This is a brilliant hack and proof, perhaps, that online rating systems aren't all they're cracked up to be. Check out Amazon's review page for David Hasselhoff's 'best of' album which, with 633 reviews (at the time of writing), has to be one of the most popular things to comment on in Amazon history.For those of you familiar with the hairy chested one's leather clad antics, I promise you laughter. But more seriously what does it tell us about aggregated opinion ga...
Apparently New Zealanders are turning towards the web for spiritual healing. According to new analysis from Hitwise, traffic to religious websites is on the rise. A spokesperson says "given the range of choice and information, there's little wonder that congregations are ageing and attendances at church services are down, with young people using the Internet to define their spiritual journey and beliefs without having to set foot in a church." What next? Virtual vicars? Baptism...
In this article Tom Schuller, Dean of continuing education at Birbeck College, argues that lifelong learning has not yet become a priority of the government's education policy. To read more click here.
The concept of the online auction transforms the de-personalised transactional model which has existed since the industrial revolution. In fact, it returns to the sort of one-to-one and community-based transactions of pre-industrial times: anyone can buy and anyone can sell, with trust established through word-of-mouth.This very traditional market is, however, applied to a massive global marketplace. As all auctions are open and transparent, it's also possible to see the prices being paid...
Are you: a pragmatic idealist, self-conscious activist, robust materialist or an inconspicuous fence-sitter? You can find out in paper on German youth in a Swedish magazine called Axess. It argues that a generation of young people growing up in a 'post-stable society' is pragamatic rather than ideological. They yearn for 'reliable social and cultural arrangements, thus accepting a social perspective and function traditionally connected to the older generation'.
The author and literary impresario Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius & Lit Mag, Mcsweeneys) has recently begun a school-of-sorts to help students ages 8 - 18 develop their writing skills. For those interested in the future of learning 826 may be an important bellweather of the best to come.826 Valencia: The Writing Center
This special supplement to the coming edition of Wired tells you everything you need to know about the Wifi Revolution and why it promises to breath new life into the net, driving a new wave of innovation. Hang on...Wired 11.05 UNWIRED: The Wi-Fi Revolution
Based on a Danish idea 'Forest Schools' were set up in Oxfordshire three years ago. These schools represent a different and interesting approach to teaching and learning by incorporating learning into an out-door setting. To read more about 'Forest School' click here.
As Maccie D's has admitted its need to revamp street cred in line with more holistic and Euro friendly models of practice - can we assume dubbya is the next all - American brand to follow? More importantly, will there be organically produced shwarma with bottled water shipped in from the other side of the world coming soon on forthcoming happy meal menus?the real battle for hearts and minds:click here
Eat your heart out John Simpson, Kate Adie and all the rest. Thanks to the new generation of wireless technologies the age of the amateur telejournalist is upon us. She captures the footage you don't normally see on the BBC or CNN and she broadcasts it in real-time via the web. The possibilities for politics are tantalising (remember that home video of Rodney King being beaten up by the LAPD? A butterfly in Brazil flaps its wings....) Read more on peer-to-peer reporting here