[Humanist] 23.664 cyberspace and alienation

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Feb 28 09:34:20 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 664.
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        Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:57:40 +0000
        From: James Cronin <jgrcronin at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 23.658 cyberspace and alienation?
        In-Reply-To: <20100224085847.B2CC94D976 at woodward.joyent.us>

Dear Stephen,

You may consider exploring the work of Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor
of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education, especially his work with the GoodPlay Project, an ongoing
study that explores the ways in which young people’s use of
social-networking sites, blogging, online games, and other forms of
digital media are shaping their “ethical minds”. Carrie James has
edited a report on the project’s progress to date entitled: Young
People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the Good
Play Project (MIT Press, 2009). This report considers formation of the
social self through online communication. For an overview of the
GoodPlay Project visit
The forthcoming symposium at Oxford University, Beyond Borders: the
place of research institutions in open educational resources taking
place on 20th April, is well worth attending see
Good luck with this interesting project.

James G. R. Cronin,
History of Art & Centre for Adult Continuing Education,
University College Cork, Ireland.

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM, Humanist Discussion Group
<willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:
>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 658.
>         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
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>        Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:34:04 -0000
>        From: "Stephen Woodruff" <s.woodruff at arts.gla.ac.uk>
>        Subject: cyberspace, alienation
>        In-Reply-To: <20100223090935.BF5784CC65 at woodward.joyent.us>
> Horrible combination of words.
> I'm looking for up-to-date work on whether or how people's (especially
> young adults) use of cyberspace leads to greater feelings of alienation
> from their family or other real life groups, and whether it leads to
> greater identification with other groups in society, for positive or
> negative reasons.
> I'd appreciate suggestions of readings: most of what I've found predates
> the social networking surge which I think has taken such activity from
> the nerdish to the mainstream.
> Stephen Woodruff
> Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute
> 11 University Gardens
> University of Glasgow
> Glasgow G12 8QQ
> Scotland/UK

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