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My quick thoughts, back stage, and rants as I try to Teach kids about the Web while learning how to help others build a better Web.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Quote from Ursala Franklin on Dangers of Prescriptive Technologies #el30

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The acculturation to compliance and conformity has, in turn, accelerated the use of prescriptive technologies in administrative, government, and social services. The same development has diminished resistance to the programming of people.

 

this diminished resistance is the reason why we need to get people to do the hard work of owning your domain.

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Quote from Ursula Franklin on Prescriptive Technologies #el30

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While we should not forget that these prescriptive technologies are exceedingly effective and efficient, they come with an enormous social mortgage. The mortgage means that we live in a culture of compliance, that we are ever more conditioned to accept orthodoxy as normal, and to accept that there is only one way of doing “it.”

This sounds a lot like the state of social media and the web

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Ursula Franklin Quote in Holistic Technologies #el30

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Holistic technologies are normally associated with the notion of craft. Artisans, be they potters, weavers, metal-smiths, or cooks, control the process of their own work from beginning to end. Their hands and minds make situational decisions as the work proceeds, be it on the thickness of the pot, or the shape of the knife edge, or the doneness of the roast. These are decisions that only they can make while they are working. And they draw on their own experience, each time applying it to a unique situation….Using holistic technologies does not mean that people do not work together, but the way in which they work together leaves the individual worker in control of a particular process of creating or doing something.

 

There is a lot of connection between Dewey, Franklin's holistic tech and what happens when you build your own website.

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Dewey Quote on Art and Communciation: Dewey's Blog would have some really cool desgin #el30

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For it is by activities that are shared by language and other means of intercourse that qualities and values become common to the experience of a group of mankind. Now art is the most effective mode of communication that exists

A common element of and is focusing on the "Art of Oneself

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Another Dewey Quote

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From the standpoint of the individual, it consists in having a responsible share according to capacity in forming and directing the activities of the group to which one belongs and in participating according to need in the values which the groups sustain.

this is part of the reasons networked communities like and work

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In the Know(n) at Virtual IndieWebCamp-Europe 10/31

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Today I got to join vHWC-Europe with Jeremy Cherfas, Sven Knebel, and Chrin Burnell. We discussed the upcoming IWC-Berlin and the cool stuff we think folks might build.

I was also finishing up the lesson on Docker and containers.

Then Jeremy and I discussed the pros and cons of my migration away from WordPress and returning home to Known where the IndieWeb has always just worked for me.

Jeremy agreed as he has run his podcast sites through Known and was debating going full board with Grav but likes the simplicity and ease of Known just working. Felt it was worth his tradeoff of maintaining to CMS.

I am going with a social stream combined with a static homepage: https://github.com/jgmac1106/homepage I did decide I will do some long-form writing from flat HTML files (I wanna full control of my CSS to do weird stuff). Does mean I need to figure out authentication with indielogin and will have to manually maintain in XML file (finally get what DRY means)

In terms of Known Jeremey and I talked about stuff we want to work on with the community:

  • html entities in the status updates (high priority)
  • styling comments and webmentions in themes
  • creating plugins for read and listen posts.

I will be remoting into IWC-Berlin and beyond my goal of redoing the Getting Started with WordPress page I hope to leave with my first Idno plugin....It won't be a webmention badges yet....probably just take @cleverdevil's Watch plugin and see if I can hack a listen and read.

Greg McVerry

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Just finished the first module #el30

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Elearning 1.0 and 2.0 by @downes Stephen Downes

This was a great overview. Though I do not think is the great savior of elearning. I think we were doing this stuff in plain old semantic HTML for a long time. I believe this is still a great way forward. Have no problem with JSON-LD, but Web 1.0, Web 2.0...plenty of us were doing this online

We just allowed power to be centralized. Time to take it back.

Knowldge as pattern recognition rings true to my more situativist tendancies.