Saturday, 29 November 2008

CCK08 - The end?

CCK08 Friday Daily: "So this is it: the last regular newsletter, the last discussion, the last day of our online course".
The end of the 12th week and of the course ... but I have remained at the 8th week: my last post is dated 2 November. I didn't found time during these weeks ... sorry :-(

I have enrolled myself in the course because of its free/flexible nature, knowing that enrolling myself I didn't take out possibilities to others.
I've read interesting materials/discussions and I had some interesting hints on which to reflect. Thus many thanks to George and Stephen. I hope you will leave the course materials available in the next months.

As for me. Opened this English blog for the CCK08 course, I'll go on posting on it.

I have been involved in an European project, TeNeGen, and I'll use in that project something that I have learned in this course. I will share in this blog TeNeGen's ideas and results.

I'm flying tomorrow to Guadalajara, Mexico, where I have been invited to speech about "The Future of Education" in the XVII Encuentro International de Education a Distancia, organised by the Guadalajara Virtual University. I'll tell you about the conference.

Keep in touch
or, better, keep in connection.

Pierfranco

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Yes, you did! Thanks Americans

Many of us, here in Europe, have spent the night connected, looking at the electoral results in USA. Mostly of us hoping for Obama's victory.
Change and hope have been the two leitmotivs of Barack's campaign. Obama said that there is a need of change. Yes, the World needs a change: the economy, the environment, the relations between countries, ... need a change. In a connected world the role of USA is essential for the change. Thus we hoped in a change of USA politics.

The slogan was: "Yes, we can". Yes, you did.
Thank you. Today, is a better day.


Sunday, 2 November 2008

CCK08 - Week 8 - Power, Control, Validity, and Authority in Distributed Environments

CCK08 course propose us, this week, a lecture by William H. Dutton titled "Through the Network (of Networks) – the Fifth Estate":

"Today I would like to explain why I believe it would not be an exaggeration to argue that a new form of social accountability is emerging in what I am calling the ‘Fifth Estate’. It is enabled by the growing use of the Internet and related information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as the personal computer and World Wide Web. Essentially, the Internet is enabling people to network with other individuals and with a vast range of information, services and technical resources. This is being achieved in ways that can support greater accountability not only in government and politics, but also in other sectors. I will argue that this could be as important – if not more so – to the 21st century as the Fourth Estate has been since the 18th".

I have a question about terminology. Dutton uses the same term "estate" referring to two different elements.
In Italy we use two different terms: stato referring to social classes and potere referring to power/authority.

In the French revolution, the terzo (third) stato, the Commons, is opposed to "clergy" and "nobility". As the "middle class" presented itself like the terzo stato, the quarto (fourth) stato has been introduced to refer to the proletariat. Remind Pellizza da Volpedo's picture just titled "Quarto stato".


Quarto potere is the Italian title of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane".

The expression quarto (fourth) potere refers to the theory of the division of power in a democratic state: legislative, executive and judicial. The "fourth" is the one of the media that can exercise a control on the other tree powers.

With this meaning, I agree: the new forms of accessing and sharing information, of producing and sharing digital contents, of networking with other people can be considered as a fifth power.