context of the quotation…I’d really appreciate it if Tapscott would not say things like this. If he said more, I’d really appreciate it if other people didn’t push out pieces of thoughts. It’s not that I don’t see the value in making generalizations about all members of a group. When has that ever gone wrong?…I can’t agree with that [tweet quoting Tapscott]. I’ve seen many schools across the country creating amazing content owned by learners.

So long as we continue to say our schools are failing, we’ll never notice success. The statement of failure is generally wrapped around the metric of standardized test scores. While they provide a snapshot of ability, I think we’re all on board the train of thought that recognizes they don’t provide a complete understanding of learners’ understandings and abilities…"
dontapscott  exaggeration  schools  education  technology  standardizedtesting  twitter  zacharychase 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Net Gen Skeptic: Evidence Doesn't Support Generational Distinction
"There is very little consensus of opinion and scholarship about whether generational differences exist that are worth taking into consideration in the workplace, colleges, and universities, and other contexts. The gross generalizations based on weak survey research and the speculation of profit-oriented consultants should be treated with extreme caution in a research and development context."
education  learning  science  digitalnatives  millennials  generations  netgen  marcprensky  dontapscott  strauss&howe  tcsnmy  lcproject 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Education - "End Times" for the NYTimes - and for Schooling?
"If you didn't see Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones' segment on the decline of the New York Times - called "End Times" - it's not only hilarious and, in an end-of-an-era sort of way, sad. It's also fascinating when watched with education in mind. Watch it yourself, and see if it doesn't lead to parallels in your own thinking between newspapers and textbooks, news-bloggers and classroom teachers, hallowed institutions like the NYTimes and their ivy-covered cousins in academe. Then read Wikinomics co-author Don Tapscott's "The Impending Demise of the University" on, or his request for reader feedback on the same post at HuffPo, and ask yourself: what won't be brought down by the internet? Watching the Daily Show segment makes me wish some satirist would take on Harvard - or plain old traditional public education k-12, for that matter - with the same wit unleashed on the NYTimes. Interesting times."
education  dailyshow  nytimes  newspapers  journalism  teaching  learning  colleges  universities  clayburell  change  reform  humor  dontapscott  tcsnmy 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Edge 288 - "The Impending Demise of the University" by Don Tapscott
"Universities are finally losing their monopoly on higher learning", he writes. "There is fundamental challenge to the foundational modus operandi of the University — the model of pedagogy. Specifically, there is a widening gap between the model of learning offered by many big universities and the natural way that young people who have grown up digital best learn." posted for comment here:
academia  universities  colleges  change  pedagogy  education  learning  teaching  knowledge  dontapscott  tcsnmy  collaboration 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Us Now on Vimeo
"In his student flat in Colchester, Jack Howe is staring intently into his computer screen. He is picking the team for Ebbsfleet United's FA Trophy Semi-Final match against Aldershot . Around the world 35,000 other fans are doing the same thing, because together, they own and manage the football club. If distributed networks of people can run

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internet  video  collaboration  socialnetworking  documentary  communities  networks  systems  behavior  online  clayshirky  dontapscott  charlesleadbeater  sharing  couchsurfing 
may 2009 by robertogreco
The generation raised on the internet | The kids are alright | The Economist
"Tapscott identifies 8 norms that define Net Geners, which he believes everyone should take on board to avoid being swept away by sort of generational tsunami that helped Barack Obama beat John McCain. Net Geners value freedom & choice in everything they to customise & personalise...scrutinise everything...demand integrity & openness, including when deciding what to buy & where to work...want entertainment & play in their work & education, as well as social to collaborate...expect everything to happen fast...expect constant innovation...2 things do worry Tapscott...inadequacy of ed system in many countries...2/3 of Net Geners will be smartest gen ever...other 1/3 is failing to achieve potential...fault is education, not internet, which needs to be given much bigger role in classrooms (real & virtual)...lack of any regard for personal privacy...“serious mistake & most of them don’t realise it.”"
dontapscott  netgen  millennials  work  workplace  administration  management  leadership  intelligence  change  internet  play  privacy  via:preoccupations  socialnetworking  education  future  social  family  digital  generations  brain 
november 2008 by robertogreco

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