Aaron Barlow

Review of Aaron Barlow's Blogging America -- Discussion

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Cho reviews Blogging America, ePluribus Media founding member and director Aaron Barlow's latest book on the phenomenon of web logging and how it re-vitalizes America's public sphere and contributes to our democracy.

From the review:

This second book zeroes in on blogs themselves and how, at a very detailed and specific level, they are transforming our cultural landscape, creating, as his title suggests, a new public sphere. For those concerned about the future of democracy, the existence of such a civic space may be our last defense against neo-liberalism “disappearing” open discussion.

The rest of the review is on the Journal.

Gaming the System - Review Discussion

Aaron Barlow reviews What Video Games have to Teach us about Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee, New York, Palgrave MacMillan, December 2007, on the ePluribus Media Journal.

Barlow states,

This is one of those "duh" books. That is, there's nothing startling in it, just things that many of us teachers will say, on reading, "I should have thought of that." Thing is, we didn't; Gee did.

Video games have rarely been given any credit in a "learning" context, but as Barlow points out, perhaps we have sold them short.

Read the review on the Journal and come back here to discuss.