The Frame-work of Politics

30 Apr 2006 (Sun)

An extract from a very interesting article (with the same title) by Janadas Devan in The Sunday Times today:

The hottest concepts in American politics are not liberalism or conservatism, preventive war or globalisation. Rather, the concept which exercises professional politicians and their handlers most is framing.

According to Hatchet Jobs and Hardball: The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang, framing is “the attempt to define the debate so everyone knows what everyone else is going on about…” Known as framing, as in ‘framing the debate’, this sometimes occurs as a storm of criticism intended to kneecap adversaries rhetorically, to force them into inflexible political stances, or to goad them into reputation-damaging statements”.

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Miki (Mobile Wiki)!

26 Apr 2006 (Wed)

According to Intranet Journal, SocialText has introduced Miki, a platform-independent wiki which uses a mobile Web browser and a simplified user interface to connect people to their wikis from mobile devices.Miki, a mobile wiki that uses a mobile Web browser and is platform independent.

With Miki, SocialText hopes to involve mobile professionals in real collaboration using their mobile devices, not the one- or two-word terse statements common in Blackberry usage, Mayfield (SocialText founder and CEO) said.

Early on in SocialText’s existence, one of the company’s first basic wiki products worked reasonably well on a Palm Treo device.

…Mayfield says Miki could help further the adoption of wikis because it will allow users to walk out of a meeting and keep collaborating, without dealing with the hassle of e-mail. As more and more workers find themselves using mobile devices to stay in touch, it certinaly won’t hurt.

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NLB SMS Reference Service

17 Apr 2006 (Mon)

SEND AN SMS to ask a research question and get answers within a day? We can now do this with a new SMS Reference Service trial at the National Library Board (NLB) these two months.

The SMS Reference Service, the latest initiative from NLB [was] launched during the FIND IT campaign. Customers can SMS their reference queries to the National Library by dialing 9178 7792 on their mobile phones. The SMS Reference Service is targeted at educators, designers, entreprenuers, researchers, consultants, academics and tertiary students who need to find the sources to answer their information, reference and research needs. This service adds to the suite of email, fax, phone and onsite reference services currently provided by reference librarians and gives customers the option to pose their queries from virtually anywhere and on the move.

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7 Things You Should Know…

14 Apr 2006 (Fri)

A neat summary from Educause on how to make sense of emergent technologies such as Screencasting, Virtual Meetings, Grid Computing, Collaborative Editing, Instant Messaging, Augmented Reality, Blogs, Video Blogging, Wikis, Podcasting, Clickers, and Social Bookmarking. (Thanks to Lay Kock.) Good to know that there are only 7 Things You Should Know:

  • What is it?
  • Who is doing it?
  • How does it work?
  • Why is it significant?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Where is it going?
  • What are the implications for teaching and learning?

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