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ASU Complaint Choir: ‘coz to complain is healthy

Do you think living in Phoenix Metropolitan is perfect? Hell no…. Don’t you have many complaints about your life? Do you feel like to complain?

Why not cry out rather than swallow what worries us Phoenix Metropolitan-dwellers? Why not contribute your frustration with professors, students, administrators, legislators, traffic jam, taxes etc. towards a powerful and pleasurable public complaint?

Please click here to participate: http://jus394spring2009.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/the-asu-complaint-choir-coz-to-complain-is-healthy/

Furlough, coffee, …

Universities cannot escape from the financial crisis. Dramatic budget cuts on state level really impacts state universities such as Arizona State University, where I work. Worse than in some states, a conservative state of Arizona cares more about prisoners than education, that the state decided to cut nearly 40% of funding for public universities while the cut for prison system is less than 10%.
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[On Writing] Clarity, Complexity, and Style


Responding to some inquiries about ‘how to write’ (academically, mostly) and ‘how to publish’, I’ve been planning to blog on Writing. However, some unexpected things happened and I’ve been getting ‘hangover-without-drinking’ in the last two weeks or so, so I still cannot start.

As a trade, I offer this starter, please accept a podcast of interview (of me and my colleagues) on ‘Perspectives on Good Writing: Clarity, Complexity, and Style’ from ASU Graduate College. Continue reading

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ST&InEquality: Presentations of my students

Since I’ll have a big trip again in less than 10 days and next week there’ll be thanksgiving holidays, I decided to finish all teaching activities (except for grading) this week. I added 5 sessions to 2 sessions I had this week. Super-tired, but I am happy the class is finalized. There’s one session left on next Tuesday, but that’s gonna be a wrap-up and closing session. We’ll have a little party — eat and dance, perhaps, hehe.

My students presented the summary of their research papers this week, from Tuesday to Thursday. Surprisingly (or actually not too surprising) almost all of them did great. Continue reading

[Seminar] Alternative Imaginations: Honoring the Role of Traditional Knowledge

Alternative Imaginations (AI), a new research cluster I established with some colleagues at Arizona State University, invite you to our first seminar.

Alternative Imaginations – a project of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

Rethinking Knowledge Systems
seminar series
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[Lecture] Nuclear Technology & Us

Nuclear energy has become one of some major focuses of discourses around alternative energies (to oil). It was even mentioned several times in the presidential and vice presidential debates in the United States. In addition, nuclear technology has also gained a political importance and been discussed in relations with the world politics with its association with Iran and North Korea.

Since the days of Hiroshima and Chernobyl, so many images of atomic and nuclear explosions emerge in the media — news, movies, books, comics, etc. But, in reality, how much do we know about this technology? Aren’t our perceptions about this technology very much socially and politically constructed by media portrayal of it? How could we judge — protest and support — the establishment of this technology without having enough basic knowledge? Continue reading

Networked Publics — Politics

Yesterday I got a book in my mailbox. Entitled “Networked Publics“, the book is a result of the collaboration of 13 scholars, including me, at the Annenberg Center for Communication of University of Southern California. My contribution is the chapter on politics.

The book itself is available for purchase from Amazon.com.

Networked Publics
# Hardcover: 176 pages
# Publisher: The MIT Press (October 31, 2008)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0262220857
# ISBN-13: 978-0262220859
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On the utilitarianism

In yesterday’s class, I was lecturing on four approaches in dealing with distributive justice of science and technology policy, namely: utilitarian, libertarian, (John) Rawl’s contractarian, and communitarian. Of course I talked more about the dominant, if implicit, distributional framework of ST policy, which is utilitarian one, with the reading from Cozzens. We know that in the utilitarian view, a distributional system is justified as long as it increases total happiness for the group, not among the individuals. Utilitarianists argue that what they advocate contributes to economic growth and the solution of major societal problems, and then let other areas of policy (social one) worry about whether the benefits are distributed equally or not, or whether everybody get benefit or not — they ‘grow the pie’ someone else cuts it.
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Being tenured/fired

I want to write about so many things. About the soon-to-be-formalized pornographic bill, about the US election, about the 3 dollar package that killed more than twenty people in Indonesia… ah about so many things. But, as always, not enough time/energy, and then last Sunday (yesterday) I squeezed my left hand between headboard and bedframe while fixing the bed set (ouch, that’s perhaps one of the most talented parts of my body) so now I have difficulties typing. So I’ll just write something short, unimportant though.

I am on a tenure-track and supposed to go for tenure and promotion in about 4 years from now, according to the US university system. So, still long way to go. Continue reading

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[JUS 494] Politics of Technology + Ice Cream

Last Tuesday we talked about the politics of technology in my JUS 494 class. Just like my JUS 394 class last semester, I began this class, too, with endorsing the idea that technology is political — the politics are built into the design of the artifact. How? You can listen to my lecture, but ah, perhaps that’s really too much to do, it’s a long lecture. Just enjoy the slideshow then. Though without my lecture, the slideshow is barely understandable.
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