Blog wrap-up: Giving thanks for moments passed and speculating on what’s to come

In the spirit of holiday decompression, here are a few tidbits to mull over as you recover from turkey food coma and awkward moments with extended family.

On gnovis

Building on lessons learned from the medical reform movement, Lauren Alfrey (yes, that’s me) posits that Obama’s insider appointments may be part of a winning formula for institutional change.

Around CCT and the Blogosphere
I. Giving Thanks

On her personal blog, Ashley Bowen takes pause and gives thanks for first-wave feminists whose fearless ambitions paved the way for today’s young women.

New York Times blogger Virginia Heffernan muses over the blurring of offline and online geek phenomena in her post about YouTube Live, a recent San Francisco event in which YouTube stars (like that guy who plays guitar hero disturbingly well) came together for an offline performance that would put Axl Rose to shame.

BoingBoing posted photos of winners in its turkey-shaped jell-o mold contest, worthy of review once you’ve finished digesting your holiday feast.

II. Reflections on Technology and the Future

In the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Laura Kahn offers us hope that the Obama administration will consider reinstating the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a once cherished research entity that demands a comeback in our increasingly networked society (thanks, Dr. Garcia for the tip!)

In 505 last week, Carlos Martinez and his team presented their research plan for investigating how blogs influence consumer and voter behavior. You can view their oh-so-sleekly designed pdf here.

In her post, Living and Learning with New Media: Findings from a 3-year Ethnographic Study of Digital Youth, Danah Boyd presented her research team’s findings on youth practices with new media technologies.

Lauren Alfrey

Lauren worked as the Managing Editor of gnovis in 2009 and graduated with an MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University in 2010. Lauren is currently a doctoral student in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lauren joined gnovis and CCT after working for three years as an online fundraising and advocacy consultant for progressive nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to her professional work, Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she majored in Communication and minored in Art History with a focus on women's representation in print advertising and high art.