Vote for Virtue and Wisdom, According to Dead Philosophers

published in Magdalene

Plato once said, “In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill…we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”

Shall we argue against Plato? Of course he is correct. But in the ancient Greek where Plato lived there was also no television, let alone social media. Continue reading

Objectivity vs Neutrality

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Nobody can be free from bias, but as a scholar I should always exhibit a bias toward objectivity. Being objective has always been the goal.

Objectivity, however, should not be confused with neutrality. One should not hesitate to be partial and in fact it is imperative to be so, if after a careful investigation of the facts one can conclude that truth lies on one side or one simply is a better choice. Continue reading

[Archive] Brazil’s controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control | World news | theguardian.com

Below is a copy of The Guardian’s article, dated Sept 20th 2013. It includes a couple quotes from me.

From: The Guardian, 20 September 2013 

Brazil’s controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control | World news | theguardian.com.

Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff with Barack Obama at the White House

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff is proposing a controversial set of measures to wrestle Brazil’s internet from US control. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

When Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff postponed her official visit to the US in protest of National Security Agency spying activities on Tuesday, it seemed like a routine bit of diplomatic posturing.

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[Publication] Seeing Spatially: People, Networks and Movements in Digital and Urban Spaces

A special issue on “Insurgencies, social media and the public city in Asia” (January 2014) from the International Development Planning Review is just out. It features six fascinating articles from Douglass (on insurgencies & public city in East and Southeast Asia), Padawangi (on Jakarta’s grassroot movement), Pandi (on Hindraf movement), Weiss (on new media activism in Southeast Asia), Zhang & Nyiri (on ‘walled’ activism in China), and myself (on theorization/conceptualization of online-offline spaces in social movement); with an intro from Douglass, Padawangi, & Marolt.

http://liverpool.metapress.com/content/nm6625537411/?p=2ee7a80424bc41f497b8b4a80cce66f0&pi=0

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