September 10th, 2008

Hokey Mom Playing Cards

I think I’ve finally got my linkthink flow resolved, so there should be a more consistent stream of delishish posts from here on out. For whatever glitchy reason, my recent taggage has gone un(re)published here, so I’m going to paste it in below just to throw all you loyal readers a bone or two. Plz pardon the wonky formatting and lack of linkage. &thx, as always, for bearing with me during a wane-y stretch. Mo’ wax to follow, y’all —

# YouTube – lobolansky’s Videos
copious collection of reggaeton-related videos

# WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: THE MIX MACHINE #1: DR. DRE – ’85 LIVE!
awesome — another dr.dre roadium mixtape unearthed/digitized :: these were blowing my mind a couple summers ago when umeancompetitor was digging and offering them up :: and there’s promise of many similar offerings — i.e., vintage mixtapes — in the future via this WFMU blogger :: any way to get an rss for just this series?

# ZZK Mixtape Vol 4 – El Remolon Pibe Cosmo
new mixx of mashy digital cumbia from el remolon via the zzk crew

# Thomas Friedman says Africa is a country « Africa is a Country
africa is a country. the world is flat. thomas friedman is a tool.

# A Carnival Approaches, and the Sequins Fly –
article on costume prep for brooklyn carnival

# No Yamaye Taíno Heroes in Jamaica – The Jamaican Coat of Arms Debate (Jamaica)
“During a recent stay in my island home of Jamaica a local television announcer posed a question about the island’s Coat of Arms. The query was, “Should Jamaica change its Coat of Arms?” One interviewee said, “The Coat of Arms should have black people on it.” The theory was that the island’s Coat of Arms should have images that reflect the island’s African Jamaican majority. Another opinion was, “The Coat of Arms should remain as it is.” A friend from a leading Puerto Rican Taíno organization once stated to me with amazement and pride that Jamaica is the only Caribbean nation that has indigenous people on its Coat of Arms.”

# svartens .info: Barack Obama for President 2008
blogpost / imeem playlist collecting obama-inspired songs — current count: 164 167

# Born Digital – Understanding the first generation of digital natives
“The first generation of “Digital Natives” – children who were born into and raised in the digital world – are coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. … _Born Digital_ is an initiative of the Digital Natives project, an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Digital Natives logoResearch Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. The aim of the Digital Natives project is to understand and support young people as they grow up in a digital age.”

videyoga ::


  • 1. maybe  |  September 10th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    digital native is just a pc way of saying “digital savage”

  • 2. ripley  |  September 11th, 2008 at 1:32 am

    SUCH a tool. my heavens.

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  September 11th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    hey, maybe, that’s a cute, quick critique. but i’m not clear that i follow you. care to elaborate? are you drawing parallels to colonialism? b/c i just don’t see that, artificial and clumsy as the digital native/immigrant opposition may often be. even if we think it a false, and in some ways misleading, dichotomy, does that mean there’s so little value in asking questions about people who came up in a digital environment that we should treat the project with such dismissive contempt?

  • 4. maybe  |  September 19th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    i saw you noticed siva’s piece today and thought to check back for comments. i think ‘digital native’ often carries the notion that ‘these people are not like us and we should convert them to our civilized ways’. i am less making a parallel with colonialism than i am simplifying the elaborate metaphors of space, wayfinding, territory, and now ethnicity that are applied to anything having to do with the internet.

    the way people use the term “digital native” mirrors “polictically correct” language; some people use it out of love, sympathy or the need to consider distinct circumstances, and others use it in place for an epithet but carry the same venom. terms with conflicting meanings give us a rich language, but a poor dialogue.

    and as for dismissive contempt – i’m just being silly, silly. of course it’s a useful term to use to talk about young folks, i just think we can do better, such as ‘young folks’, ‘di yout dem’, etc.

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  September 21st, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    hey, maybe, thanks for the elaboration. i think i hear what you’re saying, and i agree that a label like “digital native” may obscure more than it can reveal. i guess that’s the question.

    knowing john palfrey personally, though, i can attest that he’s not really an us/them guy, and his interest in the subject is, if anything, motivated by questions about how to understand and bridge any such differences between digital “natives” and “immigrants” than to reify them.

    even so, point taken that metaphors of spatiality and territory should be viewed extra skeptically in an era when borders and identities are so fraught and terms like “natives” and “immigrants” so loaded with clumsy connotations.

  • 6. maybe  |  September 25th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    yeah, sorry. i don’t mean to troll. you’re always so good about giving me the chance to elaborate.

    i don’t doubt that palfrey means well. most of the people in my circles get it. it’s the people in those wagons we’re riding around i’m worried about.

    i promise to read the whole thing, too.

  • 7. wayneandwax  |  September 25th, 2008 at 6:27 am

    btw, maybe, in case you missed it, JP left a thoughtful, explanatory comment on the post w/ the link to siva’s piece —

    just got the book yesterday, so look fwd to diggin in

    not sure who’s circling the wagons here, or why, but sounds like an embattled feeling to me — not sure that’s necessary


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