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The New Librarianship Field Guide | R. David Lankes
"This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to make a positive difference in their communities—librarians who recognize that it is no longer enough to stand behind a desk waiting to serve. R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, reminds librarians of their mission: to improve society by facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. In this book, he provides tools, arguments, resources, and ideas for fulfilling this mission. Librarians will be prepared to become radical positive change agents in their communities, and other readers will learn to understand libraries in a new way."
libraries  mission  scholarship  public  public-sphere 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Jerry Brown's Political Reboot - James Fallows - The Atlantic
"The truth is that a reliance on rules and a mistrust of mere politicians have come close to ruining public life in California. “When given a choice between human judgments and formulas, we’ve always chosen the formulas,” Joe Mathews says. He is critical of Brown in many ways, and yet he says, “I would rather let the Jerry Browns of the world make decisions for me than some crazy set of rules someone thought would help.”"
politics  political-science  democracy  public-sphere  public-policy  state(California)  history 
may 2013 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: On Cronon: History, Law, and the Public, 2 of 2
"What do scholars offer present politics? Does it depend on the discipline - sociology vs. history vs. chemistry - and, within disciplines, on sub-fields? Amongst historians, does a US historian like Cronon have more to offer than, say, a medievalist? Does it matter *where you live* (Cronon's made much of his place-based identity), or *what you know* (e.g. for the sake of comparison), or *how you think* (pattern recognition, textual analysis,
public  scholar  scholarship  intellectual  history  discipline  politics  public-sphere  academia  university  controversy 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Slow Change in Legal Discourse: Why Humans Are Dumber Than Frogs - Garrett Epps - National - The Atlantic
The word "private," in fact, seemed to have an almost hypnotic effect on the Court. Chief Justice John Roberts said "the decision is made by a private entity whether to use the money to go to a religious school." True, but that's quite different from "private choice" by parents. Under the Constitution, the state couldn't limit parents' choice by ruling out schools on religious grounds; an STO can. It's almost as if the government could get around any constitutional limitation by just farming the work out to "private entities."

And of course, that's increasingly what we as a society are doing. Our very notion of what is public is shrinking. Wars are fought by "private" contractors, prisons are run by "private" companies. Great state universities are "privatized" and taken out of state control. We hear increasing demands that all or most public employees be replaced by workers hired and paid by private companies.
private  market  discourse  legal  law  supreme-court  public  public-sphere 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Facebook: The Privatization of our Privates and Life in the Company Town | technosociology
What is currently happening is the privatization of our privates, not just our publics. And this is not a mere question of legality but a lack of legal protections being carried over to a new medium. In some sense, this parallels the lack of carrying of wiretap protections on the phone to the Internet – the social relations did not change but the medium changed allowing for a gap in legal protections.

The correct analogy to the current situation would be if tenants had no rights to privacy in their homes because they happen to be renting the walls and doors. This week, you are allowed to close the door but, oops, we changed the terms-of-service. No more closed doors! You had locks last week but we don’t allow them as of this week. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
privacy  facebook  regulation  utility  monopoly  business  law  2010  infrastructure  social-computing  social-media  commons  public-sphere 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Public Reason - Home
Public Reason is a peer-reviewed journal of political and moral philosophy. Public Reason publishes articles, book reviews, as well as discussion notes from all the fields of political philosophy and ethics, including political theory, applied ethics, and legal philosophy. The Journal encourages the debate around rationality in politics and ethics in the larger context of the discussion concerning rationality as a philosophical problem.
online  journal  philosophy  reason  reasoning  public  public-sphere  rationality  open-access 
march 2009 by tsuomela
After the Market Mania | The American Prospect
The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles by Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs. University of Chicago Press, 151 pages, $15.00

The Case for Big Government, by Jeff Madrick. Princeton University Press, 205 pages, $22.95
government  book  review  governance  economics  public-goods  public-sphere  markets 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Improv Everywhere
Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.
improvisation  public-sphere  retail  happening  art  culture  public 
february 2008 by tsuomela
Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Habermas blows off question about the Internet and the Public Sphere
He did his part in his time, but the ideal public sphere he described — a bourgeois public sphere dominated by broadcast media — should not be taken as the model for the formation of public opinion in 21st century democracies.
philosophy  online  people-habermas  criticism  behavior  public  public-sphere 
december 2007 by tsuomela

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