Weekly Roundup: Blog Picks for October 10, 2008

This week at gnovis, we saw two posts about the distinction between women candidates and women’s issues in the 2008 election. Akoto kicked things off by asking if the Palin pick is two steps forward and one step back, or just one step back: "her nomination is arguably the embodiment of sexism."

Trish followed up by observing a contradiction in the media coverage of women’s issues in the current race: "How do we account for the contradiction between the girth of
representation of women and the dearth of discussion of women’s issues?"

Meanwhile, Jed lightened things up by pointing us to a few of his favorite creative blogs, which happen to be high on my list as well.

meanwhile, elsewhere in the blogosphere…

around CCT and Georgetown

  • Gaurav Mishra, our favorite Yahoo fellow, offered a helpful primer on the three laws of networked technologies: "The value of a network with 100 users would be 100 under Sarnoff’s Law,
    4950 under Metcalfe’s Law and 1,267,650,600,228,230,000,000,000,000,000
    under Reed’s Law!"
  • Dr Garcia recapped her experience at the TPRC, while students in her Technology & Society class wrestled with evolutionary theories of technology, via the works of George Basalla ("The Evolution of Technology") and Erick Beinhocker ("The Origin of Wealth"). Jess, a self-described hoarder, used an archaeological survey of her own clutter to make sense of her readings, while Mike went all meta on us, using theories of technology to suggest that theories are technologies. Is he right?

beyond campus

Brad Weikel

Brad Weikel received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University in 2009. His thesis, "From Coding to Community: Iteration, Abstraction, and Open Source Software Development" argued that programming practices, particularly iterative workflows and abstraction models, can help explain both the success and struggles of open source software. His work was a technocentric complement to prior explanations from economists, lawyers, and political and cultural theorists. While writing his thesis, Brad blogged about his topic at OpenCulture.cc, where he has since continued blogging, more broudly, about collaborative production and the commons at large. Brad was Managing Editor of gnovis during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years, and Creative Director in 2006/2007. He is currently the Web & Communications Coordinator for EarthRights International.