Monthly Archives: June 2003

the printing press didn’t cause a translation revolution

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Many people believe that the Church suppressed the translation of the Bible into modern languages during the Middle Ages, but the invention of the printing press gave people an unblockable means of access to Scripture. This story … Continue reading

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against “starving the beast”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 A letter in yesterday’s New York Times says: "Yes to no new services, and let’s get rid of some of the old ones while we’re at it. We have had way more than enough "services" for … Continue reading

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why blog?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A friend of mine saw my May 23 entry, which is about the moral dangers of seeking fame, and asked: "Is writing a blog part of an effort to become famous?" I replied (in effect): "I have … Continue reading

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two contributions to the Commons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The second day of Deliberative Democracy Consortium meetings leaves me with little energy for composing a blog. So I’ll reference two valuable items connected to the commons idea: There is an effort underway to reverse the recent … Continue reading

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deliberation and the scope of the public sphere

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent the day at the semi-annual meeting of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium‘s steering committee. We were brainstorming about what would compose the infrastructure of a deliberative democracy in the United States—everything from physical meeting spaces, to … Continue reading

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building a constituency for the Commons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The American Library Association’s commons-blog has a nice mention of The Prince George’s Information Commons. I see our local work on this experimental "information commons" as an effort to fill an important gap. The national public interest … Continue reading

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ideology: pros and cons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0IsĀ it good to be ideological? This seems to be an important question, since ideologies are what many people use to engage in political and civic life, yet there are good reasons to be against ideology. First of … Continue reading

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a strong good government program

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It appears that John Podesta will lead a new American Majority Institute designed to develop and popularize "progressive" ideas. (The New York Times story is here.) I think this is great news, even from a non-partisan and … Continue reading

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resources for the commons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0For people interested in the information commons, here are two sites worth visiting: Lawrence Lessig is circulating a petition asking Congress to pass a "Public Domain Enhancement Act. This statute would require American copyright owners to pay … Continue reading

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youth media

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My good friends at the Center for Media Education sent me a list of youth-led civic projects that use the Internet. Here are a few great examples from their list: Teen Consumer Scrapbook (Sponsored by the Washington … Continue reading

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